"DE W APENRUSTING GODS"
'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
might Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not againstflesh
and blood, but against pn·ncipalities, against powers, against the
rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in
high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done
all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet
shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; above all, taking
the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all thefiery
darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of sa lva tion, and the sword
of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all
prayer and supplication in the Spin·t, and watching therunto with
all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me.'
(Ephesians 6 : lO-19a).
In his letter to the church at Ephesus Paul points to her high
responsibility, her special place in the plan of God. She has been
called to victorious life in her risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
victorious life in the spiritual warfare against invisible and perilous
powers of Satan, continuously opposing her on her way to perfection.
There is a terrible war around us, a war at many fronts. A
frightful offensive has broken out against the children of God, a
battle increasing in ferocity as this closing age draws to an end.
Everyone of us is personally engaged in this final battle; this struggle
leaves no one untouched. Therefore, it is necessary that we be very
conscious of this battle, that we know the enemy and also ourselves
in Jesus Christ, that we own weapons and are able to use them. We
can be sure of Gods's help. 'But for us fights the proper Man, Whom
God Himself hath bidden.'
Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians from prison, as he did the
letters to Philippians, the Colossians and to Timothy. The apostle
had suffered much for the sake of Jesus' name. He had spent many a
year in prisons and suffered a long list of trials and afflictions as he
reminds us in 2 Cor. 11 : 23. Paul had been jailed on one occasion
with Silas at Philippi, where they 'made their feet fast in the stocks'
(Act 16 : 24). In later years, when in Rome, he had more freedom to
move, although he was always surrounded and guarded by soldiers
of the Roman army.
Surrounded by these warriors, who had occupied a large part of
the then-known world, Paul heard how they always spoke of battle,
successful feats of arms, courageous conquests often with much
bloodshed. He heard them boast of their personal achievements in
hand-to-hand fights, he heard them talk about robbery and booty and
contribution, all sorts of things concerning 'flesh and blood'; the
subject was always taken from the material, physical battle. This
was the world of thought of these heathen soldiers, it filled their lives.
Willing or not, Paul had to listen to these stories full of the 'noise of
the battle'; again and again he was confronted with them. We may
presume that he saw military equipment everywhere while he was in
prison - a quiver, a sword, a helmet, a breastplate, a shield ...
It is understandable that Paul wrote about battles and equipment
when he was thinking of his churches spread around and
wanted to edify, comfort or admonish them. He wanted to show that
the church of Christ must in no way fight a physical, material battle,
but a spiritual warfare. Inspired by God's Spirit, the apostle gives his
vision in this matter. He shows the dark, demonic, hostile powers
and lists the weapons to be used against them. Firmly and fearlessly
these powers must be confronted. Though invisible, the enemy is a
Therefore, 'Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his
might'. In Him we are more than conquerors. Hallelujah!
Strong in the Lord
Christ's Church has a not-very-attractive image in our days.
Christ has called her to have power and victory, but these are
missing. There is so much inactivity, unbelief, apathy, worldliness.
Shame on her! Paul calls out Be strong! Not in ourselves, but 'be
strong in Lord!' Do we find our strength in Him? No theories or
philosophies will cause manifestations of power. This power one
receives only through the Holy Spirit 'But ye shall receive power
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you' (Acts 1 : 8). To be
powerful in the Lord means to be filled with the Spirit of God.
This power is ours by a personal pentecostal experience.
Neither human wisdom nor good works nor a doctrine of sanctification
nor a church code offers any guarantee for possessing the Holy
Spirit It is nothing less than this: Christ takes my whole being by
filling it with Himself. His personality becomes a living personality
within me: He acts, thinks and speaks in and through me. MyoId
way of thinking, acting and speaking moves to the background and
disappears; old things are past and all things have become new. A
new life, a higher life takes the place of the old life by the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit. It is a miraculous and incomparable experience;
this pentecostal fire brings power and victory in my life as never
While Moses was young, he proclaimed himself a redeemer of
the oppressed Israelites in Egypt He tried to solve the problem by
physical force and he used his fists in an uncontrolled way. He
became a murderer who aggravated the burden of his people instead
of relieving it. When he was older and more quiet and modest and
not quite so ambitious as in his younger days, God confronted him
with His power.
The fire of Moses' temper was not of use to God. The fire of the
urning bush, the pentecostal fire, was what Moses needed to
become an instrument of God. He was freed from his own will, and
found himself committing to do the will of God. God promised
Moses the power to fulfill His will. Then Moses became useful in
leading his people to freedom.
Paul writes to the Ephesians with strong and emphatic words
which come beyond the heads of his churchmembers to you and me:
'Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might' (Eph. 6 : 10).
Isaiah says: 'Strengthen ye the weak hands and confirm the feeble
knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart be strong, fear not'
(Isa. 35 : 3-4). Be strong in the Lord: 'Blessed is the man whose
strength is in Thee' (Ps. 84 : 7).
This is not a vague suggestion, but a command of God: stand in
His power! We must not draw upon our possibilities, but upon His.
We must not adhere to our limited power, but to His unlimited
power. Just as we can avail ourselves of energy that the power
station offers, we can find our strength in His power, provided our
connection is in order. I have as much power as Jesus has, and as
much as He IS power. I am as strong as the strength of His might, no
more, no less. His strength is my strength.
Avail yourself of the huge power of the Kingdom. This power is
going to help and serve and support you. In surrendering to Jesus, we
become united to Him, the Sovereign Lord of creation, and we may
freely draw upon the great power which is in Him and in His
creation. We must learn to become what we are in Christ and take
what He has prepared for us.
'That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of Him; the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;
that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the
riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints and what is the
exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according
to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ,
when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right
hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power,
and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in
this world, but also in that which is to come' (Eph. 1 : 17-21).
This power is especially given to us to be used in the battle
against the forces of Satan. It is sufficient. In his epistle to the
Philippians Paul writes: 'I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me' (Phil. 4: 13).
The armour of God
Paul also told the Ephesians to 'be strong in the Lord, and in the
power of his might' (Eph. 6 : 10). He compares this to the protection
of armour. 'Put on the armour of God, that ye may be able to stand'
(vs. 11). Further on he repeats this: 'Wherefore take unto you the
whole armour of God' (vs. 13). All our means and human efforts fail,
but the armour of God is perfect.
Paul could see the usefulness and necessity of this armour
because of his experience. He had seen other armours fail. He had
learned to put his trust in the divine armour against the enemies of
God (which are our enemies as well), against all anti-Christian
unseen evil forces, against the army of the darkness which the god of
this age sends forward against the Kingdom of God.
How can I get the armour of God? By means of good works, by
performing religious duties, by means of moral improvement? No,
that is not the armour. Man can only receive this armour through
mercy, through the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of
God that takes away the sin of the world, and through the baptism in
the Holy Spirit - the full pentecostal blessing. Man receives all this
It is necessary to give up first our useless cardboard armour
which we made from our own opinions about life, from humanism
and ethics and religiosity, from good works and a moral code - a
totally artificial spiritual life. All these things will prove to be nothing
but wood, hay and stubble in the fiery greatness of the final battle,
and will prove to offer insufficient protection.
Man-made thoughts and opinions must be brought into
captivity to the obedience of Christ. 'For though we walk in the flesh,
we do not war after the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;
casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in readiness to
revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled' (2 Cor.
The armour of the fullness of the Holy Spirit is more perfect
than the most perfected human armour. The latter will disappoint in
the spiritual warfare. In the Old Testament days people had given
Saul's armour to David to put on. It was made of the strongest
material, the best product of the most skilled armourer of the nation,
because the king's life had to be protected. But it was rejected by
David. He could not move in it, his exercise was obstructed, he was a
prisoner before he even went to battle. In the same manner, the
freedom of the Spirit is limited by human organisations and institutions.
He blows in a sovereign way where He lists. The very best and
most effective weapon of man was insufficient against the giant
Goliath. So David put off the armourofSaul and went to battle in the
armour of God, in the power of Him who anointed him His servant
He went naked of metal protection, but he had put on the armour of
God and defeated the enemy of his people. David's faith in the
armour of God was made manifest by the results, the works. 'Show
me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my
works' (lames 2: 18).
This battle between David and Goliath is symbolic of the battle
of the Church, the anointed of the Lord, which defeats giant Satan, in
the armour of God. First we must put off the armour of reason,
feeling, spiritual experiences and our own opinions, and these gain
the victory in the power of Pentecost, in the armour of God. Paul
says: 'Put on the armour of God, that ye may be able to stand'
(Eph. 6 : 11).
An ideal armour
An armour must be well-closing, closed to the world; not a
single opening, however small, is allowed. The enemy, Satan, will
soon find these weak places - negligence, superficiality, carelessness,
division, fear- and he will cause his fiery darts to penetrate the
armour. He knows all our weaknesses and that is exactly where he
will strike. The enemy is like a shrewd cattle-dealer in a market He
walks around a cow and then knows all its faults. His experienced
eye has estimated the animal's value precisely. Satan has studied
psychology for over six thousand years and he knows man exactlythe
individual, as well as mankind in its entirety.
God said to Noah when he was building the ark: 'Thou shalt
pitch it within and without with pitch' (Gen. 6 : 14). He said this to
make sure that all possible holes and openings in the gopherwood of
the ark would be sealed off, making a waterproof ark which would
not be penetrated anywhere by God'sjudgements. The occupants of
the ark of salvation, man and animal, had to be safeguarded against
If you are totally protected by the blood of Jesus, the judgement .
of the Old Testament, the lightning of Mount Sinai, the law of
Exodus 20, will not strike you. The new Covenant in His blood
(Luke 22: 20) has freed us from the Old Covenant of the law. 'In
that He saith, A new covenant he hath made the first old' (Heb.
8 : 13). By striking the lintel and the two side posts of our doors, our
house, our heart, the angel of destruction will pass by. This is the
'pitching' of our house and heart, 'within and without'. Then we will
not be struck by the judgements of the last days: 'blood, and fire, and
pillars of smoke'( atom bombs?) (Joel 2 : 30), but be safeguarded by
the blood of the Lamb. We shall overcome by the blood of the Lamb
(Rev. 12: 11).
Our armour should be 'waterproof, pitched with pitch, stricken
with blood, closed to all Satanic efforts to penetrate. Not a single
chance is being given to the destroyer to wound and murder.
Paul knew that the perfection of the armour is truth, righteousness,
faith, and salvation, in contrast to the attributes of the enemy.
Divine perfection will give victory in this spiritual and personal
battle. 'And let the prince of ill look grim as e' er he will, he harms us
not a whit; for why his doom is writ; a word shall quickly slay him.'
Satan's grimness is encountered by God's truth, righteousness,
faith and salvation, and these lead to victory. When in the time of the
end - and we are right in it! - the darkness deepens and the power of
Satan is manifested more and more, many will perceive that their
armour is not right and sufficient. A late and fatal discovery! 'Put on
the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil' (Eph. 6 : 11).
When the Bible shows a perfect God-given possibility to stand,
then this is truth and we have no reason or right to doubt it or to
spiritualize it and interpret it to our liking. We may and must read the
Bible as it is written. When we read what the Bible says and believe
it, we receive what it says. 'He that believeth on me, as the scripture
hath said .. .' (John 7 : 38). Our faith must be scriptural, our deeds
The secret of the armour of God is the infilling of the Holy
Spirit. Jesus in me. He lives, He stays with me. In John 15 : 4 Jesus
says: 'Abide in me, and I in you.' He lives within me with His Spirit,
as He said: 'For He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you' (John
14 : 17). And in John 14 : 20, Jesus says: 'At that day ye shall know
that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.' Paul says: 'I am
crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth
in me' (Gal. 2 : 20).
This being filled gives my faith a new dimension, the third
dimension. The first dimension is: 'Jesus WITH me!' He is at my
side, 'I walk in the light with Jesus.' The second dimension is: 'Jesus
ABOVE me!' Seated on the throne with His Father, from whence
He shall come, will return, to judge the living and the dead. The third
dimension is: 'Jesus WITHIN me!' His dwelling in my heart He
exists in me. He lives His life in me. He breathes, thinks, speaks, acts
within me through His Spirit which dwells in me.
Jesussays:' ... BecauseIlive,yeshalllivealso'(John 14: 19).
I live and therefore ye shall live! I live and from this ye shall live! As
much life as there is in Me shall be found in you! As long as I live,
you shall live! 'I am the living bread which came down from heaven:
if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever' (John 6 : 51). 'At
that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, andye in Me, and I in
you' (John 14 : 20).
What do you think? Is the indwelling Christ Victor? Of course,
He is! And because I surrendered to Christ, gave myself to Him, was
crucified with Him and buried with Him, the risen Lord lives within
me with His full glory. 'We are buried with Him by baptism into
death' (Rom. 6 : 4), 'but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our
Lord' (vs. 11). 'Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the
world' (1 John 4 : 4).
Will you take heed that your armour will be truly an armour of
God, able to withstand the aggression of the enemy? Our faith means
victory. 'For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and
this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is
he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the
Son of God?' (1 John 5: 4-5).
In the Paradise of Eden, God promised to bruise the head of
Satan. This was accomplished at Calvary. The Saviour gained an
absolute and decisive victory over the old enemy of mankind. When
you have put on the armour of God, you enjoy the glorious
consequences of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary.
I am granted to safeguard myself, to cover myself with this
glorious armour which God has prepared for me by the blood of
Jesus Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit 'For as many of you
as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ' (Gal. 3 : 27).
When we have put on Christ, put on His salvation, put on His
victory, then Satan will have to face Christ every time he attacks.
For Christ encloses me and covers me like a seamless garment.
God's armour means to be 'endued with power from on high' (Luke
24: 49), the Holy Spirit; and that means 'to put on Christ'.
The struggle not against flesh and blood
'Forwe wrestle not against flesh and blood' (Eph. 6 : 12), Paul
says and he abandons an old and persistent misunderstanding
concerning the enemy. Unspiritual, natural man is inclined not to
look any further than the outside of things. He has no insight into the
deep, dark, spiritual warfare being fought in God's creation. 'But the
natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned' (1 Cor. 2 : 14).
Natural people - alas, most are such - only look at 'the outward
appearance'; they look on natural things, material battle of race
against race, nation versus nation, man opposite man: 'flesh and
blood'. They think all conflicts among men arise from nationalistic,
economic, political, material and moral problems and tensions, from
ignorance, fear and greed; and that these conflicts must be solved by
political and economic specialists and top-ranking people, with the
aid of arbitration, deliberation and diplomatic help.
Public enemy No. 1 among the nations is: FEAR Fear causes
jealousy, hate, misunderstanding, alienation, stirs up nations against
nations. Fear is the basis of vigilant politics: What will the other
party do? What will he devise against me? Where is the point where
he becomes dangerous? Will he rob me? When will he attack me?
What is he doing now that I know not? I do not trust him for a single
moment - that is the sense of my vigilant politics - where is he
dangerous to me?
We have no admittance to the way of thinking of the great
leaders. We make mistakes all the time and that makes us uneasy.
But we are awake and ready and prepared to go forward and strike
where threat proceeds to action. As we carefully survey the people
around us, we cannot help but always discover numerous enemies
by our suspicion. We see them everywhere - in world politics, In our
oss, in our group, our relations, our fellowmen, everywhere.
Suspicion has infected everybody in the world, fear paralyses all.
Thus, a communication gap has come into being in the world, a
great misunderstanding amongst nations and private persons, a
chronic inability to build a bridge from one to another, a lack of
understanding or wanting to understand. It is as though each person
were living on his own island, and calling to the others from afar,
words that are blown away on the wind. What a lack of communication
in the nations' politics, a failure of comprehension! What a
disturbance there is between workers, married couples, and young
people, in every field! There is not only a horizontal misunderstanding,
as though we were all speaking a different language which
others cannot understand, but there is also a terrible vertical communication
disturbance between man and God. Man has become
estranged from vertical communication with God, a fatal estrangement
from the roots of his faith. He has forgotten how to talk to his
God and consult with Him, ask His advice, maintain a verbal
communication, and break through the interrupted dialogue with
God on his part Thank God, there is from above, from God, no
disturbance when it comes to seeking a renewed dialogue, contact,
with man. For Him there is not a single blockade. Jesus has restored
the left-out word in the Divine dialogue between the Creator and the
creature, re-inserted it, so that the conversation may be carried on.
He did this by Himself becoming the Word which was returned to
the broken dialogue, the flesh, so as to heal, to re-establish the
vertical communication with God. Hallelujah!
Fear comes from ignorance, 'lack of knowledge'. Because we
do not know (exactly), we are afraid. Where will this anxiety, this
illness lead us? How will he or she respond? What truth is in these
words? Ignorance causes fear, a feeling of uneasiness. Therefore, we
spend millions for defence and politics, for research and cure of
illnesses, for economic stability. Everything in the world around us
lives in tension because of the things of ' flesh and blood'. It fills our
conversation and thoughts. But Paul says: 'Flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption'
(1 Cor. 15: 50).
The struggle in this world is of 'flesh and blood' against 'flesh
and blood', corruption against corruption; it is all in the natural,
material, earthly realm. In general people do not see higher, more
spiritual, not from the viewpoint of God toward God. 'For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
immortality' (1 Cor. 15 : 53). For, 'there is a natural body, and there
is a spiritual body' (1 Cor. 15 : 44). In this chapter Paul is writing
about different worlds, that of the corruptible, natural things and that
of the incorruptible, spiritual things.
Peter, for example, did not see this difference and did not
recognize this spiritual warfare. When he saw Jesus threatened in
Gethsemane by a 'great multitude with swords and staves, from the
chief priests and elders of the people' (Matl 26 : 47), who were
trying to capture Him, Peter intervened, panic-stricken, on behalf of
his Master. He pulled his sword and flashed it around. He did not
look further than the struggle of man against man, sword against
sword, 'flesh and blood'. Peter saw Jesus with the bitter cup which
the Father had given to the Son, and he wanted to destroy this cup
out of love for his Master. He wanted to cut through deceit and
betrayal so that Jesus could escape; he wanted to save Jesus from the
cross, the shadow of which was already on Him. He meant well, but
had no idea of Jesus' great mission on earth and, simple as he was,
Peter only had an eye for this attack by 'flesh and blood'. By his hottempered
and unbridled behaviour he wounded Malchus, the
servant of the high priest and cut his ear. 'And, behold, one of them
which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword,
and struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote offhis ear' (Matt
26 : 51). 'And He touched his ear, and healed him' (Luke 22 : 51).
But Peter received an admonition. Jesus said to him: 'Put up again
thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish
with the sword' (Matt. 26 : 52). Peter, do not see this matter as a
case of' flesh and blood', it is a spiritual warfare!
The world of 'flesh and blood' is the realm in which God gave
His first judgements. In Paradise the curse was directed toward
'flesh and blood'. God spoke His word of punishment to the woman
who sinned: corporal sorrow, sickness, entered in the flesh. 'I will
greatly mUltiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt
bring forth children' (Gen. 3 : 16). Womanhood has to bear the
wrath of God in her specific function: motherhood; God's Word
spoke to 'flesh and blood'. And God spoke to man: 'Because thou
hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree
of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it; cursed is
the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of
thy life. Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and .. .
unto dust shalt thou return' (Gen. 6: 17-19). The world of dust,
'flesh and blood', was spoken to by God and cursed.
The Word was made flesh
But Jesus Christ came to the earth and took this curse upon
Him, freed the world from this curse, the curse of sickness, sorrow
and unrighteousness, by taking it upon Himself. 'Surely, He hath
borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows' (Isa. 53 : 4). 'The
chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we
are healed' (Isa. 53 : 5). Jesus came to this earth as the Creator Who
brought forth everything out of Himself. 'For by Him were all things
created' (Col. 1 : 16). He Who called everything into being by the
Word (John 1 : 1-3) became the Re-creator, the Renewer by taking
upon Him this sick sinful flesh; He came into our broken relationship
with God to heal and to forgive (John 1 : 14). Hallelujah!
He came to be a new and living way back to the Father, a new
divine possibility to renew the breach of the covenant, the breach of
faith, the breach of promise which we committed concerning Him.
Jesus came to bring abundant life (John 10: 10), where there
was only death and judgement and misery: in our flesh. He made
whole our broken existence, He is the Healer (Ex. 15 : 26). He, the
last Adam, took the curse and punishment upon Himself and carried
it into death and grave, to leave it there when He arose gloriously. He
created a new condition. All things have become new. He brought
victory by His blood, His resurrection, His Holy Spirit
Under the old covenant everything was 'flesh and blood'.
Innumerable quantities of animals were slaughtered to be sacrificed.
Torrents of blood were spilled on the altar in order to pay for the sin
of ' flesh and blood', but it just could not do so. 'For it is not possible
that the blood of bulls and of goats and calves, but by His own blood
He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal
redemption for us' (Heb. 9 : 12). Jesus alone takes away sin, by
The new covenant brought the Word of God in this flesh, our
human existence. It is the Word of God's mercy and renewing
power. Satan will always try to make everything a battle of'flesh and
blood'; he wants to bring us back to the old things; he does not
recognize the new situation of salvation brought about by the coming
of Jesus. He tries to make us believe that the old battle of 'flesh and
lood' is still there. He then can continue his old policy of fear and
hatred and make people hostile toward each other and destroy peace
on earth. He can continue to attack man in his physical life by
torturing and tormenting him. But Jesus came to 'cross' out and
defeat Satan and his sinister practises. 'For this purpose the Son of
God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil'
(1 John 3 : 8). The works of the devil, manifested in war, hatred,
crime, sickness, pain, fear, misery, were broken and destroyed by the
coming of Jesus, the Son of God.
If you go on to look on the outward appearance of things, on
that which can only be approached by the flesh, you will see the
devastating works of Satan all around you. But if you take your stand
in the Word and are aware of Jesus' victory, you will discover, and
discover it jubilantly and triumphantly, that Jesus, the Hero of God.
lives and manifests His might victoriously in all things. Behind the
outward appearance, behind the hostility of man, you will discover
Satan is attacking and tormenting you. But when your eyes have
been treated with the wonderful eyesalve of Revelation 3 : 18, and
when you have learned to see and discern, you will discover the
destructive enemy with his sinister practices everywhere.
Therefore, it is of the highest necessity to protect yourself in
this spiritual warfare with the armour of God - the blood of Jesus, the
baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit(1 Cor. 12: 10).
You will need all the gifts: the gifts of utterance to build up yourself in
the Spirit by praying in the Spirit in new tongues (1 Cor. 14 : 4, Jude
20); the three gifts of revelation, especially the gift of discerning of
spirits (1 Cor. 12 : 10); and the gifts of power in order to bind and
throw out the spirits which have been identified. No human power,
no physical power, no sharp-edged sword can destroy the destroyer
of man's happiness. Only the power of the Spirit, the word of
authority, the power of God is able to gain the victory. We have this
authority in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. 'In all these things
we are more than conquerors.'
If we have seen and learned that it is not people and their
actions which cause us trouble and sorrow, but Satan who plays his
puppets behind the scenes, then we shall fight the evil one with all the
means at our disposal, but we will be kind and loving toward man.
Jesus saw this matter of discernment very distinctly; He cast the
devil out and redeemed man.
A spiritual warfare
Once at Capernaum, a young rabbi from Nazareth preached
on the sabbath. It was Jesus, the son of the carpenter. He taught the
congregation a new and different doctrine. He had hardly begun to
speak when a man rose - imagine this consternation - who called out
so that it echoed through the synagogue: 'What have we to do with
thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth?' (Only one answer was possible:
everything!) 'Art thou come to destroy us?' (The devil can only think
in terms of destruction!) 'I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of
God' (Mark 1 : 21-24).
The ordinary people of Jesus' day were uneducated, but even
the scholars of the synagogues were confused about this Nazarene's
place in the Kingdom. The realm of darkness, however, sees sharply,
and the father of lies reveals the truth about Jesus!
If the shouting man of the congregation had been 'flesh and
blood' to Jesus, He would have given a sign to the verger to remove
him from the service. He would not have tolerated the service being
disturbed. This is the way people react a man who cannot behave
himself and who might be dangerous ought to be admitted to a
hospital in order to be observed and treated ... these poor people
must be separated from others because of their impossible behav
But Jesus saw 'through' the situation and knew that Satan
availed himself of'flesh and blood' in order to attack Him, Who had
come to oppose Satan with His authority. It was a spiritual attack in
which Satan used words against the Word, and manifested himself
against the manifestation of the Kingdom of God. It was power
against power, rule against rule. And what did Jesus do? (What
would you do in such a case?) Jesus saw through the enemy and
commanded this unclean spirit to be silent and to go out 'Jesus
rebuked (the unclean spirit), saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of
him. And when the unclean spirit had tom him, and cried with a loud
voice, he came out of him' (Mark 1 : 25-26).
Jesus gained the victory, not by using muscular or physical
force against this demon-possessed 'flesh and blood', but by
commanding the unclean spirit This spirit recognized and acknowledged
the Greater One in Jesus, and he came out of that man. 'What
is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He
commandeth even the unclean spirits, and they do obey Him'
Something similar happened later on in the land of the
Gadarenes. Jesus had hardly climbed the steep embankment when
'immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean
spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind
him, no, not with chains; because that he had been often bound with
fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him,
and the fetters broken in pieces; neither could any man tame him'
(Mark 5 : 2-4). 'Flesh and blood' here tried to bind and control 'flesh
and blood', but it appeared to be impossible. Of course! For this was
not a battle of'flesh and blood', but of demons, evil spirits, princes of
When Jesus stood before this man, the unclean spirits (Legion:
for we are many) recognized in Him the Greater One, the Victor,
and besought Him urgently not to send them out of the land. And in a
superior way, as one who is master in a difficult situation, Jesus
granted te last wish of the defeated foes and let them enter into the
swine. And the man himself? He was not bound by Jesus, but
When these demons had been exorcized from the man, they
wanted to enter the animal- animals - their second choice. To the
Jew, swine are unclean animals. The evil powers did not want to
leave this country, this district, because a command had made them
responsible, bound, tied to this particular country. They were
regional powers. They wanted to continue their destructive work in
this country alone, even if in other creatures.
Jesus saw this unclean world of demons and cast them out,
while He saved and freed the man (good will toward man!). Later on
the same men which had often tried in vain to bind this furious brute
came from their towns and saw him sitting quietly close to Jesus.
When they saw him to be normal, sane and clothed, they knew that
this man was free. 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,
saith the Lord of hosts' (ZechA : 6). Jesus knew that this was not a
matter of'flesh and blood'. He Who had come to destroy the works
of the devil simply cast out these powers to save the man and make
him His friend.
In this same Gospel (Mark writes much on the subject of
victory over the dark realm of Satan) a man soughtJesus' help for his
epileptic boy. (Would it not have been better to take him to a special
institution for such people, where attendants could have taken care
of him?) No, they brought the boy to Jesus. His father asked: 'If thou
canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.' Thereupon
Jesus talked with this man about having faith, real faith- no theories,
but unwavering, perfect faith, for 'all things are possible' then.
' When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked
the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge
thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him' (Mark 9: 25).
Jesus saw this not as a case of'flesh and blood'; rather, He saw
behind the convulsions, this foam on the boy's mouth, behind this
muteness and deafness, something else, and He charged this spirit to
go out Jesus cast the demons out and the boy was made whole.
But besides Jesus, Peter, and Paul, and all His Spirit-filled
servants also did the same works. 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, he
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do; and greater
works than these shall he do!' (John 14: 12). They also had
authority to rebuke evil spirits in the power of God and cast them
out 'And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination met us ... But Paul, being
grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of
Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour'
(Acts 16 : 16-18).
It was not the woman who was spoken to and ordered to be
silent, not 'flesh and blood' which was charged by the powerful word
of God. No, it was the spirit which was addressed! Paul cast out a
spirit of divination with just a single word, because he had authority
to do so in the name of Jesus Christ.
These are some incidents we find in the Bible; more are to be
found. Also we know them in our ministry as an evangelist, quite so;
things in the Kingdom of God do not change. It is most important to
the enemy that this spiritual warfare of Spirit against spirit is not
recognized. Satan does not want himself to be recognized behind
people and things. But, praise the Lord, we may act, having put on
the armour of God, with authority in the powerful name of Jesus the
You have to be absolutely sure that you have put on the right
armour, beca',se none other will prove to be strong enough. You
must be aware of the fact that you do not battle in your own
insufficient power, but in the mighty power of the Holy Spirit You
must know who you are in Jesus, in Whom you can do all things.
Do not misunderstand me. I do not say that all these poor sick
and affiicted people must not be admitted to hospitals and be helped.
I have a profound respect for the skill and devotion of doctors and
nurses and I am thankful they are there. But I want to point to the
demonic background of so many illnesses and to the fact that so
many patients are demon-possessed. Jesus' words on Ascension
Day were: 'These signs shall follow them that believe; in My name
shall they cast out devils' (Mark 16 : 17).
Spiritual wickedness in high places
'For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places' (Eph.6 : 12).
Paul makes very clear which powers are our enemies; not those we
thought, the visible and material, but behind them, hostile demonic
powers. Paul knew what he was writing, he knew this hard battle
from his own experience. He recognized and showed who the
originator of evil behind the scenes is and states that the struggle is
against the prince. of darkness.
Every young man in the Netherlands is conscripted. For quite
some time he learns the use of arms in order to be able to fight His
officers teach him how to reconnoitre the terrain, and how to
recognize the enemy by his actions and way of fighting. When being
attacked, he is not allowed to flee, full of fear, or to fire at random; no,
he must stand and hit the enemy and eliminate him. As a soldier he is
expected to do so. He has to defend the soil he is standing on, the
state he belongs to, and he has to do so to the utmost
Where is the preacher who is making his people militant
through the Holy Spirit, who describes the enemy of God's people
accurately and teaches them to recognize him and to discern and
fight these hostile powers? It is often said - if they believe these
things - that this is a realm so entirely unknown and so dangerous for
us that it is wiser not to have anything to do with it
But does the soldier go home because the battlefield is so
dangerous and the policy of the enemy not so clear? Does he throw
his rifle from him and flee? Does his king expect him to do so? Is the
congregation sent home with the advice 'not to touch these things'
and 'to be careful with them'? This is an attitude welcome to Satan.
The more fear is aroused for him, the more undisturbed he can
proceed with his work of destruction in the church. As long as people
know little of the policy and tactics of the evil one and have little or
no experience in fighting him, as long as preachers continue to
preach utter caution, as long will Satan go on without any hindrance
to harm the body of Christ
Satan has his kingdom, his realm, and it is opposed to God's
Kingdom. Satan attacks God's children, and in them, God's
Kingdom, day and night Paul called him the god of this world. Jesus
called him the prince of this world.
Satan twists and modifies things, he pulls them down, he
besmears and defiles them, he pushes things out of their proper
proportions, he insults, harms, terrorizes, squeezes, narrows, pushes
down everything that wants to go upward to seek the light of God. He
is the great adversary of God and has started the fight against Him in
a shrewd, hard and consistent way, the fight that is being fought in
the lives of the children of God.
Opposite God's words Satan puts his own words, as he did
when Eve was in Paradise (Gen. 3 : 4). He also puts his acts
opposite God's. In all this, Satan seeks his own honour, whereas the
glorious signs and miracles of the Kingdom are there to honour Jesus
Christ Satan is the great opponent of Jesus. He tries to control the
human mind, soul and body in shrewd ways to keep the person
separated from Jesus. He hates the blood of the Lamb and denies its
power. He denies the power of the Word of God and the authority of
the name of Jesus. Satan usurps power for his own word. He is the
He tells the Church of Jesus Christ that God's mighty doings
took place in the past or will take place in the future, but always
separated from our daily and personal life. Satan wants to make
people believe that all these things were valid in Jesus' days on earth:
miracles, faith-healing, speaking in new tongues, prophecy, outcasting
of demons. Oh, perhaps they will return later in the
millennium, but they are not for now, not for here, not for me.
Satan is a liar. He distorts the truth. He is intelligent enough not
to claim that black is white, but he produces a cunning gamut of
greys, some shaded more towards white, others darker, but he is not
even shy to make use of dove-grey. He can act most elegantly. But he
is, since the very beginning, a thief. a murderer and a liar. He is not
afraid of confronting God's children with his threefold lie: firstly:
You are nothing; secondly: You have nothing; and thirdly: You can
do nothing! Degrading! Derisive! Destructive!
But for this threefold lie, we have in the Bible a threefold
answer, with which we shall confront him. When he says that we are
nobody and nothing, 1 read: 'But ye are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew
forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His
marvellous light' (1 Peter 2: 9). 'Nay, in all these things we are
more than conquerors through Him that loved us' (Romans 8: 37).
When he says that we have nothing, 1 read: 'For all things are yours;
Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death,
or things present, or things to come; all are yours; And ye are
Christ's; and Christ is God's' (1 Cor. 3 : 21-23). And when he says
that we cannot do anything, 1 read: '1 can do all things in Christ
which strengtheneth me' (Phi!. 4: 13). These are God's answers
with which 1 oppose Satan's lies. 1 am, 1 have, and 1 can do what God
in His Word says 1 am, 1 have and 1 can do; that is the positive
testimony of my Lord, and I'll stick to that!
Satan paralyses faith by causing doubt in the hearts. He does
not hesitate to infiltrate the minds of preachers so that they speak
words which are negative and disturbing towards the great deeds of
God which He does today. He tries to diminish and belittle God's
mighty doings, he tries to ridicule and rob the splendour of God's
works in our days by declaring them to be 'imaginations of emotional
He weakens the Word of God and His promises, which are
'yea and amen' (2 Cor. 1 : 20). Whenever God gives His clear
commands, speaks His Word and does His works, Satan says, 'Yes,
but ... ', and this with a pose of knowledge or religiosity. Satan wants
to comfort people in his Satanic way ,by fortune-tellers and the advice
of the dead, who 'comfort in vain' (Zech. 10: 2), or by drugs. This
all to detract from the Holy Spirit, the Divine Comforter, Who will
lead you into all truth.
He tries to divert our attention so that we look upon Christians
instead of Christ, upon people instead of the Master. He causes us to
find fault with our preachers, with brothers and sisters. He absorbs
our attention so that we see disappointments and misguiding and
become blind to God's many glorious works. He tries to thwart our
spiritual growing-up into stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph.
4 : 13). He sometimes petrifies the new, glad faith of recent converts
and pushes the soul liberated by Christ back into the slavery of some
organisation with all its inhibitions whereby the Holy Spirit, Who
can only act in freedom, is grieved and quenched.
The Holy Spirit wants to guide man as a free son of the
promise, not as Ishmael, the son of the bondwoman. Satan forces us
into a position in which we are not free, just as Hagar's son was not
free. And he hopes we will be satisfied with that, not counting God's
promise of freedom for us, like Isaac was free.
He will try to persuade us to deny his existence and regard him
as a myth, a horned, goat-legged, ridiculous caricature, or as the
Mephistopheles known in literature. But he is a living personality,
our real hereditary enemy. He is the enemy of friend and foe alike,
whereas Jesus is the friend of friend and enemy alike. Satan poisons
our drinking wells, turns warm love cold, quenches the light of God's
Spirit wherever he can.
He tries to establish his rule over earth and time. Satan acts as
if he were Lord (Matt 4 : 1-11), but only Jesus is Lord and unto
Him is given all power in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28 : 18).
Who is Satan and where does he come from?
Many people think that Satan is a myth, an idea. One prefers to
speak of 'evil', in the abstract rather than of a person with his own
identity. One has no idea how much pleasure one gives Satan by
doing this, because it is his policy to make his existence as mystifying
as possible, to veil and shroud it in a cloud. He is a living personality.
' ... because greater is He that is in you, than he (not 'that' - the idea,
but 'he', the person) that is in the world' (1 John 4 : 4).
He is God's rebel, whom God cast down into the darkness.
'Thou art the anointed cherub thatcovereth; and I have set thee
so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up
and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy
ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in
thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst
of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee
as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee. 0
covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was
lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by
eason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee
before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy
sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy
traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it
shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the
sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the
people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never
shalt thou be any more' (Ezekiel28 : 14-19).
' How art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken
the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into
heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also
upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit' (Isa.
Lucifer was repudiated by God from His immediate presence,
dismissed from His intimacy. When he wanted to 'be like the most
High', God broke off His relationship with him. God had created
him - 'the day that thou wast created' - he was a creation of God for
the place and function decreed by God. The Bible says that angels
have no father and mother. Every angel is an individual, incidental,
personal creation of God. He created them to praise His name, and
they were His attendant spirits around His throne.
Monarchs were placed above them - princes are thus named -
archangels. The most beautiful of them all was the 'Son of the
morning', 'Son of dawn', 'Morning star' (in Latin, 'Lucifer'). He was
the head of the cherubs, a denomination amongst the angels. The
Bible calls him ' the covering cherub', and another translation 'the
protecting cherub'. Because of his rebellion against God, he was cast
upon the earth, 'to the sides of the pit', and changed from the
brightest, most beautiful of all the angels into the darkest of all devils,
becoming the king of darkness, monarch of the night His disqualification
When he had fallen from heaven, he took some angels with
him, whom he made HIS angels. 'And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast
out with him' (Rev. 12: 9). He dragged a third of the angels to the
earth with him, and those are the fallen angels, the demons, evil
spirits and demonic powers. Angels are frequently indicated as stars.
'And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast
them to the earth' (Rev. 12 : 4). Many Bible teachers read here
angels for stars. The ratio of angels as opposed to demons is two to
one. Praise the Lord!
Ephesians 6 : 12 mentions 'principalities, powers, rulers of the
darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places', and there
are in the realm of darkness many graduations and varieties,
monarchs, generals and officers. The Bible mentions a few chief
characters, princes. 'Belial' is referred to by name, and his name is
composed of two other names: Beli and Jaid, the first meaning
'without', and the second 'law'. Belial means, thus, 'without law, the
lawless' . You can read about him in 2 Cor. 6 : 15. There is yet
another of Satan's upper chief angels, the angel of the abyss, and his
name is Abaddon. 'And they had a king over them, which is the angel
of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon,
but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon' (Rev. 9 : 11).
Another name of a superior in Satan's army force is Beelzebub.
'This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of
the devils'(Matt 12: 24). In the book of Daniel, there is mention
made of a prince of the Persian kingdom, a regional power. 'But the
prince of the kingdom of Persia, withstood me one and twenty days:
(he was not an earthly prince but a spiritual one); but, 10, Michael,
one of the chief princes (likewise a spiritual power, a prince of the
Lord - 'the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people
- Daniel 12 : 1), came to help me; and I remained there with the
kings of Persia' (Daniel 10 : 13). A battle between two supreme
powers in heavenly regions.
All these powers of darkness, the large and the small, have a
vivid memory of God's holiness, His majesty and absolute lordship.
They know Jesus, at the Father's throne, in the glory of heaven. That
is why we shall always confront the demons and powers of darkness
with just Who Jesus is, call Him by Name, act in His Name and
expel them in that Name. 'In my Name shall they cast out devils,'
says Jesus (Mark 16 : 17). They shall step aside and flee from the
authority of that Name, before the command of all that is contained
in that Name.
Every time Jesus had to do with these demonic powers, during
His ministration, He noticed that they remembered Him, they knew
Him, and were filled with fear of Him. 'And there was in their
synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, saying, Let
us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? art
Thou come to destroy us? I know Thee who Thou ar~ the Holy One
a/God' (Mark 1 : 23, 24). This unclean spirit knew who Jesus was.
'And He healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out
many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew
Him' (Mark 1 : 34). Jesus forbade them to make Him known to the
people as they knew Him, because He had not yet accomplished His
mission on earth, the taking upon Himself the collective and
personal guilt of all men. 'And unclean spirits, when they saw Him;
fell down before Him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son a/God.
And He straitly charged them that they should not make Him
known' (Mark 3: 11, 12). 'And when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran
and worshipped Him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, What
have I to do with thee, Jesus, Thou Son 0/ the most high God?'
Mark 5 : 7). 'Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any
sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His
hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came
out of many, crying out Thou art Christ the Son a/God. And He
rebuking them suffered them not to speak:/or they knew that He was
Christ' (Luke 4: 40,41).
Whereas the forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist was
uncertain about his Master, and actually didn't know who He was,
as evidenced by the words: ' Art Thou He that should come, or do we
look for another?' (Matt 11 : 3), it would seem that all demons
possess this certainty, and know exactly who Jesus is. At that- for
them - critical moment of being exorcized, they made it apparent
that they knew and remembered Him!
In the realm of Satan, which is kept together by fear, and where
so many different powers, great and small, operate, whoever they are
and whatever they do, all demons know THREE things quite
definitely. Firstly: they all know that theirs is a lost cause. Secondly:
they all know thatJesus is the Victor. And thirdly: they all know that
their time is limited. When it comes to combatting and casting out
demons, you should know these things, and show that you know
them, as this paralyses their activities!
A defeated enemy
But Satan is a defeated enemy. Hallelujah! In paradise God
promised One Who would conquer the serpent Jesus Christ, and
He crushed his head on the cross of Calvary. The devil's case has no
prospect; his case is lost and he knows this! That is why he is so
dangerous. Although he may try to convince us of his apparent rule,
he IS an enemy defeated. He can move only as far as the rope which
binds him a:Jlows him to move. Jesus is Victor and speaks the final
Word, because He had the first Word and IS the Word.
We do not attack Satan in our name, because in our own ability
we can not conquer; only in the name of Jesus, the name of the Son of
God. The power of Jesus has no limits. If a believer stands on the
Word of God and has discovered what God says he is in Christ and
what he can do in Christ (Phil. 4 : 13), he will be in a position of
authority against evil powers.
Every Satanic power, every demon, knows he is lost, knows
that he has to yield unto every child of God who faces him in the
mighty name of Jesus. No demonic power will be able to hold his
ground against a man who knows what authority he has in Jesus, a
man covered by the blood of the Lamb and filled with the Spirit of
When you doubt (J ames 1 : 5-8) or fight these powers in your
own strength or indignation, they will not yield and will endanger
you. The Holy Spirit teaches you ('He shall teach you all things' -
John 14 : 26) the special place you may occupy in the Kingdom of
God through His mercy and through the work which Jesus finished
on Calvary. Then you will see that the demons will obey you as they
Is this pride on my part? It is not I can take this stand because
Jesus is in His throne 'far above all principality, and power, and
might, and dominion and every name' (Eph. 1 : 21). When we act in
the name of Jesus Christ, we are exercising the authority of the One
to Whom all power is given in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28 : 18).
The people who heard Jesus teach said that He brought ' a new
doctrine with authority' (Mark 1 : 27). We may stand in this same
authority and exercise it!
Do not think these things are for some special elected hero of
faith with extraordinary mandates of God. No, any simple man or
woman, any schoolboy or girl who knows by the infilling of the Holy
Spirit who he or she is in Jesus, knows what position of right and
authority is given by Jesus, will experience having demons yield to
We have a legal right to use the name of Jesus freely, for He
bought us by His blood and made us new creatures. We are made
partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1 : 4). He caused the Holy
Spirit to dwell in us (John 14 : 17, 19, 23). We received great power
from God. 'Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by
any means hurt you' (Luke 10: 19).
Formerly Satan was our master and we were slaves of sin, but
now we have been bought free by the blood of the Lamb and chosen
to be sons of God, members of the household of God. Is it not
wonderful? Glory! We have been translated from the power of
darkness into the Kingdom of light And now we have the task and
power to enter into the house of the strong one and bind him and
bring souls stolen by Satan back to the original owner: Jesus Christ
(Mark 3 : 27).
Who are we in Jesus?
We must go back to the Word of God and discover who we are
in Jesus. The father of lies has lured us away from this glorious and
secure place by making us believe that we are just nothing, have
nothing, can do nothing. He has followed this policy of lies so long
and frequently that we have forgotten indeed who we are. Thus he
has gained a profit on us. But in our days, more and more believers
are going to discover anew who we are according to the Bible, and
what we can do. They shall occupy their once deserted strongholds
against Satan and start to fight again.
Jesus knew who He was in the Father and courageously
opposed the destructive power of Satan. 'For this purpose the Son of
God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil'
(1 John 3 : 8). That was His first action; later He will give the final
blow to Satan himself (Rev. 20: 2). Jesus cast out the spirits with
His word (Matt 8 : 16) and gave this same power to His disciples.
'And when He had called unto Him His twelve disciples, He gave
them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out' (Matt. 10 : 1).
His command was: 'Go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at
hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils' (Matt. 10: 7-8).
'And they were all amazed, saying: What is this? A new
doctrine with authority! He commands the evil spirits and they obey
Him!' (Mark 1 : 27). 'And He healed many that were sick of divers
diseases, and cast out many devils' (vs. 34). 'And He preached in
their synagogues, and cast out devils' (vs. 39). 'And unclean spirits,
when they saw Him, fell down before Him, and cried, saying, Thou
art the Son of God' (Mark 3 : 11).
'And He called unto Him the twelve, and began to send them
forth two by two: and gave them power over unclean spirits' (Mark
6 : 7). 'And they went out and preached that men should repent And
they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick,
and healed them' (vs. 12-13). 'And the seventy returned again with
joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy
name ... Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and
scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by
any means hurt you' (Luke 10 : 17, 19).
It is said of Phi lip in Samaria: 'For unclean spirits, crying with
loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them' (Acts
8 : 7). It is written of Paul: 'And God wrought special miracles by
the hands of Paul: ... and the evil spirits went out of them' (Acts
19 : 11, 12). 'And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your
feet shortly' (Rom. 16 : 20). 'And having spoiled principalities and
powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it'
(Col. 2 : 15). 'And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony' (Rev. 12 : 11).
The Bible is the Word of God and therefore every word of it has
value and is valid for everyone and for all times. The true and
unchangeable Word of God appeals to us today asd emphatically
and as personally as it did to others in times before. All its promises
remain entirely valid; in Christ they are 'yea and amen' for every
believer. Therefore, we must accept the total Word of God for today,
and not just those parts which we like. We have no right to accept the
message of salvation for sinners for the world of today, but not
accept God's command of the filling with the Holy Spirit, the
manifestations of the Spirit such as speaking in new tongues, the
anointing of the sick, and the outcasting of evil spirits. These are
also for our day! Sometimes people say that all these dynamic
manifestations were given to the young Church by God in order to
establish the Church of Christ and confirm her for a pagan world.
But this is not true. Today as well the Lord of the Church will
confrrm her in the same way before the unbelief of the world. Also in
our days wants to show in His miracle-working power that He is with
We must either accept the WHOLE Bible as the Word of God,
the revelation of God's mercy for any poor sinner, without
discussion, without restriction, OR we must discard the Bible as a
whole. Nobody has a right to weaken the Word of God by human
insight, tradition, or interpretation. The Bible is the Word of God for
our generation, as it has been for all generations. It is the most up-todate
book in the world and it contains a wonderful message of peace
for man, even in this atomic age. It offers a glorious solution to the
typical problems of modem man, because it has a message for the
heart And the human heart does not change!
The Bible is THE truth and towers unassailably above the
changing views of people of all times. It is the Word of healing for
soul, spirit and body. It is the Word of the Spirit of God and the
revelation of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. 'Jesus Christ the same
yesterday, and today, and forever' (Heb. 13 : 8).
The instructions of ever-present interest
The commission Jesus gave His disciples to cast out evil spirits
is valid for today. He will support His children in this battle in the
same way He did before. He will manifest His victorious power in
them in the same way as in the days before and confinn their
witnessing by signs following (Mark 16 : 20). His commission still
applies to our present time: 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the
gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs
shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if
they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay
hands on the sick, and they shall recover' (Mark 16 : 15-18). The
authority of the Master is behind the commission.
Do you think that the Lord would leave His disciples such a
worldwide and dangerous commission without giving them power
· and ability to fulfill it? But He has, He gave them the fullness of the
Holy Spirit, which came into their lives as a power, victorious power
against the evil one, power to conquer demons, to beat the works of
Satan and to heal the wounds he caused. 'For the Kingdom of God is
not in word, but in power' (1 Cor. 4 : 20). We do not possess this
power by nature. but by the infilling of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1 : 8).
Because we did not know or desire this personal and real filling
with the Holy Spirit, our spiritual poverty caused us to consider the
Kingdom of God as a matter of words; void, empty, ineffective and
weak words. Small wonder demons have their sway without any
hindrance! When we do not believe in the reality of God's Word, we
are afraid of Satan. Because we are powerless, we have warned
everybody everywhere: beware of Satanic powers, do not fight them!
And Satan likes this attitude. This fear gives him liberty to continue
his devastating works without hindrance, and we perceive with
horror what he does in our days.
He brings into the churches the modem concept which denies
the blood of Jesus; he causes everything to be 'discussed', to be a
subject of debate. We can argue over everything to destruction, even
the most glorious and wonderful things in the gospel and in the
person of Jesus Christ Satan causes an increasing secularization in
the churches, and a doubting of the value of the sayings and promises
Satan pushes the things of the Spirit back from our time to the
past He deprives the miracles of God's hand of their glory and
explains them as imaginations, thus denying them. He organizes
everything and everybody to a perfectly close system in which the
Holy Spirit cannot work in full freedom. He brings an overemphasizing
of the sacraments of the church, because of lack of
dominion and guidance of the Holy Spirit
He introduces all sorts of human traditions in the life of the
church, which are not in pure accordance with the Word of God. He
causes us to give up the decision to surrender to Jesus and to follow
Him only. Satan leads us away from the great spiritual adventure of
living by the infallible Word of God and His promises. Instead, he
brings fear of other people's opinion and criticism.
There is an alarming lack of knowledge. 'My people are
destroyed for lack of knowledge' (Hosea 4: 6). Not an intellectual
knowledge, but knowledge concerning the things of the Kingdom.
We are destroyed, God says. We are destroyed by Satan when we
have forgotten what we are in Jesus Christ But when by grace we
learn to understand this again, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, we will
have no fright in the battle against spiritUal wickedness in high
Now is the time for men of God to obtain an insight into the
realm of demons and start fighting them with the weapons which
God has designated. We have often seen how simple people with
faith in the power of Jesus bound the demons and cast them out Do
not allow fear of Satan to hold you from fighting against him. Remind
him sharply and continuously of the fact that he is a defeated enemy
through the victory on Calvary. I have seen people of all ages set free
from evil spirits through faithful prayer, anointing, binding, the Holy
When demons have been recognized they are already half
conquered. We can recognize demons through the use of the
wonderful gift - an ability given by God - of discernment of spirits
(1 Cor. 12: 10). Why discerning, identifying? In order to know
which enemy is opposing us, what sinister personality he is, and how
to fight him. Many an important demon, prince or principality has a
name; to know this name makes it easier to bind him and cast him
out; when he has become manifest and his name is mentioned, half of
his power is broken.
The Church of the Lord must decide whether or not to
replenish this knowledge and to become again a church as in the days
of Paul, full of the Holy Spirit and power. There were simple people
('Behold, are not all these which speak, Galileans?' - Acts 2 : 7),
men and women filled with the Holy Spirit, who did great works for
In Acts 6 : 5-7 we read of Stephen. He held a modest office in
the church as a deacon, but 'Stephen, a man full offaith and of the
Holy Ghost. .. full of faith and power, did great wonders and
miracles among the people.' He was not full of physical power, as
Samson, but full of the power of the Holy Spirit, and did miracles,
which is the characteristic of a pentecostal life.
We must cleanse ourselves from all false human doctrines and
go back to the Word of God in order to find again the gifts and fruit of
the Holy Spirit We have simply to bow down in humility and
surrender to God's demands and to pray to the Lord of the church to
fill us with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Then we also will be taught
by the Holy Spirit and be guided into the ministries, so that we also
can successfully act against the evil powers among us.
In high places
'F or we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but. . . against
spiritual wickedness in high places' (Eph. 6 : 12). Where are these
unclean powers of Satan located? In heaven? It is evident that the
'high places' spoken of here does not mean the place where God is
living, heaven as a place of blessedness, the house of the Father with
the many mansions (John 14: 2). Jesus says: 'And I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also' (John 14: 3). The Lord is holy
and without blemish. He will not live in the same house with Satan.
Therefore, you must not think of the high places as the place of God,
but as the atmosphere, the universe.
We see in Job 1 : 6 that Satan appears among the 'sons of
God'. They are the archangels, the princes of the light, the co-rulers
with God. There he stands before the face of God between Michael
( one of the chief princes - Dan. 10 : 13; Michael your prince - Dan.
10: 21; the special protector and frontwarrior of Israel, the great
prince which standeth for the children of thy people - Dan. 12 : 1)
and Gabriel, the announcer ('I am Gabriel, that stand in the
presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee
these glad tidings' - Luke 1 : 19; 'the angel Gabriel was sent from
God unto a city of Galilee' - Luke 1 : 26) along with other heavenly
Satan is standing between them. He pushes his way between
them, even though he deserted his place in rebellion, counteracting
God by becoming His immediate and unabated opponent God in
His sovereignty allows him admission, but his place is not there. His
place will be the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20 : 10), prepared
for him and his angels.
The realm of the last, the final battle is the atmosphere, where
. the powers of darkness fight against the King of the Kingdom of
heaven: Jesus Christ And from these regions the evil spirits come to
fight men in soul, spirit, and body. This is a spiritual battle of spirit
against spirit, of spirit against the Spirit of God, the spirit of the antichrist
against the Spirit of Christ. This battle is being fought at a
thousand fronts, in all realms, and there is nothing and nobody
escaping this battle.
Jesus Christ - and this is a sure thing - is Victor in the battle.
God has raised Christ from the dead' and set Him at His own right
hand in the heavenly places, far above all (Satanic) principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name' (Eph. 1 : 20-21).
We also, children of God, must occupy this place. He' hath raised us
up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ
Jesus' (Eph. 2 : 6).
The place which Jesus would prepare for us ( John 14 : 3) is not
a place of rest without any further ado, but a place in His throne as a
co-ruler. Originally God destined us as people to have dominion
(Gen. 1 : 26). Jesus, the great Healer and Renewer of all things,
brings us back to that original place, if we are in Him. 'And if
children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs (of a throne) with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified
together' (partaking in His government) (Rom. 8 : 17).
If Jesus had not set us free (Gal. 5 : 1) and had not made us
sons of God, we would have remained slaves ( of sin), excluded from
this position in the throne. ' ... The heir, as long as he is a child,
differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all ... even so
we, when we were children were in bondage under the elements of
the world. But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent
forth His Son, made of woman, made under the law, to redeem them
that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son
into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more
a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God, through Christ'
(Gal. 4: 1-7). We are heirs of the power of God and joint-heirs of
Christ's Kingdom, in which we have obtained a place of authority.
'Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world?' (1 Cor. 6 : 2).
'Know ye not that we shall judge angels?' (1 Cor.6: 3).
Satan exercises his rule and fights his battle in 'the heavenly
places', because he knows that these 'heavenly places' are the realm
of dominion of Christ and his joint-heirs. It is evident that Satan
denies God's children this power by all the means he has at his
disposal, and that he wants to keep this huge realm of the heavenlies
for his own.
He does so especially because in this realm of the air the
wonderful meeting between Jesus and the Church will take place, the
incomparable coming together of all children of God and the
heavenly Bridegroom. 'For the Lord himself shall descend from
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first then we which
are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the
clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
Lord' (1 Thess. 4: 16-17).
In this time of the end, Satan is endeavouring to divert our
attention from Jesus' second coming by all sorts of fantastic
manoeuvres (sputniks, luniks, satellites, rockets) in space. The
wicked spirits in the air, the spiritual wickedness in high places are
Satan's hosts, wanting to reign with all strategic refinement, though
they will have to give up this realm to those who are the legal owners
ofit the children of God. 'Therefore let no man glory in men. For all
things are yours; whether the world, or life, or death, or things
present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and
Christ is God's' (1 Cor. 3 : 21-23).
The people of Israel are symbolic of the church. The people of
Israel were brought out of the house of bondage from .Egypt (the
condition of being bound by sin). They were guided by Joshua, but
especially by the fiery cloud (the guidance of the Spirit), and brought
to Canaan, the promised land given to them as a heritage. They met
all kinds of kings, enemies and obstacles. God had given the land as a
heritage, but they had to fight and conquer the hostile powers, all of
them: principalities, powers, might, dominion, names. Though the
powers were subordinated to them, the people had to fight and
These powers are put under God's rule, but under the
command of Jesus (Joshua is the same word as Jesus in Hebrew),
we have to purge our promised land of these powers. We must
capture, overpower and render harmless the kings ' in the heavenly
places' in the name of Jesus.
All powers and all things will be submitted to the dominion of
Jesus Christ, who passed into the heavens to establish His kingdom
as a King and Highpriest (Heb. 4: 14). All things shall bow down
for his honour and glory. 'Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him'
(Psalm 72 : 11 a).
'Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstbom of every
creature. For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions or principalities, or powers: all things were created by
Him and for Him, and He is before all things, and by Him all things
consist, and He is the head of the body, the Church' (Col. 1 : 15-18).
Jesus is the Creator, He is the Word, the Lord and King, on
earth and in the heavenly places. Jesus says: 'All power is given unto
Me in heaven and in earth' (Matt. 28 : 18). 'Bless the Lord, all his
works in all places of His dominion' (Psalm 103 : 22).
Which powers are these?
In Ephesians 6 Paul does not write about evil spirits in general,
but he distinguishes precisely relationships, grades and varieties in
power. He does not talk about small teasing spirits, spirits of slumber
or spirits diverting people's attention, but he talks directly about
great powers and principalities. 'For we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places' (Eph. 6 : 12).
In Satan's realm there are princes over princes, powers over
powers, names over names. There is a certain order, a reign of fear,
as is the case in communism, which creates a certain unity. Fear for
the powerful and cruel Gestapo brought forth an automatic
discipline. In the same way, fear is a unifying force in the realm of
darkness. 'And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he
cannot stand, but hath an end' (Mark 3 : 26). Satan reigns in this
manner and he is obeyed for fear.
There are many kinds of spirits in the heavenly places, evil
spirits, unclean spirits, all sorts of spirits of sickness. Several are
mentioned in the Bible. 'And they that were vexed with unclean
spirits and they were healed' (Luke 6: 18). 'And when the unclean
spirit had tom him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him'
(Mark 1 : 26). 'When Jesus saw that the people came running
together, He rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him: thou deaf and
dumb spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more in
him' (Mark 9: 25). Luke, the doctor, 'the beloved physician' (Col.
1 : 14), called epilepsy an evil spirit 'And as he was yet coming, the
devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean
spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father'
(Luke 9 : 42). 'And He was casting out a devil, and it was dumb'
(Luke 11 : 14). 'And behold, there was a woman which had a spirit
of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together and could in no
wise lift up herself (Luke 13 : 11).
There are a variety of spirits other than sicknesses mentioned
in the Scripture: 'And this is that spirit of antichrist' (1 John 4: 3).
'For ye have not received a spirit of bondage again to/ear' (Rom.
8 : 15). 'Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error'
(1 John 4 : 6, 2 Thess. 2 : 11). 'For God hath not given us the spirit
of/ear' (2 Tim. 1 : 7). 'And the spirit of jealousy come upon him'
(Numbers 5: 14). 'For the spiritofwhoredoms hath caused them to
err' (Hosea 4 : 12 and 5 : 4). 'God hath given them the spirit of
slumber' (Rom. 11 : 8), and 'for the Lord hath poured out upon you
the spirit of deep sleep' (Isa. 29 : 10). 'The Lord hath mingled a
perverse spirit in the midst thereof (Isa. 19 : 14).
There are spirits of envy, of scandal, of quarrel and discord,
sensual spirits, spirits of murder and suicide, spirits of destruction,
spirits of melancholy, hallucination, obsession, gloomy spirits,
sullen spirits, sadistic spirits, various spirits of mental sickness,
oppression, fixation. There are deceptive spirits, misleading spirits
in many forms, maniacal spirits, eccentric spirits, spirits of fortune
telling, intoxicating spirits, stupefying spirits. There are spirits of
criticism and of postponement, many kinds of unclean spirits. There
are spirits of speed which urge the driver or the pilot to greater and
greater and still greater speed, but also spirits of slowness causing
people to ever slower thinking and reaction, bringing their rhythm of
life gradually to a standstill and a sinking away in apathy. There are
spirits that dwell continuously in man, and other spirits that
continually go in an out There are slandering spirits which do not
cease to belittle, to insult men and to sow antipathy, breaking friendships,
destroying love by scandal mongering. There are spirits trying
to keep people away from their work, thus causing them never to
finish what once they started to do. There is a spirit of forgetfulness,
of always-being-Iate; there are tragic spirits, but also comical,
ridiculous. There are religious spirits, and also worldly spirits. There
are spirits making people anxious, others making people indifferent
There are great powers not easily cast out and which only can be
bound by continuous praying and fasting and there is a multitude of
small teasing, peevish, and diverting spirits.
There are all sorts of spirits of sickness. Cancer is a very real
and clear power of Satan, as are tumor, asthma, neurotic illnesses,
paralysis, stiffenings, diabetes, eczema, spasms, migraine, etc. etc.
(Not all sicknesses are caused by powers of Satan. A broken leg, of
course, is not such a power. These members of the body have to be
There are many sexual spirits clouding the holy gift of God
between men, making it a demoniacal thing. There are sadistic and
unnatural spirits, spirits of torture and powerlessness as well as of
disinterestedness. It is evident that Satan plays many trumps in this
There are regional powers tied to a definite place or town or
region. The possessed man in the land of the Gadarenes was spoken
to by Jesus and then the powers ('we are many') 'besought Him
much that He would not send them away out of the country' (Mark
5 : 10). But there are also powers roaming the whole world. It cannot
be said how many and what spirits there are; they exist in every
However, I want to denote a special kind of spirits which are
very dangerous and can cause no small damage to the church. As the
time of the end proceeds, they will exercise their influence more
frequently and with greater sneakiness. These are the 'pious' spirits,
religious demons. In this time, Satan is playing a sinister game of
imitating the revelation of Jesus Christ He reveals himself in such a
way that the imprudent, carnal Christian, who has no knowledge of
the Bible and of the things concerning the Kingdom of God, does not
recognize him and thinks he is dealing with the Lord. 'And no
marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light'
(2 Cor. 11 : 14). 'Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolwes' (Matt.
In the time of the end, Satan will imitate Jesus Christ in everything
and will confuse many. 'For there shall arise false Christs, and
false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders' (Matt
24 : 24). 'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience
seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding
to abstain from meats' (1 Tim. 4: 1-3). 'For the time will come
when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they
shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto
fables (false, deceitful philosophies of Satan)' (2 Tim. 3 : 4). Misleading
spirits will carry away the people of God by a bloodless
theology and deny that Jesus is the Son of God. 'But there were false
prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers
among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies' (2 Peter
'For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they
allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those
that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they
promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption;
for of whom a man is overcome, of the same he is brought in
bondage' (2 Peter 2 : 18-19). Satan promises liberty, but brings
slavery, binds and captures. 0, 'let us therefore cast off the works of
darkness, and let us put on the armour of light' (Rom. 13: 12).
It is essential that we use the ability given by God to discern the
spirits, so that we may recognize them and not be tempted by them.
There is no gift of discerning people, but of discerning (evil,
misleading) spirits. Discerning spirits is different from casting out
spirits, for which you use a different gift Identifying the enemy and
knowing the opponent is the opening of the battle. Without this
diving gift of discerning spirits - you can only receive this gift if you
are filled with the Holy Spirit - you can not see through these
religious tactics of the enemy, though you may have the Bible in your
hand. Natural intelligence and acumen will not see through these
works of the prince of darkness; you need a special gift of the Holy
Spirit Satan knows the Bible and will confuse God's children with
Bible verses; he also says: 'It is written' (Matt 4 : 6). In most
Christian circles the real presence of demons is not accepted, and
they overlook the possibility - yea, the command of God - to begin
the fight against them. Most children of God are unaware of this
world of spirits, and of how to battle and gain victory over these
This booklet is not written to enlarge upon this battle, but
nevertheless we like to bring to your notice two important texts.
First ' Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and
fasting' (Matt 17 : 21). Prayer and fasting. Where are people still
fasting in the Biblical manner? How many ministers and clergy are
addicted to smoking and drinking! Praying and fasting develops an
enormous spiritual power, power to conquer, especially evil powers.
Secondly, we must understand and accept our position of
authority. We must bind the powers and cast them out in the mighty
name of Jesus, with authority, commanding without fear. We must
get rid of the powers, not temporarily, but defmitely and permanently
settling the account with them. Do not come in your own
name, which has neither power nor victory, but come in the name of
Jesus, for unto Him is given all power in heaven and in earth! ' Verily,
I say unto you (When a saying of Jesus commences in this way, an
important communication follows, a law of the Kingdom), whatsoever
ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever
ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven' (Matt
It is of urgent necessity in our lives that at last we deny Satan
his dominion, cease our servitude and come to freedom. Christ has
made us free, so that we be truly free (Gal. 5 : 1).
'For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh;
(for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of
God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when
your obedience is fulfilled' (2 Cor. 10 : 3-6).
Paul mentions the weapons we have to use in our fight against
Satan. There are seven of them: five weapons for defence and two for
attack; both defence and attack, as in every battle.
Before mentioning the weapons of defence and attack one by
one, we want to point out the attitude we must take in this battle;
when reading we so easily ignore it and yet it is very important to
draw attention to this before putting on the armour.
Commitment to victory
Ephesians 6 : 14 begins thus: 'Stand therefore.' This goes with
arming oneself. Stand on your feet! Be prepared! Attention! Present
yourselfl 'Awake thou that sleepest!' To be able to withstand, one
must stand first 'But rise, and stand upon thy feet' (Acts 26: 16).
'Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees'
(Heb. 12: 12). We must be awake and entirely 'with it', knowing the
issue, being prepared to devote ourselves entirely, putting all halfheartedness
aside, overcoming all weariness, as well as all disappointment,
all that can delay and hinder us.
'Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily
beset us' (Heb. 12 : 1). Push aside everything that hinders and
opposes. We line up in God's division of faith, our eyes turned
towards our front-rank man Jesus, the Champion. 'Looking unto
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith' (Heb. 12: 2).
'Stand therefore.' These two words are not mentioned as a
mere introduction with a view to the armament, but form the very
necessary demand that we line up in close battle array and see all
other soldiers of Christ on our side. When we report our presence,
the whole army listens, just as we hear the names of our fellow
warriors mentioned. It is not a small private war, but our joint battle;
we have 'so great a cloud of witnesses' (Heb. 12: 1). It is the battle
of the members of the church of Christ and we are, according to His
promise, more than conquerors!
The angel of the Lord said to Hagar in the desert ofBeer-sheba:
'Arise!' (Gen. 21 : 18) and there she began a new life. The same
thing was said by the angel to the weary Elijah in the same desert
'Arise!' (1 Kings 19 : 5) and he went forty days and forty nights to
Mount Horeb. The man at Bethesda, who had been ill for thirty-eight
years, heard the command of Jesus: 'Rise!' (John 5 : 8). This man
was healed, he stood and from then on was a new man. At the gates
of Damascus, the Lord called to Paul, who was stricken down and
defeated: 'Arise!' (Acts 9: 6). This was the beginning of the wonderfully
blessed ministry of the apostle Paul.
We must have a good start, stand on our feet, line up, with fear
banished from our hearts, in the name of Jesus, in His victorious
power. If the beginning of the battle is good, it will end in triumph.
We must faithfully obey the Word of God, and follow His directions
and orders. 'And if a man also strive for masteries, yet he is not
crowned, except he strive lawfully' (2 Tim. 2: 5), according to the
orders of God, the Word of God. 'Let us therefore cast off the works
of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light' (Rom. 13 : 12).
The girdle of truth (Eph. 6 : 14)
When an Oriental begins to move, he girds his loins. With his
waistband he pulls up his long garment, so that he is not hindered by
it when moving forward. Thus the Lord wants us to gird our loins, to
gird with truth. Jesus says: 'I am the way, the truth and the life' (John
14 : 6). We want to be girt with this truth, which is Jesus Himself, the
Spirit of truth. We want to be directed, to be anchored. We are not
prisoners of false traditions and wrong opinions, of deeply rooted
religious traditions, but are willing followers and adherents to the
truth of Jesus. As we formerly allowed ourselves to be bound by the
slave master, Satan, so we are now obedient workers of the truth of
The first condition before going to battle is: to surrender to
Jesus completely, to pledge ourselves to His power, be filled by Him
wholly. The adversary, the father oflies, has made us believe the lie,
the half lie (consequently, half the truth), the misrepresentation for
such a long time that we have got a completely distorted idea about
the things of the Lord. 'Whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness
of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received
not the love of the truth, that they might be saved' (2 Thess.
Satan does not hesitate to imitate the words and signs of God in
order to tempt people to leave God. We have to gird ourselves with
truth against this refined policy of lies. The lie ties us to the father of
lying, but the truth ties us to Jesus, the Truth. Ifwe are standing and
remain standing on the Word of God as on the Truth, whatever may
happen, the truth will become active for us, do something for us. 'If
ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall
know the truth, and the truth shall make you free' (John 8: 31-32).
The truth must fill us. Paul says: 'As the truth of Christ is in me'
(2 Cor. 11 : 10). The truth of Christ, which fills us, is a condition, a
first demand, before taking up the battle against the spirits oflying in
the high places, and against the demons which attack the truth of
To the girdle is attacherl ' he sword, the sword of the Spirit, the
Word, the truth of Jesus. Ot. .le buckles of the belts of the German
army in World WarII were engraved the words 'Gottmituns' (God
with us)! The German war leaders appropriated God to their
worldly aims of'flesh and blood'. That is why they lost this battle, it
became a terrible failure. 'Gott mit uns' is the promise for a different
kind of battle, the spiritual battle of God's children against the
spiritual wicked powers in the heavenlies, the demons, Satan and his
The first defensive weapon in the armour of God is the truth,
the truth of the Word of God, the Kingdom of God, the only reality
entitled to bear the name: truth. We must learn to understand what
the issue really is. The Lord wants us to have open eyes for the
reality of this battle. Our task is to unmask the lie through the truth, to
penetrate the darkness with the light of God. 'I send thee, to open
their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the
power of Satan unto God' (Acts 26: 17-18).
The truth cannot bear distortion, error. 'Now the Spirit
speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
speaking lies in hypocrisy' (1 Tim. 4: 1-2). The Lord wants us to
plough straight furrows, to be girt with the truth, to stay away from all
appearance of evil; the Lord wants us to lift up the light high in the
darkness and twilight of Satan's policy oflying. 'Show me Thy ways,
o Lord; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me:
for Thou art the God of my salvation' (Psalm 25: 4-5).
The breastplate of righteousness (Eph.6: 14)
'Having on the breastplate of righteousness.' This is not the
breastplate of our righteousness, but of God's righteousness in Jesus
Christ Formerly we were clothed with the shabby, unclean clothes
of sin, our unrighteousness. But then Jesus came, and when we
surrendered to Him, He took those clothes from us, clothed Himself
with it and clothed us with the clean garment of His righteousness.
He took my unrighteousness upon Himself, yea, He Himself
became my unrighteousness that I might become righteousness of
God in Him. Jesus is my substitute. I would be crucified because of
my guilt before God, but He took my guilt upon Himself and was
crucified for me. Eternal damnation was loaded on me, but
hallelujah, my substitute intervened and took judgment upon
Himself. He was judged for me.
When Jesus arose from the grave, glorified, He was free from
sin, not from His own sin, for He had no sin, but free from my sin. I
live through Him, by Him, by His grace and forgiveness. Jesus came
and died for me, so that I may live. Hallelujah!
Jesus clothed me with His righteousness, His salvation, His
glory. He armoured me with that When Satan desires to find guilt,
sin in me, he will be stopped by this armour, for it cannot be
penetrated. When 'the accuser of our brethren' (Rev. 12 : 10) wants
to continue accusing me and points at my unrighteousness, my
unclean garment, he will fail. When Satan points at my guilt, I say:
'Yes, but it is all nailed to the cross.' I point at my righteousness in
Jesus, for God says in His Word that I am cleansed and sanctified by
Jesus. There is 'righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus
Christ unto all and upon all them that believe' (Rom. 3: 22). 'For I
will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their
iniquities will I remember no more' (Heb.8 : 12). 'But he was
wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes
we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned
everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity
of us all' (Isa. 53 : 5-6). 'For He hath made Him to be sin for us,
Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in
Him' (2 Cor. 5 : 21). By His righteousness we have become as
righteous before God as Jesus, for He is our righteousness.
The separation between God and us has been bridged by Jesus
Christ Isaiah 59: 1-2 says: 'Behold, the Lord's hand is not
shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot
hear; but your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.'
Forgiveness came. Hallelujah! 'Bless the Lord, 0 my soul; and all
that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, 0 my soul,
and forget not all His benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
Who healeth all thy diseases (Psalm 103: 1-3).
Jesus makes us free from unrighteousness by forgiving it He
makes us free through His blood. Praise the Lord. 'But God be
thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from
the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then
made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness'
(Rom. 6: 17-18). Jesus has endued me 'with power from on high'
(Luke 24 : 49), clothed with the impenetrable armour of a complete
salvation, the breastplate of righteousness. For 'you have put on
Christ' (Gal. 3 : 27), armoured, safeguarded, secured with Christ
In this way we will conquer, however hard the battle may be,
whatever kind of experiences we may have. 'A thousand shall fall at
thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh
thee' (Psalm 91 : 7).
'Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
peril, or sword? ... Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him that loved us' (Rom. 8 : 35, 37).
The preparation of the gospel of peace (Eph. 6: 15)
In Romans 3 : 15-16 it says: 'Their feet are swift to shed blood:
destruction and misery are in their ways.' In Ephesians 6 : 15 the
same Paul writes: 'And your feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace.' The loins girt, the feet shod, marks of readiness,
willingness to go and to be witnesses: ' Go ye into all the world, and
preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16 : 15).
The feet are shod to go and to preach the gospel of peace,
prepared to carry out the last great commission which Jesus gave
His disciples before His ascension. It is not a commission to bring
the world a sweet and soft humanism - 'Let us be gentle to each
other, dear' - not a poor, bloodless gospel which is no more than a
synthetic religion, liberal ethics, sentimentality, but the living power
of the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The blood of
Jesus is the wonderful medicine which God has given for a lost
world. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the great, glorious answer for
everyone and everything.
With the armour of God goes the readiness to bring the Word
of the mercy of God to poor, lost sinners. To be witnesses. A witness
is somebody who' saw it himself, who 'was with it'. Anybody can be
a witness: the businessman, the housewife, the girl, the schoolboy,
the intellectual, the simple-minded, the aged, the youngster, all
people. If we offer our readiness to the Lord of the harvest, He will
use it It is not so very important whether He will send us to the
classical heathen regions in Central Mrica or to the asphalt jungle of
your city, to the people living on the same floor as you, to your social
circle, your office, factory or workshop - the most important thing is
that He sends you. It is His business where to send, it is our business
to be ready to be sent
When you go out as a witness, bring neither more nor less than
the gospel of peace. Do not bring your own invented human
doctrines, however religious they may sound, no traditions, explanations,
deeply theoretic contemplations, bring only the gospel of
peace. Do not discuss, do not philosophize, do not bring 'your'
church or denomination, do not bring a matter dear to you or a
special subject But do bring the simple and precious gospel of John
3: 16, the gospel of mercy for sinners, forgiveness, redemption and
Jesus said: 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you' (John 14: 27). The peace
conferences, the pacts of non-aggression and the security councils of
the world bring no peace for your soul. Jesus says: 'My peace!' A
peace within, peacefulness from Me in the storm, this 'joy unspeakable
and full of glory' (1 Peter 1 : 8), this 'blessed assurance, Jesus is
mine!'; a peace which passes all understanding. By trusting acceptance
of the forgiveness of sin, redemption of sin, this peace floods our
'How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not
helieved? and how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not
heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall
they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are
the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad
tidings of good things!' (Rom. 10 : 14-15). Paul is writing here about
the same feet as those 'shod with the preparation of the gospel of
peace'. Beautiful feet, blessed feet, willing feet to publish abroad the
mercy of Jesus, the gospel of peace.
'These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have
peace' (John 16 : 33). Through the word of testimony peace comes
to us. It is brought to us by the Holy Spirit, 'the Word which God
sent. .. preaching peace by Jesus Christ' (Acts 10: 36). The world
does not know this deep, inward peace, because the world is the
realm of Satan, where he rules with corruption, impurity, cruelty,
misery, pain, lies, sin and sickness. 'And the way of peace have they
not known' (Rom. 3 : 17), but they are called, invited to peace. 'But
God hath called us to peace' (1 Cor. 7 : 15).
'For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace' (1 Cor.
14: 33). The multitude of angels gave praise for the birth of Jesus
and announced, 'On earth peace, good will toward men' (Luke
2: 14). The gospel of peace is the gospel of Jesus, He is our peace.
, And He came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to
them that were nigh' (Eph. 2: 17), to all nations, the gospel of peace
everywhere. From a life rent by sin sinners are called to the peace of
Jesus Christ, filling their hearts. 'And let the peace of Christ rule in
your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye
thankful' (Col. 3 : 15). 'And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus
Christ' (Phi!. 4: 7). 'Now the Lord of peace Himselfgive you peace
always by all means' (2 Thess. 3 : 16). Jehovah Shalom, the Lord of
The shield of faith (Eph. 6: 16)
'Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able
to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked' (Eph. 6 : 16). The shield
of faith is another defensive weapon against Satan. God is my shield.
As the Dutch anthem says: 'My shield and confidence art Thou, 0
Lord my God.'
My faith in God is my shield. Spiritually spoken, my worth is to
the measure of my faith. T am what I believe. I also possess what I
elieve, for what I believe. 'According to your faith be it unto you'
(Matt 9 : 29). Not faith in myself, but in Jesus Christ, the
Revelation of the power of God. I am not what I feel to be, nor what
the symptoms say I am, what intellectually I think to be, nor what
others say I am, what Satan, the accuser, says I am; but I am, may
be, can be, what I believe in God. 'According to your faith be it unto
'The just shall live by his faith' (Hab. 2 : 4; Heb. 10: 3). Mind
you: by his faith! Not by the faith of others, but by his personal faith.
He is what he believes, he can receive as many things as he has faith
for in God, no less. Faith can never expect too much. 'Thy faith hath
made thee whole' (Matt. 9 : 22; Mark 5 : 35, 10: 52; Luke 7 : 50,
8 : 48), that is what Jesus said. In the upper room He told Peter:
'Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may
sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not'
(Luke 22: 31-32), that your shieldoffaith might not break to pieces.
Peter was a desired target for Satan's offensives, and how could
Peter protect himself?
Battle broke out against this impetuous servant of the Lord.
Could he be sufficiently vigilant? His Highpriest, his Advocate, his
Intercessor prayed for him, for his faith, for his shield of faith.
Another squire of God, S tephen, stood firmly in the Lord. It is
written of him: 'Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy
Ghost ... full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles
among the people' (Acts 6: 5, 8). Stephen, the deacon, was filled
with the Holy Spirit He had known a mighty pentecostal experience
in his life, he knew who he was in Jesus, he knew what he could do by
Him, he knew how to take victory power from the Lord and how to
use it, to the glory of His name. Only spiritual people, filled with the
Holy Spirit can see these things; there is no natural way of understanding
(1 Cor. 2 : 14).
The Sanhedrin, the great Council of Pharisees and scribes, to
whom Stephen had to give account, took offence at his action and his
witness. When Stephen gave his address, without fear, in the power
of the Holy Spirit, he concluded with an accusation: 'Ye do always
resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do ye ... When they
heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on
him with their teeth' (Acts 7 : 51, 54).
Stephen put the battle in its spiritual meaning: spirit against the
Spirit of God, law against grace, dead formalism versus the power of
the faith, petrifaction against freedom. But the official clergy did not
accept this. They cast him out, they stoned him. Again they were
making it a matter of 'flesh and blood', as they used to do, natural
men as they were, always trying to solve problems in this way.
Stephen saw what the council did not see. Stephen had the shield of
faith and remained spiritually unaffected, as Jesus on the cross
remained spiritually unaffected, notwithstanding all violence. Jesus
says: 'And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill
the soul' (Matt. 10 : 28). 'And all that sat in the council, looking
stedfeastly on Stephen, saw his face as it had been the face of an
angel' (Acts 6: 15).
The shield of his faith had not failed, it did not break though his
body was broken. In this spiritual battle the Spirit gains the victory.
'For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the
victory that overcometh the world, even our faith' (1 John 5: 4). In
the battle of which Paul speaks in Ephesians 6, victory is guaranteed
by God. It is a sure matter that in the battle of faith against the hostile
powers, the enemy will be conquered.
'Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto
thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before
many witnesses' (1 Tim.6 : 12). Let nothing stop you, 'continue in
the faith' (Col. 1 : 23). 'I am ... joying and beholding your order,
and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ' (Col. 2 : 5). We are
justified by grace, not by works (Rom. 3 : 24, 28; Gal. 2: 16); by
faith in His blood we are redeemed (Rom. 3 : 25); we receive healing
by faith in Him, 'and His name through faith in His name hath made
this man strong, whom ye ·see and know; yea, the faith which is by
Him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all'
(Acts 3: 16). Jesus said, healing a sick child: 'If thou canst believe,
all things are possible for him that believeth' (Mark 9: 23). 'I live by
the faith of the Son of God' (Gal. 2 : 20). By faith I have received the
Holy Spirit ( Gal. 3 : 2), by faith also the gifts of the Spirit, the power
to cast out demons and to heal the sick (Gal. 3 : 5).
By faith we partake in the blessing of Abraham (Gen. 12 : 1-
3). God's promise is: 'And I will make of thee a great nation, and I
will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a
blessing, and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that
The Lord wants us to live by faith, faith in His wonderful
power. He would have us live by His life, live of His fullness, not of
the material and natural certainties round about us, but live by Him,
obtaining the things of His Kingdom, according to His Word and
promise. 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen' (Heb. 11 : 1). 'As seeing Him who is
invisible' (Heb. 11 : 27), who is the good Giver of all blessings
(Psalm 103: 2).
On the whole we are apprehensive of a life by faith, we think it
too uncertain. We would rather not embark on this spiritual
adventure with Jesus Christ, and catch instead at all straws in human
society for support. We do not trust Jesus, the' Author and Finisher
of our faith' (Heb. 12 : 2), not to the utmost. We dare not live by His
grace from day to day, trusting His wonderful promises which are all
'yeaandamen'inHim(2 Cor. 1 : 20). We are afraid that He will not
keep His promises and - when it really matters - will drop us. But to
live by faith means to stand, remain in Him, completely. 'Abide in
Me, and I in you' (John 15: 4). If you let go of Him, lose Him,
distrust His Word, grieve His Spirit, refuse His hand, you are led to
darkness. 'But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but
of them that believe to the saving of the soul' (Heb. 10 : 39).
The fiery darts of the wicked (Eph.6: 16)
'Above all (that you have taken in possession of the armour),
taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked' (Eph. 6 : 16). Taking the shield of faith
against the fiery darts, the furious attacks of Satan. Praise the Lord
for giving a defensive weapon able to resist Satan's offensives; the
Lord has provided! The prince of darkness continuously attacks us
in the realm of soul and body. We already wrote about all sorts of
evil spirits waylaying us in various ways. There are thousands of
temptations, diseases and griefs, doubt, criticism, blindness, infidelity,
darts shot at us by the enemy. He directs them to our feeling and
If as Christians we forget what we are, what we can do in Jesus
Christ, and do not put our faith as a hard and whole armour between
us and the enemy, we fall prey to him. Satan has had an opportunity
to study man for many centuries. He knows him through and
through, as a mass as well as an individual. All our weaknesses are
known to him, and they are like many openings into which he can
shoot his fiery darts.
Satan came to the first people created by the Word and unto the
Word to talk them away from this Word. God had said to Eve that
she was not allowed to eat of the tree in the middle of Eden. Satan
came and talked this out of her head. Eve should have armoured
herself against these temptations of the devil, but her shield of faith
was weak, so that Satan could shoot his fiery darts at her unprotected
way of thinking.
This resulted in the terrible fall of mankind. Satan did not
penetrate her faith, but her sentiment. This is as he always does,
coming to us through our senses, our mind. If! approach the things of
God's Kingdom through what I have heard of it or think of it, what I
see with my eyes or what my sentiment says about it, via my
sensorial observations, I will not fmd the things I am looking for.
'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
not seen' (Heb. 11 : 1). Faith builds its house upon a different
perception: God has said! and that's it! Faith lives of this reality and
cannot walk on natural, visible, palpable, reasoned ways. Faith
directs itself towards what God can do, to what He is, what He says.
This is the highest reality, exceeding everything, exceeding any
criticism or opinion. When all other things in this world pass away,
this reality remains. 'Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My
words shall not pass away' (Matt. 24: 35; Mark 13: 31; Luke
21 : 33).
Lack of knowledge of the Word of God (Hosea 4: 6), resulting
in our forgetting what we are and possess in Jesus Christ, has made
Satan so perilous for us. Lacking insight in the power of the Holy
Spirit, we have lost the mighty possibility to fight Satan effectively.
We must go back to the Word of God, the mirror. We read in J ames
1 : 23-24: 'For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass; for he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner
of man he was.' We have gone our way and have forgotten what we
look like, what we are in the mirror of God; that is the tragedy of
We must go back to the Bible, wherein as in a mirror held
before us we can see that we are more than conquerors in Christ, that
in Him we partake again in 'His image and likeness', and partake' of
the divine nature' (2 Peter 1 : 4). Satan puts a laughing-mirror
efore us, which causes a distorted image and likeness, ridiculous
and reducing forms. However, we do not follow Satan, but Jesus
Christ, and we have been bought and paid for by Him, His own
nation we are! We must become Bible-believing, Word-believing
Christians. We must let go all our own reasonings and comments
and start afresh to learn and read the Bible in a childlike, simple,
open and believing manner, as God's truth. In it we fmd the power to
ban the enemy out of our lives and keep him out!
Paul knew who he was in Jesus Christ and he wrote: 'I can do
all things through Christ which strengtheneth me' (Phi!. 4: 13).
Peter knew what he was in his Master, and he said to the lame man in
the gate called the Beautiful: ' Silver and gold have I none; but such as
I have give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up
and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and
immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he
leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple,
walking, and leaping, and praising God' (Acts 3 : 6-8). The man was
healed and he walked and jumped and praised God! Elijah knew
what he was in his God. Lonely he stood on Mount Carmel and
prayed fire from heaven (1 Kings 18 : 38), and he ordered it not to
rain for three and a half years (James 5 : 17). He called the dead boy
back from death to life (1 Kings 17 : 22). 'And the Lord heard the
voice of Elijah.'
The Bible talks about many heroes of faith in the Old
Testament and the New Testament, who knew who they were in
their God and acted consequently, showed authority, asserted full
powers, were strong in faith. They were not theorists, but acted by
faith and did great things for the Kingdom of God. Satan shoots his
arrows at the children of God and he has more strings to his bow, but
the shield of faith is strong and impenetrable and quenches them all
(Eph. 6 : 16).
The helmet of salvation (Eph. 6 : 17)
' And take the helmet of salvation.' 1 Thessalonians 5 : 8 also
mentions the helmet of the hope of salvation. The armour now
covers the warrior, he only lacks the headware. This is a very
important part of the armour, for most blows come down upon the
head. The enemy directs his attacks mainly to the head as the center
of thought, will, and reason. The helmet is made of the strongest
brass and without joints, made of one piece and welded so that blows
will slide off, glance off.
The helmet of salvation is also hard, without joints, smooth, a
protection of the world of our thoughts, which Satan tries to
penetrate. It is made of the best material to be found, salvation
through the fundamental values in Jesus Christ He is our Saviour
from sins. He took my unrighteousness upon Himself. He is our
peace. His blood set me free. He justifies me for His Father. He
renews my life. I am a new creature in Him. He heals my disease. He
baptizes with His spirit He gives me victory over Satan. He makes
me partake in the heritage. What is there that He is not for me, what
do I not own in Him? All things come to me. He makes my cup to run
over. 'He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us
all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?' (Rom.
The devil knows these fundamental truths very well and tries to
shoot his fiery darts at the helmet, darts such as doubting God, His
love, His almighty power, His Word, His promises. He tries to
thrust his sword into the thinking capacity of man, but the blows
glance off because of the smooth jointless metal of the helmet of
salvation. The metal of his mischief slides off against the metal of
salvation in Jesus. Satan tries to infiltrate our thoughts with feelings
of unworthiness, incapability, unacceptability, impurity; but the
helmet is closed, the Word covers it as a shield. When we stand in
salvation in Jesus Christ, it is like a helmet, a dome on the temple of
the Spirit' Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God,
him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple
ye are' (1 Cor. 3 : 16-17).
Under this dome the world is full of peace and harmony. There
Psalm 91 is sung, there is laud and glory. The fear of an all-powerful
devil, who has for centuries vexed the children of God, gives room to
the experience of being 'more than conquerors' in Jesus. The Holy
Spirit dwells there and guides us to all truth.
In the fight between David and Goliath - between the people of
God and the hereditary enemy of the people of God, the Philistineswe
see that Goliath wore a helmet of brass (1 Sam. 17 : 5), hard,
perfect. Under this helmet was hostility against God, raging
blasphemy; a helmet of mischief. David's friends wanted to protect
the King. With it was also a helmet of brass (1 Sam. 17 : 38), hard,
perfect. Brazen helmet against brazen helmet That is the way 'flesh
and blood' fights. But David saw this could not help him. He put off
this armour, handed the brazen helmet back and put on the armour of
God. 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of
hosts' (Zech. 4 : 6). He took the helmet of salvation into this battle.
Goliath's brazen helmet, the helmet of disaster, appeared to be not
entirely closed. The front showed an opening, and Goliath in his
immense haughtiness paid no attention to it David looked for five
smooth stones from the brook. He put one of them in his sling and
then, with great force, he slung it through the unprotected spot right
into the giant's forehead. Goliath fell, deadly wounded. David's
stone forced itself into Goliath's Satanic way of thinking and brought
this train of thoughts to a standstill. His battle was not, first of all, a
physical battle against a giant more than eleven feet tall, but against
the blasphemy coming out of his mouth; it was a spiritual fight. If you
only see the outward appearance of things, you see David go as
God's skylark, without armour, in mere faith. But he was well
provided with an armour, a better one than Saul' s - it was the armour
of God. David's stone sinking into Goliath's head killed the Satanic
attack against God.
The helmet of salvation is far better than any other helmet in
the spiritual battle against the evil powers in the heavenlies. If you
understand the saving truths of the Word of God and accept what
this Word says about Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer, and if
you accept what this Word says about you, you have put on the
helmet of salvation and your thoughts are protected against the
attacks of Satan, who shall not' get an advantage of us; for we are not
ignorant of his devices' (2 Cor. 2 : 11).
In Matthew 4 we read how Jesus and Satan met in the wilderness.
It is a perilous engagement, a duel between the Prince of light
and the prince of darkness. What will the result be? It is nothing less
than to be or not to be; who shall come forth as victor in this battle?
Satan attacks first, he opens the offensive in this spiritual fight. Being
the strategist that he is, he knows that attack is the best defense. But
Jesus takes His sword and answers this attack. He takes the sword of
the Spirit, the Word of God and says: 'It is written!' This direct blow
is to the credit ofJesus. Satan is forced back, the Word of God has
gained the victory.
Satan, more careful now, follows the fighting method of Jesus
and also mentions a word. He quotes the Bible, but mutilates the
text, as he always likes to do. When he presents himself as an angel
oflight and you pay due attention, you will see that he comes with a
pious word, a Bible quotation. But somewhere he slyly omits
something, he blurs the truth, which is typical for Satanic tactics. But
Jesus comes with the full Word and wards off this sword thrust with
God's saying: 'It is written.'
Again, for the second time, Satan endeavours to force Jesus to
go down on His knees for him, but Jesus hits back with the same twoedged
sword, the Word of God and says: 'It is written again'! This
means the end of the battle, Satan flees, Jesus is Victor, the Word
gave Him the victory. 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God' (Matt 4: 4).
'The word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked
one' (1 John 2: 14). 'Every knee shall bow to Me' (Rom. 14: 11).
Who am I? Am I what Satan says I am? Am I what my reason
says I am? Or my feelings? Or my education? Or what people say I
am? Am I what I fear to be or not to be, or what my doubt or unbelief
tells me? Or am I what God says I am, what God says in His Word
that I am? Hallelujah, I do not fight with my words, but with the
Word of God. God's Word says I am saved by the blood of Jesus,
saved from sin, healed with His stripes, healed with His wounds, a
child and heir of God. There is no end to what I am in Christ. And
when Satan attacks, I meet him with the words of God and tell him
what God says about me in Christ. With 'it is written' we ward off his
attacks, as Jesus did. Our opinions are not important and Satan does
not retreat because of them, but the sayings of God make him flee.
The Lord speaks in His Word, which is a very sharp sword.
'These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges'
(Rev. 2 : 12). When we faithfully stand on the truth of the Word of
God and use it as a weapon against the evil power, they will flee. 'He
cast out the spirits with His word' (Matt. 8 : 16). Where powers of
sickness overwhelm the children of God, use the sword! 'He sent His
word, and healed them' (Psalm 107 : 20). The centurion said to
Jesus: 'Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed' (Matt
We all have this sword of the Spirit, because we have the Word
of God, the Bible and Jesus, the Word made flesh. In His high-
priestly prayer Jesus says to His Father: 'I have given them Thy
word' (John 17 : 14). 'Thy word is truth' (John 17: 17).
We must - I will repeat this again and again - go back to the
Word of God. We must study, know, believe and obey this Word
more than what people say. 'Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it'
(John 2: 5). Then the Word will stand behind us as a shield, as a
rock; it will serve and carry us through. Then a whole universe of
forces of nature originated by the Word (John 1 : 1-3) will help and
assist us. When we believe the Word, stand in the Word and when
the Word is living within us, then everything created by the Word,
called into being by that Word, will be on our side and fight with us.
'The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth' (Rom. 10 : 8).
We do not bear the sword of the Spirit as an empty form, like
soldiers bear it as a decoration when a parade is made in peacetinie,
showing them in shiny sheaths. The sword of the Spirit must be
unsheathed and used in the battle, today, now, here, there, everywhere
where the powers of darkness try to overpower children of
God. In the fiery, spiritual battle of the time of the end we are not
benefitted by the use of empty words in our church services;
decorating the sword with garlands of eloquence, showing it off,
playing with words about the Word - it is all useless. But the sharp,
two-edged sword of the Word of God must be used. We must take up
the fight, fearlessly, in the name of Jesus, for His Kingdom, against
the powers of darkness.
No human words can deliver a possessed person, no edification
can avail anything against the realm of darkness, but the Word of
God can. Satan fears a believer with the Bible in his hand, a man, a
woman filled with the Holy Spirit and knowing how to use the sword
of God as the powerful weapon. Satan does not fear our words, but
he flees from the Word of God. Sick people are not healed by
beautiful words; people enslaved are not freed by rhetoric; a person
possessed by evil spirits is not set free from the devil by eloquence.
The Word of God makes alive! The Word of God redeems,
liberates, heals, renews! Hallelujah! Behind each of God's sayings,
behind each of God's words is His authority. He is the Lord!
When you come to a sick man and you sit down at his bedside
for a sweet, kind talk, a little word of comfort, your words - however
well meant, full of care and sympathy - will not cause the sick to rise.
But when you take the Bible and open it to show God's sayings and
promises for this sick person, when you let the Word speak and act
according to the authority of the Word, when you cast out the powers
of sickness in the mighty name of Jesus, when you, following J ames
5 : 14, anoint this sick person with oil and when you believe that God
Himself will prove the truth of His Word to this sufferer and make
him whole in accordance with your action on His command, then
you will see what the Word of God can do. 'So shall My word be that
goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I sent it' (lsa. 55 : 11). What will it accomplish? It will be a
sword of the Spirit, sharp, two-edged, against the whole host of
Satan and it will defeat him entirely. 'Heaven and earth shall pass
away, but My words shall not pass away' (Matt 24: 35).
The sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6 : 17)
The above-mentioned parts of the armour of God are all
defensive weapons. The faithful Christian standing in this armour, is
unassailable, unconquerable. His safety is guaranteed. But, alas,
there are many who have not put on the entire armour of God. There
are few who have discovered who they are in Christ and who stand in
the fullness of His salvation, 'strong in the Lord, and in the power of
His might' (Eph. 6 : 10). Ignorance of this armour orlack of understanding
as to the importance of it has caused many a person to fail to
stand, so that his battle was lost
But the Lord has commanded not only to defend, but also to
attack. 'In My name they shall cast out devils' (Mark 16 : 17). Too
long we have allowed them admittance in our life and work to carry
out their harmful activity. In his own camp the enemy must be taken
by surprise, the way must be forced into the house of the powerful,
the house has to be burgled and the stolen casks must be taken back.
Courage and fearlessness are necessary to attack the evil spirits and
to cast them out, but even more, we need the offensive weapons.
Both offensive weapons given by God are the Word of God;
one, 'The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God' (Eph.
6: 17); the other, 'praying in the Spirit' (vs. 18) - that is, praying in
new tongues, speaking in the language of the Spirit, the Word of God
coming from Him and returning to Him. The Sword of the Spirit, the
Word of God - the literal translation is the 'utterances' of God. The
enemy can be defeated by them. The devil cannot be defeated by the
edge of a material sword, no, but the utterances of God defeat him.
Which are the utterances of God concerning Satan? This: that
he is a defeated enemy; this: that his head was bruised on Calvary by
Jesus of Nazareth, who tread upon the serpent; this: that the keys of
hell and of death have been taken away from him (Rev. 1 : 18); this:
that he must bow down and surrender to the name of Jesus; this: that
he has been conquered by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of
the testimony of the children of God (Rev. 12 : 11); this: that his
cause is a lost cause. Amen.
Believers with full authority can defeat the enemy and compel
him to flee. They have a right and a duty to do this, to bind the powers
of darkness and send them back to the pit The child of God has read
these truths in the Word of God and acts accordingly by faith. When
he visits a child of God fallen into the hands of Satan and fallen ill, he
opposes the powers which infiltrate the child of God in the power of
God. He swings the sword of the Spirit and says: 'In the name of
Jesus Christ we tear this prey away, Satan! This is Jesus' own! You
have no right to possess this human being. Jesus bought him (her)
with His blood! He bore all his (her) sicknesses on the cross, by His
wounds he (she) is healed! Leave this dwelling place! We cast you
out! We take this soul away from you, in the name of Jesus!'
When you say this with authority, in the power of the Spirit and
believing that what you say will come to pass, this power of sickness
must leave the sick person; he has to obey. 'Have faith in God. For
verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say to this mountain, Be
thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his
heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to
pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you,
What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive
them, and ye shall have them' (Mark 11 : 22-24). 'But let him ask in
faith, nothing wavering' (James 1 : 6).
There are all sorts of powers, princes and principalities which
offer persistent resistance and there are other evil spirits, smaller
ones, vexing demons, demons of worry, but swing the sword of the
Spirit in faith till victory is sure.
John says in his first epistle: 'For this purpose the Son of God
was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil' (1 John
3 : 8). And Jesus said in the upper room: 'Verily, verily, I say unto
you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also;
and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my
Father' (John 14 : 12). These are sharp words, giving a glorious
guarantee. With them we can go forward to battle. We have the twoedged
sword in our hand. It is a command of our Lord Jesus.
0, there is still so much to be done. It is as if the powers of evil
are multiplying and their influence is becoming greater. And what
lack of knowledge there is concerning this spiritual battle! By his
politics of blurring New Testament doctrine, the devil has succeeded
in leading the people of God astray and paralysing them. How many
people today are in the power of Satan! 0, body of Christ Arise!
Child of God: Arise and stand on your feet! Christian: Put on the
armour of God! To the arms! Take your place in the armies of God!
Turn back to the authority in the Spirit, take action again, as Paul
did, against the rulers of the darkness of this world! Use the sword of
the Spirit the Word of God! This and this only will conquer the
spiritual wickedness in high places. 'For the Word of God is quick,
and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even
to the dividing assunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart'
(Heb. 4 : 12).
Praying in the Spirit (Eph. 6 : 18)
Most readers of this portion of Scripture on the armour of God
stop reading in Ephesians 6 at verse 17. They close their Bible and
think they know everything about these weapons. But they are
mistaken; they forget about an extraordinary, valuable offensive
weapon: praying in the Spirit 'Praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit' (6 : 18). They think the sword of the Spirit
is enough to penetrate the army camp of the enemy and to bring back
the property of Jesus.
But there is another very sharp weapon given to us by God,
apart from the sword of the Spirit, the Word, against spiritual
wickedness in high places. It is a totally spiritual warfare. The Lord
has provided a weapon of a special nature, even more powerful and
successful than the sword of the Spirit Every human fallibility is
excluded and the fight is put in the hands of Him from whom all
visible and invisible powers must be drawn. The weapon is: 'Praying
in the Spirit'.
It is remarkable that so little is known about this subject to the
children of God; Satan has succeeded in obscuring these things of
the Spirit in the Church of Jesus Christ for centuries. It is the utmost
importance for him to draw attention away from this text, knowing
what power this weapon has against his rule. Every honest Bible
reader must admit that God's Word deals with twofold prayer:
praying with the Spirit, and praying with the understanding. 'What is
it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding
also' (1 Cor. 14: 15). I will pray in the Spirit and will also
pray with understanding. It is clear that praying in the Spirit here
means speaking in tongues. The apostle Paul calls praying in the
Spirit praying in tongues (as you will clearly see in 1 Corinthians 14)
in contrast to general intellectual prayer which I can even offer
without my heart and faith and spirit participating in it, intellectual
prayer that can be learned, that could be a matter of habit instead of
standing before the face of God.
In 1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14 Paul teaches that the baptism
in the Holy Spirit is meant as a command and a starting point of all
the gifts of the Spirit. To the church of Ephesus he says: 'Be filled
with the Spirit' (Eph. 5 : 18). And then in the following chapter he
talks about the weapons. Paul gives two reasons why a child of God
must pray in tongues and why he does it so often himself, more than
all others in the church of Corinth. 'I thank my God, I speak with
tongues more than ye all' (1 Cor. 14: 18). When we look at the life
of this so richly blessed apostle and the meaning of his ministry for
Asia and Europe, we will have to postpone our criticism, because
this sentence, 'I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye
all', might be the secret of why he was more than 'ye all' a blessing for
Speaking in tongues
The nine gifts of the Spirit, as listed in 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10,
are a condition for a powerful pentecostal life. The first gift listed in
1 Cor. 12, and also mentioned as evidence of the baptism with the
Spirit in Mark 16 : 17, is the God-given ability of speaking in new
tongues or languages.
Many Christians maintain that they have received the filling
with the Holy Spirit but not the speaking with tongues. And when we
talk with them and enter into this matter more profoundly, it appears
that they do not possess this speaking in tongues because they do not
Unknown, unloved! It is lack of knowledge that destroys the
people of God (Hos. 4: 6). They have something against it; they
think it to be 'uncanny' and 'queer'. Therefore, they direct this
speaking with tongues back to earlier times, to the time of the Acts;
or, failing this, they think it a speciaJty of the so much more
'emotional' pentecostal groups which use it in an 'ecstatic way'. But
for them, they say, this is certainly not necessary or God's will for
them. Their reasoning might be like this: 'Why should I speak in
tongues or pray in tongues? When I pray in my mother tongue, God
will hear me and I know what I am talking about There is so much
opposition of my reason and it does not agree with my feelings, I
really cannot submit to these uncontrollable, supernatural things. I
cannot grasp them; my human logic, my thinking does not accept it'
The importance of this praying in the Spirit is acknowledged by
the Bible. The fact that it has a special place in conjunction with the
sword of the Spirit in the armour of God, 'that ye may be able to
stand against the wiles of the devil' (Eph. 6 : 11), proves that we
cannot belittle this matter as a negligible thing of minor importance,
a typical sectarian change. We must see it as the last and strongest
offensive weapon against the powers of darkness. Small wonder that
Satan stirs up the whole church against this speaking in tongues,
using his whole arsenal of false means. When church people have
been stirred up against a truth from the Word of God, you will find it
concerns a matter that is very dangerous for Satan. In these matters
he promotes ignorance and aversion to the teaching. Every Christian
should occupy himself in these things and investigate why Satan is so
ill at ease. He greatly fears the manifestations of the Spirit, the gifts
of the Spirit, and rightly so, for the Lord gave these things to the
church especially against spiritual wickedness.
On the day of His ascension Jesus said: 'These signs shall
follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues' (Mark 16 : 17). He mentioned them
together, the fight against evil spirits and the speaking in new
tongues. Be aware of the fact that Jesus Himself spoke these words,
that this is the last sentence He spoke on earth. 'So then after the
Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat
on the right hand of God' (Mark 16: 19). His parting words on this
important day of His coronation are, like the parting words in the
upper room, of great importance for His disciples, for all who follow
Him. He clearly speaks the words forming 'the great commission',
the commission for world evangelization, a message of salvation for
soul, spirit, and body, a gospel wanting to appeal to the whole human
existence in order to renew it And in these few directives Jesus
includes: 'They shall speak with new tongues'!
Have we a right, friends, not to honour and obey these words?
May we follow our own feelings, our taste, our intellectual
considerations, is it not an insult to the Word of God to submit to our
censorship? Who are we? What we think of the holy and divinely
appointed things in the Kingdom is not decisive, is it? It is not
important or even interesting. The only importance is what God says
of it, for this only counts in His Kingdom. We ought to give our
critical prudence into death. 'I thank Thee, 0 Father, Lord of heaven
and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and
prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes' (Matt 11 : 25-26).
'Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven' (Matt
18: 3). 'Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the
weakness of God is stronger than man' (1 Cor. 1 : 25).
Children which are not critical, but accept the things of God
without further ado with open hearts and open hands, receive
blessings of God. They do not oppose these things, they accept them
without criticism out of the hands of God. The values of the
Kingdom cannot be put on a level with those of the world; God
follows a totally different, incomparable logic. We should always
remember this. Paul said: 'I would that ye all spake with tongues'
(1 Cor. 14: 5). When God desires it, when Jesus puts it as a sign in
His great commission, when Paul thanks God for it, let us no longer
maintain that it is unnecessary.
On one of his great missionary journeys Paul arrived at
Ephesus, and there he found a group of disciples, no infidels, but
believers, converted people, followers of Jesus, but they were not
filled. This was very unusual in the first churches at that time.
Pagans repenting and turning to Jesus Christ were mostly baptized
in water and at the same time they also received the filling with the
Holy Spirit After his address on the temple square on the first day of
. Pentecost Peter said: 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in
the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and
to your children ... ' (Acts 2 : 38-39).
The town of Samaria was shaken by the ministry of Philip.
'And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which
Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles he did ( compare' come
and see' in John 1 : 46). For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice,
came out of many that were possessed with them; and many taken
with palsies, and that were lame, were healed. But when they
believed Philip ... they were baptized, both men and women. Now
when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John; who,
when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might recei ve
the Holy Ghost (for as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only
they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then laid they
their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost' (Acts, 8 : 6,
7, 12, 14-17). This story proves that gentiles who repented were
baptized and also filled with the Holy Spirit
Paul then, surprised, asked the church at Ephesus: 'Have ye
received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him,
We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost'
(Acts 19 : 2). Here then were believing men. Their pastor Apollos
had taught them by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ (Acts
18: 24-28). But they had stopped at repentance, at the baptism of
John, by lack of knowledge. ('We have not so much as heard ... ')
Paul instructed them and pointed out that there is more for God's
children. He pointed at the Stronger One who came after John:
Jesus, who is the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit John said: 'I indeed
baptize you with water unto repentance; but He that cometh after me
is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall
baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire' (Matt 3 : 11).
What reaction was there among the disciples upon the words of
Paul? Did they start a discussion? Did they want to go home and ask
the meaning of their preacher Apollos, who incidentally was absent?
Did they enter a period of waiting, calling, praying, fasting? Did they
like to go a little higher on the way of sanctification before doing
anything else? Did they desire to master their habitual sins and bad
habits? Nothing of the kind! They heard, believed, accepted and
came, they opened their hearts unto the Holy Spirit, they came
immediately. The Bible says of them: 'When they heard this, they
were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid
his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake
with tongues, and prophesied' (Acts 19 : 5-6). How did people know
they were filled with the Spirit? They could hear it! The sign, the
evidence was there, the Spirit came upon them and they spoke in
tongues and prophesied. At that time it was quite a common thing.
People spoke in tongues when they were filled.
Today also most Christians have not heard of the filling with
the Holy Spirit, and if they know about it, the full meaning of it
escapes them. Paul did not say to the church at Ephesus: 'It is not so
important to be filled with the Holy Spirit If you only believe in the
forgiveness of sins, itis all right' No, Paul knew the power of praying
in the Spirit, the speaking in tongues, and therefore he asked them
whether they possessed this. When he noticed that they longed for it,
he laid hands on them. We know the disciples ofEphesus were filled
because they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. Then only
could they be good witnesses, by virtue of the power of the Holy
Spirit 'But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come
upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me' (Acts 1 : 8). Notice the
order of things: first receiving the Holy Spirit and then going out to
witness by the power of God.
In Caesarea Peter with some brethren came to visit Comelius,
a gentile officer who sought to find God. Comelius and his relatives
and friends were expecting them (Acts 10 : 24). They were all
gentiles who wanted to listen to this preacher from Joppe. Peter
began to preach in this house-meeting and suddenly, during his
preaching, something strange happened. 'While Peter yet spake
these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as
many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was
poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost' (Acts 10: 44-45). What was
the evidence of the filling? They spoke in tongues. How did the filling
become a fact? 'For they heard them speak with tongues.'
The first command, the starting point, to putting on the armour
of God is being filled with the Holy Spirit We can only use the
weapons by the power of the Holy Spirit
Paul distinguishes praying in the Spirit from praying with the
understanding; that is, common prayer that we offer and must offer
and which is asked by God. 'Common' prayer is good, of course; this
can be done with feeling and affection. But praying with the Spirit is
something quite different. This is the last and sharpest weapon
against Satan. The fact is that it is possible to give the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of power, the opportunity to act against all spiritual
wickedness by our speaking in tongues. In a direct way the Lord
cooperates in our fight, which is His fight, and which we have to
finalize for Him by means of this supernatural praying in the Spirit.
'Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not
what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit Himselfmaketh
intercession for the saints according to the will of God' (Rom. 8 : 26).
The Spirit comes to our aid in His praying in and for us, the praying
in the Spirit, in new tongues. Praying in the Spirit is the ideal praying,
it is God-pleasing, it is also perfect intercession. 'And he that
searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because
he maketh intercession for the saipts according to the will of God'
(Rom. 8 : 27). This takes place by 'glossolalia', the speaking in
tongues. It is according to the will of God. The Holy Spirit is our
Substitute, our Intercessor, the High Priest who takes our affairs as
His own and intercedes for us, bringing our interests and those of all
other children of God before the throne of grace. Where we fail,
where we are weak, where we do not know what to do, the Holy
Spirit comes to our aid and performs for us what we cannot do, in
order to guide us to victory.
Praying in the Spirit is the ideal, sinless prayer, because our
understanding cannot interfere with it, because we remain outside
the influence of Satan. It is the utterance of secrets between the new
man which Jesus Christ created in us when we were born again and
God, in a miraculous idiom. Many Christians think that speaking in
tongues means witnessing unto Jesus to a deaf, rejecting, ignorant
world. But this is not right. The Bible says: 'For he that speaketh in
an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God' (1 Cor.
14: 2). It does not say: He that speaks in a tongue speaks unto men
about God. No, it says: not unto men, but unto God. It happens by
means of a miraculous, supernatural agency, a language, a tongue
which God understands and God alone, a very particular, intimate
intercourse is possible between the soul and the Father, without our
understanding participating in it. 'For no man understandeth him;
howbeit in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries' (1 Cor. 14 : 2). It is not
English or Dutch or German or some other language which we or
other people understand, 'for no man understandeth'. It is language
in tongues, mystery language, maintaining a live communication
between the Creator and the new man in us. It comes from God and
goes back to God. God gives born-again man a miraculous means of
utterance in order to have fellowship with him. Therefore, nobody
should criticize the speaking in tongues as something inferior or
unnecessary. In His Word God demands nothing without sense or
purpose of His children.
'He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself
(1 Cor. 14: 4). To edify oneself means to build oneself up in the
faith. 'But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy
faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God
(Jude 20-21). I build myself up in the faith and keep myself in the
love of God by praying in the Spirit This makes me strong in the
fight against Satan. I have received a means from God to increase
my power. Among the nine gifts of the Spirit in 1 Cor. 12, the gift of
speaking in tongues is the only gift for the personal benefit of the
believer. The other gifts are for the benefit of the church.
The inner man is edified, built up, strengthened for the spiritual
warfare against the enemy of souls. When we become weak and
frightened because of his overwhelming power, we take this weapon
from our spiritual arsenal and we speak in tongues, whereby we
become powerful again in the Lord and in the strength of His might,
so that we are ready for battle again and full of courage. This
speaking in tongues has proved to be a very sharp and effectual
weapon against the demons. It attacks the enemy immediately in a
dreadful way; we ourselves have experienced this many times. We
are surprised about the strange, devastating operation of this
weapon; it seems that in the realm of demons this weapon causes a
greater ruin than we can imagine.
Praying in the Spirit is also a wonderful means in the unclean,
ungodly world round about us, in order to keep me pure in my work,
in the office, in the factory and to maintain the contact with God
under all circumstances. While at work I can, unnoticed by others,
speak to myself, and to God (1 Cor. 14: 28). It is not possible to
spiritually communicate with my neighbour, but I can use this
private telephone line with God.
0, I experience a sanctifying, purifying influence by this praying
in the Spirit, and I can apply it always, whenever I long to do so or
have need of it I isolate myself, so to speak; I create an enclosure
around me, a room to pray, an inner room, and I put myself outside
of the down-pulling powers of the world. Many people all over the
world have declared to have received wonderful blessings in their
lives with the Lord by this speaking in tongues. They have
experienced this extraordinary powerful weapon in the fight against
the evil powers, and it cannot be compared with any other. Satan is
terrified of this weapon. He has obscured this truth in all circles of
believers, setting God's people up against it He has sought mistakes
and has overstressed these. His tactics, though, are quite clear; it is
apparent he fears this weapon more than anything else. But every
honest, Bible-believing Christian, wanting to follow his Saviour at
all costs, will acknowledge that Jesus put these words in the centre of
His great commission for the conversion of this world: 'In my name
shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues' (Mark
When the Head of the church says to the believers that they
shall speak with new tongues, we must not reject the Scripture. At
the end of 1 Corinthians 14, the chapter that deals with the gifts of
tongues and prophecy, Paul says: 'Let him acknowledge that the
things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord'
(1 Cor. 14: 37). 'But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant
Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with
tongues' (1 Cor. 14: 38-39). Many believers experience that Satan
yields to their praying in the Spirit A Stronger One, a Mightier One
within us prays and fights along with us. 'Ye ... have overcome them
(the evil spirits as mentioned in 1 John 4 : 1-3); because greater is
He that is in you, than he that is in the world' (1 John 4 : 4). Hallelujah!
He that is in us, the Holy Spirit of God in us, is greater and
stronger than all powers of darkness, and Satan is defeated. 'Ye have
overcome them.' So, the personal evil spirits of darkness have been
overcome by the Greater One, the King, the Lord, to whom is given
all power in heaven and on earth. In Him, Jesus Christ, we are more
than conquerors! Hallelujah!
How do we cast out evil spirits?
There are various possibilities for the casting out of evil spirits.
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit and are called upon to do
this, we should like to give you a few pieces of advice drawn from our
experience. Do not be afraid! God knows you and the devil better
than you do, and He wants you to overcome the devil. God says:
'Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions,
and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means
The best place in which to cast out evil spirits is always the
church, the House of God, where God's Spirit lives, where God's
Word is preached, where hymns of praise resound, where one prays
and believes, where God's children are assembled, where there are
Spirit-filled clergymen and elders, where the power of God is
revealed, where casting-out is 'customary'. There is a great concentration
of power in the House of the Lord filled with God's children
communicating with God. The church, where faith is preached and
practised, is a tremendously powerful bastion against the powers of
Satan. The possessed and the sick ought to be brought here, where
they can be released and healed, during separate services if
The ideal church, to my mind, is always the church in which
Jesus preached, where the sick were laid down before Him on their
beds, and where the spiritually-bound were brought I prefer most to
preach in a place where God truly lives, with the sick, the lame, the
dying and the spiritually-bound on beds and stretchers and in wheelchairs
around my platform; for the distress of the congregation must
be brought to the House of God - that is the function of God's
House. The sinner will find his Saviour there. There, the drug addict
will be tended by the servants of God; there, the possessed will be
released; there, the sick will be anointed with oil and have hands laid
upon them, just as the Master commanded. There, faith is built up by
a forceful sermon, a word filled with authority; there; hymns bearing
witness of faith are sung, the heavens are assailed with prayers;
there, one acts in Jesus' name, on behalf of Jesus.
There wili probably be less theorizing and dogma and fewer
words in the church at the time of the end, 'For the Kingdom of God
is not in word but in power' (1 Cor. 4 : 20). If we wish to see the
Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Jesus, functioning in full glory, we
should reveal this power in the name of the Lord! At the time of the
end, we shall not be able to settle for less! We shall put secondary
matters aside and put first things first! We shall take our places at the
throne with Christ and take authoritative action from there as
manifested sons. When the powers of darkness obtrude more and
more frequently and cunningly, and launch more dangerous attacks
upon the Body of Christ, God's children, you and me, then shall we
waste fewer words, but exercise all the more power, the power of
God. Wonders and signs will become everyday things.
I like a church where one not only listens to the proclamation of
the Word, but where one obeys the instruction of the Lord of the
Church, Jesus, when He says: 'And as ye go, preach, saying, The
Kingdom of heaven is at hand, Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise
the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give' (Matt.
10: 7-8). 'And they went out, and preached that men should repent
And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were
sick, and healed them' (Mark 6: 12-13). That is the unalterable
instruction of the Lord of the Church, not just in historical times, but
also today! The Bible does not age; the Word of God is alive and
topical! He rewards all obedience towards God's Word with
When the sick and possessed are brought to church and laid
down around the platform in the sight of God, as in Jesus' day, there
is a great probability that these gatherings will not take place in the
serene tranquility that many could wish for, but the chances are that
these services will turn into startling events. Where forceful action is
taken against the powers of darkness, there will be no question of a
quiet, sacred atmosphere. But the sick will certainly be healed there,
the possessed will surely be released. Something will be HAPPEN
ING there, for the continuation of the Acts of the apostles is there.
The book of Acts was never finished, for, during the aforementioned
meetings, new pages are being added to it The people of God shall
then praise the Lord for His mighty deeds, His name shall be
magnified in praise, and He shall be credited with all the honour He
deserves! A changed, vital blessed and strengthened people of God
will then return homeward. THAT is the way His House may be
best used; THAT is the perfect function of the Church of Christ!
If these things happen the way they ought to happen, no more
churches will be standing empty for lack of church-goers, as so often
is the case now, but the people will flock to fill the churches again,
gladly, eagerly, and with mounting faith. The churches are becoming
empty nowadays, because there are no more of God's wonders, and
one is tired of words, words, words. People want to see the mighty
arm of God, they want to see in Him once more the great Helper of
old, the Lord of His people's damaged lives, in body and soul and
mind. The youth, in particular, will be very motivated to come to this
living Lord who manifests Himself clearly - a powerful, genuine
Lord of His children.
The Lord wants us to learn to assert ourselves actively, so that
we become' dangerous' toward the devil again, so that our actions fill
the evil one with fear and make him retreat. Christians are those who
do not shun the arena, but dare to approach the devil with open visor
and exorcize him. God and I together are in the majority, not
because of my qualities, but because of His qualities. God and I
together are more than all the powers of darkness together. Hallelujah!
Never go alone!
If it is not possible to bring the possessed person to God's house
for any reason whatsoever, then we must go to him, we must call on
him. My advice, from experience, is: Never go ALONE! NEVER
do this work ALONE! It is work for experienced specialists. It is
dangerous work! Never act recklessly, from a sense of adventure, or
out of enthusiasm or curiosity, or even moral indignation. Never act
'just like that'. I have seen missionaries lacerated by the powers
because they approached the devil recklessly and without armour.
You are entering an arena where it is a question of cosmic matters;
you are disturbing the demonic powers and throwing down the
Be sure you know who you are, in Christ, at that hour. Realize
clearly that you have been called upon to carry out this action, and
be convinced that the Lord is with you. You should be doing this if
you are quite sure that God has instructed you to do so. You must be
convinced that this is 'God's hour'. God has His own time, His hour,
His appointed moment God is a God of order. He does not
improvise, He does nothing 'just like that'; it is always according to
His order of things, His blueprint, His universal plan. God created
time, and is the Lord of time. Time belongs to HIM. He restricted
unlimited time to periods in which He accomplished His plans.
When that time had been 'filled up', something happened. When the
time was 'ripe', He sent His Son. No sooner, no later. That was His
hour and He works out His plans in His own good time, thus
manifesting Himself in an exceptional manner.
Never go alone! The question arises: Who shall I take with me?
My answer is: Go with someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit,
just as you are, and select a person with whom you are inwardly
'clean'; with whom you have no conflict, communication problems,
or difficulties - someone with whom you are completely one. If there
is as much as a single difference between you and that person, it
should first be talked over, confessed, forgiven, and covered up with
the Blood. Kneel down with the partner you have chosen, and give
yourself up to him or her completely. Confess an old guilt or discord,
forgive each other, and be cleansed by the Blood, for the devil sees
every wrinkle, every irregularity, each unconfessed sin as a chink in
your armour, and will certainly make use of this to attack you. His
arrows find the smallest opening in your armour, and he takes
advantage of this. He sees very clearly and determines each of your
weaknesses, accurately registers all fear, makes a note of all former .
guilt, all strain - and that is where he will attack. He must be
confronted by a closed front of resolute soldiers with sealed armour,
without the smallest crack, the slightest opening. See to it that you
are pure and clean in the eyes of God and your partner.
It is wise of the Master to dispatch His disciples two at a time.
Two is a thousand! It is the smallest form of congregation. ONE is
never a congregation. Jesus dispatches small 'units', communities.
Together they will have to prove their oneness. They will have to
demonstrate that the oneness of many is invincible. They will
exhibit the oneness of the Lord and His congregation to the outside
world. The bi-unity is a mystery! The Lord's special promises are
coupled to twos: 'Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree
on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for
them of My Father which is in heaven. For when two or three are
gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them'
(Matt 18: 19-20).
If you have received the fulfilment of the Holy Spirit with the
accompanying signs, as well as the nine gifts of the Spirit, you are
going to need one of these gifts in particular during the battle - the gift
of the discernment of spirits. This gift is a God-given ability to
discover the presence of spirits and to establish their identity.
'Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are
of God' (1 John 4 : 1). Which spirits are revealed in the one
possessed, how many spirits, from which order, what names do they
bear? You need all this data; you should know what is going on; with
which powers you are concerned. The Lord has provided one with
the wonderful gift of discernment, identification of spirits. This world
of darkness is not open to inspection for the natural person. But the
religious person gets introduced in a supernatural way, and is
provided with data, so that he is able to do a successful job in the
name of J esus. You do not extend your weapons into uncertainty of
darkness. It is a question of a battle aimed at the opponent. (We refer
you to 'The Gifts of the Spirit', the book in which the gifts of the
Spirit have been more extensively discussed.)
The gift of identification of spirits is not the same as the power
to cast out these spirits. Faith is necessary for the exorcism. God has
given you' enough' faith for this! The Master spoke on the day that He
mounted the Throne, and these were His last words on earth: 'And
these signs shall follow them that believe (signs of the faith of the
believer!); In My name shall they (the believers) cast out devils'
(Mark 16 : 17). The gift was given for identifying, and the faith is
employed in exorcism.
Appraisal of spirits
When you have discerned the spirit( s) and know what you are
fighting against, start preparing for the battle. Each member of your
team fulfills his own task. The one will attack the opponent( s), while
the other prays in tongues. He carries the ammunition. This is the
very best means of weakening the evil powers; filling the atmosphere
with the strength of God's Spirit (because one is praying in the
Spirit), and this makes one strong, bold, militant and fearless. In
Ephesians 6 praying in the Spirit is mentioned as being one of the
two weapons of attack. This is a stipulation, in the spiritual battle,
this praying in the Spirit. I cannot make it clear enough how
extremely important just this praying in the Spirit is. You are
involving Him in the struggle. Exceptional heavenly powers are
made available to you via this 'hot line' between the heart of the
believer and the heart of the Father. Satan fears this spiritual
connection with the Lord and loosens his tentacles from his prey.
His grip weakens. It is not a battle of'flesh and blood', but a spiritual
battle which should be fought with spiritual weapons, in the power of
the Holy Spirit
Just as wolves or dogs in some way or another can smell when
someone is scared and 'radiates' his fear, as though by a particular
odour, so does the evil spirit notice immediately that his assailant is
afraid of him. He will then refuse to leave. He knows' that he has
won from his frightened attacker and remains where he is. Every evil
power has the habit - I have seen it hundreds of times - of taking your
measure, weighing you up and scrutinizing you, to assess whether
you are afraid of him, and uncertain as to whether he is going to leave
or not He knows that you are shouting at him so loudly because you
are scared (therefore, never shout; just use the word of authority
calmly), or knows that you are certain of your victory, or whether
you are positively charged. Before leaving his prey, he will linger for
a split-second, and that is the moment in which he discovers this.
That is always a very interesting moment during the exorcism of
demons, that one moment in which he appraises you, sizes you up,
and finds out who you are. But should he encounter a faith worth
moving mountains, a certainty as firm as a rock, and a conviction
that he will leave, then he will go. One cannot play around with him.
He sees more deeply through a person than one sees oneself. But if
the believer uses the Name of names, he becomes paralyzed and
falls back, because he knows Who is behind that Name. He knows
that he is not fighting a person but the Name! 'In my Name thou shalt
cast out evil spirits', says Jesus.
It is a foremost stipulation that you truly stand by your word,
and that you expect absolute obedience. You do not request, you
command. You utter the command of faith! There remains no
possible alternative for the evil power but to clear out Realize who
you are in Christ, which powers of authority you have in Him, and
then act, briefly and decidedly! Do not hang about! Do not hesitate!
Do not be afraid! You will overcome in Christ!
It is the nature of God that He speaks and believes that what
He says will happen! Nothing else will happen except what He says;
He expects it! If we have a part of the Divine nature (and God's
Word says that this is so: 'Whereby are given unto us exceeding
great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of
the divine nature' - 2 Peter 1 : 4), then we shall also act as God does,
and speak, and expect that what we say will happen! God's nature is
inflexible, unwavering, powerful!
Cover up the vacated spot
If you know that the evil power has taken its leave, do not finish
otfyour work too quickly. Part of your ministration is to see that this
power will not return to the spot which it has vacated. He will remain
hovering in the vicinity and try to return to his place, because he has
been instructed to do so. He will wait for a moment when the believer
is not paying attention, and then jump right back again. How many
times has it not happened that exorcized powers have turned up
again? That is because something has been omitted during the
ministration. The place which he has left, the 'nest' where he was
living, was not immediately covered up with the Blood of Jesus. Ifhe
wishes to return, and sees the Blood, this will deter him. Never forget
that covering the deserted seat of the evil power, the place where he
was hiding, with the Blood is the one thing he fears more than
'When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest and findeth none. Then he saith, I
will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is
come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and
taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and
they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse
than the first Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation'
(Matt 12: 34-45).
The unclean spirit will try to come back, and, therefore, a
means has to be found to stop him. Only the Blood of Jesus is
capable of keeping him out permanently!
Praying and fasting
'Howbeit this kind (this refers to evil spirits in verses 18 and
19) goeth not out but by prayer and fasting' (Matt 17 : 21). Prayer is
a tremendous power. Praying brings the heavenly powers into action
Fasting also releases hidden powers. Fasting is not a physical
matter, but a spiritual one. Fasting is not leaving out something, but
DOING something, a spiritual activity. The superficial, natural
person always associates fasting with 'not eating', but that is only a
small matter of secondary importance. The point is this: that we
assume holiness; that we choose the best possible circumstances in
which to approach God, with a clean body, to search for His
countenance in the greatest possible physical harmony. Fasting is
not negative but positive, appearing before the countenance of the
Lord, willing to make sacrifices. Why do millions of Hindus in India
know more about this mystery than the Christians do? Why do they
profit from it so much more than we do? Where else do the people of
God also fast? This is something which occurs only incidentally, but
not in general.
During two thousand years of Christianity, the devil has stolen
the mystery of fasting from the church, along with so many other
things, views which we can hardly do without In this time of the end,
the Holy Spirit is busy restoring these acquisitions to the Congregation
again. They are once more being put in the places where
they belong. Fasting develops an enormous spiritual power against
evil spirits. Jesus says so!
Prayer and fasting are mentioned together here, and they
belong to each other, too. Fasting is nothing but taking on holiness,
an intimate association with the Lord, searching for Him in prayer in
the purest possible condition. One then achieves an exceptional
conquest in life, a great concentration of power, by which we are able
to render the evil powers harmless.
Binding and loosing
'Verily I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall
be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be
loosed in heaven' (Matt 18 : 18). Our binding and loosing meets
with God's approval and cooperation. He supports us in our binding
and loosing. Whatever we do in the interests of the Kingdom will be
regarded as though He had done it If we bind the powers, pinion
them until they are powerless, arrest them, as it were, take them
prisoner, place our foot upon them as conquerors do, the Lord will
then regard them as defeated, eliminated. That is Divine cooperation.
We bind the powers; we stop them from doing anything else,
and from corruption; we eradicate them. That is God-given. And we
loose. We release Divine powers: the power of healing, the power of
liberation. After we have bound the evil powers during meetings or
an individual ministration, we then release the healing powers of
Jesus Christ, His salvation, over the multitude or the one person. We
bring healing to the bound and damaged life, we round off our
ministration. We break down and build up, we take prisoner and set
free, we curse and bless, we bind and loose. For we have been given
power over all unclean spirits. ' And when He had called unto Him
His twelve disciples, He gave them power against unclean spirits, to
cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of
disease' (Matt 10 : 1).
Binding and loosing testifies to superiority. We act as superiors,
and we now reverse the roles and command the binding powers of
darkness which held other bound. In Christ we are always more than
Evidence and testimony
' And they (our brethren, verse 10) overcame him (the pr
ut forward to what is going to happen. This testimony will save me!
It is not sufficient that we have faith. We must also confess it with our
mouths! We are what we say we are, we testify to what lives in our
.hearts. We show the outside world, in our own words, who we are
and where we stand. We are a product, a composition, of what we
say, and this has formed us, physically and mentally, because we are
what our lips testify and have testified. If we do not overcome at all, it
may . perhaps be necessary to change our evidence and start
testifying to other things, better things, positive values. There is not a
person who can change you, who can do anything for you, as long as
your testimony does not change. Everything depends on this. What
is my testimony today? What do I confess and declare today?
Testify loudly and openly, day and night, continuously, without
stopping, for God, for the devil, the angels and the powers, to all
around you - to your nearest, to your flesh, to your illness, to your
mountain of difficulties, what God testifies! Say the words that God
says! Is your testimony a glorification of the works of the devil, do
you magnify his deeds, are your words plunged into darkness - or
into light? Negative or positive, directed downwards or upwards?
Fill your mouth with the public declaration that Jesus is the victor!
Declare yourself to be healed in His castigations, that there is power
in the Blood of the Lamb! Declare thatJesus is the living Lord, and
possesses all the power in heaven and on earth, over all the domains
of flesh and spirit Declare that you are His child and that nothing
and no one will be able to part you from the love of Christ! Let your
mouth say the same words that God says, and pronounce the same
promises that He pronounces. Quote Biblical words, the words of
God! It will change your life!
The wonder is in your own mouth - let it come out Release the
wonder, this wonder that changes everything! The things around you
will change, you will be summoning victory. God will smile upon
you and hasten to fulfill His promises 10 you. When you let your lips
pronounce the words that God's lips pronounce, the world in and
around you will change completely.
Do not let your faith fall asleep and be inactive, but wake up
and declare, confess, and testify what the Bible declares, confesses
and testifies: that all things are possible for the one who has faith! Do
not hope, don't hesitate, don't wait, don't sigh, don't weep, but SAY
it - SAY, SAY, SAY it, testify, declare and confess that God has
declared that He will not leave you 10 yourself, but will heal,
strengthen and preserve your life within you, because you are His
child! Jesus says: 'The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit,
and they are life' (John 6 : 63). Well then, that is also what your
words shall be: spirit and life!
In Luke 19 : 22, the master says to the lazy slave: 'Out of thine
own mouth will Ijudge thee.' God says: 'Forby thy words thou shalt
be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned' (Matt
12: 37). We have life and death on our tongues, and heaven and
hell. Our future depends on what we say today. What we are today is
the fruit of what we have said in the past!
If it is a habit of yours to speak only out of your weakness,
change this evidence. Say what the Bible says: 'Let the weak say, I
am strong' (Joel3 : 10). The weak SAYS, SAYS, SAYS, not prays,
but SAYS, confesses testifies - fearlessly and publicly - to
everyone, continually: 'I am strong!' Though all the powers of darkness
may turn against you, it doesn't matter, SAY it! You shall not
testify to your weakness, but to your strength! This is Biblical faith.
All God's potentialities will be laid bare, all doors will open, all
God's treasure houses will be made accessible to you on the strength
of your positive faith and YOUR POSITIVE TESTIMONY.
There is a miracle in our mouths which is capable of changing everything.
We do not testify BECAUSE we are changed (this is also
right and necessary), but THAT we are changing.
'For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall SAY unto this
mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall
not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he
saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith' (Mark
11 : 23). Just think this over - that you will get what you say. We
have what we say. We are what we say. We are a product of what we
say. When you say, and keep on saying, 'I'm sick! I'm in pain! I'll
have to go to the hospital! I think I've got cancer! This illness is
getting worse all the time, it'll be the end of me! I'm weak!', it will
happen to you. You will be inviting all this by your very words. Your
flesh listens to your mouth, and believes it, and behaves accordingly.
Your testimony is not defending against the advancing powers of
darkness, and they recognize this, and that is dangerous!
Look at the shepherd boy David opposing the giant Goliath.
He said: 'For the battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our
hands' (1 Sam. 17: 47). Say the same to the evil spirits, when you
are fighting them, as gallantly as David, and as resolutely: 'God will
give you into my hands!' Hallelujah!
I have the power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all
the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt me
(Luke 10 : 19). I have the power to cast out evil spirits in the name of
Jesus. I testify that I am filled with the Holy Spirit and that Jesus
gives me power; that I shall not fail when I act in His name, because
He is the sum of my sufficiency. In Him, I am more than a
conqueror! And I shall constantly testify to this, not in overestimation
of myself, or recklessness, but because I have become
conscious of this through the Word of God. I am somebody!
Through Jesus, I have become someone! I say this proudly in front of
devils and evil powers and all spiritual evils in the air! I am what J
confess! I have what I confess! The miracle is in my mouth! And that
governs my life and directs my existence.
'When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that
were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His
word, and healed all that were sick' (Matt 8 : 16). He punished and
cast out the evil spirits by the power of His word. His authority was
in His word. The Kingdom of God was in His word. He asked no
questions. He commanded; and the evil spirits fled before the
inevitability of that word. The Lord wants us to say the same words
that He says! With absolute authority! 'If any man speak, let him
speak as the oracles of God: if any man minister, let him do it as of
the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified
through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and
ever. Amen' (1 Peter 4 : 11). The Bible says that we shall have
words in our mouths with the same authority, power of attorney, and
creative power as those of God. Each of God's words bears the
power of its own fulfillment It is the express will of Jesus Christ that
the words of His disciples be charged with the same power, the same
authority, with which God's words are.
Words about science, culture, or politics are of little value to
God. He does not listen to them. But as soon as a child of God talks
about Jesus, His salvation, His Blood, His Name, His gospel, His
wonders and signs, the angels start diligently taking down these
words in shorthand, in the memorial book of Mala chi 3: 16. This is
of interest to God. It is not a part of something that passes, but
carries on existing. These are the affairs of His kingdom. These
everlasting words always cause something to happen in the universe.
The forces of nature listen, and free themselves, and get into action
to prove these words. 'The mouth of a righteous man is a well oflife!'
(Proverbs 10: 11).
God does so love us to speak in faith, because this speaking
concurs with His speaking! The devils take to their heels when they
hear it We have full authority in our mouths.
Elijah said: 'There shall not be dew nor rain these years, but
according to my word' (1 Kings 17 : 1). He uttered that command to
the elements, and it happened just as he said - no rain fell for three
and a half years. He knew who he was, in his God, and acted
accordingly! King Joshua pointed his finger at the sun and addressed
her, commanding her to stand still, and she stood still. He did the
same with the moon. He did not discuss it with God, so that God
would keep her still, but he uttered the command with authority, and
it happened, for twenty-four hours. 'And he said: Sun, stand thou
still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the
sun stood still, and the moon stayed' (Joshua 10: 12-13).
These were not supermen with exceptionally great faith, but
ordinary people. The Bible says ofElijah: 'Elijah was a man subject
to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not
rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six
months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the
earth brought forth her fruit' (James 5: 17). Elijah employed the
word of conquest, and this word possessed Divine power. It is the
basic principle of the Divine nature that His words have creative
power (John 1 : 3). 'I have given unto you power over the entire
army of the enemy.' We believe in this and vouch for these words.
Paul understood something of this: 'For this cause also thank
we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God
which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but, as it
is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you
that believe' (1 Thess. 2 : 13). Worketh! The word never fails to
work for those who accept it as such!
The word in the mouth of a manifested son of God (Romans
8: 19) is positive, and acts like a double-edged sword, from which
the enemy flees. If we do not have that word in our mouths, then it is
a word of no use to God. But if we are filled with Jesus and employ
His words, we are using them to fight the powers of darkness. We
exist in our word. Jesus existed in His word. His word did the same
thing as His presence. His word represented Him! When the
centurion went to Jesus, seeking help for his sick soldier, he said to
Jesus: 'Lord, speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed!'
You yourself are in your word! Just as the Bible says that Jesus cast
out spirits with His word, we must be able to follow the same
method, by our word, in His name!
The people of Judah were once opposed by three enemy armies
that were stronger than they were, and they called to God for help.
They said: 'Our eyes are upon Thee!' In the midst of every conflict in
our lives, our eyes must be fixed upon Jesus. He will never desert us.
Then the Spirit of God spoke through the mouth of the Levite
Jahaziel: 'Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude;for
the battle is not yours, but God's. Tomorrow go ye down
against them ... Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves,
stand ye still and see the salvation of the Lord with you'
(2 Chron. 20: 12-17). Then King Joshua sent a choir of singers to
face the enemy, instead of a regular army. 'He appointed singers
unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they
went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for His mercy
endureth for ever!' (2 Chron. 20 : 21-22).
When the men offered up their praises loudly to God, God
went into action - and a remarkable thing happened. The three
armies began to fight each other; and they destroyed each other.
There were only corpses to be found. God will fight our battle and
win it for us! All He expects from us is that we praise Him!
In 2 Chron. 5, we can read the story of a multitude that praised
the Lord. While they were doing this, 'the house was filled with a
cloud, even the house of the Lord; so that the priests could not stand
to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord had filled
the house of God' (vs. 13-14).
During our meetings, there is never anything greater or more
important that we can do than honouring and praising the Lord. For
too long we have been beggars and suppliants in the eyes of God; let
us now be the ones to praise Him, for what He is to us and for what
He does for us! Hallelujah!
When Paul and Silas were injail at Philippi, they sang praises
to God, and the prison gates flew open. Every prison will open for
praise, and every superior force be broken. The greatest shortcoming
in church is that of praise, the public magnification of the
Lord! 'Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice!' (Philippians
4: 4). There is always cause for praise, 'always'. Even when
the skies are cloudy and your life full of care, it is especially THEN a
reason for praise. 'Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every
thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you' (1 Thess. 5: 16-18). 'I will praise Thee, 0 Lord,
with my whole heart; I will shew forth all Thy marvellous works. I
will be glad and rejoice in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name'
(Psalms 9: 1-2). 'But I have trusted in Thy mercy; my heart shall
rejoice in Thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because He hath
dealt bountifully with me' (Psalms 13 : 5-6). 'I will declare Thy
name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise
Thee. Ye that fear the Lord, praise Him; glorify Him .. .' (Psalms
22: 22-23). 'I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall
continually be in my mouth' (Psalms 34 : 1). 'I will give Thee thanks
in the great congregation: I will praise Thee among much people'
(Psalms 35: 18). 'Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour
my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be
magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant And
my tongue shall speak of Thy righteousness and of Thy praise all the
day long' (Psalms 35 : 27-28). This test is an important one:
'Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of
thine heart' (Psalms 37 : 4). By rejoicing and delighting in the Lord,
one causes His treasure-houses to open up, and from His plenitude
He will hand out that which you desire, your heart's dearest wishes!
It is marvellous! 'In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy
name for ever' (Psalms 44: 8). '0 clap your hands, all ye people;
shout unto God with the voice of triumph' (Psalms 47: 1). And so
on, and so forth; the psalms are full of texts encouraging us to praise
the Lord. Who does not know Psalm 103: 'Bless the Lord, 0 my
soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord,
o my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine
iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from
destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender
mercies: Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's' (Psalms 103 : 1-5). This is one
long sentence, without a single period. Everything belongs together,
and the praise serves to remind us of what God has done for us.
Count your blessings, two at a time. Count the large ones as well as
the small. Mention them all, count them by the dozen, and you'd be
surprised how many there are!
Satan hates praise. All demons hate it, although they were
created for it, by God, when they were still angels. They fear the
glory and the splendour evoked by praise, the conquest to which it
gives rise. The evil powers cannot hold their own where God's
people brings an offer of praise to the Lord of Hosts. Prayer asks for
victory, but praise TAKE S it! Praise is a positive power that renders
the devil powerless. The devil knows this very well, and will always
try to prevent God's children from praising their Lord and honouring
Him. He does this by means of embarrassment, shyness, shame and
discomfort, suggesting that you will be laughed at
We know of an alcoholic who was dreadfully bound, and how
all his attempts to free himself from the evil power had failed- until
the members of his family realized the meaning of praise. They no
longer tried to break him of the habit by talking to him, but started
praising the Lord. And they kept it up. Within a short time, the man
returned home from work sober. He said that, all of a sudden, in
some strange way, he no longer felt the inclination to drink. He
walked straight home from the factory, and it didn't even cost him an
effort From then on, he never drank again. He was freed when the
whole family stopped trying to talk him round and reproaching him,
but started praising the Lord. A girl who had terrible tempertantrums,
which could take on almost maniacal proportions, sometimes
smashed everything she could get her hands on in the house, but
suddenly changed when her family no longer reprimanded her, but
started praising the Lord. The power of darkness left her, and she
was quite free. She was soon filled with the Holy Spirit, and is an
adornment to the Congregation. We know more of these cases,
where evil spirits have been cast out by praise.
Praying in the Spirit
The devil is not afraid of sermons, or church meetings, or
indeed of any activities in the ecclesiastical sphere, but he does fear
just one thing: and that is the frequent use of the spiritual gifts -
praying in the Spirit, speaking in tongues, prophesying in the
congregation, praising the Name of Jesus, laying on of hands, the use
of the special abilities given by the Lord of the Church, the discernmentofspirits,
the word of knowledge and wisdom, insights of God
revealed within the visible world, in the battle against the evil powers
in heavenly regions. Through lack of knowledge, and fear of
fanaticism and excess, because of little faith, one searches too little
for access to the potentialities offered to the Congregation by God.
These are not ideas thought up by people, but decrees of God.
'Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak
with tongues' (1 Cor. 14: 39). 'Quench not the Spirit Despise not
prophesyings' (1 Thess. 5: 19,20).
The last congregation prior to the return of Jesus, will be a
prophetic congregation,just as the first one was. The Holy Spirit was
given the most prominent position, and one asked after Him and
listened to Him, and one acted according to the directions of the
Spirit of Hosts. The council of elders and the choice of apostles was
not composed according to their personal capabilities, name, or
influential powers. These men were designated by the Holy Spirit
'As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have
called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their
hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sentforth by the
Holy Ghost, departed .. .' (Acts 13 : 2-4). The Holy Spirit should
be called in more often, to give the Congregation His unmistakable
directions by means of the Gifts of the Spirit When this Spirit gives
His lines of action and commands, one need never expect disappointments
because of making the wrong choice. In this way, the
apostolate can only be prolific and meaningful if the Spirit of God
gives directives and assignments, and manifests Himself in power.
The Church of Christ is not a natural affair, but a supernatural
one, and should not, therefore, be guided by natural reasoning, or
talent, but by the supernatural indications of God. The very last
church, the supernormal church, will have to abandon human intervention,
lines of direction based on human thought and natural
reasoning, and merely let itself be guided by the Recruiter of the
Bride, the Divine Eliezer, the Holy Spirit, and made eligible for the
meeting with the Divine Isaac, in the sky. The Congregation of the
Bride is a supernatural Congregation, and is not bound to names and
creeds and specialities of people, but is the last living Church of
Christ, washed clean of all denominations and bound to her Lord
alone. She will live and move through the inspiration of the Recruiter
of the Bride, by means of revelations and prophesies. These are the
bridal ornaments for the Wedding of the Lamb. She will have to have
the disposition of the Bridegroom to be able to follow Him rightly,
and must therefore communicate closely and confidentially with the
Bridegroom. God will guide her, and make His ways known. 'Surely
the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His
servants the prophets. The Lord God hath spoken, who can but
prophesy?' (Amos 3 : 7, 8).
Where these elementary truths are theorized away and criticized,
a spiritual slump comes into being, spiritual poverty and
deterioration. One cannot high-handedly waive the 'regimens' of
God's Church. The timid dove of the Holy Spirit will then wing
away soundlessly, and all that remains will be tradition and routine.
It will then no longer be clear how, in faith, the battle against the
powers - the evil spirits in heavenly regions - is to be fought, clothed
in armour. This world is, for most people, completely unknown,
manifested as it is in so many graduations and variations. We ought
to enter this world fearlessly, covered with the Blood of Jesus, so as
to overpower these evil powers and usurp them from the throne. The
position of authority in Jesus Christ has to be assumed and
conquests gained over the advancing enemy of souls.
People all around us are being addressed on a horizontal level,
a natural approach towards natural people, but they are being shown
too little of how to fight this battle against all forms of infiltration by
Satan, his penetration into every territory of human existence, into
all areas, and into the conscious, unconscious and subconscious life
of the violated person. The practices of Satan, the breakdown policy
in the Body of Christ, his tricks and snares, will have to be perceived
and the manner of combatting them acquired. There is such a thing
as spiritual air-pollution, a gloomy depravation in the surrounding
atmosphere. With the potentialities given us by the Lord of the
Church, we ought to go into the arena with our faith, and command
these powers to get out Nowhere shall they overpower the Body of
Christ By challenging these powers and addressing them with
authority, as ambassadors of God's Kingdom, by showing them our
'credentials', our powers of authority, and by claiming sole lordship
for Jesus, as God's envoys, we shall accomplish this.
One means towards this end is our frequent and consistent use
of praying in the Spirit, speaking in tongues. By doing this we
paralyse the activities of Satan, in the first instance, and, in so doing,
build up our faith. From many years' experience, in which much has
been gone through in the world of evil spirits, I can assure you that I
would never have been able to do anything without this praying with
the Spirit It releases power from the Kingdom. There is nothing that
Satan fears more than this speaking in tongues, praying with the
Spirit. Doing this, we are carrying ammunition for the attack upon
the realm of darkness.
' Resist, steadfast in the faith' (1 Peter 5: 9). God knows you,
and God knows the devil, and says: Resist! He would not say that if
the devil were' irresistible'. He appears to be able to be resisted, to be
stopped. You can't stop a bird flying over your head, but you can
stop it making a nest in your hair. The Lord speaks of resisting
attacks. We cannot do this with our natural potentialities, only with
the power of the Holy Spirit. And, for this, the shield of faith is
necessary, the cover of armour. Attack is always the best method of
defence. Satan has often forced us to be on the defensive, but when
we became conscious that 'Greater (stronger) is He that is in you,
than he (Satan) that is in the world' (1 John 4 : 4), we resorted to
attack. Usually we arrive too late. We get to the arena when the
battle has been fought, and the people possessed. They have become
occupied territory, violated and damaged, and we stand before
smoking ruins. The evil powers were ahead of us. Why is it that we
so often get there too late, we Christians? Why are we so seldom
ahead of the devil? Why does the initiative lie with the evil one and
not with us? Why are we so defensive and not offensive? What we
need is an aggressive Congregation, a Church of Christ which is a
danger to the evil one. Just as the gates of hell trembled at the
appearance of the first apostles and Christians, that is how it must be
again, and more strongly so. Jesus is the Conqueror and the devil the
ignominious loser. Do not permit him to stalk you, do not listen to his
flattering language, the 'whistle of the bird-catcher'. Perceive his
practices and resist him! The best way for you to do this is to speak in
tongues a great deal. Learn to see once more' What is the exceeding
greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the
working of His mighty power. Which He wrought in Christ, when
He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand, in
the heavenly places. Far above all principality, and power, and
might, and dominion, and every name' (Eph. 1 19: 21). 'And hath
raised us up together, and made us sit together in hea venly places, in
Christ Jesus' (Eph. 2 : 6). The throne is the centre of might, where
Christ and also we shall be seated, where we shall share in world
rule. And, from this position, we shall also be able to withstand the
devil! Do not say that this is an impossible task; '[ can do all things
through Chn·st which strengtheneth me' (Phi!. 4 : 13).
'And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul; so
that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or
aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits
wentout of them' (Acts 19: 11,12). There is a means of obtaining
healing and release by touching the garment of a man of God. The
haemorrhaging (bleeding) woman held out her hand to Jesus and
said: 'If! may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole' (Mark 5 : 28).
She wanted to touch Jesus in faith, and if she could not succeed in
touching Him personally, the contact with His clothes would be
sufficient. If it is not Him, it is enough to be something OF Him,
because it is still Jesus. Something with which He has been in
contact, His clothing, has the same healing power. Everyone knows
that textiles cannot heal, but, for her, it was not a piece of cloth, but a
point of contact with the Lord. 'And believers were the more added
to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women. Insomuch that they
brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and
couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow
some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities
round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which
were vexed with unclean spirits; and they were healed every one'
(Acts 5: 14-16).
The mercy of the Master falls on the servant. There you have
the cases of the contact with the seamless robe of Jesus; with the
handkerchiefs and aprons of Paul; with the shadow of Peter. The
mercy of the Kingdom has its own ways of making salvation known . .
The bleeding woman could feel power emanating from the robe of
Jesus, and she became wel!. The Bible says that the handkerchiefs
and aprons of Paul emanated an extraordinary power. The sick were
cured and evil spirits went away. The shadow of Peter emanated
liberating power, so that the sick and those vexed by unclean spirits
were cured. I repeat that these manifestations did not happen in the
distant past only, but that they are also occurring nowadays. 'Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever' (Hebr. 13 : 8).
Also during our ministrations we have wonderful experiences
with 'blessed cloths', and I should like to illustrate this with a story
told us by Mrs. Sakio Ogawa, in Omuta, on the island Kyushu
(Japan): 'Fourteen years ago, my son Satsu began to suffer from an
inferiority complex. When he was seventeen years old, he started
work at a fish factory, and stayed there for five years. During that
time, his feelings of inferiority were intensified by the disparaging
mockery of his boss and the teasing of his workmates. Four years
ago, he was mentally disturbed to such an extent, that he turned
away from people and shut himself up in a dark cupboard in our
house, and did not emerge from there any more. He didn't want to
see anyone again. I was the only one who saw him once a day, when
I brought him food, and sometimes his brother did, too. In those four
years, he lived in a dark cupboard, without any light or fresh air.
Every day, I slipped his bowl of rice and fish through the door, which
was opened just a crack, with a bucket and a couple of bottles of
water. No matter what we tried, or who we called over to come and
speak to him, or how often, he would not come out of that cupboard.
'During the campaign of the Dutch evangelist Hoekendijk in
our town on the 16th April, the second day, this brother spoke of the
possibility of doing something for sick and disturbed people who
were not present, and those who had someone ill at home were to
bring a cloth to him, over which he would pray. These cloths would
then be laid upon the sick people at home. The evangelist told us that
God could bless this point of contact in a wonderful way, and that, as
a result, he had seen many wonders. I considered the question of
bringing a cloth; the kind of cloth with which I took the food to the
cupboard every day. The preacher prayed earnestly over this cloth,
and then gave it to me to take away.
'The next morning, I delivered the cloth, with the other things,
to the cupboard. In the afternoon, my son knocked at the cupboard
door. He had never done that before. I rushed to him and asked what
was the matter. He said: "I want to come out of the cupboard! Who
is at home? - I don't want to see anyone; only you!'" .
The mother was alone at home and opened the door, and the
man came crawling out of the cupboard, without even the strength to
stand up. 'He looked terrible, with a deathly pale complexion, and a
long beard and hair, his eyes blinking in the light He looked more
like a neglected animal than a person, and I got such a fright I
hoisted him on to a chair and talked to him. He said that he did not
want to stay in the cupboard any more. I told him that I had been
going to meetings, in the evening, where a foreign preacher spoke,
and prayed with the sick, and invited him to go along with me. At
first, he did not want to, but when my other son came home, he
decided to go, being half-carried. We dressed him and combed his
hair as best we could, and then ordered a taxi which took us to the
hall, where we sat right at the back.
'When the singing started up, very gaily, with drums and
tambourines, it became too much for Satsu. He couldn't bear all that
noise, but we held on to him tightly. After the meeting, you walked
into the hall and approached my son. You did not know him, and
stood in front of him. Then you laid your hands upon him and
commanded the powers of Satan to leave him immediately. And that
happened, too, the very same evening. Satsu became calm and
amenable. The next day, he quietly allowed himself to be taken to
the hospital, where he was cleaned up and his body regained its
strength. The doctors at the Shiranui hospital had never seen
anything like it, and were amazed that such a thing was possible -
that this deadly timid and tormented spirit was quite normal, and no
one could have been friendlier and more compliant than Satsu.
There was nothing more of his afllictions to be discovered.'
I visited him and couldn't believe my eyes. Satsu is cheerful,
and laughs, and is sociable; a different person. He is now home, and
he asked to be baptized, and goes to church. He is going to start
working again, and wants to get married, like everyone else. This is
Jesus' doing. Hallelujah! This unapproachability was broken through
by the cloth over which prayers were said, and it healed the spiritually
vexed, just as in the book of Acts.
Attempts, by a rational theology, to seek a scientific explanation
for the supernatural acts of God will continually fail, as this
causes God's Word to be hollowed out God employs many
wonderful ways, which may seem foolish to some, but which are
effective in practice. Thus, cloths can be turned into God's
messengers of His seeking love, to the credit of His Name. Faith can
never expect too much!
'But when He (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with
compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered
abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.' (Matt 9 : 36). 'And Jesus
went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion
toward them, and He healed their sick' (Matt 14: 14). 'So
Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes; and
immediately their eyes received sight; and they followed Him'
(Matt 20 : 34). 'And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion
on her, and said unto her, Weep not And He came and touched the
bier; and they that bare him stood still. And He said: Young man, I
say unto thee, Arise' (Luke 7 : 13, 14). What impelled Jesus? It was
Divine pity, the compassion of His heart Towards whom was this
pity directed? Toward the multitudes. The result was that the healing
power of this pity found the people and cured them. Love was what
prompted Jesus and guided his footsteps. He hated sin, but loved the
sinner. He was angry in spirit toward the powers of Satan, but He
loved the poor one possessed; He freed him. Without love for the
person whom we wish to set free, without compassion, we are
absolutely powerless in our ministration; it will not be a success. If
we are going to be of help, it is a stipulation that we be filled with
God's love. 'And we have known and believed the love that God
hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,
and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we many have
boldness in the day of judgment because as He is, so are we in this
world There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear .. .'
(1 John 4 : 16-18). As He is, as He bent over the affected person in
pity, just so shall we also approach people, with a compassionate
heart Satanic powers cannot tolerate this; they hate all acts oflove.
It makes them restless; they cannot stand this warmth, and they
weaken in the face of this power, this glory; they feel uncomfortable.
And decide to get out faster.
Let me tell you of another experience which illustrates this. We
were once called to a young possessed woman. Various brothers
came with me, and I had a shock when I saw the creature, in a
shabby bamboo hut The family had shut her up in a space which
resembled nothing human - a semi-dark den, with barred windows
and a floor of stamped-down earth. She slept without a mat, on the
bare ground, like an animal. They had enclosed her feet in wooden
stocks, so that she couldn't run away. I have never ever seen such
cruelty. The skin of her ankles was one great open wound from the
constant abrasion of the feet in the wooden stocks, and, at night, her
wrists were also bound. She lay on the ground as though crucified,
not in a position to move. What inhuman torture. From afar, people
heard this woman screaming in the night But the village simply
turned aside and paid no more attention - evil spirits had taken
possession of this woman, they said, and went about their daily
business. People even laughed about it She had been lying there on
the earthen ground for years, with no covering, like an animal; a
buffalo or less. Her personality was of no consequence.
We visited this woman; in rags, unwashed, haggard, she lay
there with large, frightened eyes. I could not bear the look of it, and
ordered that her feet be taken out of the stocks and washed and
bandaged. The members of the family looked at me in amazement,
and protested. This woman would fly at us and tear us to pieces. She
was' djahat' - dangerous. I demanded that they obey me, otherwise I
would leave. A few young brothers loosened the woman. She was so
tortured, so boundlessly neglected, so battered about, so dreadfully
disabled, her very being had been so violated, that a wave of compassion
welled up in my heart I went to her and bent and drew her up
into my arms, something which she had never experienced. She
pressed close to me and cried softly, like a child with a long-standing
sorrow. With her dirty hair against my face, and her head on my
chest, she was not crazy, not possessed, but a terribly lonely human
child who had been subdued by force. As she lay against me like that,
I prayed to the Lord, beseeched Him to have mercy, to show this
single person in distress the same pity that He showed the multitudes.
A great warmth filled my heart, an endless tenderness, in which I
wrapped this woman, went through me. I laid my hands upon her and
prayed in tongues, imploring the Almighty to assist me in rescuing
her. I invoked the power of the Blood of Jesus over her, and commanded
all the powers of darkness, which were concentrated here in
this den, and which could even be smelt, to leave this woman
immediately and never come back. She will now lead a normal life
again, like all other women in the village, marry and have a family.
With the power of authority, all the destructive spirits in this woman
were commanded to leave her. I asked no questions, made no
requests, but commanded with the power of authority that I have in
Jesus Christ Thank you, Jesus! You love her! I love her as well!
Save her from this hell, please! You came for the same hopeless
cases that she is, just like her!
It was an unusual ministration, there in that little bamboo hut,
on the edge of the village. The accompanying preachers had not
expected me to approach that sick little woman in that way. I think I
shocked them, but what does it matter. For years they knew of this
affair, and never extended a hand themselves- only praying at a safe
distance, perhaps. Why should I not do it like that, if the Spirit of
God inspired me to do it? Why should I not, just as Jesus did, show
the same love and tenderness, and the same pity, towards the lost,
the outcasts, the forgotten, and those without a single chance, like
her? The manservant is not more than the Master! It was His nature
to visit the damaged person tenderly, and to heal- to heal the life in
him. Why should I not follow up the Lord in doing this? After I had
prayed, I stroked her hair and face, a few times, with my hand; I
caressed her cheeks with all the tenderness that I felt for that person
at that moment The woman regarded me for a long time, with gentle
eyes. She did not know what love was. I made a few of the women in
her family fetch some other clothes, and an earthenware bowl of hot
water, and commanded them to wash the woman, comb her hair and
attend to her. I forbade them to lock her into the wooden stocks
once more. The woman was cured and normal. Later, I heard that
she was living just like all the women in her village. The Lord be
I have saved this possibility for the last If all other attempts
have failed, this one never will: the Holy Communion. You should
observe this with others, or with another person, in the church or at
home, privately, in this special case, when the two of you are completely
ONE, which I have already written about Not just with any
brother who happens to walk in, but with a chosen, selected person.
Preferably your pastor, or elder, and, if he is not there, your partner.
Prepare yourselffor this. Not from tradition. Never become an eater
or drinker of habit at the Holy Communion, but go on regarding it as
sacred celebration of the Congregation.
The Holy Communion is not two - bread and wine - but
three: Word, bread and wine. Because God is Three-in-One, and
One-in-Three, the celebration of the Holy Communion is also three.
Lay your Bible between the bread and the wine, in the middle,
because this Word of God gives value to the bread and the wine,
point to them and consecrate them. The devil still remembers the
great drama of Golgotha very well, and observing the Holy Communion
points out to him again that the serpent-treader Jesus
crushed the head of the snake. There, Blood flowed at the crude
wooden cross, and that was the price that the Son of God, who
became the Son of Man, paid for the sin of the world; the guilt, the
disease, the fear and the death. That is where the sting was plucked
from the bee. That is where a COMPLETE REDEMPTION for a
lost mankind was brought about, that is where prisons were opened
so that those bound by the devil might be released. The suffering and
dying of Jesus Christ is far-reaching in the history of mankind, but
also and especially in the existence of Satan. He knows this! What
we have to do is hold up to him that deed, the benefaction of God!
The coming of Jesus, His revelation in the flesh, had two
purposes, two main points - firstly, the forgiveness of sins, and,
secondly: the destruction of the devil. 'And ye know that He was
manifested to take away our sins . .. ' (1 John 3: 5). Three verses
further, we read of the second purpose of Jesus' coming: 'For this
purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the
works o/the devil' (1 John 3: 8b). Jesus came to solve the problem
of sin, the problem of disease, the problem of fear, and that of death,
but also the problem of the supremacy of the devil. When He had
taken up all these things in His body, and was about to die, He cried:
It is accomplished! My mission is accomplished! That, for which I
was sent by the Father, has now been accomplished by this deed! He
did not say: 'I have accomplished it!' He said: It is accomplished!
That for which I was sent' So shall My word be that goeth forth out
of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish
('it is finished') that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing
whereto I send it' (Isaiah 55 : 11).
What appeared to be a fiasco outwardly, a cross for a crown,
appears to be the greatest triumph after all; the enemy was defeated
there. Holding this up before him during the Holy Communion,
renders Satan powerless. Of all the means of defeating him, the Holy
Communion is the most powerful. Hallelujah!
The annour of God is a perfect annour 'that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day' (Eph. 6 : 13). This evil day is not a day in a
remote future. This day is now, today, 'but this is your hour, and the
power of darkness' (Luke 22: 53), it is the day of antichrist 'And
this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should
come; and even now already is it in the world' (1 John 4 : 3). This is
the day of the reign of principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of
this world, spiritual wickedness in high places. There is a great
resistance, the fight is fierce and becomes heavier day by day. There
are innumerable dangers, but God gave us the means to remain
standing, in the annour of God, with defensive and offensive
weapons. Paul says: 'In all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him that loved us' (Rom. 8 : 37). The Lord is with His love
on our side. 'But for us fights the proper Man', and with Him,
through Him we are more than conquerors. We do not want to
regard and fear Satan as an overwhelming superior power. We want
to consider what we are in Christ Jesus, we want to look at Him and
at the heavenly host on our side.
In the second book of Kings we find an excellent example, a
foreshadow of spiritual fight ('For whatsoever things were written
aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and
comfort of the scriptures might have hope' - Rom. 15: 4). 'And
when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and had gone
forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and
chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! How shall
we do? And he answered, Fear not! for they that be with us are more
than they that be with them' (2 Kings 6: 15-16). Not only are 'they
that be with us', God's legions, greater in number, but they are also
greater in power, they are better fighters. Moreover, their Lord is
present, Jesus, the Greater One, the Stronger One, unto Whom is
given all power in heaven and on earth. He commands these hosts,
He is with them, with us. They fight on our side, and are at our
disposal. Jesus says: 'Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my
Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions on
angels?' (Matt 26 : 53). The servant only saw the outward appearance,
he only know of sensorial sight, he only saw difficult and
dangerous circumstances. But he must learn how to see in a spiritual
way, from the standpoint of the Word, the promise, from God's
view, through the Holy Spirit' And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I
pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see' (2 Kings 6 : 17).
This booklet was written with a view to this prayer of El is ha. It
is written out of this desire: 'Lord, open their eyes, that they may see!
Lord, give everyone eyesalve, that they may see' (Rev. 3 : 18). Only
the Holy Spirit can cause our eyes to see, can heal us of blindness as
far as the Word is concerned. 'And the Lord heard Elisha's prayer,
as He hears every faithful prayer. And the Lord opened the eyes of
the young man, and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of
horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha' (2 Kings 6 : 17). A
huge army, our heavenly allies are with us in the same battle against
the same enemy. And these hosts stood 'round about Elisha'; that is,
round about the Word of God, round about prophecy, round about
the certainty of ' thus says the Lord of hosts', round about the Kingdom
of Jesus Christ They are there, in readiness, encamped round
about us and they lead us to victory.
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