“…. for the prince (evil genius, ruler) of the world is coming. And he has no claim on Me. [He has nothing in common with Me; there is nothing in Me that belongs to him, and he has no power over Me.]” (John 14:30 AMP).
There is a place in God where you don’t even need to fight with the devil. In that place, it is as if he is none existent. Now, I am not saying there is no devil or Satan or the accuser of the saints. He’s very much alive and seriously dangerous. But there is a place where all thoughts of his existence diminish to the point that he accepts defeat over you, too.
Does this mean he will give up trying to steal from, destroy or kill you? Absolutely not; But, he knows very well that every attempt to attack you has grave consequences and defeat for him. This means that you no longer act on impulse but hears the voice of the Holy Spirit and act consistently with it. This behaviour will utterly frustrate his best efforts.
Jesus said the reason why the prince (schemer) of this world has no power over him was simply because he has nothing in common or nothing that belongs to Satan in Him.”
There are three areas where the devil can make you have something in common with him; all he needs is a tiny bit. These three things, though inanimate in themselves, yet they have life in them; they have personalities. A tiny bit of any of these on a person is like a virus and within a short time, if it is not treated immediately, will lead the person aligning himself with the devil. All dough needs to rise is a little yeast!
These three are lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life. I have written on lust before (click on that link to get them) and will write on matters of pride soon. My focus is not on those three. There is a higher level to these three or the devil; and that is the inability of the spiritual virus to work when it drops in the first place. I mean when the devil offers you any or all of these three spiritual viruses and NOTHING happens.
A Reaction Causes Change
In chemistry, we have what is called chemical reactions. So, what is a chemical reaction? Let us get some help from Wikipedia:
“A chemical reaction is a process that leads to the transformation of one set of chemical substances to another. Chemical reactions can be either spontaneous, requiring no input of energy, or non-spontaneous, typically following the input of some type of energy, viz. heat, light or electricity. Classically, chemical reactions encompass changes that strictly involve the motion of electrons in the forming and breaking of chemical bonds, although the general concept of a chemical reaction, in particular the notion of a chemical equation, is applicable to transformations of elementary particles, as well as nuclear reactions.”
An example is the reaction of sodium chloride (common salt) and silver nitrate. After the reaction we have a change. The original items have been transformed into other things or we can say the original chemicals have been denatured. This means there is a change when these two objects meet.
So, how does this relate to us, I mean in the spiritual sense of it? The spiritual reaction that affects man.
Lust/Pride(aq) + Mind(aq) → Sin(aq) + Eternal Separation(s)
Where does this spiritual reaction occur in the person? It is the MIND. People who have often said the battle of life is in the mind are very true. When the devil loses control of your mind, it simply means he has lost his power of you.
This was Jesus’ secret and it is the same for anyone who wants to ALWAYS triumph over the devil. But that also means there is a price to pay! You will suffer the loss of self-gratification. In essence, self will need to die.
There is no way self can be alive inside you that it won’t seek gratification. Self is the devils magnet inside a human soul. Another word for self is the corrupt nature.
Does this mean you have to die physically? No. But self, the corrupt nature, in your soul you have to die. When this happens, the conditions for lust or pride to cause a reaction for sin and death (eternal separation) in your soul become null and void.
This is not automatically done by God. It is by YOUR choice because the grace has been supplied. You make the decision to crucify this self. Every human being is given this opportunity of choice and until we die, we would have to reinforce and reiterate our decision over and over again.
“I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live:” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
What are the characteristics of this corrupt nature or self in a human soul? Any trait of this in your life would mean that you have some work to do. They are:
“Now, the effects of the corrupt nature are obvious: illicit sex, perversion, promiscuity, idolatry, drug use, hatred, rivalry, jealousy, angry outbursts, selfish ambition, conflict, factions, envy, drunkenness, wild partying, and similar things. I’ve told you in the past and I’m telling you again that people who do these kinds of things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal 5:19-21 GW)
It won’t be just the sins others can see, even the invisible ones such as inordinate affection that is unreasonable fondness for something. The desire for anything associated with evil would have to be crushed to death!
How To Deal With Self
Going back to our original definition of a reaction, “Classically, chemical reactions encompass changes that strictly involve the motion of electrons in the forming and breaking of chemical bonds,” Ah! That is the sec
ret for a reaction to take place, bonds have to be broken! If the bonds are not broken nothing happens.
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)
“Casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
“And having a readiness to punish all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2Cor 10:4-6).
This is the business that the mature in Christ does day in and day out as they appear frequently in the throne of grace. They seek earnestly that God’s will be done on earth (in them) as it is being done in the heaven of God-this is winning the battle in the unseen (John 4:23).
Many people associate these scripture to a fight against the devil and his kingdom, they are right, half-right. It has more to do with self – the corrupt nature, than it has against the devil or any outside force.
You need to use the weapons of God against the corrupt nature and destroy it, there is a stronghold of sin in every person; that stronghold has to be located by you and destroyed. That is your greatest fight! You must use all the resources that God has made available to destroy it. Two of the most devastating weapons in God’s armoury are the Blood of Jesus and the Word of testimony (Word of God).
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.” (Rev 12:11).
How do you apply His Blood and the Word of God to defeat the corrupt nature in your life? The same way you pray for things you want. Look at what Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you will receive them, and you shall have them.” (Mar 11:24).
It is heart-breaking and shameful to see people pray passionately for things such as promotion at work, breakthroughs, money, new car, new house, beautiful clothes, etc. But when it comes to praying to defeat the corrupt nature, the passion in prayer disappears! This simply reveals where ones treasure really is – the heart longs and ask what is most important to it!”
Examine your heart by what you are praying about the most. Friend, we are speaking about eternity here; what you do now will determine your pay day in God’s kingdom. You can take it easy now or discipline yourself, the choice is yours!
Paul, admonishing believers, pleaded: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom 12:1-2)
Word of God(aq) + Mind(aq) → Christ(aq) + Eternal Life(s)
To maintain this victory, your mind has to be put in a reaction with the Word of God daily. Not every Sunday with the one hour sermon, but by YOU moment by moment!
And this victory is consummated by faith. “For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4) Faith makes the bond between your mind and the Word grow into a bond that will resist any form of toxic presentation of the devil to you. This bond is the nature of Christ, the Mind of Christ, it is incorruptible, and makes you become like Christ (1 Cor 2:16).
The Result of Death to Self
What happens when this corrupt nature dies? You would be granted by God a special place of power and authority, you will become fearless and the devil will be terribly afraid of you, too (Acts 19:15). Every time he or anyone from his kingdom of darkness come near you, they would always be frustrated!
Can you imagine a serpent with a deadly fang biting and trying to chew away at titanium? That snake would be totally frustrated and damaged. It would waste its venom and the fangs would be broken! The devil will be like the snake and you will be like the titanium metal!
“That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,” (Luke 1:74).
You will become a firebrand in the hand of God, and He will use you as His battle axe!
“You are my battle-axe and weapons of war: for with you will I break in pieces the nations, and with you will I destroy kingdoms; And with you will I break in pieces the horse and its rider; and with you will I break in pieces the chariot and its rider;” (Jer 51:20-21)
You will be able to enter into the dark places and rescue the lambs from the jaws of the lions without the fear of being mauled!
“These are the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.” (2 Samuel 23:8)
You will be able to stand face-to-face with the devil or any of his subordinates, binding them, shutting down their acts, and delivering the captives without being destroyed. That means you will be able to deliver prostitutes, drug-users, murderers, serial sinners (paedophiliacs, adulterers, fornicators) etc. WITHOUT getting scathed by their acts.”
You will love the loveless, your love for the sinners will make you see the beauty of their lives instead of the rottenness of their acts. You will not be like Achan who gets to the battle ground to take the unclean thing and cause a stain of death in the camp.
Why is this possible? The thing that can cause a reaction with sin inside you is dead, not available for use in the lab of the devil, so it has no power over you any more!
These are the sons of God the world is in earnest expectation to see being made to manifest. These are the sons that God is moulding today. Do you want to be one of them? Will you submit yourself to the Almighty to help you destroy the works of the flesh? If your answer is yes, then you need to go to the best place to get the victory – your knees!
*I planned to write just five articles on this subject of Spiritual Warfare, but there is so much ground not yet covered. I may write two more, but for now this is the conclusion of the five-part series.
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Update: For those who have been asking for more on this series: See them here: http://brotherjohn.org/category/spiritual-warfare/