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Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Frustrating The Devil


“…. 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.[1] 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.

NaCl(aq) + AgNO3(aq)NaNO3(aq) + AgCl(s)

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.

Overcome the Devil

Overcome the Devil

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

Corrupt Nature Must Die

Corrupt Nature Must Die

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.

Please SHARE this article with others, God bless you.

Update: For those who have been asking for more on this series: See them here: https://brotherjohn.org/category/spiritual-warfare/

Brother John

My name is simply Brother John. Saved and delivered by Jesus Christ just before my 16th birthday, nothing better could have happened to me in my entire life! Read a little more about my encounter with Christ here: Satan Taught Me... https://brotherjohn.org/satan-taught-me-jesus-mastered-me/ .... When I see that something has blessed me in one way or the other, then I want everybody to hear it and get blessed as much, if not much more. I worship with other believers at the The Platts Road Fellowship. In the truest sense of it, BrotherJohn.org is now more than the personal blog of the person who started it, it has evolved into a TEAM of some world-wide believers, who prefer to remain anonymous. This blog has one purpose: give you practical steps in walking with God. The steps can be found in the fresh Letters From God.

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  1. Dimitrio Emmanuel Rigas. February 18, 2011

    Thank you Jesus for brother john.

  2. Oluwamuyiwa Moses Adebowale February 18, 2011

    This is indeed secret revealed. If we all abide by these secrets precepts upon precepts and lines upon lines as unveiled by the man of God, i tell you, you’ll put the enemies to flight thousands of miles away…. abundant life unlimited commences. Halleluia!!!
    More anointing brother John.

  3. Lisa February 19, 2011

    When you said it starts with the mind, doesnt it come from the heart and out of the heart come wicked things?

  4. Brother John February 19, 2011

    @Lisa – Thanks for your question, Lisa. yes, but how did it enter the heart? It comes through the mind, how do things enter the mind? Through our five senses. Once your five senses are purged through Christ’s fire, the flesh dies.

    It is the flesh that draws us into most fights with the devil. The flesh is the devil’s workshop, once your flesh (corrupt nature) dies completely, there is nothing for the devil to use against you again! It leaves the devil really frustrated.

    Once you can frustrate the devil ….. that’s it!
    That was Jesus’ SECRET.

  5. Peggy France Sturgill Clime February 20, 2011

    Mature brother in the Lord. I am so grateful for having read this very important information. You have given such detail that I feel enlightened like never before on this very important subject. Thank you Child of the King. Shalom

  6. Dianna February 20, 2011

    excellent and so needed to be heard! Thank you dear brother for sharing this!

  7. Abraham Israel February 21, 2011

    Terrific truths when applied in one’s life will make that person a devil frustrater for the GLORY OF GOD! Thank you Brother John. Keep it up! May the Lord’s Anointing increase upon you manifold more and more. Fantastic Blog! Blessings…..

  8. Brother John February 28, 2011

    @Abraham Israel – Thanks brother. God bless you, too.

  9. Brother John February 28, 2011

    @Peggy France Sturgill Clime – Hi Frances, thanks for stopping by and your encouraging words. I hope we’ll all enjoy the riches and beauty Christ provides us to the full.

  10. Joyce December 10, 2011

    I needed this word Bro John! God spoke to me through this word! Thank you!

  11. Rashad December 29, 2012

    Brother John,
    I stumbled across your website and have been blessed by the revelation and the word of knowledge our Lord has blessed you with. I definitely can relate to every word you have said in this article. I noticed in my life when it came to the “lustful flesh”, it would be a continually battle in trying to get complete victory over besetting sins. However, through much prayer, fasting, and meditation the Lord has granted that my “flesh” be “numb” to its lust. More particularly, sexual lust. The power of God is awesome and true! However, I am not aware of Satan’s unrelenting charge to come and attempt to destroy. Yet, the Lord has empowered to go out and destroy him (Satan’s kingdom)! Nevertheless, pray for me brother, as the Lord is leading me to plant churches here in the Northeast in the U.S. Many demonic strongholds and darkness but I am encouraged the Lord will destroy these wicked vestiges with His might! Amen!

    Keep up the good work!!

  12. Brother John December 29, 2012

    @Rashad – I am so happy to read your comment, which is from the heart; I can so much relate with seeking the Lord with ALL your heart through prayers, fastings, meditation and self-denial. What I have noticed is that people use these avenues of prayers, fastings and meditation to seek God’s material and financial blessings, but refuse to do the same for eternal things such as conforming to the image of Christ.

    God helping me, I will write a follow-up to this article soon.

  13. Wilburn Williemae May 11, 2013

    News: We work for major news companies but our boss is preventing us from publishing this information on Tv. They are high ranking luciferians from the devil worshipers cult illuminati also known as the Bilderberg Group. This is a fact: There is an ongoing civil war in America. The illuminati have killed Aaron Swartz and more than 38,000 people in America in 2010. Their deaths are disguised as suicides. Many Americans are awake now, Americans are buying guns hunting to kill all children of members of the illuminati living in multi-million dollar homes all over America to end their evil legacy. KKK members are luciferians from the illuminati. People listed in the forbes billionaire list are high ranking members of the illuminati. The Bilderberg Group have alot of their children here in America living in multi-million dollar homes. Tell all your friends, it’s now time to KILL them all to save humanity.

  14. Brother John May 14, 2013

    Dear Williemae, I permit freedom of speech on this website, hence the approval of your comment.

    While I do not disagree with your comment, I must also let you know that the real culprit is the DEVIL, who is the mastermind behind all evil in this world.

    The time of the Devil and ALL his followers will soon be up, whoever they may be; the clock is really ticking and countdown to their end is nearing its end.

    The dawn of a new beginning is almost here and Christ’s Kingdom shall soon be born. Hallelujah!!!

    1. Mirela Mastrelli January 22, 2022

      Amen brother!!! Yes the devil is behind it all. I agree with you the greatest battle is for the redemption of our soul. The battle is To dethrone the devils character traits and enthroned the Lord and His divine nature. The hardest battle of all!!! Help us Holy Spirit!
      Thank you Brother John for the time spent on your knees and in the word to be able to have this river of living water flow out of you!! I’m so grateful for the many confirmations the Lord has provided through your writings!! I pray the kingdom of God be born in us and be manifested to the world!!🙏🏼

      1. Brother John January 22, 2022


  15. vanessa July 21, 2013

    Hello, thank you so much for these series they are what I needed. I’m from the DRC and so I do believe in this spiritual warfare stuff. I find that here in America that many Americans are not attuned to the fact that there are spiritual battles going on around them and the ways it can be manifested. I think Africans are much more aware of this, we both know why though.

    I just need a clarification on your second chemical equation. Word of God + Mind produce Christ and eternal separation. What do you mean by that? Eternal separation threw me off.

    1. Brother John July 23, 2013

      Thanks so much for drawing my attention to that typo, Vanessa. Much appreciated. It wa meant to explain that when we allow the Word of God to flood our mind, the mind gets transformed and makes us become more like Christ, because the Word is Christ and hence births Eternal Life within us.

      God Bless You for picking that up with me. Please feel free to challenge anything you see on this website.

      Within the next few days, I will release another article in this series.

  16. TT July 30, 2013

    I discovered your website while searching for help with my ever-prevalent battle with lust. I have been through nearly all your pieces that address this problem and must remark that I have been blessed. My greatest problem with this bane is the tendency to relapse; an issue you have pretty sufficiently addressed. I pray that with the Help of The Almighty, i may eventually triumph over that which has for many years plagued me. God Bless YOu Brother John.

  17. Brother John July 30, 2013

    I am happy to hear from you “TT“. God is as concerned as you in the problem you have have been battling. What is important is not to feel you are failure and give up winning the fight.

    The Lord has been gracious in revealing to me the intricacies of how the devil (and Hell’s angels) have been beating saints in battle through sin and over the coming weeks, I will be sharing some of these things. But we have the upperhand!!

    The secret of our victory in these battles are in the Word of God, we just need to seek the face of God to get them. The Bible is very complete in helping us achieve our much needed victories.

    I will encourage you that you follow and study with me in the Advanced Spiritual Warfare series. Have you read TAKING THE BATTLE GROUND? https://brotherjohn.org/advanced-spiritual-warfare-taking-the-battleground/ ….. the next one after this will soon be published. God Bless.

  18. Kaye August 13, 2013

    Many Christians really do not understand that 2 Cor 10: 4 – 6 is mainly referring to our own evil thoughts and desires. Yes the devil fights us daily but if we are at that place where he has nothing in us as Christ said we wouldnt have to fight in the first place. Brother John it always amazed me to hear Christians praying fervently about the things of this world, when the scriptures say set our affections on the things above and that God will add what we need to us. We really ought to focused on spiritual things and trust God as his word says to look after the physical as he sees fit, our only aim here should be to accomplish his will on eartth anyway not to get a big house, car, or wealth. Brother John I am enjoying your articles and pray that God will continue to bless and keep you inside of his will…

  19. Oluwatimileyin September 18, 2013

    Hello brother John, this is really my first time of reading this and I must say that I’m really blessed. The Lord keep us till the end of it all. Amen!

    1. Brother John September 19, 2013

      🙂 Dear Brother Oluwatimileyin, thanks. I must suggest that you read the follow up in this series. Look at the other topics here:
      https://brotherjohn.org/revival/ and see topics such as:
      Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Overcoming The Strongman
      Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Spiritual Guerrilla Warfare
      Advanced Spiritual Warfare: Taking The Battleground
      God Bless You.

  20. Barbara de Souza February 27, 2017

    This article is awesome. It has helped me to assist a friend who is a newly ordained pastor but immature Christian and who strayed to a secular club in London where he unknowingly got involved in the Power of Attraction and other New Age workshops. Thanks.


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