[Column] Lift High the Flag of Spiritual Warfare

Lift High the Flag of Spiritual Warfare

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

 

Towards the end of September in 2006, I went to Vladivostok in Russia to lead a seminar on the spirituality of the fourth dimension. By the prophecy of the Holy Spirit our ministry was let know of the powerful evil force of alcoholism and divorce at work in the region. Evil spirits initiated their attacks upon our arrival. Waking up early in the morning in a hotel room, I saw an evil spirit sitting on another bed to my right. Strangely enough, there should have been nothing but a window on the right side of my bed but I somehow saw a bed. As our eyes met, my body was frozen and I could not move. Then, I started crying aloud, “the blood of Jesus, the blood of Jesus.”

After repeating it twenty to thirty times, the spirit disappeared, my body regained mobility, and the window to the right of the bed gradually appeared. Having known that I came to Vladivostok to teach the truth of the fourth dimensional spirituality, Evil spirits attacked but to no avail. They were defeated by the blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Afterward, the power of God was manifested through the gift of tongues and healing of body and mind in Russian leaders. The seminar also reaped a huge success in sowing the seeds of vision in Russian leaders. 

Evangelization and church growth always entail spiritual warfare. Evil spirits work in individuals, church, localities, and states and also interfere with the ministries of church. The city or country with a low rate of is where the domination of evil spirits is powerful. The main purposes of Satan’s activity is to impede the glory of God by robbing people of salvation and to make life miserable by controlling their thoughts. Although the realm of the devil is invisible to human eyes, it is an entity that clearly exists. For this reason, Martyn Lloyd Jones said, “I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the fact that the devil is being forgotten.”

The faithful and the church must realize the true identity of the devil and be awake spiritually. The original meaning of the word Devil is to throw or to divide. The word in itself indicates that works of the devil sever relationships. The Devil cuts off the relationship between man and God. Paul writes, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”(2 Corinthians 11:3). There is a Satanic plan behind the corruption of our truthfulness to the Lord and the lack of passion for the Lord. The Devil also severs relationships between people. Behind every bewildering conflict and division at church, there are the works of the devil.

God desires His people to be His Army: the army equipped with God’s full-body armor with strengthened inner beings by spiritual power. Unless we pray in the Holy Spirit without ceasing, we cannot put on the spiritual armor of God. All saints of the church must become the faithful soldiers and warriors. For that we must arm ourselves with the blood of Jesus and the Word of God.

Let us not forget sight of the fact that we saints are already victors. What they have to do is to remember their identity as a victor and submit God (James 4:7). We can rebuke Satan: “Satan, Away with you by the blood of Jesus. You have been defeated. I bind you in the name of Jesus Christ.” The members of a growing church put on the armor of God and exercise their God-given authority. Only God’s faithful warriors will reap the successful harvest of souls in the last days. With courage, without fear, let us lift high the flag of spiritual warfare and march on.

2 Comments

  1. Yes, we must all “armor up” for the spiritual warfare that is so necessary, especially in the USA. Satan is gaining influence in the world today, but so many people are not willing to acknowledge that, let alone take up the battle.

  2. Thank you for your word. We can defeat Satan and evil
    spirits in the name and blood of the Lord. You are
    the victor in Jesus, and I pray that you will raise
    up spiritual warriers!!

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