problem most Christians have when it comes to spiritual warfare is that
the bible tells us that we should be victorious but most of us seem to
be experiencing defeat one way or the other. This is because most of us
have not come to know or realise that spiritual warfare takes place on
five (5) distinct dimensions, of which four are arenas of battle and the
fifth is the foundation for the other four. If you miss out on the
fifth, you would have been defeated by darkness on the grounds of
faithlessness, and if you loose on any or some of the other four, you
are defeated on grounds of spiritual unfaithful-ness.
The four arenas
can best be understood from the angle of the crowns or trophies that is
being fought for. All these trophies belong to God; if the devil can get
you, in one way or the other to give these trophies to him, to take them
to yourself or to give it to another human being he has defeated you.
The kingdom of the devil thrives in your rebellion against God; as long
as you can be found to have rebelled against heavenly order, you are
separating your life from God’s kingdom
(“the soul that
sins shall die”).
This separation is the spirit of death or that gives power to death over
you; that is the only dominion that the devil can have over your life.
The trophies of
the four dimensions of spiritual warfare are honour, glory, power and
Honour is the
banner over your life; it is the cause for which you live. It could come
in terms of the groups you are a member of, the leaders you follow, the
movements you identify with or simply your role model in life.
Glory is your
lifestyle, your ideology and philosophy of life; that which you believe;
the doctrines you adhere to and your general outlook to life (your
attitude is a measure of that which you glory in.
Power is what
motivates and discourages you; it is the incentive behind your labours
and can provoke action on your part and draws out your abilities. It
could be anger, hate, love, friendships, a sense of responsibility,
gilt, greed; e.t.c. Power could also mean spiritual power, political
power, financial power and other abilities.
Dominion is that
which controls you; that which constrains you and can stop you from
doing what you would otherwise want to do, that which limits the
expression of what you would have done; another word for dominion is
strongholds will operate in several or all of these dimensions and need
to be demolished on all four dimensions:
weapons of our warfare are not canal but they are mighty in God
for the pulling down of strongholds (dominions), casting down
imaginations (ideologies), and every thing that is exulted above
the knowledge of God (role models), holding every thought captive
in obedience to Christ (power). We shall stand in readiness to
punish all disobedience once your obedience is complete”.
dimension is that of covenant or contract or, as we say, testimony. This
is our spiritual status, rank or authority in God; the status we have in
overcome him by the blood of the lamp and by the word of their testimony
and they spared not their life even in the face of death”.
Things to watch out for
At the prevailing
war in the spirit will take the form of a war of ideologies; people will
hate one another because of differences in ideology and belief. The
trick of discerning which spirit is behind a movement is not to consider
the purity of the doctrines; the devil will come in forms of the angel
of light, i.e. beautiful and faultless doctrines. What we should look
out for is the power behind the actions of people. If it is hate, it is
not God. If it is selfishness, fear, greed, ‘tawọn
tami nikan’ (my own people alone), other bigotry, ungodly desires or
self-promotion, it is not God. If it is godly reverence, good will to
all, understanding in the face of rejection and all such, it is most
“Now learn this
lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves
come out, you will know that summer is near”.
say to you, I say to every one. Watch!”
Mark 13:37 (also see Luke 12:49 – 59).