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Good morning friends. It seemed very appropriate after hearing the prophetic
word on February 1 2012 by Chuck Pierce, Anne Tate, and Keith Pierce; where one
of the first things said was, “We are in a season of warfare,” to begin the lesson of
Spiritual Warfare. I believe the LORD is approving. It is one thing to receive Christ
into our life where we feel nothing can touch us and another to be put on the
battlefield for Him. We must learn how to fight and what our weapons of warfare
are.

The Lord had called me to a ten
(10) day sabbatical. As I sat down to meditate I
asked the Holy Spirit, ‘Where do you want me to read?’ without a stutter He said,
“Begin reading on spiritual warfare.” I asked, “Do you want me to do a message on
spiritual warfare?’ He answered, without hesitation, ‘Yes’, My people are being
defeated for lack of knowledge.”

We are going to get into studying about spiritual warfare, the devil and demons,
how we can know them, the spiritual weapons we have at our disposal and how to
keep them from building strongholds in our lives. But first we need to see some
things concerning our present state of living and why satan has pulled out all the
stops in our generation. We need to recognize our faults/failures, repent and
become the spiritual warriors God needs today.

I am asking you to please not be offended, but to listen, ponder/meditate, think,
and pray upon the different things you will hear in this message. God thought it
was so important He stopped me from going forward on a lesson I was studying.

He wants us to stop and look around….see where we are and ponder what we must
do. As we look around with our spiritual eyes I believe we will see our enemy.
When our eyes are open, spiritually, I believe it will explain why a lot of things
happen the way they do; and know in God’s plans ‘nothing’ happens by accident or
coincidence.

Satan, has been trying to defeat GOD the Father and His Son, Jesus since he got
stupid and tried to over-throw/rise above GOD in the heavenlys
(Isaiah 14:12-14);
he being the creation and God being the Creator. He has been playing games, by
cunning trickery since the Garden of Eden to kill and destroy mankind. Since Jesus
said yes to God’s plan; satan has been trying to stop/defeat His purpose…..God’s
Son, became the perfect lamb slain from the foundation of the world
(Revelation 13:
8)
, HE was to be the perfect sacrifice being the only path back to Father GOD (John
14:6).

(Scriptures may be paraphrased by me for clarity)
Isaiah 14:12-14: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have
said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars
of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation  on the farthest sides of the
north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.

Revelation 13:8: All who dwell on the earth will worship him
(the beast), whose names
have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb
(Christ) slain from the
foundation of the world.

John 14:6:  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through Me.

When God’s only Son came into the world through the carnal body of a woman,
supernaturally, for she had never been with a man, the Holy Spirit came upon her
and the power of the Highest overshadowed her; therefore the Holy One who was
born is called the Son of God.
(Luke 1:35-scripture paraphrased)

The devil, ‘ol slu foot’, tried several times to kill him during His walk upon the earth
in human form:
1) Once when He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, the
devil tempted Him, telling Him ‘if’ He was who He said He was He could throw
Himself from the pinnacle, which is the peak of the temple, and not be hurt -
misquoting the scriptures-
(Matthew 4:5-6 (Ps 91:11-12), 2) He caused the Chief
priest and Scribes, religious leaders of that day, to try and kill Him by plotting
trickery or stoning Him,
(Matthew 26:3-4, Luke 22:2, John 8:59; 10:31-39). 3) And how
about in the Garden of Gethsemane; the temptation there was so great that His
sweat became as great drops of blood
(Luke 22:44) (How He could be tempted there is for
another lesson)
. Again and again, throughout the ages satan has tried to kill the plan
of GOD and failed….now he is pulling out all the stops, because he can hear the
rumblings in the heavens and knows his time is short. Can you hear the rumblings
of the heavens?

We are the light of the world today
(Matthew 5:14-16). GOD, the Father, His Son
Jesus and the Holy Spirit have chosen to use man since They formed man in the
Garden of Eden. Jesus, the Christ, has now made the way for us to be united back
to GOD the Father
(John 14:6). That has always been GOD’s heart to fellowship with
His people, His creation; but sin had to be dealt with before it could happen.

satan has not given up he is still trying with his entire arsenal to destroy the plan
of GOD for the earth and mankind. We are the church! We are so used to walking
into a building, we call church, that we forget ‘the Church’ is not a building with
many rooms, rules, traditions and regulations, it is human beings who have had
their DNA changed by the awesome power of the blood of CHRIST. We are no
longer of this world but of the world Christ came from
(John 17:14-17). Now it is
time for us to open our eyes and see how ‘ol slu foot’ has messed with the church
until he feels that the church had lost its strength and powerful position on earth.
Let us now follow just a few steps in his ploys:

In the early 1970’s, it probably started in the 1960’s, but let us continue, I believe
satan had a meeting and said something like this, ‘I believe the church
(God’s people)
are sleeping, their enjoying their fruits, their four walls of their fine churches, etc..
I have also been able to separate them with small
difference/variations/discrepancies; separating ‘the body’ which they call
denominations. I have them arguing over who is right and which day to have
services. I think it’s time to pull out all the stops and see how many fall. All those
things going on in the church, plus the fact that he was hearing the heavens
rumbling he knew his time was short.



Let me throw in this in: The children of Reuben, Gad and half the tribe of Manasseh
decided to separate themselves from the rest of the tribes; accept when it came to
war and worship. Unifying gave them the power to overcome any situation or
circumstances. All throughout the Word it shows us how powerful
UNITY is and
how we are defeated/weakened when we are separated.
(They were to battle
together - Numbers 32:25-33, Joshua 1:10-16 and worship together – Joshua 22:10-
19)

So in our relaxed state, enjoying our church services and socials, we, the church,
were overwhelmed and frightened when we learned through the media and
newspapers that there were around 10,000 satanic churches ‘in America’; The
Home of the Free. I can hear the church say, with disbelief, ‘Not in America! Yes my
friends and that was in the 70’s. I hear you saying, “How did this happen?’  I have
been faithful to my church in giving of myself and my finances, I have tried to rear
my children to believe in God, what have I left undone?”

My belief is the church
(people, called by God’s name) found Christ, got saved and
unintentionally fell asleep; nothing specific but through many different things
happening through the years. The devil took advantage of it and said, ‘the church
is no longer a threat’ and went to work openly and fervently, mocking God’s people
and publicly slandering His church. Notice what God says in the Word about being
mocked:

Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

We, my friends (notice I said we) have stayed in the protection of the four walls of our
particular church building, believing we were safe from the devil’s attack and
demons, if they were real, could not touch us.

We as Christians know that change has to come, if we didn’t we wouldn’t keep
finding new programs, new classes, new ways, to try and keep our people/flock
happy. Who among us has not felt anxieties, temptations, frustrations, as one time
or another; at work, home, financially, with family, etc? I dare say, if we are all
honest, we all have. If we were to take a poll on how many suicides happened, just
in America last year because of one of the above mentioned……we would be
horrified. Do you really think life just got too intense for them…..it just happens…..I
don’t think so; either God is at work or the devil and his demons are.

Friends I am hear to tell you SATAN and DEMONS are very, very real and it is time
we  STAND UP put on our Father’s armor and take back all the devil has stolen from
us: Our homes, children, finances, spiritual gifts, our joy, peace, love and
compassion. We cannot do it unless we understand that we are fighting
‘spiritual
battles’
and we need to use ‘spiritual weapons’ to defeat our enemy. The Word
says in
Ephesians 6:11-12:

Put on the ‘whole’ armor of GOD, ‘that you may be able to stand against the wiles
(Trickery/ensnaring/alluring) of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against
1)principalities, 2)against powers, 3)against the rulers of the darkness of
this age,
4)against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Notice in this
one scripture there are four different kinds of evil to be fought.)



Satan, I assure you, is taking his job very seriously and we need to know he does
not care who he destroys or hurts and he will use whatever he can (friends, mates,
work, children, church, job, finances, etc)…….whatever he finds or thinks will
break you. The Scripture says in
II Corinthians 10:4-5:

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down
strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself
against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ,

We must understand that this is as real as the nails that pierced the hands (Strong’s
Concordance Greek word # 5495 means: Hand)
of Jesus on that terrible/awesome day on
the Cross. It is personal with him, and we need to take it very personal. He is after
us and we need to arm ourselves for battle; knowing/remembering who has
already won the war……JESUS. Praise His name forevermore!

I Corinthians 10:13: No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to
man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are
able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able
to bear it.

John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that you will have tribulation; but
be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Again in the early 1960/1970’s remember the Hippies and the Flower Children, the
burning of the flag, the rebellion of our youth. Many of us sat back and said, ‘Oh it’s
just a phase, they will grow out of it.’ Then there were movies, such as The Exorcist
and a lot of supernatural things coming over the TV and internet.


most of them are either about the supernatural, sex or blood curdling murders…..
and we are still on a down hill. But GOD…..I love saying that…but GOD has a plan
and He cannot be defeated……HE IS….period.

We must build up our spiritual house….to be carnally minded is death but to be
spiritually minded is life and peace.
(Romans 8:6).  We are an epistle to the world,
not written with ink and pen, but by the Spirit of the living God
(II Corinthians 3:2-3).
We are responsible for how we act, speak, walk and talk. We are not our own, we
are bought with a price therefore we are to glorify God in our bodies and our
spirits which belong to GOD
(I Corinthians 6:20).

We are new creatures (II Corinthians 5:17), a holy, separated people (I Peter 2:9),
zealous of good works (Titus 2:14). It is now time for us to put on spiritual growth if
we are to defeat our common enemy……satan. We are to put away carnality and
become spiritually minded as Christ is. He also said in
Ephesians 5:17:

‘that’ (this word always establishes a purpose clause; Jesus is saying, here is the reason I came) He
might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any
such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

We must put away our differences and UNITE, , together, as did the twelve tribes,
realizing that we are powerful together and we are weak separated. When we
receive Christ we become spiritual beings, we are ‘one’ in spirit and deeds. The
Word says in
I Corinthians 2:12-14, Ephesians 4:3-6 and Ecclesiastes 4:12:

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God
that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. Theses
things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy
Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural (Carnal
man) man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness
to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Ephesians 4:3-6: ….endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of
peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of
your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is
above all, and through all, and in you all.

Ecclesiastes 4:12: Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand
him and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

I must give you a testimony, an experience I actually had, in uniting:

Testimony: I lived in a city called Winslow, AZ. During a prayer time one morning the
Lord spoke to me and said, “I want you to march around the city.” I immediately
said, “Okay Lord.” About two days later I was praying again at the church and
thought what a huge thing the Lord had asked me to do. I said, “Lord I will obey but
this is a huge thing You have asked me to do; I am but one person. He responded,
“I want you to ask all the churches in Winslow to join you.” I said, “That is such a
cool idea!” I really did not know how to begin so I decided to write every Pastor
and see what the result would be. One Pastor responded back and subjected I
approach all the Ministers at the monthly meeting; they agreed to meet with me. I
was so scared; them being Pastors and me just a member of the body. But anyway,
with knees knocking I told them what I believed the Lord wanted asked them to
take it back to their churches, pray and give me their answer at next month’s
meeting. I might add either way I had already planned to obey and march.

The next month I went, there were some amazing things that happened in that
meeting but the end result was they agreed. We are talking Baptist, Methodist,
Episcopal, Pentecostal, black, white, Indian, etc. we formed a committee, met every
month until the appointed day.

Needless to say it was a wonderful, awesome, indescribable time in the Lord; for
the cause of Christ.
From Bondage Through LoDeBar To God’s Presence, is a book
the Lord had me write in it, it describes in detail all the wonderful experiences we
encountered while planning the march; and how the Lord intervened to caused all
denominations to come together for HIM. If you are interested in reading more
please visit our website library for more information. Awesome is our Lord and
greatly to be praised!

Well we could go on and on, but we have a lot to digest, absorb and reflect upon. A
lot of what the Holy Spirit is telling us is things we know….but we need to think
about why satan believes he can win……what we need to be doing now….. and
remember what our purpose is.

We all get caught up in daily life, but it is soooo important not to allow life to keep
us from sitting at the feet of our Savior, the Christ, who is always waiting for us to
say, ‘Good Morning Lord.’

Blessings to all, and hope to hear from you again next week when we get into the
‘meat’ of this message/lesson, satan and demons are very real.

Love to all in Christ

Dee Knupp
Dee@powerinunity.com
SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Satan and Demons Are Very Real!
Part I
WE MUST PUT AWAY OUR DIFFERENCES AND UNITE…..OURSELVES IN WORSHIP
AND WARFARE against our common enemy…..SATAN!
One of the greatest weapons satan has is dividing the church. One of the
Greatest weapons the church has is UNITY!