Lesson 1: Fighting With Spiritual Authority
Instructor: Apostle Terri Davidson
Spiritual Warfare: A term used to describe conflict and intangible infliction and assaults that emanate from, and take place in, the invisible spheres of creation. It is centered on God’s invisible creatures battling with the prayers of His saints, members of the church of Jesus Christ, on earth. New Creation believer prayers, opposition, envy, kingdom infighting, and carnal resistance can also inspire spiritual warfare.
Fighting: To contend in battle or physical combat, to strive to overcome a person by blows or weapons
Spiritual Warfare is a fight that has nothing to do with you directly; it is about Satan fighting against God. Since we are believers in Christ and are part of his end time army we must be prepared to fight the proper way. Being that this warfare is spiritual you can’t see the person or thing you are fighting which is why we must fast and pray before, during and after to conquer the enemy. Usually, this fight is in the mind of the saints.
Prayer: Father, in the name of Jesus we come before you today asking that you will cover us as we enter into areas that we have never gone to before in our lives. Lord, we ask for wisdom and knowledge from heaven to fall afresh on us today so that we can fight properly and be pleasing in your sight. We thank you in advance for binding the hand of the enemy in every area of retaliation in our lives. Amen.
2 Corinthians 10: 3-6, 8
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 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, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Weapons: Symbols of power and aggression that change or conformity upon human behavior and surrender on a person, country, or kings
Warfare: Hostile or competitive battle between enemies or rivals where something of value is at stake or may be lost. The Greek term for it is strateia, which defines military service and an apostolic career, as well as warfare itself. Included in this meaning are the words expedition and campaign. Lastly, its biblical meanings add the discharge of one’s apostolic duties.
Carnal: Flesh, Temporal or weapons, Worldly or in the mind, fleshly having a relation to the body.
Strongholds: A stronghold is a fortress, something kept in and something kept out.
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down. To destroy and to throw down. To build and to plant.
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 for the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Apostle Paul admitted he is a mortal, living in realities of the present world, but he does not war (fight) with mere human weapons. In admitting that we are mortals although we are in this world but not of this world we must realize that the world’s ways of handling things are not always correct. Some things have been taught, while other things have been acquired. We must admit that we have to be deprogrammed in order to fight under the spiritual authority that God has given unto us.
The work of the ministry is warfare, not after the flesh indeed, and for spiritual purposes. The doctrines of the gospel are the weapons. Outward force, therefore, is not the method of the gospel, but strong persuasions. People must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force of arms. What opposition is made against the gospel by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men, but these strongholds are pulled down by the gospel, through the grace and power of God.
We must be determined to grow spiritually. Such growth is painful because one undergoes stretching, molding and refining by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual people deal ruthlessly with any carnal thoughts in their own minds. Recognize the spiritual war in your own mind. Take captive every thought that is hostile to God. Memorize Scripture and meditate as a military discipline.
Obedience: The word signifies attentive hearing, to listen with compliant submission, assent, and agreement. It is used for obedience in general for obedience to God’s commands, and for Christ’s obedience.
You have enrolled in God’s army and in this army you must go through boot camp 101. When a soldier joins the army they remove everything from them and program them to do things their way and not the way they learned at home. It is the same thing; you must be deprogrammed from the world in order to operate under God. Your mindset must change to receive the fullness from Christ.
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
Once we take on the mind of Christ and start to operate under the anointing of God we must then learn the authority which is inside of us.
Authority: The lawful right and power to enforce obedience on a person or group to regulate or modify its behavior. The right to impose a specific code of conduct, to initiate correction, assess penalties, or censure improper behavior.
Spiritual Authority: The root of all authority exercised in the natural world. It is based upon the protocratic laws of God’s creation where the angel and other spiritual beings govern.
Authority brings us power in the Holy Ghost.
Power: Ability to perform; strength to exert pressure or release force.
Potency: Intrinsic strength to exert effective force and exercise inherent power. In the New Testament the Greek word that best describes this is dunamis.
Dunamis: A Greek term used to describe dynamic power of the sort that generates the manifests the miracles of God.
Read Ephesians 6: 10-20, Proverb 29:2, Matthew 20:25, Luke 4:36, 1 Corinthians 15:24