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Sweep Your House Warfare Prayer 3 - Patrick Bukassa

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Published on Oct 14, 2012

Music Played and Inspired by Patrick Bukassa (Copyright) - A scriptural basis for the concept of spiritual warfare is found in the sixth chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians, where Paul metaphorically arms the Christian with weapons and armor that are said[weasel words] to recall those of a Roman centurion. However, the "helmet of Salvation" and the "breastplate of Righteousness" are included in Isaiah 59:17, which predates the Roman Republic and its legionary army.

" 10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15. and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

Demonic Powers in Scripture

Biblical passages that highlight the subject of demons are principally found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the Acts of the Apostles. St. Paul's epistles focus on the victory of Christ over principalities and powers. The Book of Revelation portrays the casting down of Satan and of Satan's being bound forever due to the triumph of Christ in the Resurrection. Other passages concerning demons and angels are scattered throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Outside of the biblical canon, demonology is found in pseudepigraphal writings, such as the First Book of Enoch, and in the post-New Testament writings of the early fathers such as The Didache, The Shepherd of Hermas, Ignatius's epistle to the Ephesians, and Origen's Contra Celsum.

Possibly the clearest and most detailed example of spiritual warfare in the Bible can be found in Daniel 10. The prophet Daniel had been praying and fasting for three weeks, seeking understanding from God. When an angel finally came to Daniel to deliver a message from the Lord, he explained that he had been dispatched the very first day that Daniel began to pray but that "the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days." (10:13) Eventually, as the angel explained, the Archangel Michael had been fetched and was able to overpower the Prince of Persia, allowing this unnamed angel-messenger to make contact with Daniel.

The traditional response of the Church has been to positively confess and proclaim the supremacy and victory of Christ in his resurrection from the dead over all things, including the Devil, demons or fallen angels. In the early church, the rite of exorcism took various forms including prayer, laying-on of hands, fasting, and anointing oil (Mark 6:13). Church Fathers such as Justin Martyr and Tertullian attest to the importance of authority in the name of Jesus Christ and the anointing power of the blood of Jesus Christ.
(Matthew 26:28,Mark 1:27,Mark 6:13,Luke10:18-22,John14:12,Hebrews 9:14,James 5:14,Rev 7:14-15,Rev 12:11)

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."
Jesus Christ of Nazareth (John14:12)

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you."
Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Luke10:19)

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