There is a war in progress. This war is between the God of heaven and the devil, who is the prince of this world. Every believer is born in conflict; for the devil would love to have every human being lost, if he could. Every believer is also born into conflict. Every thought, word or action of his either advances the Kingdom of God or that of Satan. No thought, word or action is neutral. Second by second, minute by minute, and hour by hour, each person is contributing by all that he does to advance one of the two kingdoms.
Satan wants to do all the harm that he can. He will attack all that he can attack; and when he attacks, he will destroy all that he can. The believer therefore needs to be alert, defend his territory and fight back the devil. He must do this, or suffer heavily; for the devil is on the offensive.
However, the believer does not need to worry and despair. He should confront the Enemy. He should confront the Enemy, not from a position of fear, but from one of victory. We know from the Word that the One who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Leonard Ravenhill aptly expresses this when he says,
“When Satan fell he drew a third of the heavenly host with him. Therefore opposing the Christian are the world, the flesh, and the devil, plus one-third of what was the heavenly host. For the Christian are the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, two-thirds of the heavenly host, plus the prayers of many friends and the boundless promises of the unchangeable and indestructible Word of the living God. The balance of power is greatly on the side of the saint. May we so arise from our juvenile Christianity that, armed with the panoply of God and plundering the devil’s area, his satanic majesty will have to say, ”Jesus l know, Paul l know, and Christians today are scaring me by discovering a lost secret of the early church - prayer, faith and blood-covered boldness.”
Although the balance is on the side of the saint, the passive saint will soon discover that God will answer his prayers, but will not pray in his place. All saints must rise and wage war against the Enemy, and fight right into the kingdom of darkness. They must not only fight defensive warfare. They must attack the Enemy and, if possible, carry the warfare right into hell.
l have been under very severe attack from Satan in the course of writing this book. It has been as if all of hell would not let me write the book. l have come close to dying as l was labouring to finish the book. My wife and children have been under attack throughout. It is only due to the grace of God and the application of the things written in this book that we have been able to come to this point in the writing. As you read, take cover under the blood of the Lamb.
There are areas of spiritual warfare that have deliberately not been touched. The reason for this is either because they have been treated in our books, “Deliverance From Demons”, and “The Way of Spiritual Warfare”, or because they will be treated in the series, “The Overthrow of Principalities and Powers.”
We send this book out with prayer that God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be glad to use it to bless some of His children. To Him be all the honour and glory !