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Hello Derek,

I do have some thoughts on spiritual warfare. We face it everyday in some form or another. I always have to remember though, Ephesians 6:12 states, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spirutal hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”(NKJV)

I constantly have to remind myself that it is the spirit behind the person, and not the person themselves who I am fighting with.

I’ve read some books that I think would be of interest to you. Latent Power of the Soul, by Watchman Nee, The Three Battlegrounds, by Francis Frangipane, and The More Excellent Way by Pastor Henry Wright. ( The previous book deals with root causes of sickness and disease and the Lord has used him greatly in this area!)

In reading the book The Three Battle grounds Bro Frangipane shares some interesting thoughts and insight concerning spiritual warfare. Let me quote exactly what he says: “There is an old European proverb worth heading. It reads: “Age and treachery will always defeat youth and zeal.” Before we engage in spirutal warfare, we should know this about Satan: He is an ancient and extremely treacherous foe. On the other hand, the strength of most Christians lies primariy in idealism and untested fervor. It is not long, usually five to ten years in the ministry, and most zeal has waned. Without warning, the minister’s call has deteriorated from a walk of vision to a mere job. What occurred was that zeal, by itself, challenged the treachery of hell and lost.”

From his teachings and I must agree, that when we allow any darkness in our lives, it is an open door to satan. We nurse hostility, bitterness, and unforgiveness, and the enemy has a field day with us. We must walk in the spirit, ask the Lord to check our hearts (just like David did) and walk close to him. And frankly we all must get before our Father and do soul searching, and ask for deliverance.

I also believe as the Bible states that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Our tongue is one evil little creature. We can and do speak judgements, and curse people, and at times ourself. Did you ever say, “Oh, they make me sick, or I am sick and tired of this!” Ever notice the outcome?

There are many other things, and we could discuss them if you like. Just let me know!

In His Name we praise, and have victory,

Sharryl E. Kokoska

Lamentations 3:24,25

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