Just like God (who is a Spirit) needs a physical body to carry out His will in the earth, the devil (also a spirit) also needs physical bodies to carry out his will for the earth.
The devil uses people whose lives aren’t founded on the Word of God (therefore don’t know the difference between right and wrong) and aren’t submitted to the leading of the Holy Spirit and he manipulates them like puppets on a string. (2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2)
He whispers his lies and deception to them, successfully influencing them to make decisions that support his number one mission on this earth – to steal, kill, and destroy.
And that is why we, God’s people, HAVE TO remember who our true enemy is.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us that we DO NOT wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the the devil and his forces. We DO NOT wrestle with (struggle against, fight with) flesh-and-blood people.
Our fight is NOT with politicians who legislate acts that are an abomination to God.
Our fight is NOT with groups of people who are “pro-this” or “anti-that” or promote ideals the Word explicitly defines as evil.
Our fight is NOT with people who antagonise, persecute, censor or harass Christians and Christian values.
Our fight is with the puppet-master that is manipulating and influencing these people – THE DEVIL.
But GUESS WHAT!
We have been given authority over ALL of the power of the devil! (Luke 10:19)
God needs us to not only recognise and remember who the true enemy is, but exercise our authority and keep him in his place! (Ephesians 2:4-10)
And we do that by speaking directly to him and telling him what to do!We say…“In the name of Jesus whose authority I carry, I speak to you foul, demonic spirits that are trying to steal, kill and destroy in my nation and I bind you! I FORBID you to lie to the people in authority in this nation. I FORBID you to deceive and manipulate people into carrying out your wicked plans in this nation. I command you to cease in your operations against this nation in Jesus’ name!” (Matthew 16:18, Mark 16:17)When we do this, we are cutting the strings off the puppets!
Then, we enforce GOD’S will by declaring what He says about our nation:
“This nation is a righteous, Godly, moral nation! The men and women in authority in this nation are a terror to evil and not to good works! They make wise decisions that fulfil God’s plan and purpose for this nation – decisions that promote and support righteousness, holiness and truth! No weapon formed against this nation shall prosper! Every stronghold of evil is broken down in Jesus’ name! The name of Jesus is high and lifted up in this nation! The gospel is preached unhindered and uncensored across every available voice in Jesus’ name! Jesus is Lord in this nation!” (Romans 13:3, Isaiah 54:17, Philippians 2:9, Matthew 6:10)
And if we believers will make a decision to stop complaining and discussing how terrible things are and seeing people as the problem…if we recognise the true enemy and take our fight to the arena of faith from our position of authority, we will win EVERY TIME!
That’s GOOD NEWS!
For more teaching on how YOU can make a difference in your nation, listen to “You ARE Involved In Politics: The Believers’ Responsibility To Pray For Their Nation”, episodes 48-51 of Faith Talks with Emily Preston (link to Part 1 below )