Kathy — I’ve always thought the only reason to go to war is to win, but I’m beginning to realize there are other reasons for warfare. Some battles are a matter of training our soul (our mind and will and emotions) to stand and develop muscle to be able to stand no matter what. Eph. 6:13 puts it this way: And when you have done everything you could, you will be able to stand firm. The goal of warfare can also be to take ground incrementally in Divine timing. There are many maneuvers needed to pull down strongholds in this present darkness. It is a bigger war than we can wage from one battlefield. This present darkness is a matter of world rulers that are spirit forces of wickedness in the spirit realm. These forces gather to form strongholds, and there they influence and manipulate people like puppets for their evil intents to kill, steal and destroy. That’s why Eph 6:12 tells us we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. These forces must be dismantled strategically and incrementally along with the workers of darkness they deploy into this present darkness.
(Kathy Gabler)—God’s Word and His principles and His character and His will are the metal of un-carnal weapons. For example, when we discover strongholds in our own lives that do not align with His Word or principles or character or plans, humility can become an un-carnal weapon. The Word says that if we will humble ourselves He will give us grace. (1 Pet 5:5) So, when we choose to humble ourselves before God, we position ourselves to receive grace. That means we are enabled to change and the stronghold is brought down.
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We wage war in prophetic praise and song and dance. We are commissioned to fight and our weapons are of divine origin, not of man. That is why we are so bold, because we have divine commission and divine weapons that have divine power to demolish strongholds (2Co.10:4). Our weapon is primarily the written Word of God and then the encouragements He gives which are based on scripture. They may include a song in the night, a teaching, a prophecy or a praise song. The fact remains that the prophetic church is ever doing battle by being the voice of God on the earth.
A prophetic church does not run for a safe bunker and begin praying for escape from the planet every time another threat comes from some despot in the Middle East. That church does not tremble and fret because its favorite political party is not in the White House. It is not a church reciting prayers while on the run. It is an offensive army on the march; taking territory from the “ites” and pulling down strongholds. The prophetic church does warfare by revelation. A people who seeks their God for a battle plan will win the war (cf.2Sam.5: 22-25; Dan.11:32; Joel2:11).” A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the strong-hold in which they trust (Prov. 21:22).” We don’t physically attack cities or people but we bring prayer and declarations against the strongholds of evil institutions (2Cor.10:3-5).