The devil has been Destroyed and rendered powerless.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The way satan attacks you is through lies or Manipulations. I used to think why didn't satan use the image of a lion, elephant or beast to intimidate Adam and Eve but instead satan used deception. satan didn't force them with a gun but instead deceived them. To think Satan looks for anything other than your mind makes you his playground. All the Temptations of Jesus Christ took place in His Mind (Soul). Satan wages all his battles in your mind (Soul). Your Mind is the Seat of what you think and know, past, Present, Future. 2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. Satan only gets advantage when you are Ignorant of his devices in your Mind. Colossians 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. The word "spoiled" is not like spoiled food but the spoiled here was translated from the Greek word "kakomathiménos" which means to deprive or render ineffective. Satan and his cohorts have been rendered affective. Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Satan is fallen. Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. The devil has been Destroyed or rendered powerless. The issue of Spiritual Warfare Yes we are in a war, but this war is not fighting Satan but maintaining our Victory in Christ. The topic of spiritual Warfare has led some Christians give Satan and demons undue power till the point where it now turned into another Gospel. Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Some People, the only prayer they know is how to cast out and bind Satan. You will hear Christians say when they want to travel "any blood sucking demons", I am like: "demons are not mosquitoes so they don't suck blood". If you attend overnight prayers, you will hear wonderful kinds of fearful prayers. We spend more time talking to the devil than talking to God. How many times did Jesus Christ or His Apostle's called Satan's or his crew in their Prayers??
Perverting the Gospel of Christ. Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We are in a Battle but the Battle is against the "Wiles" of the devil. Wiles means deception. The only power satan has is deception, lies, cunningness etc. Mention the words "spiritual warfare" and fierce battles with the devil come to mind of Christians. While it is true that satan tries to put sickness, depression and strife in our lives, God does not want us to fight the devil in long-drawn battles. God's Word tells us to rest or stand instead. In the spiritual warfare passage in Ephesians 6, the word "wrestle" appears only once, whereas the word "stand" appears four times!
This means that in spiritual warfare, we are to stand or rest in the victory of Christ, Jesus has already defeated the devil and put us on victory ground. And to help us stand our ground, He has given us His seven-piece armour. So stop trying to defeat a defeated foe. Just put on the armour and rest or stand in His victory for God does not need you to defeat the devil because Jesus has already defeated him. All you have to do is walk in the light of Jesus' victory, claiming, declaring the promises, appropriating and being established in the Word. What is mighty through God to the pulling down of Strongholds?? 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; Imaginations, thoughts to obey Christ. The Obedience of Christ is the Suffering of Christ and the Glory that should Follow. Our warfare is binding the Lies of Satan by Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. But most of what is called Spiritual warfare today as praying is just a ploy of the devil to distract Christians from the real thing. The same way the Real Gospel of Jesus Christ has its Prayer Points, so also another Gospel has it's own prayer points. You shall know them by their Fruits. Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. One of the ways to know the deception of hypocrites is that they love long prayer which is just to hide their pretense and advance the doctrines of devil's. Spiritual Warfare has become so Weird and extreme that it is exalting and empowering the doctrines of devil's. Yes spiritual warfare is real but Spiritual Warfare is Teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you Study the Book of Acts of the Apostle's, you will see Believers tear down great shrines by the Preaching Only the Gospel of Christ. Have you seen a generational curses preacher who enters a shrine?? You will hear all types of bindings. You bind forces of Darkness by the Gospel not by binding Satan. Satan is already bound but Ignorance is loosed. Apostle Paul stopped the Whole of Asia from following the Goddess Diana just by Preaching the Gospel not Prayers. Only the Truth Sets Free Spiritual Warfare has been turned into twisting the hands of God from His back till a Miracle is out. Spiritual Warfare is now use to preach about Generational Curses, household Enemies, and how if someone has sex in the dream, he/she is married in the realm of the spirit or if you eat in your dream, it means you have been initiated into a marine kingdom. Such teachings only empower Satan and demons because these are teachings that the Bible calls doctrines of devil's because you will never hear such from the Mouth of Jesus Christ or His Apostle's. This is what bible calls ", teachings of men" Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Vain Teachings: 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. These are all seducing spirits and doctrines of devil's where they make you think you have to fight Satan. Yes, We have to wrestle against Satan but this wrestle is not to win satan but to maintain Our victory in what Christ has done. The Concept of Spiritual Warfare has been taken to a very far extreme to the point where African preachers now give snake, petrol, dog meat , and all sorts of dirty things to be eaten or drank just in the name of Deliverance which has exalted demons and Satan. We have to be Careful if We are using Spiritual Warfare as it supposed to be used. Spiritual Warfare is Teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing cast out demons like preaching the Gospel. It's not enough for the demons to come out, it's enough for them to stay out, else you have put the person in much more trouble. In Matthew 9:33-34 and many others in the four gospels where demons were cast out by Jesus or disciples: We should bear in mind the man mentioned in the verse was not a born-again Christian. No one was born-again before the cross because Jesus had not died and resurrected!!
Born-again Christians are a product of the resurrection of Jesus(Col 1:15-18). There was no church( or the body of Christ) before the cross (Matthew 16:18) because Jesus had not died and resurrected to establish the church.
ANYONE INVOLVED IN CASTING OUT DEMONS FROM BORN-AGAIN CHRISTIANS IS A COMEDIAN. HE IS ON HIS OWN AND HAS MISSED JESUS FOR MORE THAN 2000 YEARS. Nowhere after the cross do you find apostle Paul or the disciples casting out demons from BORN-AGAIN Christians. There are no demons to be cast out from a Christian because a Christian is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 6:19-20); not demons.
To understand Ephesians 6:12 , read the verses before it and after it in context. In Ephesian 6:10 it says "Put on the full armor of God....." and verses after say "STAND" four times and there after begin listing the pieces of armor one by one. Let me hope we are together....The pieces of armor listed speak of Jesus; our full armor( you put on what you have verse 10; you can never put on what you don't have). Read on....the word "wrestle" in it's original context does not mean "fighting demons"; it means "maintain".
We maintain the victory Christ has given us over the devil by STANDING in Christ and His finished works of the cross. We don't fight the devil because he was defeated about 2000 years ago (read Col 2:14-15; Col 1:13). The devil was rendered powerless and de-toothed through the finished work of the cross. DON'T GIVE POWERS TO THE DEVIL WHICH HE DOESN'T HAVE! We need to learn to put the devil where he belongs: under our feet-Eph 1:22!
The only fight available for a born-again Christian is fighting the good fight of faith(1 Tim 6:12). We do this by fighting from our victorious position in Christ to maintain the victory Christ has given us. We fight FROM victory UNTO victory (as the hymn goes).