Thursday 17 June 2021

My Perspective on Spiritual Warfare!


My Perspective on Spiritual Warfare


Introduction. 1

The Orphan Mentality. 1

The Father's Embrace. 4

The Overcomer's Lifestyle. 7

Jesus saw Satan cast down like lightning! 11

Bibliography. 13

Scripture References for Spiritual Warfare. 13

The Flesh, Sinful Nature. 16




Spiritual warfare is a fascinating subject. It has its origin in the rebellion of many angels against God. Satan is seen as the prince of this world, leading an array of forces opposed to God. Although disarmed by Jesus Christ on the cross, they remain a potent threat to the church and individual believers.

 We have many references to this subject from the Old Testament and New Testament. We are experiencing the effects of spiritual warfare in today's society. I will look at the impact that spiritual warfare has on a culture of people who have felt abandoned by their trusted leaders. I will explore three areas of thought that will help us understand and overcome spiritual battles: the orphan mentality, the father embrace, and the overcomer's lifestyle.

The Orphan Mentality

When I refer to the orphan mentality, I am identifying a person with an orphan spirit. What is an orphan spirit? Leif Heitland, the founder and president of Global Mission Awareness describes an orphan spirit as a foul spirit introduced by Satan.  When Satan decided to live outside God's realm and believed he could thrive independently of God's love and substance, he became an orphan. By doing so, he released the orphan Spirit into the world.

I showed the signs of an orphan spirit. These signs are doing things in my strength, leaning on my understanding, doing things my way, and loving myself before God and others. I did not care about anyone because I felt abandoned by the ones I wanted to love. My parents were sixteen years old when I was born. They were too young to understand how to be parents. My father was not around that much. My mom was still trying to find herself. When I was a baby, She left me with my grandmother until I was eleven years old. My mom would come to see me, but I went with relatives during those years.

These years helped form an orphan spirit in my heart. I felt abandoned by my parents, and I always seemed to roam from one of my relative's homes to another. I started believing in my heart that I was not wanted and accepted. I decided to do things my way. An orphan spirit can make a person doubt the plans and purposes of God.

I want to give an example of doubting God's plans and purposes for my life.  In December 2018, I had a dream in which the Lord Jesus appeared as a 12 or 13-year-old boy wearing a white garment. In the experience, I was watching the Lord speak to me about Luke Chapter 11. He called me to be a Herald and to declare the words that he says to me. I knew the dream was talking about two-way journaling. At this time of my life, I was in unbelief about my journaling. In the dream, Jesus told me to continue focusing on my journaling. The rest of my dream went like this: I was watching the Lord, and suddenly, he turned into a horse, and the horse started speaking to me, sounding like the Lord's voice, and then the horse turned back into the Lord. Then my friend Michael Appichela appeared to me, and we started talking and walking down this path together. We both were smiling at each other as we walked down this path together. I woke up, and I knew to refocus on my journaling.

Margaret Cornell, a spiritual mentor sent my dream to Charity Virkler Kayembe, the author of 'Wisdom Through Dreams.' Charity interprets the horse speaking in the dream to mean whatever the Lord said to me came straight from the horse's mouth, a common expression meaning something is true.

The revelation about straight from the horse's mouth gave me faith to start believing in my journaling again, which ultimately opened the door for me to teach the course 'The Four Keys to Hearing God's Voice which I do today.  I shared this dream because of my unbelief and God's plans for my life.

 A person with an orphan heart doesn't believe that God loves him or will protect them or keep His promises.  God wants to heal the orphan mindset through his love and acceptance. The orphan spirit will rise in rebellion or create a religion. A person with an orphan mentality wants their rights fulfilled. If these rights are not met, the person with an orphan spirit will rebel to get what he or she wants out of life. We see this in today's culture with the Me Too Movement, Black Lives Matter, and Antifa. The people in these movements exhibit signs of a fatherless generation. As the prophet Malachai says, the lack of mothers and fathers in society has caused a curse in the land. God wants to turn the hearts of nations back to Him through His loving embrace.

The Father's Embrace

I want to share a conversation my conversation with God and His response. I want to show you the struggles I had with receiving the Father's embrace. In my life, I felt a need to perform for love and acceptance. In my journal entry, I struggled with the issues of performance.

 Holy Spirit, I am still struggling with performance issues, and it is hard for me to let it go!

I know my child. This is why you need to trust me. I will guide your steps. Sometimes you think the worse about life. Your emotions are all over the place. You can be hysterical at times. Trust me, my child, to guide you. Do not be moved by people's misconception about you. You do not have to win their approval. Be still and know that I am God. Wiley, I want you to read the book by Leif Heitland. You need a reminder about the Father's embrace. How protected you are in his love for you. You are accepted in the beloved. You are a champion, my child. Wiley, this is how we see you in heaven.

Thank you, Holy Spirit, for the way you counsel me and guide me in the way I should go.

You are Welcome, my child. We love you with an everlasting love.

I love you all as well.

As you have read my journal entry above, I realized that I need the Father's embrace just as much as anyone else. This course, 'War in the Spirit,' has shown me that it is essential to understand our relationship with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Every child of God needs the Father to embrace them in a personal way. Reading the book, The Father Embrace by Jack Frost has helped me start to rediscover God's love for my life and the lives of others. In my journey with the Lord for my healing, I experience many strongholds and traumatic experiences from the past, present, and possible future that have made me seek inner healing and deliverance. Doing a course like 'War in the Spirit' is exciting and challenging.

 We serve a God who is supernaturally practical. If we follow his ways and instructions,  God moves significantly. The life stories that I have been reading about, have pushed me to hunger and thirst after righteousness. Seek his kingdom and His righteousness, and we will overflow. I believe that God has called us to be overcomers in this life. He has given us the keys to doing this. All things are possible to them that believe.

The bible talks about the surrendered life. Today, the Lord has reminded me of Galatians 2:20. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

In 2 Peter chapter 1, we read: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything about life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us [d]by His own glory and [e]excellence. [f]For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence in your faith supply moral [g]excellence, and you're moral excellence, knowledge, and your knowledge, self-control, and your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.

The verses above have helped me transition into a lifestyle surrendered to the Holy Spirit by faith in Jesus Christ. To me, entrance into the eternal kingdom is not only about when we die a go to heaven. It is about living from the eternal kingdom within hearts. This revelation has helped me to hear God's voice and vision for my life. Here is another journal relaying the Father's love for me.

Here is a prophetic message I received from the Holy Spirit about the Father's heart for His kids.

Wiley, the Father's heart includes sonship; I will produce many sons and daughters because they abide in me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. Stay connected to the vine, and you will bear much fruit because you can do nothing, my child, without me. When society learns on their understanding instead of seeking my heart of love, you see a counterfeit movement that preaches acceptance of their life instead of living out of a loving relationship with God the Father. This type of message causes so many problems in the realm of religion as well. When my people live with an orphan spirit, they strive for my acceptance by living by the law and performance. Law and performance are not my way. Who the Son sets free is free indeed. That is why it is essential to know that the way to heal a person with an orphan spirit is to bring them to the Father's embrace.

Unconditional love is never based on performance or the condition of the person who is receiving the love of God. His nature is love. This nature is critical to understand because when we are starting to walk in our freedom. The loving relationship we have with God will help us walk in the light of his love and the light of his truth. It is an overwhelming experience when you embrace the Father's heart for you and others. Whenever we engage in spiritual warfare, we should never forget how much God loves the world and how much God wants freedom for his children. When his children are free to love and to serve the living God with pure motives, then the children of God start to understand how to rule and reign with Christ Jesus forever. We are In training to reign with Christ. Even when Satan in his forces try to stop the plans and purposes of God, we know that he that is greater in us is he that is greater in the world.  When we live from God the  Father's embrace, we get a revelation of sonship and how to live an overcoming lifestyle.


The Overcomer's Lifestyle

The revelation about overcoming lifestyle is vital to me. The promises for overcomers are revealed in the first three chapters of the book of revelation. In my journal entry, The Holy spoke to me and said,

"Wiley, to become an overcomer requires two things. Love God with all your heart, and love your neighbour as yourself. These two points are important because these two words of the Lord are the most neglected and disobeyed in all the scripture. Usually, my people go for the scriptures that are self-satisfying to them, but there will be a time where I will require these two scriptures to be the way forward."

The overcoming life consists of these two scripture manifesting in your life. Jesus came to show these two verses. The first one. He told you the plan about loving God with all of your strength and will all your heart and mind, and body. The reason for this is because you are in complete surrender to God. This way, we worship God in Spirit and truth. Jesus said that he only does the things that he sees and hears his Father doing. That means that he is in complete union with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit. The second is loving your neighbour as yourself. When you are in full collaboration with the Godhead, you start to feel and experience the love that comes down from the heart of God to all humanity. The bible tells us that there is no fear in love. Perfect love cast out fear. We love him because he first loved us.

I  was thinking about the prophet Daniel in Lion's den. Daniel 6:7-24.  It reminded me of the Father's love. Let me explain. Daniel's jealous individuals convinced king Darius to pass an unrighteous law stating that no one could worship any gods or men for 30 days.  He received a death sentence by being thrown into a lion's den to be eaten by the lion. What we believe about God makes a difference in how we perceive life. Life and death are in the power of the tongue. He who likes it will eat its fruits. Satan's position is that he is the accuser of the brethren. He brings accusations against others. Just like Daniel's experience with the other leaders, king Darius's heart reminds me of Jesus's heart. He stayed up all night to pray on Daniel's behalf for his deliverance. God the Father delivered Daniel by sending an angel to shut the mouths of teeth lions. The bible says that vengeance is mine says the Lord. Being an accuser can cost more than you can ever imagine. I am saying this is because we take the accuser's position; it allows Satan to bring destruction into people's lives. This course has taught me about spiritual warfare that we must take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. We must watch what we speak about others and ourselves. Our thoughts, our motives our speech should be rooted and grounded in love and God's word. Keeping a journal helps us stay on top of this.

We must learn how to overcome Satan's strategies. His strategies are a vital area of concern for Christians as we pray for victory in Jesus's name. The central places to watch out for are habitual sin, pride, and self-delusion.  Why do I mention this? If we are going to walk as an overcomer, we need to deal with our fleshly desires. These desires can get in our way of walking in the Spirit. We want to live in complete union with the Godhead. As I am writing, I can sense the Holy Spirit stirring me on in the area of love. Sometimes we have to let things go so that God can bring new things into our life to help us grow in love.

In the book, the Father's Embrace, the writer, Jack Frost, speaks about an overcomer's life. He says, "An overcomer overcomes more than he or she is overcome—that is, 51 per cent or more of the time you have victory in that area." A few years ago, I had this dream in which I watched former President Barack Obama sitting on this black couch with a lady named Stacey Abrams(who had run for governor of the State of Georgia in 2018 and lost). They were in the big lounge room. I ran into the room full of anger and wanted to express my views aggressively. I was letting them know that I disagreed with their opinions about sexuality. However, the Lord Jesus had stopped me from going further by trying to argue with them both. He took me back into the other room to calm down, and then we relive the same again. I went back into the room with former President Barack Obama and Stacey Abrams. I talked to them in the Spirit of gentleness and said that I disagreed with their stance on sexuality, though it was too liberal.

The moral of the story is God prevented me from just expressing anger to being kind and reasonable. God wants us to walk in love in all situations. I understood his wisdom, love, and timing on how to fight spiritual battles in the natural. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty and God of pulling down strongholds. Overcoming strongholds is vital to win spiritual battles and walk as an overcomer in Jesus Christ.

Dreams and visions are a vital part of my walk in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit has blessed me with receiving dreams and being able to understand my dreams. I've received dreams most of my life. Still, it wasn't until I became a Christian and started understanding how the Holy Spirit showed me how to interpret my dreams and apply the insights I received in life situations.

Anytime my walk gets hard as a Christian. I know that I am not living out of the Spirit but out of the flesh. As I meditate on this truth, I realize that we are in an awakening. We need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to help us understand the War in the Spirit taking place over man's affairs. The concept of spiritual warfare is that the Lord Jesus commissions us to destroy the devil's works. In the book of Acts, chapter ten vs thirty-eight, we are told that Jesus of Nazareth came to destroy the works of Satan. We carry the same commission as Jesus.

The Holy Spirit trains us to be overcomers in this life to the glory of God the Father. In his book, the Christian writer Paul Billheimer states Destined to Overcome; we receive training to rule and reign with Christ by overcoming Satan's schemes. Satan's schemes are why we fight on behalf of the innocent ones that God is drawing to himself through salvation. He is drawing the heir of salvation to a deeper level of relationship: the desire of His heart.

I am reading a book called 'Limitless.' by Nancy Coen. The beginning of this book focuses on our motivations on why we want union with Christ. The partnership with Christ is the catalyst to overcoming life. It is an incredible journey into the unknown. The Holy Spirit leads us into the deep things of the kingdom. The deep items of the kingdom require us to move from glory to glory.

We have to look to Jesus as our example of a life of an overcomer. 12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before He endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary [c]and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3.

Jesus saw Satan cast down like lightning!

Finally, I want to show you that we have victory over the demonic realm. This morning I had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit when I read the scripture verses in Luke 10:17-20. This passage of scripture reminded me of how all-powerful God the Father is. We read Jesus's words about Satan threw out of heaven. It gives you the strength to overcome the accuser of the brethren. There is a great battle in the heavenly realms between Lucifer, better known as Satan, and the arc angel Micheal in the book of revelation. It is not even against God. You see, Satan understands who the boss is. We, as believers, need to understand this as well. We need to realize that Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. He says that wase can do the more significant works than he did because he has gone to the Father. Jesus sits at the right hand of God. We are seated in heavenly places with Christ. Once we start focusing on our position in the sacred arena, we will see and obey the plans and purposes of God from a different perspective.

My hope for us as believers is to understand God's heart for us. His heart is to prepare us to rule and reign with Christ, have an intimate relationship with us by hearing His voice and seeing His vision for our lives, identifying the orphan mentality, and replacing it with the Father's embracing us as sons and daughters. When we understand this, we will begin to walk our journey as overcomers in Christ Jesus.










Hetland, Leif, Healing The Orphan Spirit, The Father Wants His Kids Back, Paperback, Revised Edition, 192 pages Published March 12th, 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform


Frost, Jack, Experiencing Father's Embrace, Paperback, 238 pages,  Published October 11th, 2002 by Creation House (first published January 1st, 2002)


Coen, Nancy, Limitless, Living The Life Of An Overcomer, Kindle Edition, 340 pages

Published December 19th, 2019 by Revelation Partners in association with Nancy Coen



Billheimer, Paul E, Destined To Overcome, The Tecinue Of Spiritual Warfare, Paperback,

123 pages Published June 1st, 1982 by Bethany House Publishers








Scripture References for Spiritual Warfare

All scriptural references come from Bible Gateway.

Spiritual warfare, causes of

Spiritual warfare has its origin in the rebellion of many angels against God. Satan is seen as the prince of this world, leading an array of forces opposed to God. Although disarmed by Jesus Christ on the cross, they remain a potent threat to the church and individual believers.

Satan and his angels fall

2Pe 2:4 See also Isa 14:12-15Eze 28:12-19 Some believe the kings of Babylon and Tyre to be types of Satan; 1Ti 3:6Jude 6

Satan and his angels comprise a well-organized army

Eph 6:12 See also Col 1:13

Jesus Christ will fully disarm Satan and his angels

Col 2:15Rev 12:7-9 See also Mk 3:27 pp Mt 12:29Lk 10:18Jn 12:31Heb 2:141Jn 3:8

Satan persecutes the church

Rev 12:13 The woman is here thought to be symbolic of the church. See Rev 2:10Rev 13:7 The dragon is here believed to be symbolic of the world's persecution (empowered by Satan) of the church.

Satan opposes the gospel

2Co 4:4 See also Mt 13:19 pp Mk 4:15 pp Lk 8:12Mt 13:38-391Th 2:2,18

Examples of opposition to the first Christians Ac 6:8-14Ac 7:54-58 Stephen stoned to death; Ac 8:1-3 Saul causes havoc in Jerusalem. Opposition to Paul and his companions: Ac 13:6-12,44-45Ac 17:13Ac 18:6,12 Violent hostility to Paul and his companions: Ac 9:23Ac 14:5,19Ac 16:16-24Ac 17:5-6Ac 19:23-29Ac 20:3Ac 21:27-36 Jewish plots against Paul in Jerusalem: Ac 23:12-15Ac 25:3

Satan attacks individual believers

Rev 12:17 See also Job 2:7Lk 22:31-322Ti 3:121Pe 5:8#

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Christians are at

war with the world, the flesh, and the devil. Satan empowers the world to attack believers externally, persecuting, deceiving, and seducing them. Internally, sinfulness frustrates the efforts of believers to serve God fully.

The world is an enemy

Jas 4:4 "world" here refers to the sinful human race, hostile to the truth and the people of God. See also Ro 12:21Jn 2:15-171Jn 5:4

The world hates Christians Jn 15:19-20 (see also Mt 5:10-12 pp Lk 6:22Jn 16:2Jn 17:141Pe 4:12-161Jn 3:13Rev 13:7 The beast may represent the world's antichristian persecution.

The world has its false teaching and religion Col 2:8 See also 1Ti 4:12Ti 4:3-41Jn 4:12Jn 7-11Jude 3-4Rev 13:11Rev 19:20 This beast is thought to represent antichristian religion.

The world seeks to seduce Christians 1Jn 2:16 See also Lk 12:15,192Ti 4:10Tit 2:12Heb 11:24-25Rev 17:1-5 Babylon may represent the world's seduction.

Sinful human nature is an enemy

Gal 5:171Pe 2:11 See also Ro 6:12Ro 7:14-23Ro 8:13Gal 5:24Col 3:5Heb 12:4Jas 4:1

The devil is an enemy

1Pe 5:8 See also Mt 13:39 pp Mk 4:15 pp Lk 8:12Jn 17:152Th 3:3Rev 2:10Rev 12:17

He seeks to tempt Christians 1Th 3:5 See also Ge 3:1-6Heb 2:18Heb 4:15

He seeks to deceive 2Co 11:3Rev 12:9 See also Ge 3:132Co 2:112Co 4:42Co 11:4Rev 20:3

He constantly seeks to accuse believers Rev 12:10 See also Job 1:9-11Zec 3:1

6166 flesh, sinful nature

The Flesh, Sinful Nature

Human beings' physical aspect distinguishes them from God and is therefore frequently used in the NT as a symbol of sinful human nature in contrast with God's perfection. (The Greek word for "flesh" is sometimes translated by other words and phrases in the passages cited in this theme.).

Flesh as the bodily substance of human beings

As individuals or concerning others Ps 84:2 See also Ge 2:23-24Ge 29:141Co 15:39 The following two examples from Paul, where the usual word for "flesh" underlies the translation "body" makes clear that to live "in the flesh" is typical human experience; the phrase does not necessarily imply that human nature is sinful, even though in many other instances a specific connection between "flesh." and "sin" is intended: Gal 2:20Php 1:22-24

As to how Jesus Christ identified with the human race to bring salvation Jn 1:14 See also Eph 2:15Heb 10:201Jn 4:2

As subject to mortality Isa 40:6-7 See also Ps 78:39Ac 2:311Co 15:50

As subject to weakness 2Ch 32:8 See also Ps 73:26Mt 26:41 pp Mk 14:38

Flesh as contrasting human nature with God's perfection

The powerlessness of human beings contrasted with God's eternal power Isa 31:3 See also Jn 3:6Jn 6:63

Human or worldly standards contrasted with God's standards Jn 8:15 See also 1Co 1:262Co 5:162Co 10:3-4

Flesh as denoting the sinful nature of human beings

The tendency to sin Ro 7:18 Paul does not mean that no goodness exists in people, nor that the physical aspect of human beings is inherently evil. He implies that humans are invariably infected by evil and subject to its power. See also Jer 17:5

The conflict in human experience between the sinful nature and the Spirit of God Gal 5:17 See also Ro 8:4-9Gal 5:19-25

The sinful nature is opposed to God and his will

This opposition finds expression in a range of acts and attitudes Gal 5:19-21 See also Ro 7:14-25Ro 8:7Ro 13:13-141Co 6:9-11Eph 5:5Jas 1:14-151Pe 2:112Pe 2:10,181Jn 2:16

Confidence in the law is futile Ro 8:3 Because of the sinfulness of human nature, God's law is powerless to bring people into a relationship with God; Gal 3:3 Even the attempt to find acceptance with God through keeping his law is an act of the sinful nature because it involves rejecting his offer of salvation through his grace. See also Ro 7:25Php 3:3-9

The sinful nature controls human behaviour in ways that run counter to God's purpose Ro 8:8 See also Ro 7:5

The sinful nature, therefore, makes people subject to God's judgment and death

Ro 8:13Eph 2:3 See also Gal 6:8

The sinful nature does not control believers

Through Jesus Christ's entering into human flesh, God delivers from the power and consequences of human sinfulness Ro 8:3 See also Eph 2:15

Believers have crucified the sinful nature Ro 7:5-6 See also Ro 8:8-9Gal 5:24Col 2:11

The power of God's Spirit enables believers to continue to resist the sinful nature Ro 8:13 See also Ro 13:14Gal 5:13Col 3:5-61Pe 2:11

God's provision of church discipline in eliminating the sinful nature 1Co 5:5 The penalty of excluding a sinner from the church community is intended to bring him to repentance and abandon his evil course of action. Repentance provoked by physical suffering is possibly also in mind.

More scriptural references used:

Galatians 2:20

2 Peter 1: 3-11

Daniel 6:7-24

Hebrews 12:1-3

Luke 10:17-20











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