Rules of Engagement
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may able able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand – Ephesians 6:13.
A rule of engagement are the commander’s tools for regulating the use of force, making them a cornerstone of the Operational Law. Whether Christians know it or not, we are in a war, a war we can’t see with the natural eye. It’s a war that all Christians will be attacked whether it’s spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, financially or relationally.
Christians are in a war, and they need to be prepared to fight. They can’t fight physically as in a natural war because this war is spiritual. Just like in a natural war, those that will be fighting will be trained and equipped to fight against their enemy. In order to win this fight, the person must be submitted to the Commander-in Chief, known as Jesus. He has empowered Christians to fight in this spiritual war (Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by an means hurt you – Luke 10:19). Empowerment does not mean you will not receive some bruises and scars, but you will not be defeated when you follow the instructions of the Commander-in-Chief. We can’t sleep with the enemy and expect to win because laying with them they will know our every move. When the enemy does not have any hold on you in any form, you have submitted yourself completely to God. Our instructions, are to present ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God. Meaning we are no longer living according to our human desires, lust the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
The enemy we’re fighting is spirit, and he’s powerful, he’s been around for centuries, he was was with God prior to him being thrown out of heaven. When he was thrown out of heaven, a third of heavens angels followed him and they are under his command. Not life the Commander-in-Chief, Satan can’t be in every place at the same time, so he delegate different ranks of angels to be in certain places to steal, kill and destroy. These angels are set-forth to watch Christians to see where they are weak, which areas they can be influenced. If the angel assigned to the person can’t influenced him or her, Satan will send other angels more powerful than the one that was original sent to carry out Satan’s plan. Christian’s can’t play with Satan or his angels neither can they be running-buddies with him, they are to fight with the Word of God, the Spirit of God and the blood of Jesus. God is very much aware that Christians would be in a spiritual war that’s why He armed them, but if they don’t use the weapons He has given them, they will be in subjection to Satan rather than him being in subjection to them.
The Rules of Engagement for the Christian is obedience to the instructions God has given the professing Christian to live by. Christians must know the Word of God to apply the Word of God in their situations and circumstance. Mind you, every situation, circumstance and issues are not brought on by demonic activity. In order to discern whether it’s physical or a demonic spirit, Christians need to be filled with the Spirit. Yes, at salvation the believer receives a portion of the Spirit, but to be filled with the Spirit, Christians have been empowered by God by His Spirit. The filling of the Holy Spirit is a gift (If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him – Luke 11:13). This Scripture indicates at the acceptance of salvation, the person has become a child of God, but he or she needs to be empowered that is the reasoning for asking for the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ disciples accepted salvation, but they didn’t have any power until Jesus breathed on them, and prior to His death, He instructed them to go to Jerusalem to be empowered (But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth – Acts 1:8).
In order to fight, one must have the Spirit of God to fight against Satanic spirits. Satanic spirits are ungodly angels, they were godly angels prior to their rebellion, but after their rebellion they became demonic angels, and their leader is Satan. Too many professing Christians don’t believe in Satan or his angels and this is exactly what he wants people to think so he can continue to steal, kill and destroy mankind. People will not fight against something they don’t think exist. Obedience, knowing the Word of God and the power that is in the name of Jesus is the Christians’ weapons. Accepting salvation is accepting to be a soldier, a soldier is one that fights, he or she is in the army of God and they fight through prayer and fasting for themselves, families, neighbors and all those who need them to stand in the gap for them to fight.
The closer our relationship is with God, He will give the instructions, and the Christian is to follow. Sometimes, He gives places such as cities and countries to pray for. Sometimes He will give names and circumstance surrounding that name. Sometimes our prayers will go into warfare and you will know by the Spirit that you’re engaged in a battle. As Christians, we need to come together and fight the enemy. Our enemy is not another Christian, our enemy is Satan and his angels. God is not concerned about denominations that was established by man, not God. His concern is, are we fighting, are we coming together in unity. Have we submitted, committed ourselves to Him so that He can use us at anytime and anywhere. As Christians, we’re to be concerned about all souls, we are to fight until people are released from the bondage of Satan and his angels and the sins that holds them bound.
The reason people do what they do because they have been influenced by satanic spirits, and because of their non-belief and submission to God they are led by Satan to steal, kill and destroy. Just as God needs a human agent to show Himself through so does Satan. As Christians, our responsibility is to be sensitive to the Spirit of God to know what areas we need to pray in, who we need to pray for. Allow the Holy Spirit to engage us in warfare to set the captive free. When we allow the Holy Spirit to pray through us, it’s Spirit fighting against spirit, the Holy Spirit knows what need to be prayed for, He takes the authority over demonic spirits.
We’re in a spiritual war for souls, communities, cities, countries and the only way the fight can be won is through the Christians’ obedience to God, submitting to His Word, allowing Him to be in control. When we are fully submitted to God then can we fight, because it will be Him fighting through us and He has never lost a battle. As Christian, put on the armor, arm yourself with the Word of God, be concerned about souls, be persistence in prayer until the walls of sins and bondage has been destroyed.