I remember vividely struggling to get a handle on the demonic activity when I came out of satanism in 1981. Yes, I had my encounter with Jesus Christ in my back yard and I even had a tremendous experience with the infilling of the Holy Spirit. But, the demons that had known me a a satanist came back and they meant business.
I was experiencing quite a bit of demonic activity in the form of literally 'feeling' their presence and being quite intimidated now that I was not on their 'side'. I can still sense the coldness and awareness of them as they would move around me attempting to back me in a corner of fear. I was new in my relationship with God and I was tempted to doubt God and his provisions as my experience was my reality and my previous experiences with God seemed so long ago. I was awakened as I would go to sleep most nights and they would keep me up which weakened me significantly as one needs their sleep, as well as a balanced diet and other aspects to maintain a healthy life. I was becoming one unhealthy Christian! I had answered Gods call to my heart and surrendered my life to Him. Why was this happening to me?
I went to the nearest Christian bookstore in order to investigate books that could relate to my situation. I was simply overwhelmed by how many books there were available on the demonic and spiritual warfare. I read everything I could get my hands on! However as I was overwhelmed with their quantity, I was underwhelmed with their content. The books simply were wrong! I was still young in knowing Scripture, but I knew enough scripture to know that what these books propogated was not scriptural. In other words, when applied the teachings did not yeild effective results. The demons simply laughed and continued in their harrassing me.
I finally came to a point to where I went to the couple, Harry and Jo Richardson who led me to the Lord and was instrumental in my being delivered from the demons who possessed me. I remember telling Harry of my situation and his response. 'Harry, the demons won't leave me alone, I have tried everything." Harry responded, "Submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee...He HAS TO!" It was at that very moment that the lightbulb came on. Satan and his demons are under the control of God. Though I had given myself to Jesus Christ and assumed that He would just take care of me, come whatsoever may, I was dealing with the demonic in my own strength. In my own understanding. I was still acting as though I was independent of God. And that is exactly what most of the books on spiritual warfare teach.
Most books teach that it is the 'doing' of spiritual warfare that one gains victory or effects the demonic. This is not taught in the bible. No where. It is not there. The 'doing' of spiritual warfare is usually an unscriptural methodology that one practices wheich is promised to cause the demonic to ____ (fill in the blank). And we like that idea because it makes us 'feel' as though we are doing something.
So, what is one to 'do' pertaining to spiritual warfare? Without going into writing a book on the subject, I will be simple. I had to learn to not only know scripture but I had to have understanding of scripture for me to become a healthy Christian. And, with understanding the application of what I understood became wisdom. Satan cannot touch that. I did not need to wake up and put on the armor of God, as taught in one of the unscriptural books I read. I had a relationship with the Almighty God Who is my armor. I realized that the battle belongs to the Lord and I did not need to take up and bind, rebuke, plead, declare and decree, cancel demonic assignments, concern myself over legals righs of demons. I walk with God and he allows me to be strong in the strength of His might.
Remember when Paul was buffeted by a messenger of satan? What did Paul 'do'? Did he bind, rebuke, plead etc? No, he went to God and God was there and answered him, "My grace is sufficient.' Boy, I could keep writing but I want to ask you to PLEASE abstain from purchasing books on spiritual warfare. They do not contain the answers you are looking for. You don't need any author giving you the top 12 steps proven steps, or someone 'exposing' satans schemes, or the names of the demonic hierarchy so that you can bind by name. Read the bible. God told you everything you need to know. Sad to say, todays Christian tends to believe they can be healthy by listening to sermons or going to Youtube for spiritual strength. That is a microwave Christianity. You must develop roots in the word of God in order to truly know Him.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through th true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 2 Peter: 2-3