We can use the battles of the Old Testament as a template for how to wage spiritual warfare. We no longer battle against flesh and blood - we do not battle "people" like the Kings in the Old Testament - but we DO battle the same powers and principalities that their enemies represented.
We no longer fight with swords and spears. We fight on our knees using the word of God (our sword), His name (our authority), and His blood (our power/strength).
The more we learn about spiritual warfare, the easier it becomes. Personally, I used to constantly battle a demon of depression. But I can now easily knock that spirit to the ground by using my weapons of warfare. The "feeling" of depression flees quickly from me once I respond to its attack by telling it to go, or quoting scripture, or by singing a worship song.
Once I came to truly understand and believe that I had authority over it - it didn't try as often to overwhelm me and take me out.
But though I understood my authority in Spiritual Warfare - there was one thing I was still not understanding...It's one thing that I think a lot of people overlook.
Once you have victory in Spiritual Warfare - YOU NEED TO ASK FOR THE PLUNDER.
This is how we are MORE than a conqueror!!
For a long time, I was just a conqueror --- until I understood that I also needed to ask for the plunder. It wasn't until I asked for the plunder that I was fully implementing all of my authority.
Now - when I finish fighting something in the spirit realm and I know it’s finished.
I picture myself before the Supreme Judge and I ask Him for the spiritual plunder from the fight. He usually asks me to make a list of plunder that I want from the defeated spirit.
So I ask for things that were stolen by the spirit to be returned plus 7 times what was stolen. I let the Spirit lead me and I write it in my journal.
Sometimes I ask for lost finances or for favor to be given. If I’m praying for a nation – I will ask for the generations to reap the blessings that have been held up.
When I ask…I ask BIG! It’s kind of like the King who struck the arrows on the ground. (2 Kings 13) How much do I want to win? I strike the ground a lot when asking for plunder.
God says that we do not have because we do not ask --- so I ask BIG!
When David plundered the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 30, he took back the things that originally belonged to him but he also took all of the enemy’s livestock and goods as well.
Then he shared it with those who were faithful to him.
If we use the Old Testament as our blueprint for fighting powers and principalities, the Kings always brought the plunder back to their Kingdom. They used their plunder to build their kingdoms BUT more so, they used it to build God's temple.
So in keeping with this blueprint, when we ask for the plunder after defeating our foe in the spiritual realm, we need to keep in mind the people of God and ask for plunder to meet their needs. After that be sure to ask for personal plunder as well.
Become MORE than a conqueror by becoming a plunderer!
You do not have, because you do not ask. James 4:2