It’s necessary to quickly recognize that the battles we are in are not against what is seen, but against spiritual wickedness, rulers and principalities in high places. We learn not to respond to conflicts in the flesh, but by the spirit.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God. Fleshly and worldly weapons have no effectiveness. It’s not by power, not by might, but by the Spirit of God that we are victorious. We often look back on a situation and realize we didn’t take a stand against the enemy as quickly as we should have, and we know we need to pray to become quicker and quicker in our effective warfare. The quicker we detect the enemy is at work, the quicker we can take authority over him and command him to get behind us, as Jesus did. When satan attempted to hinder the Lord’s work through Peter and rebuke Jesus, the Lord quickly rebuked satan, not Peter. We, too, have to swiftly order our adversary to move.
We cannot let our adversary remain in a place where he hinders us from moving forward. There is not time to reason, debate, argue, or wrestle. He has no power. He has been defeated. Rebuke and command him to get behind us. He cannot remain between us and the plans of God. We are moving quicker and quicker, from glory to glory!
Matthew 16:22-23 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”