Spiritual War: VICTORY Is Certain

Whenever we face a challenge in life, whether personal or national or global, we need to look at this situation through Spiritual Eyes, in order to align the outcome in the spiritual realm, according to what God’s Plan for the world is. In this Episode South African author, businesswoman and social entrepreneur Reinhild Niebuhr talks about one scenario in which to apply this approach – the Russia-Ukraine situation that exploded in February 2022.

In the video I mention a whole bunch of biblical concepts and Bible verses. Here is a list of topics with relevant Bible references or links to lists of Bible verses or other articles with explanationas, related to the specific concept or topic mentioned:

1. Victory is certain

John 16:11 

And he will show them how wrong their judgment is, because their leader (i.e. satan) has already been condemned.

Luke 10:18-20

18 Jesus said to them, “I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky. 19 He is the enemy, but know that I have given you more power than he has. I have given you power to crush his snakes and scorpions under your feet. Nothing will hurt you. 20 Yes, even the spirits obey you. And you can be happy, not because you have this power, but because your names are written in heaven.”

Note: ‘snakes and scorpions’ in the Bible generally refer to demonic spirits

Here’s an article about why a Believer in Jesus Christ can laugh at the devil:

https://buzz.eewmagazine.com/eew-magazine-buzz-blog/2017/8/21/laugh-at-the-devil-7-scriptures-to-help-you-put-satan-the-li.html

Matthew 12:28-29

 28 But I use the power of God’s Spirit to force out demons, and this shows that God’s kingdom has come to you. 29 Whoever wants to enter a strong man’s house and steal his things must first tie him up. Then they can steal the things from his house. 

Note: God’s kingdom has ALREADY come, when Jesus Christ came to Earth. Also, first destroy ‘Principalities of Darkness” – Tie up the ‘strong man first: bind the evil principalities from having any power over a region or institution, then ‘steal the things’ i.e. cast demons out of people.


2. Spiritual Root Causes Of All Problems In The World

Romans 5:12

12 Sin came into the world because of what one man did. And with sin came death. So this is why all people must die—because all people have sinned. 

James 4:1-3

Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? They come from the selfish desires that make war inside you. You want things, but you don’t get them. So you kill and are jealous of others. But you still cannot get what you want. So you argue and fight. You don’t get what you want because you don’t ask God. Or when you ask, you don’t receive anything, because the reason you ask is wrong. You only want to use it for your own pleasure.

James 4:17

17 If you fail to do what you know is right, you are sinning.

Galatians 5:19-21

19 The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, 20 worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft (doing things or trying to do things to control others), hating people, causing trouble, being jealous, angry or selfish, causing people to argue and divide into separate groups, 21 being filled with envy, getting drunk, having wild parties, and doing other things like this. I warn you now as I warned you before: The people who do these things will not have a part in God’s kingdom. 

Matthew 15:18-19

18 But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, slander.

Luke 12:15

15 Then Jesus said to them, “Be careful and guard against all kinds of greed. People do not get life from the many things they own.”

1 Timothy 6:10

10 For the love of money is a root[f] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 John 3:4

Everyone who commits sin practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

1 Corinthians 6:8-10

Instead, you yourselves do wrong and cheat—and you do this to brothers and sisters! Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or males who have sex with males,[b] 10 no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

1 Corinthians 6:18

18 Flee sexual immorality! Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the person who is sexually immoral sins against his own body.

Revelation 21:8

But the cowards, faithless, detestable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars—their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

A list of Bible verses about divorce and adultery:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/divorce-bible-verses/

A list of Bible verses related to unborn babies:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-abortion/

PLUS a whole list of Bible verses about rich oppressing the poor:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/oppressing_the_poor

All the above are spiritual ‘root causes’ of problems in this world. This list is not comprehensive. There’s a lot more about spiritual root causes of problems (sin) in the Bible, which you will discover as you start spending time reading and learning to understand the Bible from a spiritual perspective.


3. Evil coming from the “flesh” (human nature)

Here’s a list of Bible verses explaining the evil that comes from our “flesh” – i.e. body & soul. The soul is made up of the heart (emotion), mind and our personal will. We must grow spiritually – i.e. use our spirit – to overcome the desires of our “flesh”.

https://www.openbible.info/topics/flesh


4. Evil coming from the devil (spirit world)

Here’s a list of Bible verses explaining the evil that comes from the ‘devil’ (Satan). {devil = d’evil = the evil)

https://www.openbible.info/topics/evil_one


5. Rebellion of the devil against God

The Bible teaches us that one of the angels in Heaven rebelled against God, so he was cast out from Heaven and took with him one third of all angels. They were banned from Heaven to Earth, but they are spirit creatures, meaning they do not have physical bodies. Satan is known as the “prince of the power of the air” and the fallen angels are known as “demons”. Human beings who turn their back on God are known as “sons (and daughters) of disobedience” and the spirit of Satan is working in them, i.e. evil spirits possess human beings who are disobedient to God.

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Rebellion-Of-Satan-And-Angels

Here’s a list of Bible verses about Demon Possession:

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Demon-Possession

And finally, a list of Bible verses about Demons:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/demons-in-the-bible/


6. Testing the Spirits and Discerning the Spirits

“Testing the Spirits” or “Discerning the Spirits” means reading the Bible to understand if something is in line with the truth that Jesus Christ is God, and that he came as a human being to the world to save us from the devil’s lies and to restore our relationship to our Father in Heaven, who is the Creator of Heaven and Earth.

Here is a list of Bible verses that explain more about testing and discerning the spirits:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/testing_the_spirits

https://www.openbible.info/topics/discerning_of_spirits


7. Endurance

A key principle of “Spiritual Intelligence” is understanding that we are on “Battlefield Earth”, engaged in a spiritual battle between good and evil. Because Jesus Christ has ALREADY overcome the devil’s power, by raising from the dead, and the Bible clearly explains that at the end of this world, the devil and his evil angels will all be cast into hell, which is a pit of fire, our VICTORY is certain. However, as long as we are alive on earth, we humans have to know that we ourselves have the authority – and therefore the job – from God to overcome evil with GOOD, and to NOT be overcome by evil, i.e. overtaken by the devil and his bad spirits. Since this battle starts from the moment that we are conceived in our mother’s womb (look at the Bible verses about unborn babies above), until the end of our lives, we need ENDURANCE to withstand satan and his army of demons.

Here are Bible verses about endurance and ‘longsuffering’ and ‘steadfastness’, which all basically mean the same:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/endurance

I’ve learnt that the sooner we realise we’re “Spiritual Warriors”, ie. ‘soldiers’, the sooner we stop wasting time and energy complaining about problems and start dealing with them through the spiritual weapons which the Bible teaches us to use.


8. Spiritual Battle and Weapons

Here’s a list of Bible verses about Spiritual Battle:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/spiritual_battle

And a list of Bible verses about Spiritual Weapons, including our “Sword of the Spirit”:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/spiritual_weapons

I will explain Spiritual Weapons in upcoming episodes of “Spiritual Intelligence”.

Hebrews 4:12

12 God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than the sharpest sword and cuts all the way into us. It cuts deep to the place where the soul and the spirit are joined. God’s word cuts to the center of our joints and our bones. It judges the thoughts and feelings in our hearts.


9. Opening of Spiritual Eyes

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Spiritual-Blindness,-Removal-Of


10. The Bible is a Spiritual Manual for Life

Here’s a list of Bible Verses about the Word of God (The Bible): SO cool!!!

https://dailyverses.net/the-word


11. Tricks and techniques of the devil

Here’s a list of Bible Verses of many of the old tricks and techniques of the devil:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/tricks_of_the_devil


12. Love your enemy and bless those who curse you

Here’s a link to a list of related Bible Verses:

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Loving-Your-Enemies


13. Download the Bible Gateway App

Here’s the link to download the FREE Bible Gateway App, which lets you have access to lots of different versions of the Bible in English, as well as in other languages, on your mobile devices:

https://www.biblegateway.com/app/


14. Spirit of Suspicion

There are no Bible verses mentioning any “Spirit of Suspicion”. However, the principle of falsely accusing others is clearly expressed and may be understood as one human suspecting that someone else has done something or is planning to do something evil, without confirmation of evidence.

Here’s a list of Bible verses related to falsely accusing others:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/falsely_accusing

I will unpack a list of evil spirits that can overcome us humans if we are not wakeful, in my upcoming book “Spiritual Intelligence”.


16. Spirit of Unforgiveness

Just like a Spirit of Suspicion – or falsely accusing others, with no concrete evidence – creates a foothold for evil in our lives, the same can happen with regard to institutions, or – as in the case between Ukraine and Russia – between countries. From my discussions with people originally from this part of the world, it was very clear that many individuals in countries formerly forming part of the Soviet Union still have deep levels of unforgiveness towards the things that the Soviet government based in Russia did to hurt them or their parents. Harbouring unforgiveness gives an ‘opportunity’ to the devil, as explained in Ephesians 4:26-27 – whether on a personal, inter-personal, national or international level.

Here is a list of Bible verses related to Unforgiveness:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/unforgiveness

Here’s an article that clearly explains how demonic legal rights work, according to the Bible:

https://www.greatbiblestudy.com/deliverance-ministry/demonic-legal-rights/

Here’s an article explaining a “Root of Bitterness”:

https://www.gotquestions.org/root-of-bitterness.html

Here are Bible verses about Bitterness:

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Bitterness

I will unpack the demonic bondage and the illnesses that take root in our lives through unforgiveness and bitterness in my upcoming book “Spiritual Intelligence”.

Just to quickly explain why the Spirit of Unforgiveness is playing a critical role in the Ukraine-Russia conflict, understand that the fact that ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, everyone in the Ukraine who has been holding on to bad memories and spoken negatively about Russia in a Spirit of Unforgiveness, has created a legal right for demonic spirits to unleash pain and misery in their lives – personally -, as well as in their geographic territory, such as what has now happened!

People in every single country or region in the world who have gone through conflict or oppression need to understand this highly dangerous concept of ‘demonic legal rights’ in the spiritual realm, in order to avoid new wars or destruction in their lives and in their geographic territories.


17. Negative impact on unborn babies

Oops… I spoke about babies in the ‘stomach’ of the mom… sometimes my German mother tongue mixes up my words! I meant ‘womb’ of course. My sincere apologies!

Anyway, here is a list of Bible verses related to saying negative things.

https://biblereasons.com/bible-verses-about-negativity/

There’s no specific Bible verse about the impact of negative talk or thoughts on unborn babies, but psychological studies have found this to be true. This article is helpful to understand why negative words, thoughts or experiences affect unborn children:

DISCLAIMER RELATED TO ARTICLE ABOVE: I would not take advice on how to address this challenge from anyone whose faith system is not soundly rooted in the teachings about the power of salvation by Jesus Christ, as explained in the Bible – even if they have great knowledge about what the cause of the problem is.


18. Conflict caused by the devil

Conflict is caused by both us humans, as well as by the devil. Here are some Bible verses related to conflict:

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Conflict

And here are some Bible verses about dealing with conflict as Believers:

https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Reconciliation,-Between-Believers


19. The Mind of Christ

Here are Bible verses aimed at helping us to understand what is meant with the ‘mind of Christ’ or the ‘mind of the Lord’:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/the_mind_of_christ


20. Principalities of Darkness

Here is a list of Bible verses about Principalities of Darkness:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/principalities


21. Spiritual Blindness

Here’s an article about how satan tries to keep people in spiritual blindness:

https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_92.cfm

And a list of Bible verses related to spiritual blindness:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/spiritual_blindness


22. Spirit of Nationalism

The Bible doesn’t specifically mention any “Spirit of Nationalism”. However, there are clear Bible verses cautioning us to “watch out for those who cause divisions” – Romans 16:17.

Nationalism is a key trick of the devil to create conflict between countries, often ending in war. Generally, the motivation for such conflict is based on a ‘survival of the fittest’ mindset – which is completely against the biblical teachings of ‘love your neighbour’ and ‘love your enemy’.

Here are other Bible verses relevant to Nationalism or the “Spirit of Nationalism”:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/nationalism

The same kinds of conflict are caused when people have been overtaken by a “Spirit of Tribalism”. What does this mean? It really means that they are placing their national or tribal identity above an adherence to teaching of the Bible, namely that God and his Word should be the main authority in our life. If we prioritise our nationality or tribal identity, it means that we are making this our ‘idol’ – false god – because we consider them as more important than God, or what his Word teaches.


23. Who is your ‘neighbour’?

Bible verses about your relationship with your neighbour:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/loving_your_neighbor

Russia and Ukraine are neighbouring countries and the same Biblical instructions related to individuals, also apply to countries or geographical regions.


24. Finding win-win solutions

The Bible teaches us to all love God above all, and our neighbour as much as ourselves. This means that whenever we have a problem arising, we need to seek wisdom to find a solution that works for everyone.

Here’s a useful article about the Biblical way to finding solutions to a problem:

http://www.bible-teaching-about.com/problemsolving.html


25. Caring for the environment

The Bible teaches us to be good stewards of creation, so when we have to solve problems, we always must consider the environmental impact of our solutions and make sure that Earth, nature, animals, birds and fish are cared for.

Here are related Bible verses:

https://www.learnreligions.com/bible-verses-about-protecting-the-environment-712753

Using military weapons is generally hugely destructive to the environment and therefore not a spiritually suitable way to solve any problem!

If a country has to protect itself against a warmongering enemy, care must be taken to not be ‘overcome by evil, but to overcome evil with good’. – Romans 12:21.


26. Enslaving, oppressing and controlling others

Jesus Christ teaches us in the Bible to ‘love one another’ and to ‘bless the one who curses you’. (See above).

So enslaving, oppressing and controlling others is against the Word and will of God. Here’s a list of Bible verses related to oppressing people:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/oppressing_people


27. Spirit of the Witch – Mindset of ‘Victimhood’

Witchcraft is about trying to control one’s future or other people. Ironically, people who turn to witchcraft do so because they consider themselves ‘victims’ – real or imagined – and so they believe they have a right to negatively affect someone else, by taking revenge. Or, because they have been suffering from the feeling of helplessness, while being in fact victimised by another party or parties, they now have an obsession with taking control over areas where they can take control, even if this means using occultic means that are against God’s Word, for instance by reading and believing in horoscopes or paying witches to curse others.

Here’s a list of Bible verses about witchcraft:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-witchcraft/

I will unpack the incredible danger of victimhood in stealing years of the lives of people and all their joy in my book, Spiritual Intelligence, based on biblical teachings.

Back to Ukraine and Russia: since Ukrainians and other countries have continued to see themselves as victims of Russia, they have given satan the ‘legal licence’ in the spirit realm to create havoc again – i.e. demonic powers have been given the legal right to create conflict between these two countries, as well as in the region.

It is also really important to note that if we do the wrong thing, we provide a legal licence to the devil and his fallen angels to attack us or our country, or to be used by evil powers for their own interests. In looking at Ukraine, it is very easy to see that the citizens of this country need to seriously think about whether their country has been placed under control (in bondage) by any other global powers.


28. Causes of sickness and death

Here are some Bible verses that explain the spiritual causes of sickness and death:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/causes_of_sickness_

Spirits of Infirmity (Sickness) are given a legal licence to make you sick and the Spirit of Death gets a legal licence to kill you before your time, if you allow any sin in your life, including unforgiveness, hanging on to a victim mindset and constantly living in suspicion of someone else. Similarly, if the people of a country turn their back on God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God, living secular lives and doing things that the Bible teaches are a SIN, they are opening their country up for disaster. Individuals become possessed by demonic spirits and Principalities of Darkness are built in the invisible realm over their country, releasing all kinds of death, theft and destruction… the fingerprints of satan…

New conflicts and wars feed the Spirits of Suspicion, Unforgiveness and Witchcraft or Victimhood – and this becomes a vicious cycle over centuries!

The ONLY WAY to break this cycle is through REPENTANCE and FORGIVENESS, through the blood of Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.


29. Spirit of Jezebel

There is no mention of a “Spirit of Jezebel” in the Bible. However, in Jeremiah 7:18 the “Queen of Heaven” is mentioned and the kind of worship that was offered to her is explained:

18 This is what the people of Judah are doing: The children gather wood. The fathers use the wood to make a fire. The women make the dough and then make cakes of bread to offer to the Queen of Heaven. The people of Judah pour out drink offerings to worship other gods. They do this to make me angry.”

Here are two helpful articles to get more information regarding both the “Queen of Heaven” and the “Spirit of Jezebel”:

What we do know from the Bible is that when Satan was cast from Heaven to earth (Luke 10:18 – see above), one third of the angels in heaven followed him:

Revelation 12:4

“Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and threw them down to the earth. It stood in front of the woman who was ready to give birth to the baby. It wanted to eat the woman’s baby as soon as it was born.”

Note that the ‘woman’ referred to in Revelation 12 is Israel and the baby is, of course, Jesus Christ, the Saviour (Messiah).

When we read the story of King Ahab and Jezebel in the Book of Kings, we realise that the king had turned his back on God, because his wife was the daughter of a priest serving a false god called Baal. These two individuals represent the two governing spirits that keep relationships, institutions, governments or geographic regions, or even corporations in bondage, namely a spirit of controlling humans through administrative means, and a spirit controlling humans through religious means. Very often, the religious bondage includes sexual promiscuity or sexual perversion.

So much for now. I will continue adding more information over time.


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