Spiritual Warfare: Knowing Your Enemy

by Rebecca Olmstead on October 5, 2011

in Book Club,Sharing


Originally posted on CarePages, 9/19/11. Three weeks after posting “Under Attack!”


Blessings Friends,

2 Corinthians 10:3-4: 

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…”

This promise is so appropriate right now! As is Ephesians 6:12:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Our home was built in 1918, and has seen a lot of life. I made a point of going through the house when we moved in eight years ago, and blessing it. You never know what the beliefs or practices of previous residences were.

We have experienced some unholy activity, including a full-out demonic attack on our oldest daughter when she reached the age of decision, but we promptly called prayer warriors in and she never experienced violence again. She did continue to feel a “heaviness” in her room, though, and never slept soundly.

It’s so much easier and more convenient to explain certain disruptions in our lives to the “imagination,” adolescence, or anything else, but I’d always wondered if a spirit lingered in our home.

Both because of our daughter’s distress, and the fact that two of my sons who had occupied the same bedroom, at the age of decision, both experienced a personality change for the worse, left home and wanted nothing more to do with me.

I needed to learn to trust my little voice, regardless of how crazy it sounds.

Then we had an interesting visit from a man who grew up in our house in the forties. He had some great stories about the house and his adventures, but I had to ask if he had experienced any “paranormal” activity.

My suspicions were confirmed when he told me his sister, who’d occupied our oldest daughter’s room, was constantly complaining about what she called a “ghost” in her room.

Then he said he had seen it himself, but what he described was not a “ghost” –it was a demon.

He also told us that the house had been a rest home before his family moved in, which in those days amounted to a place where people went to die. His grandfather had passed away in our youngest daughter’s bedroom, which connects to ours.

When our 15-year-old reported that he was being bothered, too, I got mad. I called in someone who is gifted in discernment, and we had a good, old-fashioned house-cleaning.

Whatever was here had been here a long time and was not happy about leaving—and there were more than one. A spirit of rebellion was occupying our oldest daughter’s room and the room formerly occupied by our two sons, and a spirit of infirmity was in our youngest daughter’s room.

When I learned this, everything became clear to me.

After twenty years, I had recently started singing in church again, and shortly after, our youngest daughter and I were being plagued by sinus and bronchial infections, putting an end to my singing.

A week before I was to launch my online ministry, WatchGodWork.com, our youngest son left home, leaving me an emotional wreck.

Just before our “cleaning” session, I had posted a blog on spiritual warfare and was preparing a version to submit to a publication, and my hard drive crashed!

I began thinking back to 2009, when they found my tumor, and it occurred to me that that was just after I had returned to the Pentecostal faith. For the first time in many years, I was praying in tongues and laying hands on the sick. It was like The Spirit had been re-awakened in me.

Talk about pasting a target on my head!

Not only that, but I had attended three writers’ conferences (two Christian) and was actively working toward publication.

I know there are those who don’t believe in spiritual warfare, even though Jesus taught plainly that there is. But there have just been too many of these instances to call coincidence.

I have said many times that God is in control of all things, and I believe it.

Far from breaking my faith, these attacks have grown me closer to God than I have ever been.

That is God’s work. I know in whom I believe.

Satan is the ruler of the world, and we can’t keep others from making choices that release his power. But, Jesus said,

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19.

Jesus never intended for us to shrink away from the enemy in fear, but to take hold of the power of His blood and subdue him.

One of the main rules of warfare is know your enemy. Jesus taught that there are different demons requiring different tactics. I’m on a mission to become more spiritually discerning—not just have 20/20 hindsight. I know God will give me this gift, because Paul said, in 2 Cor. 12:31:

“But covet earnestly the best gifts.” And Jesus promised, “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive,” Matt. 21:22.

I was thinking that my daily prayers, weekly blessings, and anointings were keeping my house spiritually clean and my family safe. In reality, they were just keeping the evil at bay, and not very effectively at that.

The interesting thing is, as we were praying through the house, when we came to the dining room, the lady with the gift immediately said that room was filled with The Holy Spirit. She didn’t know then that, every Friday, our family has a traditional Hebrew Sabbath blessing, prayer time, and Bible study in that room.

Do you see how wily the enemy is?

One area of our home was sanctified and holy, while other rooms were harboring evil!

Demons can even attach themselves to objects!

This has been a very humbling experience for me. Never again will I underestimate my enemy. I’m going on the offense. I’m going to learn all The Word has to say about Satan and his army, and I’m going into battle fully armed!

I’m happy to report that the whole family has felt the Spirit of Peace which now fills every room in our home, and we are all sleeping peacefully through the night!

Praise The Lord!

I have just started a study called Preparing for Battle: A Spiritual Warfare Workbook by Mark I. Bubeck. I invite you to pick up a copy and join me in the “Book Club” category of my blog as I work through it. It should prove very exciting, and I hope enlightening and empowering!

God’s grace and peace be yours,


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Izabella October 5, 2011 at 5:53 PM

What a truly encouraging and inspiration write up Rebecca! I am so grateful for your courage in sharing ‘The Truth’ about spiritual warfare. We are in a battle, this is certain! I pray for believers all over the world, for a ‘wake up’ and ask our Lord to strengthen their spirit man – for discernment like never before. There are times when I even leave the Christian channel on TV all day even though i may go to work or spend the day outside of the home, just to keep the ‘flow of His presence’ through the house…our enemy is also called the ‘prince of the airwaves’ so playing worship music through the house is a ‘must’ in my home – and being vigilent to ‘turn off the tv’ when vulgar, lewd or ungodly programs come on that may ‘open a doorway’ to the enemy…Give him ‘no foothold’! God Bless you richly Rebecca and ‘each and every member’ of your household! We love you in Australia!


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