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Spiritual warfare is the term we use for fighting the enemies of our Covenant Lord. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God. The flesh is at war against the Spirit. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. God opposes all that is antichrist, that which opposes or counterfeits Christ.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10.3-5

Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. He came to overcome and conquer all that separates us from His Father. He came to bring reconciliation, peace with God through the Blood of the Cross. He came to save us, to do what is necessary and sufficient for us to get back to the Father, to the Source of all Life and Blessing, that we might live in the light of God's glory.

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. We are fighting Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Belial, Leviathan, Asmodeus, Abaddon, and "the gang." We are fighting sin, self, and the world system. We are breaking lies with truth. We are tearing down strongholds in the mind and replacing them with the strongholds of God, with His laws and ways.

Spiritual warfare encompasses three dimensions. The first is ground level. At this level we fight sin, self, the world system, and if applicable, your ordinary demons in battles bringing healing and deliverance to the Body of Christ. The second is mid-range. At this level we fight occult powers, entities influencing witches and warlocks, those casting spells, curses, charms, vexes, hexes, and so forth. We fight demonic entities "in the high places" and "in the soil." The third level is cosmic. At this level we fight demonic entities influencing ethnic groups, territories, governments, and the like. We do this to "break the barriers" to the gospel as the harvest of souls to be saved comes in.... See
The Anointing for Cosmic Spiritual Warfare


A Prayer of Salvation Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and by nature a child of wrath. I confess my sinful condition and acknowledge my need of a Savior...

The Glory of the Gospel
When I was in Jerusalem recently, reviewing what I had planned to say at the World Camp for Jesus, the LORD made it clear that He was changing the message. I previously sent the audio for this, but what follows is the message in full (due to time restraints at the Camp).
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
In the beginning (beginning-ness), was (always was) the Word, and the Word was (always was) with (face-to-face) God, and the Word was (always was) God…In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 4, 5, 14)....

Access the Father Through the Blood of Jesus ...There is only one way to approach a holy God. There is only one way to access the throne of glory. It is "through the Blood."...

Prayer to Release the Power of the Blood Your Word says, "If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, You are faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make You a liar, and Your word is not in us (1 John 1: 8-10) . 11 You also say that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe we are being justified as a gift by Your grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom you, God, displayed publicly as a propitiation (substitute) in Jesus' blood through faith to declare and demonstrate His righteousness, because in Your forbearance, God, You passed over the sins previously committed....

A Prayer for Peace My heavenly Father, This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). I trust in You, delight myself in You, Lord, commit my way unto You this day, and rest in You, waiting patiently for You (Psalm 37:3-7). I am happy inasmuch as my God is the Lord (Psalm 144:15).

Thank You, Father, that You rejoice over me with joy (Zephaniah 3:17). You redeem my life from the pit, satisfy me with good things and execute righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed (Psalm 103:4-6). You comfort the waste places and provide joy and gladness, thanksgiving and the voice of melody (Isaiah 51:3). The joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10), and even today I count it all joy when I encounter tests or trials (James 1:2)....

Disarming The Enemy Based on Mat. 5:25,26 (agreeing with the enemy's charges) and others.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge,
and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

It is my desire to disarm the enemy in my own personal life. It is my desire to walk in Christ, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, abounding therein with thanksgiving. I do not want anyone to spoil me through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the elements of the world, and not after Christ, for in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. I am complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power: in whom also I am circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: buried with Him in baptism, wherein also I am risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who has raised Him from the dead. And I, being dead in my sins and the uncircumcision of my flesh, has He quickened together with Him, having forgiven me all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against me, which was contrary to me, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross: and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2.7-15)...

A Prayer Seeking God for His True Light Heavenly Father,... "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in darkness: and the darkness comprehended it not." (John 1.1-5) John was sent by God to bear witness of the Light. John was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. "That was the true Light, which lights every one that comes into the world." (John 1.8)

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and human beings loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But the one that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3.19-21)...

A Prayer for Deliverance Dear Lord Jesus, I look to you as refuge, fortress, and strength. I confess that I am guilty of sin, iniquity, and transgression. I submit to you, God. I draw near to you that you may draw near to me. I cleanse my hands and purify my heart. I am miserable and mourn and weep. My laughter is turned into mourning and my joy into gloom. I humble myself in the presence of the Lord that He may exalt me. I repent of my sins …… The word is near me, in my mouth and in my heart. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead. Forgive me now, and cleanse me with Your blood....

Defeating Belial in the Midst My Heavenly Father, The nature of Belial has come to my attention, and it is my desire to defeat Belial in my midst. I desire to be separated from Belial that I might serve Jesus Christ. Beli means "without, negated, wearing out." Yaal means "help; be of use, profit, advantage."...

The Anointing for Cosmic Spiritual Warfare Spiritual warfare is the term we use for fighting the enemies of our Covenant Lord. To be a friend of the world is to be the enemy of God. The flesh is at war against the Spirit. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. God opposes all that is antichrist, that which opposes or counterfeits Christ....

The Means of Grace Many today hear a snappy sermon; laugh at a few foibles and the frailty of the human condition; and then go forward to say a little prayer "to receive Christ." After placing their trust in Christ by the grace of God, they walk back to their seats thinking life will be different now but never truly grasp the heinousness of sin and their need for ongoing repentance, faith, and future grace.

Just today a young woman responded to an evocative presentation of the gospel by praying to receive Christ at Craighouse. I pointed out to her the need for personal growth in Christ as we move ahead in the Christian life, that every believer needs to avail himself/herself of the means of grace....

A Stronghold: Things That Devour Many times I am asked to speak about strongholds as I do conferences and seminars on strategic spiritual warfare. People ask, "What is a stronghold?"

2 Corinthians 10.3-5 tells us:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations And every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, And bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

A stronghold is a defensive spiritual fortress behind which one hides and is protected. 1 Samuel 23.14,19 gives us a clue.

And David abode in the wilderness in strongholds and remained in A mountain in the wilderness of Ziph…Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in Strongholds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the South of Jeshimon?

A stronghold is a fortified dwelling used as a means of protection from an enemy.

When I was in Puerto Rico, I became aware of El Morro, a stronghold built by the Spanish to protect the island from invading Indians and pirates, from anyone perceived as an enemy or threat to Puerto Rico’s well being. David hid from King Saul in wilderness strongholds at Horesh. These were usually caves high on a mountainside. They were difficult to attack....

A stronghold is a powerful, vigorously protected spiritual reality....

Strongholds: Things That Destroy A stronghold is a fortified dwelling used as a means of protection from an enemy. David hid from King Saul in wilderness strongholds at Horesh. These were usually caves high on a mountainside. They were difficult to attack. Such caves exist in Afghanistan and other regions where it’s easy for people to hide out.

A stronghold is a powerful, vigorously protected spiritual reality. When God is the enemy or when we have thoughts, words, and deeds sympathetic toward the devil, strongholds become a defense for Satan against God. When Satan is the enemy, strongholds established by God and salvation through Jesus Christ protect us from him....

Godly strongholds include fortresses like the Lord, the Blood of Jesus, humility, holiness, the armor of God, and the walls of salvation. A demonic stronghold is any type of thing that exalts itself above the knowledge of God.

Christians cannot be owned by a devil. The devil does not own someone who has been bought by a price by Jesus Christ, i.e., redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. But Christians can have thoughts in rebellion against God and His Word, thoughts not brought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ. These thoughts are lies we have swallowed, lying words we have believed, words which we have obeyed in disobedience to God. They are things like vain imaginations, sinful habits. They are fortresses keeping God out. They are fortresses protecting Satan and our sinful ways. They are fortresses protecting our very "selves." They are our defenses from anything entering from the outside that would threaten us and cause us to be overthrown. (2 Corinthians 10.3-5) ...

Trust God's Covenant Love Have you ever found yourself so frustrated that you cry out, "Is the LORD among us, or not?" Have you seen giants in the land and declared to God, "The enemy is too strong for us!" Or have you wondered how God would move you through a seemingly impossible situation?

Recently, as the Lord was preparing my husband, Rev. Jim Craig, and I to go to Scandinavia July 4-16, He impressed upon me that the spirit we would be up against had to do with the Amalekites. Somehow it all related to the Vikings, pirates, and even South Florida. Somehow we were learning a new lesson in spiritual warfare.

Who were the Amalekites? They were pastoral, nomadic raiders, a people with no fear of God, God-defiant ones with an unrelenting and destructive spirit who attacked the rear guard and who cut off those who became physically weak, the old, and children. God told the Israelites to treat them differently. Deuteronomy 20.10-12 tells us that no offer of peace was to be given to them first....

David: A Covenant Man Every war has weapons. Ours are spiritual. God has given His children spiritual weapons as they wage war against the world, the flesh, and the devil in their personal lives. In this regard, we are told in scripture to look to the examples of those who have preceded us in the faith. One such person from whom we can learn is David.
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David knew he was a covenant man. He knew the living God....

Crowning the Earth with God's Glory In March of 2008 I received a directive to go to Iceland and Greenland, to declare God's Name from North to South, East to West; to release healing into the seas that it may flow into the oceans; that God will make bitter waters sweet. In December of 2008, I received from the Lord that He is roaring with a roar that will be heard over all the Middle East, that we should watch and be ready...

Humble Yourself Before God (or The Spoiler and the Arm of the LORD)
Some themes have been developing in the last few weeks amid all the tension that continues throughout 2011. We’re facing in the nation and in our world disasters and destruction, disappointments and dismay at unprecedented levels. Our news is filled with talk about the debt crisis, the lowering of U.S. credit ratings, riots in London, record-breaking heat, and the deepening tragedy of those fallen in Afghanistan. Hope and change has fast become hopelessness and spiraling deficiencies in all areas of life.

The spoiler is at work. We know we have been battling Apollyon, the king over death and destruction, since 2009. This “king” spirit joins with Leviathan, king over the children of pride, and the king of torment to forge a formidable foe. The spoiler goes forth to plunder, loot, ruin, devour, destroy, rob, assault, etc.

Spiritual Warfare Missions
When we began MCM in July of 1993, spiritual warfare miss ions raised eyebrows followed by frowns on some. Today, however, many books and courses have been written, including my own. MCM began and continues yet today with a three-fo ld apostolic call: to bring healing and restoration to the Body of Christ; to call the nations to which God would send me to repentance, to resurrection, and to restoration; and to prepare the Bride for Jesus’ return. We began in July 1993, “calling in” the USA first. This April an MCM mission team went to the geographical center of the USA in response to such a commission.

Of Spiritual Bunkers and Strongholds
The Living God is calling each of us to create a spiritual bunker. This creating process would be more like us putting things together in a new way. It is for the purpose that God's people be protected from what is coming, and that they be able to defend themselves against the attacks of the enemy of men's souls.

Spiritual Warfare Lessons Learned from a Life on the Front Lines (PowerPoint presentation from World Camp Jerusalem conference)
From "opening the east gate" in March, 1999, to spiritual warfare concerning "the war between truth and lie," in May, 2014, Mary Craig Ministries has responded to seven apostolic-prophetic calls to Jerusalem and Israel. After giving the testimony of the heart of a holy God for Israel and Jerusalem, and His faithfulness to enable obedience to each call, these are the lessons learned from a life on the front lines during the battles of strategic spiritual warfare missions, not only for Israel, but for the nations....

Book: War on the Saints by Jessie Penn-Lewis, 1912 unabridged edition. War on the Saints is a very in depth analysis of the deception and schemes satan uses to lead the elect astray and into bondage, and the means through which the bound one can be set free in Christ.

MCM Book: The Weapons of Our Warfare Table of Contents
Every war has weapons. The Christian’s weapons are spiritual. Every believer can be better equipped by taking up the weapons of our warfare, things like the Blood of the Covenant, prayer, fasting, the armor of God, the anointing, and many, many more. Learn the means of grace and how to utilize them effectively. Fight the good fight with the weapons God has provided. See MCM Catalog.


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