INTRODUCTION: This is an interview with Dr. Greg Reid, a youth pastor, speaker, author of many books, host of the podcast, EXTREME TIMES: Truth In The Shadowlands; who has his own website, and is a former victim of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and a man of GOD who understands spiritual warfare because it’s a reality for him.
So much so that he has written a book about it: WAR of the AGES: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s kingdom (You can also contact Greg for a copy of this book, should you not wish to purchase it from Amazon).
The purpose of this interview is to excite interest and hunger in the readers to get this book into their hands and devour its contents, become familiar with and eventually adept at spiritual warfare – something that’s been forgotten in today’s modern American church and is terribly needed in this day and age, and the darkness that’s not only growing, but seeking to overwhelm and defeat those unprepared to face it.
This interview is published in four parts and is concluded with a statement by Greg Reid and a brief word from myself (James Fire).
Q#1a: In one sentence, what is spiritual warfare?
A: Spiritual warfare is engaging in the invisible but real war between the satanic powers of darkness and the Kingdom of light through Jesus Christ.
A: We should fear if we are arrogant or unprepared. We should not fear when we are under the full authority of Jesus Christ and fully armored with the armor of God as laid out by Paul in Ephesians.
We underestimate Satan when we arrogantly assume that he’s a “toothless lion,” a teaching that was pretty popular in the 1980’s. He is not toothless, otherwise Peter would not have warned us to be aware of him that seeks to devour (1 PET 5:8).
A: Humility is paramount! We in fact have no power outside of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Satan does not fear us; he only fears Jesus Christ in us.
A: Partly because believers are not taught that they CAN walk in spiritual victory. In fact, unfortunately, many believers are not taught that there is a battle at all. That is why so many believers live in bondage and defeat, struggling with hurts and addictions and many other things, because they are not aware that they have a real enemy that seeks to keep them there and away from a victorious walk in Jesus.
A: Immediately. Moving in fast and strong ensures the demon or demons are cornered and caught off guard, and should they even begin to call on outside demonic forces, they need to be silenced in Jesus’ Name.
And in the world of spiritual warfare, one of the primary rules is, “If you call them, they will come.” There is a reason God told the Israelites to destroy the objects from pagan countries!
And it all has its roots in spiritual warfare. Satan and his demons know if they can get a foothold in our sexual lives, they have a major stronghold that affects every area in a believer’s life – prayer, relationships, guilt, condemnation, everything. It has crippled a whole generation of warriors. May God break these bondages!
A: There would be a lot more people saved – and swifter persecution!
A: I fight this battle as well. The main weapon against this for me is to commit the first moments of my morning to Jesus and His Word. It settles my thoughts and clears out so much of the distraction and disorientation.
“Taking possession” back of our minds from carnal, sinful thinking resembles how Israel was to “take possession” of Canaan land from the pagan nations. Is sanctification key to protecting our minds from demonic oppression, influence, demonization? Is a Christian who is more sanctified less apt to suffer such attacks than one who is less sanctified?
Note to readers: Two excellent books on discipleship by William MacDonald are True Discipleship and The Disciple’s Manual.
A: Absolutely. And it is clear that implementing casting down imaginations and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ is a true discipline. It doesn’t happen automatically. One Bible commentator said, “We must spear our thoughts and make them prisoner to Jesus Christ.” It requires constant vigilance.
Jesus said: “Thy will be done” GOD’s kingdom principle.
Satan said: “My will be done” Satan’s kingdom principle.
How vital is it that we as Christians are aware of this dynamic while conducting spiritual warfare?
“Did you think this is for decoration?”
Daniel is a key book because it shows the vital dynamic of Daniel’s fasting and praying and the struggle in the invisible world for the prayers to be answered.