Paul spoke to the Corinthians about a third heaven – a place where the throne of God is located. That heaven is where you and I now sit in Christ at the right hand of the Father. A third heaven assumes the existence of a first and second heaven. The first heaven is the realm of Earth – the visible creation. The second heaven is the unseen spiritual world where demonic beings with dark agendas wage war with the angels of God in an attempt to exert their authority over the affairs of Earth and the minds of people. In this realm our prayers, declarations and decrees rise to become weapons of devastating force in a spiritual battle.
Spiritual warfare is waged primarily in the second heaven. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities in the unseen realm of the spiritual world. When we acknowledge the existence of this battle and allow the expression of our faith to merge with that reality, our lives become a living testimony advertising our faith in the substance of unanswered prayers yet to be seen, but soon to be delivered on Earth.
Choose your battle plan wisely. Many are attempting to fight spiritual battles empowered only with the limited and Earth-bound components of human emotion, natural resources and short-term solutions. The victories in these conflicts will not survive over time. If your first instinct is to be reactive battling only what you can see without first combating the demonic forces that oppose you in the second heaven, your battle plan will produce frustration and disappointment, not faith and hope.
Ask God to open your spiritual eyes to see the real battlefield in this conflict. When God reveals the battlefield He will also help you to see that those who are with you in the battle greatly outnumber those who oppose you. You will walk in victory only if you can see the victory.