Spiritual Warfare

Lesson 1

Introduction

Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally by brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication for all the saints.

We are in a battle, a war, against the enemy of our soul. This is no ordinary enemy of flesh and blood. This is an enemy that fights in the Spirit realm. He is an enemy that thought he could over throw God. We can't defeat him with man made weapons. We have to use Spiritual weapons to win! We need to train and be disciplined in the Word of God, if we want to defeat our enemy.

2 Timothy 2
Be Strong in Grace
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

Many Christians don't even know that there is a battle to be fought. They let the devil walk all over them, feeding lies of defeat, sickness and poverty. They say things like...if God wants me well, he will heal me. If he wants me to have money, he will give it to me. They don't even know that it is already done, they just have to receive it.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

John 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, ďMost assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

But it is not just going to fall into your lap, you have to believe for it. Do spiritual warfare to get it out of the clutches of the enemy. He will do everything he can to keep from you what Jesus died and rose again to pay for. If it kills, steals or destroys, it is the devil! He is out to steal the Word from you, so that you are defenseless.

Read Mark 4 especially these verses

The Parable of the Sower Explained
13 And He said to them, ďDo you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the wordís sake, immediately they stumble. 18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.Ē

While Jesus was on this earth he exercised spiritual warfare every day. Satan was constantly trying to hinder him and keep him from fulfilling his ministry here on earth. And he has not changed. He wants to keep us from doing the work of the ministry today as well. He will throw road blocks in front of you constantly to keep you from doing what God wants you to do. Whether it be physical or mental illness, worry, lack of finances, people or whatever, he will try to stop you.

We need to be aware of him and his devices

II Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should take advantage of us for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Satanís primary weapon is deception. If he can get you to believe what you see in front of you he has half the battle won. He is a liar and the father of them.

John 8:44 He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

If we can learn to recognize Satan for what he is and how to detect him, we have the battle half won! How do we do that? Learn the word of God so that we will know that if it is contrary to the word of God, then it is a lie.

Romans 3:4 Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.

So we know that the word of God is true no matter what the circumstances look like. If we can remember that, then we will have the victory.

What is spiritual warfare? It is a battle that is fought in the spirit realm with spiritual weapons.

II Corinthians 10:3-5 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 the pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments (imaginations) and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

One of the hardest things to do, I think, is to realize or discover that we can control the natural realm from the spiritual realm. But we can! The two are tied together.

In the beginning God said "Let there be light! And it was so!" His words were spoken in the Spirit realm, because He is a spirit, but the results were in the flesh realm. He gave man dominion over the whole world. He gave Adam that right. Unfortunately, Adam gave it away! But when Jesus died and rose again, he got it back for us.

Matthew 28:18-19 All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth, Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations

Mark 16: 17 And these signs shall follow those who believe. In my name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

So our job is to discover how this works and how to make it work for us. Godís word is full of instruction on spiritual warfare. It is the "How to" book of books. We just have to tap into it and learn what to do. When we do that, the other half of the battle will be won.

God has given us armor to wear. He has named each piece and we are going to go through and learn what each piece is called, what itís purpose is and how it works. We will also learn what we are fighting against. The bible has great examples of Spiritual warfare. The most clear account is found in Daniel.

Daniel 10 the whole chapter is the account of the story. I am going to pick out some key verses to look at but I suggest you read the whole account

Verse 11 ( an angel has appeared to Daniel) O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you and stand upright for I have now been sent to you.

Verse 12 Do not fear, Daniel for from the first day that you set you heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come because of your words.

Verse 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days and behold Michael, on of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel had set himself to fast and pray about a matter and for twenty one days had heard nothing. We see here the reason is because the angel with the message had been delayed in high places by demons. It wasnít until Michael came and helped him that he was able to get through with the answer.

This was Old Covenant. There is still battle going on in the heavens, in the Spirit realm. But the difference now is that we have the name of Jesus. It is more powerful then anything that the devil tries to bring across our path. But we have to enforce it and believe that it will do what the Word says it will do. We have to have Faith in God, and have the Faith of God. We have to be warriors in the army of God and fight our battles with Spiritual weapons.

Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

John 14:13-14 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

The Spirit realm is the battle ground. We cannot see what goes on there with our natural eye. We need our Spiritual eyes open to realize that it is a war zone and we need to take authority over the principalities and powers that are at work there.

Looking at Ephesians 6 again we see in verse 12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The Spirit realm is a real place with real beings. Their mission is to stop you or even destroy you if possible. Our mission is to prevent them from doing either and helping others to do the same.

We are in a battle! But the Good News is...We have already won! The Victory is ours and the battle is the Lords!

I Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ

I John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, Our Faith! Who is he who overcome the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

A famous quote I remember is this. "We have nothing to fear but fear itself!"

We do not need to fear the devil. He is a defeated foe. But we do need to know how to keep him defeated in our lives. We cannot allow fear to be part of us. If we fear, we will be defeated. We are over-comers by the word of God!

Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good!

II Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and a sound mind.

By Judy Warren

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