Spiritual Warfare – Lesson 9
Five Principles For Personal Spiritual Warfare
1. We Must Be Trained And Armed
Genesis 14:14, “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan.”
Psalms 144:1-2, “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.”
2. The Proper Mindset For Battle
1 Peter 4:1, “Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
2 Thessalonians 2:2, “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”
3. Important Strategy: Give No Place To The Devil
“Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27)
The Amplified Bible says, “Leave no foothold for the devil…give no opportunity to him.” The Greek makes it clear that we must choose to give the devil no territory.
We must make every effort to become well fortified against invasion of demonic influence into our lives.
We have established the premise that, “the spiritual world is inhabited by both forces of good and evil.” The heavenly angels obediently submit to the will of the LORD, while the rebellious angels have fallen from their first position.
These fallen angels form the opposition force involved in our spiritual conflict.
The Bible presents Satan as a minor, yet, noteworthy character. He is identified numerous times in the Old Testament. Every author In the New Testament mentions him, including Paul, the author of Hebrews.
The Hebrew name, “Satan (pronounced sa-tan)” means “adversary.” This particular name occurs fifty times in scripture. The name or term “devil” is used fifty-seven times in scripture.
Below are two often quoted scriptures referring to our adversary the Devil:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
4. Know Satan’s Devices – 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Pride is the prevailing characteristic of the devil. He is an arrogant, self centered, self-willed being. He strategizes and wars against God’s plans, His people, His Nation, and the advancement of His kingdom. Although, Satan’s tactics are ultimately futile, they are very dangerous to those who are ignorant of his cunning devices.
5. Identify Vulnerabilities- There are four areas of life in which one can be prone to the attacks of the devil.
Mental – negativivity, tormenting thoughts, strongholds of the mind, false doctrine
Spiritual – sin, rebellion, unfaithfulness, worldliness
Physical – sickness, disease, fatigue, pain, violence, injury, disabilities
Emotional – anxiety, fear, anger, depression, jealousy, obsession, guilt, bitterness