The Fight Ahead: Spiritual Warfare
Welcome to episode #8 of our basic training series where we’ve been teaching you everything the new Christian needs to understand about the faith. So we’ve given you a glossary of terms, taught you how to pray, how to read your Bible, what to expect at church and why we go, baptism, communion and tithing. Now we’re entering in to a tougher topic ahead as today we talk about what’s known as spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle 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.”
Who is/are our enemy(ies)?
Satan, also known as the Devil or Lucifer.
Tempts you to sin
Accuses you of your sin before the Lord
Discourages you to keep you from doing the right things
Lies to you, even to the point of twisting Scripture
Propaganda celebrating sin
Persecution for not conforming to their system
Distracts you from the important matters by debating science and politics, etc…
The Flesh, also known as yourself
Your own desires and weaknesses war against you. Romans 7:23-25 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Your sinful nature feeds off your sin
You are always prone to twist Scripture to justify whatever ends+ you want.
Examples of spiritual warfare in the Bible
Daniel praying for an interpretation of a vision.
7And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face t
And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words