What Is Spiritual Warfare? (pt. 1)

Monday Morning Moment / Key Takewaway:
“If we fight, He fights for us, in us and through us…..victoriously”
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Sermon Handout

  • 2 Corinthians 2:11
  • Ephesians 6:12-13
  • John 8:44
  • Psalms 11:3
  • Revelation 12:9
  • Romans 7:21-23
Sermon Series:
Will Robinson

Ephesians 6:12 – 13 (KJV)

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

When most Christians encounter trials and tribulations they are quick to call it spiritual warfare. However, that would be just a spiritual attack. The emphasis in spiritual warfare is the word war because we are called to fight back when the enemy charges us.

  • Eph. 6:11: “stand against the devil’s schemes”
  • 2 Cor. 2:10b-11: “I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”
  • 1 Cor. 10:13: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
  • James 4:7: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Romans 7:21-23 (NLT)

21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

The problem:

Psalms 11:3 (KJV)

  1. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
    • 5 of the 7 churches of Asia Minor had backslidden in Rev. 2 & 3.

The goal:

2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

The intel:

2 Corinthians 2:11 (NLT) 11 so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.

Who is the enemy?

Revelation 12:9 (KJV) 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

John 8:44 (KJV) 44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Misconceptions regarding the devil, including the following:

  • Satan is not a personal being, but rather is only a force of evil.
  • He is equal to God. • He resides in and is the ruler of hell.
  • He can do whatever he pleases. • He is omnipresent.
  • He is omnipotent and can read our minds.
    • The name “Satan” (Heb. Satan, Grk. Satanas) used aprox. 52 times, literally means, adversary or enemy (1Ch 21:1; Mat 4:10).
    • The name “Devil” (diabolos, Eng. diabolical) is only used in the NT approx. 32 times and means slanderer (Mat 4:1; Eph 4:27).
    • He is known as the “Serpent” because of his sly and crafty character (Gen 3:1; 2Co 11:3).
    • He is called, “accuser of the brethren” because he opposes believers before God (Rev 12:10).
    • He is called the, “Father of lies” because he is a deceiver and the originator of lies (Joh 8:44).

Isaiah 14:12 – 15 (KJV) 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Ezekiel 28:15 – 17 (NLT) 15 “You were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. 16 Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire.17 Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.

MMM: “If we fight, He fights for us, in us and through us…..victoriously”