Spiritual Warfare: Are You Prepared?
Posted by Job on May 15, 2008
for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
I.Every child of God has been given a promise of victory over Satan.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord …”
Malachi 4:3 “And you shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.”
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers … nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
James 4:7 ” … Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
1 John 4:4 “You … have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
II. It is important that we recognize who our enemy is and what his tactics are. “For we are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11
A. Our battle is “not against flesh and blood ” (things in the natural realm), “but against … spiritual wickedness.” “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal …”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
B. Authority must be taken over Satan’s attempts to hinder the work and the word of God. There are spiritual powers that must be broken.
1 Thessalonians 2:18
C. Satan’s main device is deception.
Genesis 3: 1 “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field …” 2 Corinthians 11:3
Genesis 3:1 “Yea, hath God said … ?”
Luke 4:3, 9; Matthew 4:3, 6 “If thou be the Son of God … if …”
III. The Bible uses several metaphors to describe the “fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12) that the believer must wage against the evil one.
1 Corinthians 9:26 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air …”
2 Timothy 2:3-5 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
Ephesians 6:11-17 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…. 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. Stand therefore …”
Ephesians 6:12 “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.”
IV. What does it mean to “resist the devil”? How can this be done?
A. The armor of God.
Ephesians chapter 6.
1. Truth. (v. 14)
2. Righteousness. (v. 14)
3. Salvation. (v. 17; 1 Thessalonians 5:8)
4. The gospel of peace. (v. 15)
Ephesians 6:14 1 Thessalonians 5:8
a. Paul says that faith is of primary importance: “above all …”
Ephesians 6:16 “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
1 Peter 5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith …”
1 John 5:4-5 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith …”
b. But faith and the word are inseparable.
(1) The word did not profit them, not being mixed with faith. Hebrews 4:2
(2) Yet faith comes through the word (“rhema “) of God.
(3) It must be both by confession of the mouth and belief
in the heart. Romans 10:9
6. The word of God.
a. It was the spoken (“rhema “ word that Jesus used in confronting the devil in the wilderness. He did not recite miscellaneous scriptures to the devil, but delivered the word of God with authority and power.
Luke 4:4, 10, 12
b. Notice that this is the only offensive part of the armor, referred to in scripture as a “two-edged sword.”
B. The weapon of praise.
Numbers 10:9, 35; 31:6-7
1 Samuel 16:23
2 Chronicles 20:21-22 (Note especially the fact that it was their initiative: “when they began …”)
Psalms 68:1-2; 149:5-9
Joel chapter 2
C. The anointing.
1 Samuel 16:14-23
V. To stand victoriously in battle against the enemy, certain spiritual requirements must be met in the life of the believer.
Deuteronomy 28:1, 7
B. A right relationship with God.
C. No area of the life left exposed to the devil: giving him no foothold.
VI. It is the responsibility of the believer to prepare for battle, to put on the whole armour of God” (Ephesians 6:11), and to “stand against the evil one” (vv. 11-14) these are active verbs.
But it is God Who fights the battle. Indeed, Jesus Christ has already defeated the enemy for us. We must simply walk in the victory!
2 Chronicles 20:15
Why Spiritual Armor?
Rom 13:12 (NIV) The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Jer 46:3-4 (NIV) “Prepare your shields, both large and small, and march out for battle! Harness the horses, mount the steeds! Take your positions with helmets on! Polish your spears, put on your armour!”
1 Cor 14:8 (GLT) For if a trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will get himself ready for war?
Luke 21:36 (NIV) “Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
Mal 3:2 (NAS) But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears?..
1 Cor 10:12-13 (NIV) So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 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.
Jude 1:24 (Wey) But to Him who is able to keep you safe from stumbling, and cause you to stand in the presence of His glory free from blemish and full of exultant joy…
Jas 4:7 (NAS) Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
*The Belt of Truth
Eph 6:14 (NRS) …fasten the belt of truth around your waist…
Isa 11:5 (NIV) Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash round his waist.
Ex 12:11 (NIV) This is how you are to eat it [the passover lamb]: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand…
1 Kings 18:46 (NIV) The power of the Lord came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
Eph 4:25 (NKJ) Therefore, put away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor.”
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Php 3:9 (NRS) …Not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.
Isa 59:16-17 (NAS) …Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, and His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head…
Ex 28:15 (NIV) “Fashion a breastpiece for making decisions… Make it like the ephod…”
1Ki 3:9 (NIV) So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.
Ps 94:15 (NIV) Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
Pr 2:7-8 (NIV) He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path.
Standing on The Gospel
Eph 6:15 (NIV) …your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
Eph 6:15 (Wey) …as well as the shoes of the Good News of peace–a firm foundation for your feet.
Rom 10:15 (KJV) …As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
(Imagine yourself standing barefooted in a rocky climate, like in the Middle East. You could move–ever so carefully–but without shoes you would be useless in battle. The weight of the other pieces of armor would only make your feet more sensitive if you had no protection. You would be a “push-over” for the enemy, as you would have no agility and be wincing in pain every time you attempted to move. This is why it is essential to have our “feet shod with the gospel of peace”
The Helmet Of Salvation [Jesus]
Isa 59:16-17 (KJV) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation [Yeshua] upon his head…
1 Th 5:8 (NAS) But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love; and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Ps 140:7 (NAS) “O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation [Yeshua], You have covered my head in the day of battle.”
*Jesus–Yeshua in Hebrew–means “Salvation”. Salvation is Jesus Christ*
Col 1:18 (NKJ) And He is the head of the body, the church…
1 Cor 2:16 (NIV) “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Php 2:5 (NKJ) Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…
1 Pet 4:1 (NKJ) Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.
2 Cor 10:3-5 (NRS) Indeed, we live as human beings, but we do not wage war according to human standards; for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Eph 4:14-16 (NKJ) …We should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ–from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
The Sword of The Spirit – The Word of God
Isa 49:2 (NAS) He has made My mouth like a sharp sword, In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me; And He has also made Me a select arrow, He has hidden Me in His quiver.
Heb 4:12-13 (NKJ) For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
2 Cor 6:7 (NIV) …in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left…
Ps 149:4-6 (NIV) For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Let the saints rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds. May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands.
The Shield of Faith
Eph 6:16 (Wey) …take the great shield of faith, on which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the Wicked one.
Ps 35:1-3,9 (NIV) Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to my soul, “I am your salvation.”… Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation [yes, Yeshua again].
Ps 3:2-3 (GLT) Many are saying of my soul, There is no salvation for him in God. Selah. But You, O Jehovah, are a shield around me; [you are] my glory and He who lifts up my head.
1 Pet 1:5 (NAS) …who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Ps 33:20 (NIV) We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
1 Tim 6:12 (NIV) Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 John 5:4-5 (Wey) For every child of God overcomes the world; and the victorious principle which has overcome the world is our faith. Who but the man that believes that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world?
Pr 30:5 (NIV) “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
Be Strong In The Lord, By the Power of Grace
1 Cor 16:13 (NIV) Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.
2 Tim 2:1 (GLT) …Be empowered by grace in Christ Jesus.
Eph 3:7 (GLT) …I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of His power.
2 Cor 9:8 (NIV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Col 1:11 (Wey) Since His power is so glorious, may you be strengthened with strength of every kind, and be prepared…
Php 4:13 (NAS) I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
The Battle is The Lord’s
1 Sam 17:47 (NKJ) [David, speaking to Goliath] “Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
Deut 20:3-4 (NIV) …”Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be faint-hearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Ps 18:32-35 (NIV) It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.
Zec 4:6 (NIV) …”‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”
Rom 11:36 (GLT) Because of Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.