Fogbo unit 12a

Understanding Spiritual Warfare.
A further look, at the motive and methods of Satan's attacks on the believer.


 
Syllabus for Understanding Spiritual Warfare.
1. Assignment: Look up all references given, and summarize them.

We must remember that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, we are to take on His character and live by His standards and not yours or the worlds Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of God's will. [His heart for you]

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit.
Discover where your greatest battle is going on, and how to deal with it.
 
 
Table of Content by Subject 

Birth of a soul.
Spiritual warfare.
The armor we are to put on.
Spiritual warfare is a responsibility 
Self Test


Review and think through the birth of a soul.

 

Notice the natural man does not have the spirit of God in him, therefore he is under the control of Satan.  Also note that the born again Christian still has the sin nature, though he has received the Holy Spirit, the sin nature  opposes the work of the Holy Spirit in his life. The sin nature is spoken of as the flesh, in which it abides. 

Now let's look at the Spiritual Warfare going on in every born-again person in Christ.


SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND VICTORY IN JESUS CHRIST  To understand our spiritual warfare we must keep in mind we were by nature part of Satan's family until we were saved and born again into God's family. From which time our warfare began, and will extend to the time that we exchange our mortal body for a glorified one.

1. The only way into God's family is through Jesus Christ.  "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8  

Consider: John 14:6, 1:12-13, 14:21-24, 15:1-11

1 - 5 Commitment is the Key to Victory:  God expects and wants every one in His family to abide with Him out of our love for Him, for what He has done for us. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."  Gal. 2:20 

Consider: 1 Pet. 2:24; Col.3:1-10; 1 Pet. 3:15

6. Love for Christ brings our commitment to Him, He deserves the life He paid for, to be lived in service to Him.  "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."  1 Cor. 6:19 -20 

Consider: 2 Cor. 5:14-21; Rom. 6:1-18, 12:1-2; Gal. 2:20

7. From the day you commit yourself to Christ, that commitment is under attack from Satan.  "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 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. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 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."  Rom.7:14-25 

Consider: Gal. 5:16-26 vs. Rom. 8:28-30

Satan's warfare is always directed toward our commitment to Christ by which he hinders the work of the Holy Spirit in conforming us to the image of Christ and our service to Christ.  All in Christ are in this battle until our death or the rapture. Consider: Rom. 8:13-14; 1 Cor.15:51-58

8. Satan's warfare is relentless, therefore we are to be on constant vigil for his attack. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."  1 Pet. 5:8-11 

Consider: Eph. 6:10-13

Notice: Satan is our personal enemy, his warfare is in the spiritual realm, not the physical, enlisting all his demonic forces against us. Therefore, we must be strong in the Lord and use spiritual weapons against him, that we might stand in victory and not fall in defeat. 

 Let us look at his points of attack before we consider the armor of God for our defense. Satan knows and attacks our weak points, and those that bring discouragement. So that we will break our commitment to Christ.

Keep in mind Satan's agenda ultimate goal has not changed he is bent on removing your faith in the Lord and the Word of God.  

Remember method of operation is always the same, review "The process of sin"  


9. The first place he tries is through the mind. "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."  Col.2:1

Consider: Col. 2:1-10; Eph. 5:6-7; Phil. 2:5; John 6:30

10. If He cannot get you through your mind he will try using those in the world against you.  "These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause."  1 John 15:7-25

Consider: 1 John 2:15-17; James 4:4; 2 Cor. 6:14-18 

These are all attacks from the outside but the next two areas of attack is where Satan tries to get under our armor, inside where it hurts most.

11. Satan will find someone out of God's will, in the church, or plant one of his own, where we will not expect it to deceive us, or use them against us. "Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge."  2 Tim. 4:14-16

Consider: 2 Cor 11:2-3, 13-15, 12:19-21; Gal. 2:4-5, 5:1-26

12. Satan knows he hits us the hardest in the home."And a man's foes shall be they of his own household."  Math. 10:36
 
 

NOW LET US LOOK AT THE ARMOR WE ARE TOLD TO PUT ON FOR OUR SPIRITUAL WARFARE. Eph. 6:14-18

First of all we are to put on all the armor or we will be vulnerable, open to the attack of Satan.

(a) To have our loins girt with truth. Here we are to speak the truth and have the word of God as a defensive armor to protect our minds, from the enemy. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:11  

Consider: Psa.119:11,22; Mal.2:6; John 8:31-32, 17:17

(b) To have on the breastplate of righteousness. We are to be clothed with righteousness, both in character and conduct to protect us from the world. "Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace."  Rom. 6:11-14

Consider: Rom. 4:11; Eph. 5:9-10; Phil. 1:11; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 John 2:29

(c) To have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  We are to have our feet on the firm footing of the gospel of peace, on which we can stand. Prepared to see duty, prepared to do God's will, prepared to proclaim the gospel that brings peace to the heart and soul. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Tim 3:16-117 

Consider: 2 Tim. 2:15; Prov. 16:7; James 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:11

(d) In addition to all we are to take the shield of faith. As the shield is between you and the enemy, so your faith puts your Almighty God between you and your enemy who is able to stop and put out the wicked fiery darts he sends at you. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 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." Rom.8:35-35 

Consider: Rom. 4:20-21, 10:17, cf Rom. 6:9-18

(e) We are to take the helmet of salvation. We are to have received Christ as our salvation trusting in His ability and integrity to perform as our Saviour and our God. It is our assurance of victory. "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." 1 Thes. 5:24 

Consider: Acts 4:12; Heb. 2:9-18, 7:25

(f) We are to use the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.  The word of God is both a defensive armor and here an offensive weapon to cut down the enemy. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."  Heb. 4:12

Consider: 2 Cor. 10:4; Rev.1:16, 2:12, 16.

All of the above armor would be of little value if we are not watching and praying for each other. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"  Eph.6:18 

Consider: Mat. 26:41; Acts 4:18-33, 12:1-11

13. Spiritual warfare is a responsibility in which we are to be faithful to Christ, for others, as well as ourselves. "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart."  2 Cor. 3:2-3

Consider: 2 Cor. 4:3-4, 6:1-10, 14-18

14. As we are committed to Christ, so God is committed to us, His victory becomes our victory. "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us." 2 Tim. 1:12-14 

Consider: 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Thes.5:23-24; 1 Pet. 1:2-9

15. Remember, Jesus is omniscient: He knows all things, He knows what Satan desires to do to those that are His, and He prays for them, that their faith faileth not. "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me."  Luke 22:31-34  

Consider: Mat. 26:31-75; Acts 2:14-41

Jesus is closer than a brother, He will never forsake you, but will help you. Having faith in Him will bring you through to the victory He attained for you.

Consider Paul's advice: "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? [32] He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [33] Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. [34] Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. [37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. [38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, [39] 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." Romans 8:31-39 

Self test: on Understanding Spiritual Warfare.

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on God’s Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.


Things to Consider:
Q1. When does spiritual warfare start and when does it end?
Q2. What determines your victory?
Q3. What steps must you take to assure victory?
Q4. Where are you presently being attack most by Satan?
Q5. Is there a benefit from spiritual warfare?

You are now ready to study Unit 13 Victory Temptation and sin. 

May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 “ And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith

 

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