Spiritual Warfare | Bad Language Advisory
The Bible is the word of God, written by holy men of God under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of God). The Bible teaches us that we are in a spiritual war for our very soul. There are unseen realms and principalities the are used by Satan to control this world, people, and manipulate the masses.
Ephesians 6:10-17 KJV — Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Satan will use our own scripture against us if we allow him, and he will plant seeds of confusion and doubt every step of the way. He wants us dead, or so destroyed that we can do nothing for the Kingdom of Heaven, and his main target is our faith. He will tempt us into sin to drive a wedge between us and Jesus, but if he could manage to defeat our witness and or our faith, he would. He will tell us lies about salvation, lies about scripture, lies about what is sin, lies about God, lies about the Holy Spirit, lies about the Holy Trinity, lies about the early Apostles, lies about the validity of scripture - anything that could rattle our faith and cause us to doubt.
Satan will send friends, family members, strangers - anyone he can under his authority to sidetrack and hinder us, and that is most people. He will pull out all the stops if we allow him, he will send a discourager, a tempter, a seductress, and distractor, a betrayer, a mocker, a confuser, and an intimidator. He does not play fair, and he is the most subtle of the beasts.
Satan will dig up your past all day and throw it back at you, he will try to entangle you in sin so that you cannot break free. He will try to bring depression and hopelessness to you while accusing you of your past. Satan will find the weak part in your armor and shoot flaming arrows into it. He will dig into open emotional wounds and exploit it.
We see Satan used Peter and Judas to go against the will of God who was in Christ Jesus:
Matthew 16:23 KJV - But he (Jesus) turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Satan used Peter unknowingly to try to talk Jesus out of going to the cross and paying the price for our sins under the New Covenant (Isaiah 53).
Anything Satan and his devils can do against you and your relationship with Jesus, he will do.
1 Peter 5:8 KJV — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
* Here are some verses and resources for understanding Satan and the spiritual war:
Revelation 12:10 KJV — And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren (Satan) is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
John 10:10 KJV — The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am (Jesus) come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Be hungry for Jesus, seek Him with all your heart, soul, and strength. Time is short, contend earnestly for the faith amidst this time of apostasy and idle lukewarmness.
The Bible tells us we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but what does that really mean? What are demonic spirits, and what are Fallen Angels? This post attempts to fill in some gaps concerning the very real spiritual war we are in and how Lucifer wars against us:
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