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I know, it’s a shameless plug for my novel series, The Pray-ers, but these characters do Spiritual Warfare and DO IT WELL.

Let’s move on to . . .

The Christian’s Spiritual Warfare

My plan for this post is to make nearly every sentence a question. I want you to think “critically” about this subject. Challenge yourself and what you have been taught, and let the Word of God direct you. The answers to these questions are available in this same post. Finally, I have many, many short 2 – 3 minute videos on different aspects of Spiritual Warfare. They too are in this post.

Enjoy,

Mark

IN THIS POST . . .

 

Jesus in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1 – 11)

The Armor of God (Ephesians 6:14 – 17)

The Warfare (2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5)

The List of Answers

Mark’s 2 & 3 Minute Videos on Aspects of Warfare

 

JESUS IN THE WILDERNESS (Matthew 4:1-11)

a] Why did Jesus not tell sataN to, “Be gone,” as soon as he arrived to tempt Jesus?

b] What did Jesus fill His mind with? (Don’t say, “The Bible,” that’s too easy) And, what was sataN’s focus?

 

DEFINING SPIRITUAL WARFARE

I talk about the Spiritual Warfare battle this way: “The problem in your life is not the Spiritual Warfare. How you handle the problem in your life, is the Spiritual Warfare.

–If God is sovereign, He has allowed/brought the problem into your life.

c] So, what is The Christian’s Spiritual Warfare?

d] What is one of sataN’s GREATEST DECEPTIONS regarding our understanding of Spiritual Warfare?

 

SATAN DOES NOT WANT YOU TO PRAY

e] But, why? Why doesn’t sataN want you to pray?

 

THE ARMOR OF GOD (Ephesians 6:14 – 17)
I typically hear this taught by starting at the helmet and working your way down to the shoes.

f] But what does that do to the armor?

The armor as given in this passage is highly figurative language.

g] What does the figurative language describe?

 

THE ARMOR DOESN’T WORK

I Could NEVER make the armor work UNTIL I realized the relationship between the armor & Jesus.

h] What is that relationship?

 

LET’S USE/DEMONSTRATE THE ARMOR OF GOD

–We’ll walk thru the pieces of the armor, beginning with the moment you find yourself in the midst of Spiritual Warfare.

—–IE: You’re grumpy at your nearly perfect wife!

 

Ephesians 6:14
Belt of Truth

i] When you find yourself in Spiritual Warfare, where do you begin?

j] In what way is this Jesus?

Breastplate of Righteousness

k] Why do you GET TO GO into the throne room?

 

Ephesians 6:15
Feet fitted with the readiness which comes from the gospel of peace

This piece of the armor is again, something we receive from Jesus.

l] What is it that we receive from Him?

m] So, what is THE WRONG FOCUS of this piece of the armor?

 

Ephesians 6:16
Take the Shield of Faith, WITH WHICH YOU stop the fiery darts

n] Who stops the fiery darts?

o] How?

 

Ephesians 6:17
Helmet of Salvation

p] What is the hope of your salvation?

The Sword of the Spirit

I’ve heard this piece of the armor described as something that stabs a demon.

q] But, what was Paul telling us about Scripture and it’s relationship to the Armor of God?

 

ONE VERY IMPORTANT,  CRITICAL POINT . . .

“Why,” belongs to God, so put that word OUT OF YOUR MIND when difficulties come your way.

 

THE WARFARE (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Most Spiritual Warfare today is as effective as Blinkin in Robin Hood, Men in Tights:
https://youtu.be/SQFik9nlBcw?feature=shared
https://images.app.goo.gl/zpewYdHhqcchJhTa7

r] Why is our warfare so innefective?

When we look at Spiritual Warfare we often read ONLY verses 3 & 4 (see below)

2 Corinthians 10:3 – 4 (NASB ’77 & ’95)
Verse 3: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh,
Verse 4: for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses (pulling down of strongholds)

By the time we get to the end of verse 4, we have a LOT OF ZEAL!

s] But think about the last time you did Spiritual Warfare. Where was that zeal pointed?

Now read verse 5 (see below) and ask yourself where the battle is at.

2 Corinthians 10:5 (NASB ’77 & ’95)

Verse 5: We are destroying speculations [arguments] and every lofty thing [high minded thing which is] raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,

t] Where is the battle? And therefore, where are we SUPPOSED TO BE doing our “destroying”?

 

SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYING ON BEHALF OF OTHERS

u] Can you do Spiritual Warfare for someone else? Why or why not?

ANSWERS FROM ABOVE:

a] To show us how to do Spiritual Warfare (Chrysostom: “to instruct us”).

b] Jesus focused on truth while sataN focused on deception.

c] Spiritual Warfare is that act of sataN trying to break/distract our relationship with the Lord.

d] To get us thinking the location of Spiritual Warfare is, “Out yonder.”

e] Because sataN knows how YOU CHANGE when YOU PRAY.

f] That takes the Armor OUT OF THE DIVINE ORDER.

g] It describes how we live out being strong in the Lord. You could say that the armor is the life of Christ lived out in our lives.

h] I realized that each piece of the armor is a facet of who Jesus ALREADY IS in my life

i] Begin Spiritual Warfare with the truth.

j] Jesus is the way the truth & the life (John 14:6).

k] Because of the SON’S righteousness, not ours.

l] We receive peace from the Lord, because Jesis is our peace (Ephesians 2:14).

m] The wrong focus is that this is all about, “Gospel shoes” (Although YES, are to share the gospel).

n] God is the shield, but You, not God stops the fiery darts.

o] Simply by faith, trusting God.

p] That there’s hope BEYOND the grave (Romans 8:28).

q] It’s the Scriptural nugget/s God gives you. And we have used, pulled from, experienced the Word of God in EVERY ASPECT of these pieces of the armor.

r] We are doing warfare where there is no battle

s] Isn’t our mind out “destroying strongholds?” Our thinking is “out yonder.”

t] The location of Spiritual Warfare is in your mind.

u] We cannot do Spiritual Warfare for someone else. We can INTERCEDE for them, YES. But, MAKE CHOICES for them, NO.

MARK’S VIDEOS ON ASPECTS OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE:

Upgrade Your Spiritual Warfare Roadmap
https://youtu.be/CHejyP2kWVQ?feature=shared

 

Generational Curses or Generational Blessings
https://youtu.be/NqzmZljLrWg?feature=shared

 

Glass Packs on Your Praying
https://youtu.be/xfix1dNM1Jg?feature=shared

 

Prayer & Superstition
https://youtu.be/LOLAjemPK0o?feature=shared

 

Why sataN Doesn’t Want You to Pray
https://youtu.be/qghLIPHNGUQ?feature=shared

 

Calling God a Liar When We Pray
https://youtu.be/29otxCi9OWo?feature=shared

 

How Big Is God Compared to Your Problems
https://youtu.be/18g3-jcj960?feature=shared

 

Wrestling with God
https://youtu.be/VwM0kORUh78?feature=shared

 

Dinosaur Prayer Humor
https://youtu.be/bUHPArtEHuA?feature=shared

 

Worry You Don’t Gotta
https://youtu.be/QufiGwdMjBc?feature=shared

 

A Blip on Your Schedule or a Downpour
https://youtu.be/6E-o_xjV21Y?feature=shared