Summary: This is a booklet of 13 single spaced pages. It starts at the beginning and introduces the reader to the reality of the spiritual warfare that every Christian Believer is involved in. It is useful as a sermon/sermons, a basic research starting point, or a
Pastor Eric J. Hanson
If you are a Christian Believer, you are already in Spiritual Warfare. You already have a commander, the Lord Jesus Christ, who has given you weapons and armor. You are already under orders to use those resources in standing against the kingdom of darkness. You also already have an enemy who is out to destroy you, your witness, and your effectiveness for Christ.
Paul wrote plainly in Ephesians about the truth that we are in a great “wrestling match”. The stakes in wrestling matches in ancient times were often life and death. It was well for each contestant to be as prepared as possible.
For each of us, the only question is “Will I become proficient and effective at this, or will I not?” All of us, as believers in Jesus Christ are called to the battle. This little book is for the purpose of helping you with proper preparation in this matter, so that you can prevail, and be effective for the Lord’s cause.
INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Pastor Eric J. Hanson
To prepare yourself for spiritual warfare, the most important thing that you can do is to develop a life of prayer. Resisting the Devil begins with drawing near to God. When you are close to God, other things take on their true perspective as you consider them. God’s desires, such as the spiritual salvation of people who don’t yet know Him, become big as we draw close to God. James 4:7 & 8 are wonderful verses to always bear in mind. Loving God, and desiring to see His will done in the Earth prepares you to approach this whole endeavor of spiritual warfare with proper motives. Do not engage in this because you are "mad at the Devil", but rather because you love God.
KNOW YOUR ENEMIES
God’s word makes clear that every believer in Jesus Christ has three enemies. They are called "the World, the Flesh, and the Devil". Let’s take a brief look at them.
I. The World. This can best be defined as the "world system" which operates without regard for God and His standards. The "world system" is under the domination of the Devil.
II. The Flesh. This can also be called "the Old Man" or "the Old Nature" and is best defined as "all that any individual is, apart from Jesus Christ". The flesh cannot please God because it is fallen and under the curse of sin and death. (Galatians 5:13-24)
III. The Devil. This is the title of the one who’s name is Satan. He is a fallen angel. His origin is explained later in this booklet. When I refer to the Devil’s "work", I am also referring to the work of other fallen creatures who work along with him. These creatures, fallen angels and demons, really do exist. (Matthew 4:1-11, 9:33, Ephesians 6:12)
THE ORIGIN OF SATAN (THE DEVIL)
Ezekiel chapter 28, verses 13-15 and also verse 17, and Isaiah chapter 14, verse 12-17, both deal with the fall of the one who was called Lucifer. (Light Bearer or Son of the Morning) Before he became the devil, back when he was first created, he was a beautiful angel of light whose chief job was to head up the worship and praise of God in Heaven. He was well suited for his job, being equipped with built in musical pipes and possessing great talent.