Summary: We are in a war. Not just as a country, but as Christians. We have an enemy and he is out to destroy us. How do we combat him? Here are some strageties to use in the war against satan and hell.

Welcome to WAR!

Pastor Jamie Wright * Maranatha Fellowship Church

Current events: War on Terrorism, War on Iraq, and War on Drugs

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle (war) is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.”

Christianity is not a life of comfort but of conflict. Anyone who chooses to become a Christian automatically enters God’s military and is immediately engaged in the longest war ever fought.

I. The Elements (Basics) of War

It’s a fight….I Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith.

It has battles…I Samuel 17:47 but the battle is the Lord’s

We have a captain… Heb 2:10 …the captain of their salvation

There is a battlefield…the mind

II. The Enemy of War Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

It’s not flesh and blood…2 Corinthians 10:3 we do not war according to flesh

It is against rulers…Eph 6:12 Zeph. 3:3 rulers are like wolves

It is against powers…Eph. 6:12 ruler of the evil powers that are above the earth Eph 1:21

It is against worldly forces…Eph 6:12

It is against spiritual forces in heavenly places…Eph 6:12

III. The Arsenal (Weapons) of our War

They are not carnal… 2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal

They are mighty… 2 Cor 10:4 they are mighty for the pulling down of strong holds

There are more defensive weapons than offensive…Eph 6:11-17

Girdle of truth… vs. 14

Breastplate of righteousness…vs. 14

Shield of faith…vs. 16

Helmet of salvation…vs. 17

Offensive weapon…Ephesians 6:17

Sword of the spirit…vs. 17 the Word of God

IV. The End of War I Corinthians 15:57

There is Victory… but thanks to God, who gives us the victory by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan is defeated…Romans 16:20 But the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly

More than Victory… Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

To Endure the War

1. Get rid of a complaining spirit

2. Obey the war plans

3. Hold nothing back

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