Spiritual Warfare

Knowing the Enemy
  • Satan (Lucifer) is a created being (angel) that cannot be everywhere at every time! Only God can do that! He uses his demons to work his plan.
  • As a created being, he is capable of sinning. Satan was kicked out of Heaven because of his prideful attempt to be greater than God – Isaiah 14:11-14
  • He is the father of lies – John 8:44
  • He is known as the “god of this world” that blinds the minds of unbelievers – 2 Corinthians 4:4

What Satan attacks?

  1. Faith – if he can get you to not believe in God and His Word, he is winning in your life!
  2. Peace – Once he gets you to disbelieve in God and His promises, your peace is attacked
  3. Purpose – A lack of faith and no peace leads to wondering what your purpose is as a Christian (“If this is the best there is, why live for God?”)

After this = Satan has you! Any sin is possible!

How to fight off the Attacks

  • “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
    • Satan is a coward! By the authority of God he has to flee as we submit to God!

 

  1. The Word of God
    1. “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:11
  2. The Holy Spirit
    1. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4
  3. Prayer and Fasting – 2 Chronicles 20:1-4
    1. When you are in great distress – Fast!
    2. And being in an agony he (Jesus) prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”Luke 22:44
  4. Other believers – Galatians 6:1-5

Will there ever be complete victory? YES!!!

  • The 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ ( 19:11-21)
  1. Jesus is on a white horse; His eyes are a flame of fire, many crowns, and vesture dipped in blood, bringing the wrath of God.
  2. Armies on white horses, dressed in white. These are His saints (all believers)
  3. 1 Thess. 3:13 – “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.” (see 14:4,5)
    • Anti-Christ/armies are defeated. Anti-Christ/false prophet in Lake of Fire.
  • Satan is thrown into bottomless pit 20:1-3
  • Satan loosed from the bottomless pit – 20:7-10 – cast in lake of fire forever!