Spiritual Warfare (Basics)

(Eph. 6:10-18 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:  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

There is a Devil … There are demonic Spirits … We do have an enemy who continually opposes our spiritual growth and progress.

(1 Pet. 5:8 KJV)  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

He is looking for someone to devour and we have learned from experience  ... he preys on the weak!

We must be aware of this enemy and be prepared to defeat him.

The council presented in the scripture is to be as thoroughly and completely equipped as possible in our struggle against our adversary:

(2 Tim. 3:16-17 KJV)  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: {17} That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

  • WHOLE ARMOUR
  • WITH ALL PRAYER
  • ALL PERSEVERANCE
  • ALL SCRIPTURE
  • THOUROUGHLY FURNISHED

How do we prepare ourselves to defeat Spiritual Opposition?

The POWER of SOUND DOCTRINE – We worship in SPIRIT and in TRUTH!

(Eph. 4:14 KJV)  "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;"

DOCTRINE - Instruction, Teaching, Principles, Understanding

Paul instructed Timothy

(2 Tim. 4:2-4 KJV)  "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. {3} For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; {4} And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

We are warned in that the failure to hold sound doctrine opens up a vulnerability to:

  • Slight of men
  • Cunning craftiness
  • Deception
  • Ears easily turned from TRUTH to FABLES – Myths or errors

(2 Thess. 2:9-10 KJV)  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, {10} And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

How does Satan corrupt sound doctrine, firm foundations and steadfast commitment  in the heart of the Believers or even the unbeliever ?

(2 Cor. 2:11 KJV)  "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."

The Bible mentions many spirits

  • Spirit OF Fear
  • Spirit of Bondage
  • Spirit of Heaviness
  • Spirit of Error
  • Lying Spirit
  • Deaf and Dumb Spirit
  • Spirit of Whoredoms
  • Spirit of Adultery
  • Spirit of the World
  • Spirit of Jealousy
  • Spirit of Infirmity
  • Spirit of Divination
  • Spirit of Slumber
  • Spirit of Anti-Christ

Categories Of Demonic Spirits

Seducing Spirits - Outwardly working to create a habit

Seduce - to score or to rack up points, to tally up, a continual reaching or working toward an objective

(1 Tim 4:1 KJV)  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

Unclean Spirits - Oppressive, ATTACHED, controlling, domineering

Unclean - foul, cloudy, soiled, spoiled, impure, dirty

(Luke 4:36 KJV)  "And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.

(Matt. 10:1 KJV)  "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease."

Familiar SpiritsInward, possessive, manipulating, deceiving

Familiar - Common, known, ordinary, regular, customary,

(Deu 18:10-11 KJV)  "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, {11} Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer."

Spiritual Understanding

** A seducing Spirit works on the weaknesses of the Flesh to gain Access to the Mind or the Soul and eventually into the Spirit or life given force of Mankind  - 

 ** The Spirit of God works through the Spiritual nature to gain access to the Mind or Soul and eventually to manifest in the flesh the HOLINESS OF GOD

Scriptures That Declare our Power of Demonic Spirits

(Luke 10:19 KJV)  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

(1 John 4:4 KJV)  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.

(Matt. 16:18-19 KJV)  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. {19} And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.


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