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As we begin this series of lessons on spiritual warfare let me begin by saying this is not designed for a brand new Christian. It is designed for the person who is filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost and full of the power of God. It is written in such a way that one who receives this can learn effectively what spiritual warfare entails and fully understands that by becoming actively involved in such will only make you a larger target for Satan’s persecution. It is designed so that one who is a strong Christian can become an active soldier on the front lines. Taking this into consideration ask yourself if this is something you really are certain about entering into.
Many of the lessons will have references to military tactics as this is a spiritual war and many tactics used in the natural army are effective when used in the spiritual battles as well. Please be aware that Satan has used these tactics for years and it is important we understand why he does the things he does. Remember this is no rookie commander you are dealing with. He is a veteran when it comes to warfare and while we know in the end he will be defeated and cast into the lake of fire, it is up to us to fight to save as many as possible from his clutches.
If you are certain this is something you are interested in learning then follow with us as we begin the first lesson on “Knowing Your Enemy”.
Knowing Your Enemy
Before engaging in any battle it is wise to know who your enemy is and what he is capable of. If you do not know this then you cannot possibly know how to begin to fight that enemy. You should not run blindly out onto a field to fight a battle not knowing what the conditions are or whether you are fighting soldiers out in the open or guerilla type warfare. It is always wise to know as much as possible about your enemy and the commander of the enemy army so as to prepare properly for fighting
Let us begin with looking at what we know of Satan’s tactics from what the Bible tells us in I Peter 5:8
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”
Here Satan is compared to a lion. A lion is proud and fears nothing, it goes where it pleases, when it pleases and looks for the weak to prey upon. Satan does the same thing. He looks for people who are weak in their spiritual walk so he can tear them down. He is constantly looking for those he can make use of.
In John 8:43-44 we see Jesus’ own words being used to describe Satan.
“Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye cannot hear my word.
Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar and the father of it.”
Here it is very plain to see that Satan is a liar. He is behind every lie and can be very convincing in the lies that he tells or uses others to tell. This is one way that he attacks and brings down Christians. Because of lies told there have been many Christians who simply gave up.
In John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11 we see Jesus calling Satan the “prince of this world”. Think about who a prince is. A prince is one with authority that others will obey and that he has control over. A prince is one who is recognized and influences the direction of a country etc. Jesus himself acknowledges Satan’s authority OF THIS WORLD. Now when we are saved we are no longer “of this world” and as such are loosed from Satan’s authority here.
In Ephesians 2:2 we see where it refers to Satan as the “prince of the air” so not only is he the prince of this world but also of the air. This is no little thing we are battling here. This is a ruler with authority, with power and we are in a battle for the souls of those here on the earth.
Satan is not as many picture him with a pitchfork, horns and tail. He is far from this. Remember he was the most beautiful of angels and pride entered into him. God did not make him an ugly disgusting creature. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 we see warnings from Paul about being deceived by Satan.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers. Transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ and no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. There fore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers or righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
Paul is warning of people who appear to be something they are not. Not all followers of Satan attend the “church of Satan” and are obvious. Many are standing in pulpits in Christian churches today even preaching the gospel of salvation but preaching it in such a way that when the battles come their way the people in their congregations begin to doubt God and fall away. Many preach the gospel of “Jesus loves you and if you’re truly a Christian then bad things won’t happen to you”. Then when the trials of growth come, the doubts enter in “if Jesus really loved me these things wouldn’t be happening, he really must not care about me” and before you know it these people have turned away from God. When that happens guess what? Satan has him another one and there is one less Christian on God’s battlefield that Satan has to worry about. Here we see a bit of infiltration going on by the enemy.
In Matthew 4:3 the Bible reads
“and when the tempter came to him he said if thou be the son of God command these stones to be made bread”
Satan himself came to tempt Jesus. He tempted him in such a way as to say “prove yourself, if you’re who you are that you say you are”. Jesus however recognized this for what it was and rebuked Satan, not once but 3 times in total each time answering with the scriptures. Satan had even taken scripture out of context for his next temptation to use on Jesus but he did not fall for it.
2 Corinthians 4:4 reads in part “in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not”. This is in reference to Satan blinding the minds of people who are not believers so they do not come to know the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yes Satan has the power to blind people to God’s word. He will do whatever is necessary to see that people don’t learn of God’s grace or will do whatever he can to bring deceive the believers into thinking otherwise.
In conclusion we have seen just how powerful Satan really is as a commander and this is not something one can enter into half heartedly. It takes careful preparation before a battle and that includes knowing your enemies strengths and weaknesses.
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