Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare Bible Studies 

NOV. 2020

Spiritual Warfare Bible Study 

Title: Demons

Upon completion of this Bible Study we will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Recall the origin of demons.
  • Explain their original position.
  • Identify their sphere of activity.
  • Identify the attributes of demons.
  • Explain how demon forces are organized.
  • Summarize the activities of demons.

Key Verse From The Articles of War: 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. (I Timothy 4:1)

Introduction

In this Bible Study we will study about the “troops,” known as demons, which are under Satan’s command. Some people ignore the subject of demons completely. Others have a compulsive interest in them. We should not minimize the power of demon spirits in the world today, yet we must not become so preoccupied with them that we see a demon in everything that happens and in everyone around us. We should take a simple, literal, Biblical approach to the subject of demons. Do not study secular books about such powers of evil. Our only sources of study in these areas should be the Word of God or good Christian literature.

I.The Origins of Demons

God originally created all of the angels, some of which later became demons:

In John 1:3, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.”

And Colossians 1:16, “ For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him.”

II.Their Original Position and Fall

Demons were originally like the other angels of God with the same attributes and positions as the good angels. When Satan rebelled against God, a portion of the angels participated in his rebellion. God cast them out of Heaven, along with Satan. They were no longer good spiritual beings (angels). They became evil spiritual beings (demons):

Revelation 12:7-9, “And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and his angels. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

If demons are not “fallen” angels, then we have no other Biblical explanation for their existence. Satan cannot create his own forces, because all things were created by God. There are two groups of these fallen angels.

One group is actively opposing God and His people on earth.

Another is confined in chains: II Peter 2:4, “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness to be reserved unto judgment…”

Jude 6 tells us that the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

There are confined demons and active demons.

The leader of both groups is Satan, who is called the “prince” of devils (Matthew 12:24).

Hell is prepared for the Devil and his angels. It will be their final destiny: Then shall He (Jesus) say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41)

When Jesus confronted two men possessed by demons, their response was: …What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Matthew 8:29)

The demons in the possessed men knew their final destiny was a place of eternal torment. Since Hell is a place of torment and was prepared for Satan and his angels, then demons must be the fallen angels.

III. Their Sphere of Activity

Throughout the Bible, demons are shown as active on earth. Since Satan is not omnipresent (present everywhere), he uses demons to do his will and accomplish his purposes throughout the world. They constitute the “powers of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and the “powers of darkness” (Colossians 1:13) and are all under the control of Satan.

IV.The Attributes of Demons

In their original sinless condition, demons, demons had the same attributes as the good angels previously studied. In their present evil state these demons:

1.Are spirits: Matthew 8:16; Luke 10:17, 20

2.Can appear visibly: Genesis 3:1; Zechariah 3:1; Matthew 4:9-10 Can speak: Mark 5:9, 12; Luke 8:28; Matthew 8:31 Believe: James 2:19

3.Exercise their wills: Luke 11:24; 8:32

4.Demonstrate intelligence: Mark 1:24 Have emotions: Luke 8:28; James 2:19

5.Have recognition: Acts 19:15

6.Have supernatural strength: Acts 19:16; Mark 5:3-7

7.Have supernatural presence: Daniel 9:21-23

8.Are eternal: Matthew 25:41

9.Have their own doctrine: I Timothy 4:1-3

10.Are evil: Matthew 10:1; Mark 1:27; 3:11

V.The Names of Demons

Demons are called evil spirits six times and unclean spirits 23 times in the New Testament. They are also called devils (Mark 1:32) and the devil’s angels (Matthew 25:41)

VI.The Organization of Demon Forces

 Let us review how God organized His angelic host… For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: All things were created by Him, and for Him. (Colossians 1:16) Satan is an imitator, not an originator. He has organized his demons in a structure similar to that of God’s forces: 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. (Ephesians 6:12) Satan has organized his forces into:

1.Principalities:

Satan has apparently divided the world into principalities. A principality is the territory or jurisdiction of a prince. Satan has placed a prince over each principality. The prince of the power of Persia is mentioned in Daniel 10. This is how Satan works on a national level influencing governments and nations.

2.Powers and rulers of darkness of this world:

These two categories of demons are at work in the social, political, and cultural systems of the world.

3.Spiritual wickedness in high places:

High places in the Old Testament were where worship was carried on. This is how Satan works in the religious structures of the world.

These organized groups vary in size. For example, Mary Magdalene had seven demons in her prior to her deliverance.

Luke 8:30 mentions a “legion” of demons. A legion in the Roman army which ruled at the time of Jesus referred to 6,100 foot soldiers and 726 horsemen! These organized forces of demons…

a.Are United:

In the case of the demon possessed man recorded in Luke 8:30 the demons were united in their purpose, which in this example was possession of the man. The same is true in Matthew 12:45 and in the case of Mary Magdalene who had seven demons (Luke 16:9). Jesus spoke of the unity of demon powers when He said: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? (Matthew 12:26)

b.Have Different Degrees Of Wickedness:

This is illustrated by the demon who said he would return with other evil spirits: When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter in and dwell there: And the last state of that man is worse than the first… (Matthew 12:43-45)

c.Can Change Their Functions:

The demon in I Kings 22:21-23 declared he would be a lying spirit. This indicates he was not one previously for he said “I will be…”.

d.Are of Different Kinds:

The Bible teaches that man has a body, soul, and spirit.

There are three major kinds of demons that attack the body, soul, and spirit of man:

1.Evil or unclean spirits:

They are responsible for immoral acts, unclean thoughts, oppression, possession, depression, and other strategies of Satan which we will study later. They afflict the mind and the soulish nature of man. (Matthew 10:1; 12:43; Mark 1:23-26)

2.Spirits of infirmity:

These spirits afflict the physical body. (Luke 13:11)

3.Seducing spirits:

Seducing spirits afflict the mind, soul, and spirit of man, influencing him to believe false doctrines as indicated in I Timothy 4:1. These spirits seduce people to believe a lie and be damned to eternal punishment. They are spirits of false doctrine, cults, false Christs, and false teachers.

VII. The Activities of Demons:

Demons follow orders given by their prince, Satan. We can summarize the activities of demons by noting that they are always directed against God, His plan, and His people. Demons are used by Satan to attack the Word of God, your worship of God, your walk with God, and your work for God.

Satan uses his demons to accomplish this strategy throughout the world. Demons extend Satan’s power by promoting deception and wickedness. They affect individuals, governments, nations, and the world system. They promote rebellion and slander both God and men. They promote idolatry, false doctrines, and blind men and women to the truth of the Gospel. These demons attack many by driving them to commit terrible evil acts, to murder, injure, commit suicide, etc. They affect the mind with emotional problems and the body with physical infirmities. Demons attack believers by temptation, deception, depression, and oppression. They try to keep you in bondage to habits and fear. They accuse and slander you and create division among the people of God. They target your spiritual walk with God and fight against the Word of God, the worship of God, and your work for God. They also attack your physical body. Unbelievers are defenseless against the attacks of demonic powers, but believers have powerful spiritual weapons and strategies for dealing with this mighty spiritual force of evil.

End of Bible Study Questions

  1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
  2. How did demons originate?
  3. What is their sphere of activity?
  4. Summarize their activities.
  5. List as many attributes of demons as you can recall from the discussion in this Bible Study.
  6. How are demon forces organized?
  7. What was the original position of demons?
  8. Why did they become demons?
  9. Give a brief definition of each of the following ranking of demons:

a.Principalities:

b.Powers And Rulers Of Darkness:

c.Spiritual Wickedness In High Places:

Further Spiritual Warfare Study on Demons:

1.To learn more about the spiritual forces of evil, study the following Biblical references on the subject of demons:

Genesis: 3:1-15; 6:1-4; 41:8; 44:5

 Exodus: 7:8-13; 20-24; 8:6-7, 18-19; 9:11; 22:18

Leviticus: 17:7; 19:26,31; 20:6,27

Numbers: 22:7; 23:23

Deuteronomy: 18:9-14, 20-22; 32:17

Judges: 8:21,26

I Samuel: 15:23; 16:14; 18:10; 28:1-15

I Kings: 5:4; 18:28; 22:19-38

II Kings: 9:22; 17:17; 21:1-9; 23:5,24

I Chronicles: 21:1

IIChronicles: 33:1-10

Job: 1:1-12; 2:1

Psalms: 78:49; 91:6; 106:36-38

Isaiah: 3:18-19; 8:19; 14:12-17; 47:11-15

Jeremiah: 27:9

Ezekiel: 21:21; 28:11-19

Daniel: 1:20; 2:2,27; 4:6-9; 5:7, 11, 15

 Hosea: 4:12

Micah: 5:12

Zechariah: 3:1,2; 10:2

Malachi: 3:5

Matthew: 4:1-11, 24; 8:16, 28-34; 9:32-34; 10:1, 25: 11:18; 12:22-30, 11:43-45; 13:19, 39: 15:21-28; 17:14-21; 24:24; 25:41

Mark: 1:12-13, 21-28, 32, 34, 39; 3:11-12, 15, 22-30; 5:1-20; 6:7, 13; 7:24-30; 8:33; 9:17-29, 38-40; 13:22; 16:9, 17 Luke: 4:1-13, 33-37; 6:18; 7:21,33; 8:2, 26-39; 9:1, 37-42, 49-50; 10:17-20; 11:14-26; 13:10-17, 32; 22:3, 31; 24:39

John: 6:70; 7:20; 8:44, 48-49; 10:20-21; 12:31; 13:27; 14:30; 16:11; 17:15 Acts: 5:3, 16; 8:7, 9-11, 18:24; 10:38; 13:6-12; 16:16-19; 19:12-20; 26:18

Romans: 8:38-39; 16:20

I Corinthians: 5:5; 7:5; 10:20-21

IICorinthians: 2:11; 4:4, 6:14, 15, 17; 11:13-14; 12:7

Galatians: 1:4; 3:1; 4:8-9; 5:19-21

Ephesians: 1:21; 2:2; 4:26-27; 6:11, 12, 16

Colossians: 1:13; 2:15

I Thessalonians: 2:18; 3:5

II Thessalonians: 2:1-10; 3:3

I Timothy: 1:20; 3:6; 4:1-3

II Timothy: 1:7; 2:26; 4:18

Hebrews: 2:14

James: 2:19; 3:15; 4:7

I Peter: 5:8

II Peter: 2:4, 19

I John: 2:13, 18; 3:8, 12; 4:1-4, 6; 5:18

Jude: 1:6, 9

Revelation: 2:9, 13, 24; 3:9; 9:1-11, 20-21; 12:1-13; 13:1-18; 16:13-16; 18:2; 19:20; 20:1-14: 21:8

2.Study the Old Testament record of demonic powers: Satan in the form of a serpent is mentioned seven times in Genesis 3:1-24 and Isaiah 27:1.

Satan is also mentioned in I Chronicles 21:1; II Samuel 24:1; Psalm 109:6; Zechariah 3:1-2; and 14 times in the book of Job.

Evil spirits are mentioned eight times in the record of King Saul: I Samuel 16:14-23; 18:10; 19:9. Lying spirits are mentioned six times in I Kings 22:21-23.

Familiar spirits are mentioned six times in Leviticus 20:27 and I Samuel 28. Religious spirits and spirits of physical harlotry are identified in the book of Hosea.

Demons are identified with the gods of pagan nations four times: Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17; II Chronicles 11:15; Psalms 106:19-39.

Evil princes who rule nations are identified in the Psalms, the prophets, and specifically in Daniel 10:10-21.

Unclean perverse spirits are mentioned twice: Isaiah 19:14 3. Think about this: While demonic forces are God’s enemies, at the same time they are subject to His will and used by Him to defeat themselves: See I Samuel 16:14; 18:10; 19:9; I Kings 22:20-22; and Isaiah 19:14.

OCT. 2020

Spiritual Warfare Bible Study 

Title: Satan 

This Month Bible Study Objectives:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Identify Satan as your spiritual enemy.
  • Explain how Satan originated.
  • Describe his former position.
  • Explain how Satan fell from his original position.
  • Identify the results of Satan’s sin.
  • List attributes of his nature.
  • Identify his sphere of activity.
  • Summarize the activities of Satan.

Key Verse From The Articles Of War:

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

Introduction

In our last studies we have learn of a great invisible war that is in progress in the spirit world. We have studied the spiritual forces of good engaged in this warfare. These include God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the angels. This month Spiritual Warfare introduces your spiritual enemy, a powerful force of evil known as Satan. We will learn of his origin, his former position, how he fell from his former position, and of those he took with him when he fell. We will learn the attributes of his nature, his sphere of activity, and receive an introduction to his strategies.

And the next few months, we will study of the spiritual forces of evil as we learn about demons, the world, and the flesh. In warfare in the natural world, a soldier must first identify the enemy before entering the battlefield. He must study all available information on the enemy, his nature, and strategies. This is why military forces spend much time gathering intelligence information on the enemy. The same is true in the spirit world. You can only war effectively if you identify your enemy, understand his nature, and recognize his strategies. As we have learned, the evil forces you face are not clothed in flesh. They are spiritual hosts of wickedness.  

  1. The Origin of Satan

Satan was originally created by God:

You can see in John 1:3, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.”

And in Colossians 1:16, “For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him.”

Ezekiel tell us, “God does not create evil. Satan was perfect when he was originally created by God, but was given a free will to choose good or evil: Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created till iniquity was found in thee. (Ezekiel 28:15)”

  1. The Former Position of Satan

The Bible describes the original position of Satan in Ezekiel 28:12-17. Read this passage in your Bible before proceeding with this lesson.

When Satan was originally created, he was an angel of God. He was one of the Cherubim class of angels, holy, wise, beautiful, and perfect. He was the leader among the cherubs and is called a “guardian” or “covering” cherub. His name was originally Lucifer which means “light bearer” (Isaiah 14:12). He was decked with precious stones set in gold (Ezekiel 28:13; Exodus 28:15-11). He was given a position on God’s holy mountain and apparently led in worship (Ezekiel 28:13). What a brilliant, beautiful picture of Satan in his original position is given in the Word of God. He is described as a gem of precious stones. But a gem has no light of its own. It is not beautiful in a dark room. Its beauty is in its ability to reflect light from without. When God created Lucifer, He made him with a capacity to reflect the glory of God to a greater degree than any other created being. God was the light that made Lucifer radiate beauty.

III. The Fall of Satan

But Satan did not retain this glorious position. The Bible describes his rebellion and fall: How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning. How art thou cut down to the ground which didst waken the nations.

In Isaiah 14:12-15, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit.”

Ezekiel tells us, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hadst corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness. (Ezekiel 28:17)”

Satan’s fall from his angelic position occurred because of pride and rebellion demonstrated in five wrong attitudes.

Satan said:

I WILL ascend unto Heaven: He desired to occupy the abode of God–Heaven–desiring equal recognition.

I WILL exalt my throne above the angels (stars) of God: He not only desired to occupy God’s abode, but he also coveted His rule over the angelic hosts.

I WILL sit also upon the mountain of the congregation: According to Isaiah 2:2 and Psalms 48:2, this is the center of God’s earthly rule. Satan desired to rule the earth as well as the angels.

I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds: The clouds speak of the glory of God. Satan wanted God’s glory for himself. (The following verses document clouds in relation to the glory of God: Exodus 13:21; 40-28-34; Job 37-15-16; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 14:14- 16).

I WILL be like the Most High: As we learned in Chapter Three of this course, God has many names by which He is called. Why did Satan choose this particular name? He selected this title because it reflects God as “possessor of Heaven and earth.”

  1. Results of Satan’s Sin

Here are the terrible results of Satan’s sin:

  1. Banishment From Heaven: Because of his rebellion, Satan was cast out of Heaven by God: …I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God…I will cast thee to the ground… (Ezekiel 28:16-17) 66
  2. Corruption of Character: Lucifer, once created for God’s glory, became Satan with a character that opposed all God is and does.
  3. Perversion of Power: Satan’s power was once used for God’s glory. Now it is turned to disruptive and destructive purposes. According to Isaiah 14 he weakens the nations (verse 12), causes the earth and governments to tremble (verse 16), and those taken as his prisoner have no relief (verse 17).
  4. Destined to the Lake of Fire: Satan was destined to the lake of fire (Isaiah 14:15).
  5. Affected Other Angels of God: When Satan fell from Heaven he did not fall alone. He took with him a portion of the angelic host of Heaven who participated in his rebellion against God. This group of angels are now part of an evil force of demons which you will study about in the next chapter.
  6. Entrance of sin in the universe: When Satan rebelled, sin entered the universe.

As a result, there were two actions God could have taken: 1

a.He could have struck down Satan and killed him. But if God had brought down the first enemy in this way, there would always have been the possibility of another rebellion. The history of Heaven would have been clouded with similar disasters.

  1. The other action open to God was the one which the Bible indicates He took. The claims of Satan to superior power should have their complete trial on earth in the span of eternity we call time. When God created the first man and woman, the trial on earth began. You can read the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan and their fall into sin in Genesis chapter

c.You will study more about this when you analyze the strategies of Satan later in this course. The battle is still in progress on earth. That is what spiritual warfare is all about. Satan is still seeking power, position, and worship. But as you will learn later in this course, he is already a defeated foe. Jesus overcame the power of Satan through His death and resurrection. The final destiny of Satan is already revealed in the Bible.

  1. Where is Satan?

Satan, in spirit form, is present in the world:

Job 1:7, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”

I Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

Although Satan is present in the world, he is not omnipresent, which means he cannot be every place in the world at one time as God can. This is why he employs a host of demons to accomplish his plans.

  1. Satan’s Activities:

Satan has access to the presence of God and operates on the earth, including the “air” or region above the earth:

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. (Job 1:6-7)

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2)

We may summarize the activities of Satan by noting that they are always directed against God, His plan, and His people. He will attack you in the areas of worship of God, the Word of God, your Christian walk, and your work for God.

VII. The Attributes of Satan:

As we have already learned, Satan is a spirit, but he also has attributes of a real personality.

The Bible teaches that he is:

  1. Intelligent and Subtle: But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (II Corinthians 11:3)
  2. Emotional: And the dragon was wroth with the woman… (Revelation 12:17)
  3. Self-Willed: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (II Timothy 2:26)
  4. Powerful: …Prince of the power of the air… (Ephesians 2:2)
  5. Deceitful: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
  6. Fierce and Cruel: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (I Peter 5:8)

Deceptive: And no marvel: For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (II Corinthians 11:14)

  1. The Names of Satan:

The Bible gives many names for Satan which reveal more about his nature and activities.

As we have  previously learned, Satan was originally called the “anointed cherub” and “Lucifer” before his rebellion.

Other names for Satan are:

Abaddon: (Hebrew word for a destroying angel) Revelation 9:11

Accuser of the Brethren: Revelation 12:10

Adversary: I Peter 5:8

Angel of bottomless pit: Revelation 9:11

Angel of light: II Corinthians 11:4

Apollyon (Greek word for destroyer): Revelation 9;11

Beelzebub: Matthew 12:24; Luke 11:15; Mark 3:22

Belial: II Corinthians 6:15

Deceiver: Revelation 12:9; 20:3

Destroyer: Revelation 9:11; I Corinthians 10:10

Devil: (Means slanderer) I Peter 5:8; Matthew 4:1

Dragon: Revelation 12:3

Enemy: Matthew 13:39 69

Evil One: I John 5:19

God of this world: II Corinthians 4:4

King of Tyrus: Ezekiel 28:12-15

Liar, father of lies: John 8:44

Murderer: John 8:44

Prince of the devils: Matthew 12:24

Prince of this world: John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11

Prince of the power of the air: Ephesians 2:2

Satan: (means adversary, opposer) John 13:27

Serpent: Revelation 12:9; II Corinthians 1:3 Tempter: Matthew 4:3; I Thessalonians 3:5

Roaring Lion: I Peter 5:8

 Ruler of darkness: Ephesians 6:12

 Spirit that works in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2

You can recognize the power of Satan from his attributes and names. Because he is a deceptive, powerful enemy the Bible warns: Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (I Peter 5:8) Neither give place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27)

VII. SATAN IS NOT Our God. He is limited but our God is not. Satan is not

A.Satan is not omniscient (knowing all things). If Satan could foresee the future he never would have allowed Jesus to die on the cross. He would have known that the death of Jesus would overthrow his power and provide a way of escape from the bondage of sin for all mankind.

B.Satan is not omnipotent (all powerful). Jesus said the power of God within you is greater than the power of Satan. For those who believe in Jesus, Satan is already a defeated foe (John 12:31). He is strong only to those who yield to him. His power is limited by the power of God (Job 1:10-12) and he is only able to overcome a believer as they yield control to him. Because Satan is not omnipresent (present everywhere) he dispatches a host of demons throughout the earth to do his will and accomplish his purposes. You will learn more about them in the following chapter.

End of Spiritual Warfare Bible Study Reflections

  1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
  2. How did Satan originate?
  3. What was his former position?
  4. What caused the fall of Satan?
  5. What were the results of Satan’s sin?
  6. Where is Satan’s sphere of activity?
  7. What are the general activities of Satan?
  8. List as many attributes of Satan as you can recall from this chapter.

Further Study if you would like too 😊

  1. Study the Biblical record of the words of Satan. His words serve as a further introduction to his strategies: Genesis 3:1,4,5; Job 1:7-12; Job 2:1-6; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13.
  2. Satan is an exact opposite of the Holy Spirit.
  3. The Spirit was sent by God to draw men to Himself. Satan is committed to draw men away from God.
  4. Holy Spirit is truth while Satan is error. I John 4:6
  5. Holy Spirit is True while Satan is a liar John 14:17; 8:44
  6. Holy Spirit is life giving while Satan is murderer I Corinthians 15:45; John 8:44
  7. Holy Spirt is Holy while Satan is Evil Romans 1:4; Matthew 6:13
  8. Holy Spirit is like a dove while Satan is like a serpent Matthew 3:16; Revelation 12:9
  9. Holy Spirit is our helper while Satan is our adversary Romans 8:26; I Peter 5:8
  10. Holy Spirit gives utterance while Satan makes men dumb Acts 2:4; Mark 9:17
  11. Holy Spirit is our Advocate while Satan is a Slanderer John 14:16; Job 1:9-11
  12. Holy Spirit is Stronger than Satan Strong armed man Luke 11:21-22 3.

3.Jesus said Satan…

  1. Is an enemy: Matthew 13:39

b.Is the wicked one: Matthew 13:38

c.Is the prince of this world: John 12:31; 14:30 -Is a liar and the father of lies: John 8:44

d.Is a murderer: John 8:44

e.Fell from Heaven: Luke 10:18

g.Has a kingdom: Matthew 12:26

h.Sows tares among the wheat: Matthew 13:38-39

i.Snatches the Word from hearers: Matthew 13:19; Mark 4:15; Luke 13:16

 j.Bound a woman for eighteen years: Luke 13:16

k.Desired to have Peter: Luke 22:31

l.Has angels: Matthew 25:41

m.Is prepared for eternal fire: Matthew 25:41 4.

  1. In studying this lesson on Satan, have you identified areas in which the enemy is active in your life?

Has he deceived you and lied to you?

Has he subtly crept into your life to destroy and rob you of joy, peace, or your Christian testimony?

It is important to determine this, because areas in which Satan is operative in your life are battlefields in which you will apply the strategies you have learned.

Satan is compared to a snake or serpent in the natural world.

Consider the spiritual application of the following natural principles:

The venom of poisonous snakes falls into three categories:

Neurotorins: Which affect the nerves.

Hemotorins: Which affect the blood.

Cardiotorins: Which affect the heart. Satan also affects your nerve (courage), your heart (to attack your worship and service of God), and tries to prevent the work of the blood of Jesus (salvation, healing, deliverance) in your life.

Snakes protect themselves by:

-Disguise: Some snakes are very hard to see because they look like the dirt or trees in which they are found.

-Imitation: Some snakes protect themselves by imitation. One example is the African tree viper which “freezes” itself and sticks its neck out like a twig on a tree.

-Increased size: The puff adder protects itself by blowing itself up as big as possible. Frightening sounds: Some snakes hiss or rattle, making frightening sounds to scare you away. Your spiritual enemy comes disguised as an “angel of light” and imitates the things of God. He also tries to frighten you by appearing large and threatening.

Snakes capture their food in four different ways:

 -Strike: A swift attack.

-Constriction: Where the snake wraps itself around the target and slowly squeezes out its life.

-Throwing weight around over the prey to overcome it.

-Biting and holding the target in its fangs while slow poison paralyzes the target. Sometimes the snake’s teeth are broken off in the struggle, but snakes are constantly developing new teeth. The most dangerous part of a snake is its mouth. It shoots enough venom to paralyze, then devours its prey. Do you see how these methods parallel those used in attacks of Satan? Sometimes he attacks with swift and deadly strikes. Other times he constricts your spiritual life with the cares of the world and sinful weights and entanglements. He is always trying to “throw his weight around” to terrorize you, and he loves to hold you in bondage while paralyzing you with his deadly venom.

 Snakes locate their prey by picking up dust on their tongue which relays information to their brain. If you stand still, a snake cannot locate you. Satan spots you best when the dust is stirred up and you are running in confusion and fear. When the dust is settled and you stand against him fearlessly, just like snake, he cannot strike you. This is why the Bible says “stand still” and “keep on standing.” In a panic situation, a snake will shoot all of its venom at once and is then rendered defenseless for a while until it can produce more venom. It is possible that this is what occurred in the wilderness temptation when Jesus used the Word of God against Satan’s attacks and caused Satan to “depart from him for a season.”

Here are some ways to avoid snake bite in the natural world.

Note that they are also applicable in the spiritual realm:

  1. Recognize poisonous snakes (know your enemy).
  2. Wear protective clothing (your spiritual armor).
  3. Avoid known snake territory (do not go into areas of known temptation or Satanic activity).
  4. Have a friend with you (this illustrates the importance of being part of the Body of Christ).
  5. Avoid walking after dark or in darkened areas. Snakes avoid direct sunlight. (as believers, we no longer walk as children of the dark but as children of light!)
  6. Do not put your hands or feet into places you cannot look (guard your fleshly senses).
  7. Do not sit down without looking around carefully (stationary targets are easier to hit than moving targets).
  8. Do not go out of your way to kill a snake. Thousands of people are bitten each year because they try to kill them without knowing anything of their habits or habitats. (We are to resist the Devil when we encounter him, not go looking for him).
  9. Know what to do in case of snakebite (defensive warfare). In case of snakebite, the first thing that is done in the natural world is to make a cut in the shape of a cross (+) over each fang mark and then suck the poison out. What an illustration of the work of the cross of Jesus Christ in freeing us from the “poison” of sin. We have authority over serpents.

In Genesis 3, God pronounced a curse upon the serpent (Satan). He said that his head would be bruised by the seed of the woman (Jesus) and that the heel of the seed (Jesus) would be bruised by the serpent.  The “bruise” on the “heel” of Jesus speaks of the pressure resulting from bruising Satan’s head on the cross of Calvary. When Jesus bruised the head of Satan, it was much like severing the head of a poisonous snake in the natural world. A snake’s head can be severed from its body, but it still can bite for hours afterwards. The heart has been known to keep beating for two days and the snake’s body can continue to move. Jesus severed the head of the “serpent” at Calvary, but the serpent still has life. He is still active in the world today and he still has power. But Satan has no authority. The only authority he has in your life is what you give him and the power and authority within you (Jesus) is greater than his power

SEPT. 2020

Spiritual Warfare Bible Study 

Title : Angels 

THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF GOOD: ANGELS OBJECTIVES:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Provide a reference which explains what angels are.
  • Tell how angels originated.
  • Identify two kinds of angels.
  • Identify their sphere of activity.
  • Summarize the ministry of angels in spiritual warfare.
  • Identify attributes of angels.
  • Identify various classifications of angels.
  • Give a Scripture reference which explains the organization of the angelic host.

KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR: The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. (Psalms 34:7)

Introduction

In the last month we learned of the Trinity of God which includes God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit.

We learned of their origin, attributes, and functions in spiritual warfare. Now, we continues the study of the spiritual forces of good. It explains the origin, attributes, sphere of activity, classification, and organization of angels. It also explains their ministry in spiritual warfare.

I.What are Angels?

Angels are ministering spirits sent by God to do His will: Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation. (Hebrews 1:14) The title “angel” means messenger.

III.The Orgins of Angels

 Angels were created by God: Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him, all His hosts. Let them praise the name of the Lord: For He commanded and they were created. (Psalms 148:2 and 5)

For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16.)

All the angels were righteous and holy when they were first created. They worshiped and served the one true God.

 Later, some angels rebelled against God and lost their position as angels. They became part of a force of evil called “demons.” There are now two kinds of angels: Good angels, which are the subject of this teaching, and evil angels (demons) which will be discussed in later.

  1. The Organization of Angels

The good Angels have been organized by God in a special order. The Bible does not reveal the details of that order, but it does indicate such organization: For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16; See also Ephesians 3:10)

The organization of the invisible world is described here in terms of thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers. We are not given details of this structure. You will learn later how Satan has imitated this organization in his own structure of evil forces.

  1. The Classification of Angels

There are literally multitudes of angels (Luke 2:13-15) who are apparently classified according to the duties they perform.

These are the main classifications of angels:

1.Messenger: This class of angels is most likely the largest in number. These are the angels composing the innumerable group, visualized by Daniel (Daniel 7:10), who carry out the will of God in Heaven and earth. This is the group that usually relates to the believer in terms of spiritual warfare. They interpret God’s will, protect, provide guidance, bring answers to prayer, announce, warn, instruct, bring judgment, encourage, sustain, deliver, and intercede on behalf of believers.

2.Elect Angels: Only one reference is made to elect angels in I Timothy 5:21. There is no further information given about this group.

3.Cherubim: This classification of angels is first mentioned in Genesis 3:24. They are also mentioned as part of the ark of the covenant (Exodus 25:18-22). Ezekiel mentions these beings and describes them as having four appearances; the face of a lion, the face of an ox, the face of a man, and the face of an eagle (Ezekiel 1:3-28; 10:22). This symbolism of the cherubim suggests they are the living creatures surrounding the throne of God in Revelation 4:6. They appear to be the highest order of angels, the guardians of God.

4.Seraphim: This group is mentioned in Isaiah 6:2,6. Their position is above the throne of God in contrast to the position of cherubims who surround His throne. The duty of these angels seems to be to lead Heaven in the worship of God.

5.Living Creature: This group of angels are mentioned in Revelation 4:6,8; 5:6. This title presents these angels as manifesting the fullness of divine life, whose chief ministry appears to be worship of God.

  1. Individual Angels: In addition to the different classifications of angels, there are some individual angels mentioned by name in the Bible:

1.Michael: Michael the archangel is mentioned by name in Daniel 10:13,21; 12:1; Jude 9; and Revelation 12:7. He is the only angel who is called an archangel. He is represented as having charge over an army of angels in Revelation 12:7 and is said to be the prince of the people of Israel in Daniel 10:13,21; 12:1.

2.Gabriel: The meaning of his name is “mighty one.” He is mentioned in Daniel 8:16; 9:21; and in Luke 1:19,26. He is always used to deliver an important message from God. It is Gabriel who interpreted the vision for Daniel in 8:16; 9:21 and who announced the birth of John and Jesus Luke 1:19,26

  1. Special Groups of Angels: The Bible also mentions special groups of angels which include:

1.Angels of the seven churches: Revelation 1:20

2.Four angels who control the winds: Revelation 1:7

3.Seven angels who stand before God: Revelation 8:2

  1. Seven angels who administrate the seven last plagues: Revelation 15:1,7

5.Twenty-four elders (these may be angelic beings): Revelation 4 and 5

  1. The Attributes of Angels: You will remember from the last chapter that attributes are personality traits or characteristics of an individual. Angels…

1.Are spirits: Hebrews 1:14

2.Are sexless: Luke 20:34-36

3.Are immortal: Matthew 22:28-30

4.Have both visible and invisible forms: Numbers 22:22-35

5.Appear with the likeness of human form: Genesis 19:1-22; 18:2,4,8

6.Have emotions: Luke 15:1-10 (angels rejoicing).

7.Have appetites: Genesis 18:8

8.Are glorified beings: Luke 9:26

9.Are intelligent: II Samuel 14:20

10.Are meek: Jude 9

11.Are powerful: Psalms 103:20; II Peter 2:11

12.Have no need to rest: Revelation 4:8

13.Travel at an unrecorded speed: Revelation 8:13; 9:1

14.Speak languages: I Corinthians 13:1

15.Are innumerable: Luke 2:13; Hebrews 12:22; Psalms 68:17; Mark 1:13; Revelation 5:19

16.Are immortal: Luke 20:34-36

17.Do not marry or have children: Luke 20:34-36

18.Are obedient: Psalms 103:20

19.Are holy: Revelation 14:10; Mark 8:38

20.Are reverent: Their highest activity is the worship of God. Nehemiah 9:6; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:6

VII. Their Sphere of Activity:

Angels are active in both Heaven and earth. The source of their power is both granted and governed by God. They have access to the presence of God in Heaven: …In Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. (Matthew 18:1

They are also active on earth. This is documented by the varied ministries and many appearances of angels to people recorded in the Bible.

VIII. The Ministry  Of Angels:

Angels minister in many ways in both Heaven and earth. Look up each of the following references in your Bible. As you study these verses you will understand the importance of angels in spiritual warfare.

A.The ministry of angels in Heaven includes:

1.Worship: Revelation 4:8; 5:11-12; Isaiah 6:3; Psalms 103:20; 148:1-2

2.Standing ready to do God’s will: Psalms 103:20-21

3.Ministering to the godly who have died in Christ Jesus: Jude 9; Luke 16:22

4.Representing children in a special way: Matthew 18:10

5.Rejoicing over those who accept the Gospel: Luke 15:10

The ministry of angels on earth includes:

1.Ruling nations: Daniel 10

2.Ministering to believers in times of testing: Matthew 4:11

3.Strengthening believers: Luke 22:43

4.Interpreting God’s will for men: Zechariah 1:9; Daniel 7:16

5.Guiding believers: Acts 8:26.

6.Bringing judgment on individuals and nations: Acts 12:23; Genesis 19:3; II Samuel 24:16; Revelation 16:1

7.Bringing answers to prayer: Daniel 9:21-22

8.Announcing: Luke 1:11-20; Matthew 1:20, 21

9.Warning: Matthew 2:13;

10.Instructing: Matthew 28:2-6; Acts 10:3-6; Daniel 4:13-17

11.Encouraging: Acts 27:23; Genesis 28:12 -Revealing: Acts 7:53; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2; Daniel 9:21-27; Revelation 1:1

12.Sustaining: Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43

13.Preserving: Genesis 16:7; 24:7; Exodus 23:20; Revelation 7:1

14.Protecting: Psalms 91:11

15.Delivering: Numbers 20:16; Psalms 34:7; Isaiah 63:9; Daniel 3:28; 6:22; Genesis 48:16; Matthew 26:53; Acts 12:1-19

16.Destroying: Acts 12:20-23

17.Interceding: Zechariah 1:12; Revelation 8:3,4

The future activities of angels will include:

1.Participating in the return of Jesus: I Thessalonians 4:16

2.Gathering the elect: Matthew 24:31

3.Warning and preaching during the tribulation: Revelation 14:6-9

4.Separating the wicked from the righteous: Matthew 13:39 and 49

5.Binding Satan: Revelation 2

  1. Angels and Spiritual Warfare:

The Messenger angels are the group that usually relates to the believer in terms of spiritual warfare. They interpret God’s will, protect, provide guidance, bring answers to prayer, announce, warn, instruct, bring judgment, encourage, sustain, deliver, and intercede on behalf of believers in battle. Many believers have not availed themselves of the aid available from angels because they have not been taught regarding their function in spiritual warfare. They are “ministering spirits” and can minister for you as well as to you. You can ask God to dispatch angels to assist you in battle. King David did this. He prayed… Let the angel of the Lord persecute them…Let the angel of the Lord chase them… (Psalms 35:5-6)

Read the following Biblical accounts of angels participating in warring against the enemy: II Kings 19:35; II Chronicles 32:21; Isaiah 37:36; Revelation 12:7.

X.Important Warning:

 Angels are holy beings with important ministries on behalf of believers. They are part of the spiritual forces of good as is the Trinity of God. But the Bible gives some warnings concerning angels:

A.Do not Worship them:

You are not to worship angels: Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. (Colossians 2:18) And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: Worship God. (Revelation 22:8-9)

B.Reject Angels Preaching “Another Gospel”:

Some people have claimed to see angels who gave them a “new revelation” contrary to God’s written Word. Entire religious movements have been founded on such false revelations. The Bible warns:

But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8) You are not to listen to a man, an angel, or any other being that would guide you contrary to God’s Word. As you will learn later in this course, one of the main strategies of Satan is deception. The Bible warns: And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (II Corinthians 11:14)

C.Do Not Provoke the Angels:

Read the story of Balaam in Numbers 22, a prophet who was acting in disobedience to God. You will note that he was opposed by an angel of the Lord. When you are disobedient to God, the angels may actually hinder you. You will be fighting a battle, but it will not be warfare against the enemy. Be careful that you do not provoke the angels of God (Ecclesiastes 5:1-6)

Engagement Part of the Bible Study

  1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.

2.. How did angels originate?

3.. Summarize the ministry of angels as related to spiritual warfare.

4.. List as many of the attributes of angels as you can recall from this chapter.

5.. Give a Bible reference which explains what angels are.

6.. Is this statement True or False? You are not to worship angels.

  1. Is this statement True or False? If an angel appears and reveals something that does not agree with God’s written Word, you should listen to him because he is a direct messenger from the Lord. The statement is

8.What is the angel group that is only one refer in I Timothy 5:21?  

9.What is the group of Angels that is No further information is given in the Bible?  

10.What group of angels is most active in terms of spiritual warfare and probably includes the largest number of angels?

11.What group of angels appear to be the highest order of angels; guardians of God. They surround the throne of God. Their chief ministry is to worship God. Their position is above the throne of God. They lead Heaven in worship of God.

12.. There are two kinds of angels: These are_________ angels and_________ angels which are also called demons.

  1. What verse reveals that God has an organization of the various classes of angels? ________________________________________________________________________

Further Study on Angels

  1. Use the following outline to study further about angels:
  2. Angels in the Old Testament:

 Rescued Hagar: Genesis 16:7-12 Announced the birth of Isaac: Genesis 18:1-15

Announced the destruction of Sodom: Genesis 18:16-33

Destroyed Sodom and rescued Lot: Genesis 19:1-29

Prevented the slaying of Isaac: Genesis 22:11-2

Guarded Jacob: Genesis 28:12; 31:11; 32:1; 48:16

Commissioned Moses: Exodus 3:2 Led Israel: Exodus 14:19; 23:20-23; 32:34

Arranged the marriage of Isaac and Rebecca: Genesis 24:7 Gave the law: Acts 7:38; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2 Rebuked Balaam: Numbers 22:31-35

Appeared to Joshua: Joshua 5:13-15

Rebuked Israel for idolatry: Judges 2:1-5

Commissioned Gideon: Judges 6:11-40

Announced the birth of Samson: Judges 13

Punished Israel: II Samuel 24:16-17

Rescued Elijah: I Kings 19:5-8

Surrounded Elisha: II Kings 6:14-17

Saved Daniel from lions: Daniel 6:22

Conquered the Assyrian army: II Kings 19:35 and Isaiah 37:36

Camp round about God’s people: Psalms 34:7; 91:11

Mentioned frequently as messengers to the prophets from God.

  1. Angels in the Life of Jesus:

Announced the birth of John: Luke 1:11-17

Named him: Luke 1:13

Announced the birth of Jesus to Mary: Luke 1:26-37

Announced the birth of Jesus to Joseph: Matthew 1:20-21

Named Jesus: Matthew 1:21

Announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds: Luke 2:8-15

Sang: Luke 2:13-14

Directed the flight to Egypt: Matthew 2:13,20

Ministered to Jesus at His temptation: Matthew 4:11

Came to Jesus in Gethsemane: Luke 22:43

Rolled away the stone at His tomb: Matthew 28:2

Announced His resurrection: Matthew 28:5-7

Presented Him to Mary Magdalene: John 20:11-14

Angels ascended on Him: John 1:51

He could have twelve legions of angels: Matthew 26:53

Angels will come with Him when He returns to earth: Matthew 25:31; 16:27; Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26

Angels will be the reapers: Matthew 13:39

They will gather the elect: Matthew 24:31

They will divide the wicked from the righteous: Matthew 13:41,49

They carried the beggar to Abraham: Luke 16:22

They rejoice over sinners who repent: Luke 15:10

They represent little children: Matthew 18:10

He will confess His people before angels: Luke 12:8

They have no sex and cannot die: Luke 20:35-36 The Devil has evil angels: Matthew 25:41

  1. Angels in the Book of Acts:

Opened prison doors: 5:19

Directed Philip to the Ethiopian: 8:26

Directed Cornelius to send for Peter: Chapter 10 Delivered Peter from prison: 12:7-19

Struck Herod dead: 12:23

Stood by Paul during the storm: 27:23

Also mentioned in: 6:15; 7:30,35,38,53; 11:13; 23:8-9

  1. Angels in the Epistle:

Elect angels: I Timothy 5:21

Angels are innumerable: Hebrews 12:22

Angels minister to heirs of salvation: Hebrews 1:13-14

Angels will return with Jesus: II Thessalonians 1:7

We are not to worship angels: Colossians 2:18

  1. Angels in the Book of Revelation:

Dictated the book to John: 1:1-2; 22:16

Presided over the seven churches: Chapters l-2

Were interested in the sealed book: 5:2

Sang praise to the Lamb: 5:11-12

Were given special power on earth: 7:1-4

Sealed the elect: 7:1-4 Fell down before God: 7:11

Were used to answer prayers of the saints: 8:3-5

Sounded the seven trumpets: 8:6

Ruled the locust army: 9:11

Loosed 200,000,000 horsemen: 9:15-16

Announced the end of time: 10:1,2,6

Fought with the dragon and his angels: 12:7

Proclaimed the Gospel to the nations: 14:6

Proclaimed the fall of Babylon: 14:8; 18:2

Pronounced doom of the beast’s followers: 14:9-10

Announced the harvest of the earth: 14:15-18

Had the last seven plagues: 15:1

Announced judgment on Babylon: 17:1,5

Participated in destruction of Babylon: 18:21

Showed John the New Jerusalem: 21:9 Forbid John to worship them: 22:8-9 2.

Study the appearance of the angel in Judges 13. Note that the angel returns to Heaven through worship which apparently opens the way through the “Satanic atmosphere” around us to permit angels to operate on our behalf.

Review the story of Daniel and note that the hindrance by the prince of Persia (a Satanic power) was broken by prayer and fasting.

There is no Biblical support that a believer can command his angel to do whatever he desires, but you can ask God to dispatch them in your behalf. Think about a battle you are facing and then ask God to send His “ministering spirits” to work in that situation.

Read Psalms 78:36,40 and Ecclesiastes 5:6. Israel had a special angel caring for them until they provoked him in the wilderness. If God sends an angel to your aid and you provoke him by sin and unbelief, he may depart from you. It is well to take heed to the warning in Exodus 23:20-22. You may also entertain an angel and not be aware of it…See Hebrews 13:2.

June,2020 

Spiritual Warfare Bible Study

Title: THE INVISIBLE WAR 

OBJECTIVES:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.

• Demonstrate understanding of the natural and spiritual realms.

• Define the word “king.”

• Define the word “kingdom.”

• Identify the two spiritual kingdoms.

• Determine to which kingdom you belong.

• Identify the spiritual forces of good.

• Identify the spiritual forces of evil.

• Explain what is meant by “spiritual warfare.”

• Identify the reason for the invisible war.

• Identify the basic principle of understanding spiritual warfare.

KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

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. (Ephesians 6:12)

Introduction 

This Bible study will introduces the invisible war in which every believer is engaged. It is a war where no one wears a uniform, but where everyone is a target. The historical and prophetical record of this war is contained in God’s Word, the Bible.

THE NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL REALMS

To understand this invisible war, you must first understand the natural and spiritual worlds. Man exists in two worlds: The natural world and the spiritual world. The natural world is that which can be seen, felt, touched, heard, or tasted. It is tangible and visible. The country, nation, city, or village in which you live is part of the natural world. You are a resident in a natural kingdom located on one of the visible continents of the world. You can see the people who are part of your environment. You can communicate with them. You can experience the sights, sounds, and smells around you.

But there is another world in which you live. That world is a spiritual world. You cannot see it with your physical eyes, but it is just as real as the natural world in which you live. Paul speaks of this division of natural and spiritual:

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (I Corinthians 15:40)

All men have a natural body which lives in the natural world, but man is also a spiritual being with an eternal soul and spirit. Man is body, soul, and spirit. Your spiritual being (soul and spirit) is part of a spiritual world just as your natural body is part of the natural world.

SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

Because spiritual warfare is just that–spiritual–it must be understood with a spiritual mind. In our natural, sinful state, we cannot understand spiritual things:

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (I Corinthians 2:14)

It is necessary to use “spiritual discernment” to understand spiritual things.

Perhaps one of the best examples of natural and spiritual discernment is recorded in II Kings chapter 6. It records the story of a natural battle in which troops of the enemy nation of Syria had surrounded a small town called Dothan where the prophet Elisha was staying. When Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, saw the great host of the enemy he became fearful. Elisha prayed that God would open Gehazi’s spiritual eyes so he could see the angelic hosts surrounding and protecting them. On this occasion, God actually opened the natural eyes of Gehazi and allowed him to visibly see the superior forces of God aligned for battle.

The story of this battle at Dothan is similar to present spiritual conditions in the Church. There are some, like Elisha, who see clearly into the realm of the spirit. They know there is a conflict occurring, have identified the enemy, and recognize the greater forces of God that assure victory. There are others like Gehazi, who with a little encouragement, will be able to open their spiritual eyes and no longer be fearful of and defeated by the enemy. But sadly, there are many people who, like those in the city of Dothan, are spiritually sleeping. They do not even know that the enemy has surrounded them and is poised for attack.

TWO SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS

Within the natural and spiritual realms of which we are speaking there exists separate kingdoms which are ruled by natural and spiritual leaders.

NATURAL KINGDOMS:

All men live in a natural kingdom of this world. They live in a city or village which is part of a nation. That nation is a kingdom of the world. A natural kingdom is a territory or people over which an actual king or political leader is the sovereign ruler. The Bible speaks of these natural kingdoms as “kingdoms of the world.” The kingdoms of the world have come under the power and influence of Satan:

Again, the Devil taketh Him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if you wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8-9)

John 5:19 sadly reminds us that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS:

In addition to the natural kingdoms of this world there are two spiritual kingdoms: The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom Of God. Every person alive is a resident of one of these two kingdoms.

The Kingdom of Satan consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin and rebellion to God’s Word. These, plus the world and the flesh, are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today.

The Kingdom of God consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to God’s Word. These are the spiritual forces of good.

The Kingdom of God is not a denominational church. Denominations are man-made organizations of groups of churches. They have been established for practical purposes of organization and administration. Denominations are major church organizations like Baptist, Assembly of God, Methodist, Lutheran, etc. The Bible speaks of the true Church which is not a denomination or religious organization. The true Church is composed of all those who have become residents of the Kingdom of God.

At the present time in the natural world, the Kingdom of God exists individually within every man, woman, boy or girl who has made Jesus King of their lives. It exists communally in the true church and wherever people make this world the kind of world God wants it to be. In the future, there will be an actual visible manifestation of God’s Kingdom.

THE INVISIBLE WAR

The invisible spiritual war is a battle which involves all men and women. Because the Kingdom of Satan is a spiritual kingdom

… 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. (Ephesians 6:12)

Spiritual warfare is not a natural battle between flesh and blood. It is not a battle of man against man. It is not a visible battle. It is an invisible struggle in the spirit world. It is a battle within and around man. It is not a visible war is because spirits are involved and we learn in Luke 24:39 that a spirit does not have flesh and bones.

Spiritual warfare is “multidimensional,” which means it is fought in different dimensions. It is…

1. A social battle between the believer and the world: John 15:18-27 2. A personal battle between the flesh and the spirit: Galatians 5:16-26 3. A supernatural battle between believers and evil spiritual powers: Ephesians 6:10- 27

Every person alive is engaged in this battle, whether he realizes it or not. There is no neutral ground. Unbelievers are in bondage to evil and have been taken captive by enemy forces. They are victims of the war.

Believers have been freed from the enemy through Jesus Christ and are victors, but they are still engaged in the war. The key verse for this chapter indicates that we (all believers) wrestle against evil spiritual forces.

“Wrestling” involves close personal contact. No one is exempt from this battle. No one can view it from a distance. You are in the midst of conflict whether you acknowledge it or not. If you believe it will get better, you are wrong. The Christian warfare never ceases.

WHERE THE BATTLE RAGES

This invisible war is being waged on earth:

The thief (Satan) cometh (on earth) not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Satan fights to maintain control of the kingdoms of the world. He does not want them to come under God’s authority. The battle also rages within the hearts, minds, and souls of men and women. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and attacks believers in the areas of worship, the Word, their daily walk, and their work for God.

HOW THE BATTLE STARTED:

The invisible war started in Heaven with an angel named Lucifer who was originally a beautiful angel created by God and was part of the Kingdom of God. Lucifer decided he wanted to take over God’s Kingdom. You can read about his rebellion in Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. You will study about it in detail later in this course. A group of angels joined Lucifer (now called Satan) in this rebellion. Lucifer and the rebellious angels were cast out of Heaven by God. They formed their own kingdom on earth:

And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and his angels. (Revelation 12:7) And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9)

Lucifer became known as Satan and the angels which followed him in rebellion as demons. Demon spirits can enter, torment, control, and use humans who belong to Satan’s Kingdom. They motivate evil acts which are done by men and women. Satan directs his demons in their evil activities. He combines these powerful forces with the world and the flesh to war against all mankind.

REASONS BEHIND THE CONFLICT: 

Man was originally created in the image of God and for the glory of God (Genesis chapter 2). The invisible war against man started with the first temptation in the garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3). Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin. This resulted in all men inheriting the basic sin nature and committing individual acts of sin due to this nature:

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

It also resulted in the invisible war between man and the forces of evil:

And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (mankind), and between thy seed (the forces of evil) and her seed (the forces of good represented by the Lord Jesus Christ)… (Genesis 3:15)

Because of sin, man was separated from God and condemned to death. But God loved man so much that He made a special plan to save him from sin:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

Through belief in Jesus, confession of and repentance from sin, men and women can be released from the power of the enemy. The death and resurrection of Jesus not only resulted in salvation from sin. It also defeated the enemy, Satan:

…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)

But if Satan is defeated, why does the war still rage? Following any war there are always pockets of enemy resistance, rebellious troops that will not give up until forced to do so. Although Jesus defeated Satan, we are living in territory which is still occupied by enemy
resistance forces. Understanding spiritual warfare strategies gives us the ability to deal with these evil powers.

Satan is trying to keep men captive in sin. Through deceptive methods he is enticing men and women to temporary lusts of sinful living. He aims for the affections of the soul and spirit which rightfully belong to God:

The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Satan still wants to be the supreme ruler. He is waging an intense battle for the heart, mind, soul, and spirit of man. His strategies are directed at God, His plan, and His people. The battle will continue until the great final conflict which you will study about in the last chapter of this course.

THE MEANING OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE: 

Spiritual warfare is the analysis of and an active participation in the invisible spiritual war. It includes study of the opposing forces of good and evil, the strategies of Satan, and spiritual strategies for overcoming the enemy. Spiritual warfare is more than a mere analysis of spiritual principles. It includes active participation in warfare by application of these strategies in life and ministry.

One of the most effective strategies of Satan is to keep believers ignorant of his devices. Paul said it is important to know Satan’s strategies…

…Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (II Corinthians 2:11)

We should learn all we can about Satan’s strategies of attack. We must also understand the Scriptural basis of victory over Satan and the forces of evil. We are called to intelligent combat. Basic to the understanding of spiritual warfare is this key principle:

You must recognize that all battles of life, whether physical, spiritual, emotional mental, financial or with human personalities are only outward manifestations of a spiritual cause.

Although in the natural world problems may seem to occur through the circumstances of life, the basis of these natural battles is in the spirit world. Read the story of Job (Job chapters l-2) which confirms this principle.

We have tried to correct the evils of this world through education, legislation, and improved environment. It has not worked because the visible evils of the world are the results of an underlying spiritual cause. They cannot be corrected by natural means.

TO WHICH KINGDOM DO YOU BELONG?

In the natural world a king is the sovereign ruler of a kingdom. All the territory and people in the kingdom belong to him. He has the power of life and death over his subjects. The same is true in the spiritual world. You are either part of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan. Either God or Satan has power over your life.

One of the parables told by Jesus illustrates that all men are either part of the Kingdom of Satan or the Kingdom of God. Jesus compared the world to a field. The good seed in the field were children of the Kingdom of God. The bad seed, which resulted in the growth of tares (weeds), were children of the wicked one:

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one. (Matthew 13:38)

People enter the Kingdom of Satan through natural birth. The Bible teaches that all men are born in sin. This means that they have a basic sin nature or the “seed” of sin within. Their natural inclination is to do evil:

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5)

Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Because we are born with the basic sin nature, we have all at one time been part of the Kingdom of Satan. All who remain sinners remain part of the Kingdom of Satan.

The whole message of God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, is the appeal to man to move from this evil Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. Men are born into the Kingdom of Satan through natural birth. They must be reborn into the Kingdom of God through spiritual birth. Entrance to the Kingdom of God is by new birth experience explained in John 3.

There are only two divisions in the invisible war. Jesus said, “He that is not with me is against me” (Luke 11:23). You cannot be neutral in this spiritual war. You are on one side or the other. Some believers, because of their fear of confrontation with the enemy, try to ignore the war and form a truce with the enemy. They think if they ignore Satan, he will not bother them. This is one of Satan’s main strategies. He tries to render members of God’s army immobile by his terror tactics.

But there is no neutrality in this war. You are either a victim or victor. The spiritual “call to arms” is going out…Are you on the side of good or of evil? Are you part of Satan’s Kingdom or the Kingdom of God? To which kingdom do you belong? Are you a victim or victor in the invisible war?

Study and Application Section

1. Write the Key Verses from the article of war.
2. What are the two divisions made in I Corinthians 15:44-49?
3. What are the two invisible kingdoms in the world today?
4. List the spiritual forces of evil.
5. List the spiritual forces of good. 

6. Define the word “king.” 
7. Define the word “kingdom.”
8. What is meant by the term “spiritual warfare”?
9. What is the reason behind this great spiritual conflict?
10. What is the basic principle for understanding spiritual warfare?

Another elements to add to below study, 

Title : Set Apart and Made Holy By the Spirit
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17, “13. But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord. because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 14.Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by world, or our epistle. 16.Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.”

The Holy Spirit sets apart the believer and makes him holy through His sanctifying power. Paul advised the Thessalonians to “stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught,” (2 Th 2:15). The Holy Spirit deposits a fiery passion within you, anointing you with His power and gifting you with spiritual gifts. you should guard His anointing and gifting, and hold on to the truths you have been taught.

Closely paralleling this warning is God’s wisdom in Proverbs: ” Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Pr.4:23). What are the springs of life? They point to the same truth as John 7:37-39 where Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the living water flowing form within our lives. Just as we would guard the purity of a fresh water spring, not allowing anything to contaminate it, so we guard our hearts, out of which flow the living waters of the Holy Spirit.
Anything that contaminates the Spirit’s flow in our lives hinders the work of His gifts and power through us.
Prioritize from (1), being the most important, to (6), being the least important areas of your life that you must guard closely.

What I read
What I fantasize in my mind
What I say with my mouth
What I watch
Whom I associate with
What I listen to

Sharpening Point: Have you been guarding your heart and the flow of living water from within you?
Only with the help of the Holy Spirit can you guard your heart and the living water that flows out of you into the lives of others. Inviting the Spirit’s presence continually helps you guard the flame of your heart’s passion for Jesus and keeps you prepared for spiritual warfare.

Be careful to let nothing contaminate your life. Remain steadfast to the truth of God’s Word. Ask the precious Holy Spirit to help you to stand fast and hold to the truth you have been taught. “16.Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 17. Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2Th 2:16-17)
Passage from Spiritual Warfare Bible (MED)

The Army of Hell

I believe that Satan is great imitator, so he patterned his army like the holy angels. The letter of the Ephesians identifies these dark forces in the following flow of authority; ” For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principles, against powers against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12).
Principalities–This refer to the top-ranking demonic being called principalites. The word principalities is tranlated from Greek word arche, which means “chief.” These are the chief demons, which correspong with the archangels among the holy angels. The apostle paul wrote that these princes hold sawy over the souls of people (Eph2:1-3). A principality is what assigns demonic spirits to operate in the disobedient. Also, these princes rule over continents and nations. In Daniel 10:12-13 the prophet is informed by Gabriel that a principality of Persia had hindered his arrival to Daniel for three weeks. Gabriel had to summon the archangel Michael to take on the archdevil of Persia. These demons are subject to Christ (Eph. 1:20-22). They are also subject to Spirit-filled believers, as we read in Ephesains 2:6; this scripture explain that Christ has “raised us up and seated us together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
Powers–The next rank of evil officers of darkness is called “powers.” The word powers comes from the Greek word exousia which means “delegated authority,” like that of a policeman. These demons seem to operate invisibly in governmental centers such as national government. These powers cannot separate us form the love of God (Ro 8:38). These powers will be shaken at the end of the age (Mt. 24:29). These powers, like the principalities, are subject to Christ (1 Pe 3:22).
Rulers of the darkness–This next level of demonic leaders touches the created order. “Rulers of the darkness” is translated from the Greek word kosmokrator, which means “to seize and take hold of governments for the sake of darkness and evil.” Kosmas has to do with “arrangement or order.” These rulers want to take over the offices of government, the legislatures, and the courts.
Spiritual forces of wickedness–Spiritual hosts of wickedness literally means in the Greek “spiritual fakes.” The word wicked is pomeria, from which we get fornication and pornography. These are the unclean spirits we deal with on a daily basis. Some of these spirits are named for us. Beelzebub means “lord of the flies.” Abaddon, or Apollyon means “destroyer.” Demon means “torment the mind.” These lower lever spirits are the ones we deal with daily. Satan’s army is well organized, and his legions employ an array of methods and schemes. We must prepared to face down this infernal enemy and expose his tactics.

Biblical Study for July,2020  

ENLISTING IN GOD’S ARMY 

OBJECTIVES:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Define “repentance.”
• Explain the importance of repentance.
• Define “conversion.”
• Explain the importance of conversion.
• Define “justification.”
• Explain what it means to be “saved.” •

KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)

Introduction

In the last chapter you learned of the great invisible war in the spiritual world. In this chapter you will learn how to enlist in God’s army. In the natural world, armies usually have special induction rituals in which a prospective soldier must participate in order to join the forces. This “induction” makes him part of the army.

God also has a special plan for induction through which you become part of His spiritual army. His plan centers on two important concepts, repentance and conversion, which result in justification.

REPENTANCE:

In the natural world, when a soldier joins an army, he must deny any previous allegiance he has had to another army or country. When you join the army of God, you must repent of your allegiance to sin and the Kingdom of Satan. This is done by repentance.

Repentance is “an inward decision or change of mind resulting in the outward action of turning from sin to God and righteousness.” Acts 20:21 calls it “repentance toward God.” By the act of repenting you turn away from your sin and leave the Kingdom of Satan.
Repentance is a personal decision to change your allegiance from the Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. This change of mind and turning from sin cannot be done in yourself. It is the power of God which actually brings the change in the mind, heart, and life of a sinner:

Then God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18)

Repentance is a gift of God:

Him [Jesus] hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance…(Acts 5:31)

Although emotions may be involved in repentance, true repentance is a decision, not just an emotion. Sorrow for sin and the shedding of tears is not enough in itself. This must be accompanied by an inward decision that results in an outward change.

THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE:

Repentance is important because:

1. God Commands It:

…but [God] now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30)

It Is Necessary To Avoid Spiritual Death:

…but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)

2. It Is Necessary For Eternal Life:

Through repentance the penalty of death is removed and eternal life is granted:

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18)

3.It Is Necessary For Forgiveness:

God cannot forgive your sins unless you repent:

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)

4.It Is God’s Desire For All:

God does not want anyone to experience the spiritual death of eternal separation from God in Hell:
The Lord…is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)

5.It Is The Reason Jesus Came Into The World:

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)

6.It Is Necessary To Enter God’s Kingdom:
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)

When you become part of the Kingdom of God, you are enlisting in God’s army.

CONVERSION:

When you ask for forgiveness of sins you experience “conversion.” Conversion means “to turn.” When it is used in connection with Biblical repentance, it means to “turn from the wrong way to the right way.” You leave the Kingdom of Satan and join the Kingdom of God.

And many of the children of Israel shall He turn to the Lord their God. (Luke 1:16)

And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw Him, and turned to the Lord. (Acts 9:35)

And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (Acts 11:21)

1. Conversion is turning from the darkness of sin to the light of God’s righteousness:

…to turn them from darkness to light. (Acts 26:18)

2. It is turning from the power of Satan to God:

…to turn them…from the power of Satan unto God. (Acts 26:18)

3. It is turning from worldly things to spiritual things:

…Ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. (Acts 14:15)

4. It is turning from false gods to the true and living God:

…Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. (I Thessalonians 1:9)

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERSION:

Conversion must accompany repentance. You must turn from the wrong to the right because…

1. It Is Necessary To Enter The Kingdom Of God:

Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3)

2. It Saves From Spiritual Death:

He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)

3. It Is Necessary For The Blotting Out Of Sin:

Your sin is written in the records of God until you repent and are converted, then your sins are blotted out:

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out… (Acts 3:19)

JUSTIFICATION AND SALVATION

There are two other terms used in the Bible which relate to repentance. These terms are “justification” and “salvation.” God is the judge of all mankind. When you are living in sin you are condemned before Him:

…but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:18-19)

When you repent from sin and make the decision to turn from your sinful ways, this establishes a right relationship with God. This right relationship or right standing before God is called “justification”:

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:16-18)

When you are justified by repentance and conversion, you are “saved” from a life of sin as well as from the penalties of sin. This is what it means to be “saved” and what the Bible is speaking of when the term “salvation” is used.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND THE BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW

The subject of spiritual warfare must be studied within the context of God’s total purpose for the redemption of sinful mankind. Study the parables of the sower and the tares among wheat in Matthew 13. Both parables concern the growth of the Kingdom of God which occurs through the planting of God’s Word. Both parables picture the warfare between the two kingdoms with the battle centering on the redemptive purposes of God.

Learning spiritual warfare prepares you to enter the arena of this world and fight for the souls of men and women, boys and girls. This is why authority over Satan was given to the disciples before they were sent out to share the Gospel (Matthew 28:18-20). Satan and his hosts of demons will war against you as you seek to win men to Christ and bring them under the rule of God. Employing Scriptural strategies of spiritual warfare helps you challenge the principalities and powers who rule over individual human lives, societies, and areas of the world.
INDUCTION INTO GOD’S ARMY

Repentance and conversion result in justification and salvation. This is God’s plan for induction into His army. If you have not yet been inducted into God’s army, the “Tactical Maneuvers” section of this lesson will provide opportunity for you to join. If you are already a member of God’s army, the section will assist you in helping others enlist.

Welcome to the army of God!
INSPECTION

1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.

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2. Define “repentance.”

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3. Explain the importance of repentance.

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4. Define “conversion.”

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5. Explain the importance of conversion.

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6. Define “justification.”

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7. Explain what it means to be “saved.”

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8. Use the parable of the prodigal son to describe repentance and conversion.

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TACTICAL MANEUVERS

1. Have you repented and been converted? If not, you need to stop right now in this study and do the following:

-Repent of your sins. -Ask Jesus to forgive you. -Accept Him as your Lord and Savior. -Turn from your sinful ways (be converted).

2. As a believer, when you sin, you must also repent. Study the following Biblical examples:

THE CORINTHIANS:

The believers at a city called Corinth had to repent:

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance… (II Corinthians 7:9)

For I fear, lest, when I come…that I shall bewail many which have sinned already and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (II Corinthians 12:20-21)

THE EPHESIANS:

The believers at Ephesus were told to repent:

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent and do the first works. (Revelation 2:5)

CHRISTIANS IN PERGAMOS:

God told the Christians in Pergamos:

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. (Revelation 2:16)

CHRISTIANS IN SARDIS:

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. (Revelation 3:3)
CHRISTIANS IN LAODICEA:

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; Be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19)

HOW ABOUT YOU…

Is there unconfessed sin in your life? Wherever there is sin, there must be repentance:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:8-9)

3. Because repentance is necessary for salvation, God made a special plan to enable the message of repentance to reach everyone. The call to repentance began in the New Testament with the ministry of John the Baptist:

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way the Lord, make His path straight.

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:3-4)

Repentance was the first message Jesus preached:

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,

And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)

Repentance was preached by believers in the early Church:

And they went out and preached that men should repent. (Mark 6:12)

…Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21)

Today, believers still have the responsibility to spread the message of repentance throughout the world. Jesus gave final instructions to His followers that…

…repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)

When you preach the message of repentance, you are actually calling others to enlist in God’s army. Will you make a commitment to start drafting others into this great spiritual army?
4. If you are responsible to share the message of repentance and call others to enlist in God’s army then you must know how men are persuaded to repent. Men repent because of:

THE GOODNESS OF GOD:

The blessings of God in the life of an ungodly person are not to be mistaken as God’s approval of his life style. The goodness of God is one way the Lord appeals to men to turn to Him:

Despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

PREACHING:

The preaching of the Word of God causes men to repent. The preaching of Jonah resulted in the whole city of Ninevah repenting:

The men of Ninevah shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas. (Matthew 12:41)

CHRIST’S CALL:

As the Word of God is preached, people hear and respond to the call of Christ which leads to repentance:

I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)

GOD, THE FATHER:

Jesus said no one could come to Him except the Father draw him. God draws men to repentance:

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him… (John 6:44)

REBUKE:

Rebuke causes men to repent. Rebuke is correction given from the Word of God:

…If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. (Luke 17:3)

GODLY SORROW:

As you learned, repentance may be accompanied by emotion. Natural emotion alone is not true repentance, but Godly emotion leads to true repentance:

Godly sorrow [for sin] worketh repentance to salvation. (II Corinthians 7:10)

Spiritual Warfare Bible Study for August 2020

Title of this Bible Study is The Commander-In-Chief: The Lord of Hosts.

OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Identify the spiritual forces of good.
  • Identify personalities of the Trinity of God.
  • Describe the nature of the Triune God.
  • Explain the function of God the Father in spiritual warfare.
  • Summarize the functions of Jesus Christ in spiritual warfare.
  • Summarize the functions of the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare.

KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:4)

INTRODUCTION

 In first lesson we learned of a great spiritual battle being waged between the forces of good and evil. This lesson and the next describe the spiritual forces of good. These include God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, the Holy Spirit, and angels. They are powerful spiritual forces which assist believers in warfare.

THE TRINITY OF GOD

There are many gods worshiped throughout the world, but there is only one true God. The Holy Bible contains the story of this true God. This one God revealed in three distinct personalities of the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are described in the Bible in terms of their nature. When we speak of “nature” we mean basic qualities which describe God. These qualities are also known as “attributes” which means “characteristics.” The Bible reveals that God is…

TRIUNE: God has a triune nature. This means He has three distinct personalities, yet He is one God:

Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.”

The three persons of the Trinity of God are called God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. There are several Scriptures which confirm this triune nature of God. When Jesus was being baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, God spoke and the Holy Spirit descended:

Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo, a voice from Heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Prior to returning to Heaven after His ministry on earth, Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit coming from God:

John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me.”

The Apostle Peter spoke of the triune nature of God:

I Peter 4:14, “ If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part He is evil spoken of, but on your part He is glorified.”

The Apostle Paul spoke of the Trinity in his writings:

In Romans 8:2-3, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.”

In II Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.”

In Ephesians 2:18, “For through Him (the Son) we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”

The book of Acts also verifies the triune nature of God:

In Acts 2:33, “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He (Jesus) hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.”

  1. With the Trinity of God, we know these facts:

A.Eternal:

The Trinity of God is eternal with no beginning and no ending:

Psalm 90:1-2, “1. Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. 2.Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever Thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.”

Genesis 21:33, “And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.”

  1. A Spirit:

God is a spirit. This means He is without flesh and blood and therefore invisible to the natural eyes of man:

In John 4:24, “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”

  1. Sovereign:

God is the sovereign (greatest) power in all the universe. Read Ephesians l and Romans 9.

  1. Omnipresent: This means God is present everywhere:

II Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth…”

Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”

Psalms 139: 7-8, “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into Heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in Hell, behold, Thou are there.”

  1. Omniscient:

This means God knows all things:

In Psalms 139:4“…Thou knowest it altogether. “

In I John 3:20 “…God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”

In Hebrews 4:13 “…But all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

  1. Omnipotent:

This means God is all powerful:

In Genesis 17:1 “…I am the Almighty God… “(Genesis 17:1)

In Matthew 19:26 “ …With God all things are possible.”

In Revelation 19:6  “…For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

In Psalms 62:11, “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.”

  1. Unchanging:

God does not change His person, nature, purpose, or plans are concerned:

In Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I change not…”

In Hebrews 13:8, “ Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to day, and for ever.”

  1. Holy:

God is sinless, absolutely pure:

In Leviticus 19:2, “…Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.”

  1. .Just:

God is fair and impartial in judgment:

In Deuteronomy 32:4, “…A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.”

  1. Faithful:

God keeps His promises and is absolutely trustworthy.

In II. Timothy 2:13, “…He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.”

  1. Benevolent:

God is good, kind, and desires your welfare:

In Psalms 145:9, “The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works.”

  1. Merciful:

God shows mercy to sinful mankind:

In Exodus 34:6-7, “…The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands…”

  1. Gracious:

God shows undeserved kindness to sinful man:

In Exodus 22:27, “…For I am gracious.”

In Psalms 145:8, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”

  1. Loving:

God is love:

In John 4:8, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”

  1. Wise:

God shows deep understanding and keen discernment.

Proverbs 3:19, “The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens”

  1. Infinite:

God is not subject to natural and human limitations. He is not subject to the limitations of space:

In Kings 8:27, “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee: how much less this house that I have builded?”

 In Exodus 15:18, “He is not subject to the limitations of time: The Lord shall reign for ever and ever”

So look at God the Father.

  1. God is the Father

God the Father is the commander of the spiritual forces of good which oppose the spiritual forces of evil. This is His special function in the realm of spiritual warfare.

WHERE IS GOD? You just learned God is omnipresent, which means He is everywhere in the universe. God’s throne is in a place called Heaven but He is also omnipresent.

Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool… (Isaiah 66:1)

  1. Names of God

The Bible gives other names for God which reveal His ministry to you as you are engaged in this great spiritual conflict.

The names for God include:

  1. Jehovah: Which means Lord. The Bible combines this word with other names for God:
  2. Jehovah-Rapha: “The Lord that healeth” Exodus 15:26

b.Jehovah-Nissi: “The Lord our banner” Exodus 17:8-15

c.Jehovah-Shalom: “The Lord our peace” Judges 6:24

d.Jehovah-Ra’ah: “The Lord my shepherd” Psalms 23:1

e.Jehovah-Tsidkenu: “The Lord our righteousness” Jeremiah 23:6

f.Jehovah-Jireh: “The Lord who provides” Genesis 22:14

g.Jehovah-Shammah: “The Lord is there” Ezekiel 48:35

  1. Elohim: Means God and is used wherever the creative power of God is implied.
  2. Father: Acts 17:28; John 1:12-13
  3. Adonai: Means Lord or Master: Exodus 23:17; Isaiah 10:16,33
  4. El: This is often used in combination with other words for God: El Shaddai: “The God who is sufficient for the needs of His People” Exodus 6:3 Elolam: “The everlasting God” Genesis 21:33 El Elyon: “Most high God who is exalted above other so called gods” Genesis 14:18,22 38
  5. Yahweh: In the Hebrew language in which the Old Testament was written, the word “Yahweh” means God. This word is combined with other words to reveal more about the character of God. God is called:

a.Yahweh Jireh: “The Lord provides” Genesis 22:14

b.Yahweh Nissi: “The Lord is my banner” Exodus 17:15

c.Yahweh Shalom: “The Lord is peace” Judges 6:24

d.Yahweh Sabbaoth: “The Lord of Hosts” I Samuel 1:3

e.Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord thy Sanctifier” Exodus 31:13

f.Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our righteousness” Jeremiah 23:6

g.Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there” Ezekiel 48:35

h.Yahweh Elohim Israel: “The Lord God of Israel” Judges 5:3 Quadosh Israel: “The Holy One Of Israel” Isaiah 1:4

  1. The Lord Of Hosts: In the Biblical record, these different names of God were used when requesting God to move in a specific way on behalf of His people.

For example, the name Jehovah-Rapham meaning “the Lord that healeth,” was used when seeking healing. The specific name of God which should be used in spiritual warfare is “Yahweh Sabbath” which is translated “the Lord of hosts” in the King James version of the Bible. When you call upon that name in warfare, the battle is the Lord’s and all the hosts of Heaven come to your aid.

II.GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST

God the Son, Jesus Christ, combines the divine and the human natures in one union. God the Father sent Jesus Christ to earth in human form while yet retaining His divine nature. Jesus was sent by God to earth so man could be pardoned from sin:

In John 3:16-18, “ For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because He hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

The story of Jesus is recorded in the Bible in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These books provide a detailed record of the birth, life, death, resurrection, teachings, and ministry of Jesus Christ. As part of the plan of God, Jesus came to earth in human form, ministered among men, died for the sins of man, was resurrected from the dead, and commissioned His followers to bear the 39 Gospel to the nations of the world.

A.Where is Jesus?

Following His resurrection from the dead, Jesus appeared to many people, commissioned His followers, and then returned to Heaven. But remember…even though He is in Heaven He is still omnipresent…His presence is everywhere.

B.Special Functions: The special functions of Jesus in relation to spiritual warfare include the following:

  1. Redeeming man from sin: It is through the death of Jesus Christ that you are freed from the bondage of sin in which the enemy has ensnared you: …for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage… (II Peter 2:19) Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:21) Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1)
  2. Authority over the forces of evil: You will study this in detail later in this course. The death of Jesus not only freed mankind from sin, but also resulted in triumph over the forces of evil. Because of this, you have authority over the enemy: Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)
  3. Destroying the works of the Devil: …For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)
  4. Intercession for believers: In Heaven Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father interceding for believers engaged in spiritual warfare. This means He is talking to the Father on your behalf: …It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)

C.THE NAMES OF JESUS:

1.The name “Jesus” means “Savior or deliverer” (Matthew 1:21).

  1. The name “Christ” means “the anointed one” (John 4:25- 26).

Additional names given Jesus Christ in the Bible include the following:

1.Advocate 1 John 2:1

2.Almighty Revelation 1:8

3.Alpha and Omega Revelation 21:6

4.Amen Revelation 3:14

5.Ancient of Days Daniel 7:9

6.Author/Finisher of our Faith Hebrews 12:2

7.Author of Eternal Salvation Hebrews 5:9

8.Begotten of God 1 John 5:18

9.Beloved Ephesians 1:6

  1. Branch Zechariah 3:8

11.Bread of Life John 6:48

  1. Bright and Morning Star Revelation 22:16

13.Captain of the Lord’s Host Joshua 5:15

14.Carpenter’s Son Matthew 13:55

15.Chief Cornerstone 1 Peter 2:6

16.Chief Among Ten Thousand Song of Solomon 5:10

  1. Christ John 1:41

18.Counselor Isaiah 9:6

19.Deliverer Romans 11:26

20.Door John 10:9

21.Elect Isaiah 42:1

22.Emmanuel Matthew 1:23

23.Eternal Life 1 John 5:20

24.Faithful and True Revelation 19:11

25.Faithful Witness Revelation 1:5

26.First Begotten Hebrews 1:6

27.First and Last Revelation 22:13

  1. Glorious Lord Isaiah 33:21

29.Great High Priest Hebrews 4:14

30.Head of the Body Colossians 1:18

31.Head over all things Ephesians 1:22

32.Headstone Psalms 118:22

33.Heir of all things Hebrews 1:2

34.Holy One of Israel Isaiah 41:14

35.Hope of Glory Colossians 1:27

36.I Am John 8:58

37.Image of the Invisible God Colossians 1:15

38.Jesus Christ Our Lord Romans 1:3

39.King of Glory Psalms 24:7

40.Lamb of God John 1:29

41.Light of the World John 8:12

42.Lily of the Valleys Song of Solomon 2:1

43.Living Bread John 6:51

44.Lord God Almighty Revelation 4:8

45.Lord of All Acts 10:36

 46.Lord Our Righteousness Jeremiah 23:6 41

47.Love 1 John 4:8

48.Man of Sorrows Isaiah 53:3

49.Master Matthew 23:10

50.Messiah Daniel 9:25

51.Most Holy Daniel 9:24

52.Nazarene Matthew 2:23

53.Only Wise God 1 Timothy 1:17

54.Our Passover 1 Corinthians 5:7

55.Physician Luke 4:23

56.Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6

57.Propitiation Romans 3:25

58.Redeemer Isaiah 59:20

59.Resurrection John 11:25

60.Righteous Servant Isaiah 53:11

61.Rock 1 Corinthians 10:4

62.Root of Jesse Isaiah 11:10

63.Rose of Sharon Song of Solomon 2:1

64.Savior of the World 1 John 4:14

65.Seed of David John 7:42

66.Seed of the Woman Genesis 3:15

67.Shepherd John 10:11

68.Son of God Romans 1:4

69.Son of Man Acts 7:56

70.Son of Mary Mark 6:3 Stone Matthew 21:42

71.Sun of Righteousness Malachi 4:2

72.Sure Foundation Isaiah 28:16

73.Teacher John 3:2

74.Truth John 14:6

75.Unspeakable Gift 1 Corinthians 9:15

76.Vine John 15:1 Way John 14:6

77.Wonderful Isaiah 9:6

78.Word John 1:14

  1. Word of God Revelation 19:13

III. God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is part of the triune nature of God, but the Holy Spirit also has an individual personality.

  1. Personality of the Holy Spirit:

The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit:

1.Has a mind

In Romans 8:27,  “And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit…”

2.Searches out the human mind:

I Corinthians 2:10, “But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”

3.Has a will:

I Corinthians 12:11, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.”

a.The will of the Holy Spirit guides believers by denying permission for certain actions:

In Acts16:6-7, “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia. After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; but the Spirit suffered them not.”

b.The will of the Holy Spirit also guides believers by granting permission:

In Acts 16:10, “And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavored to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the Gospel unto them.”

4.Speaks:

In Acts 8:29, “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”

5.Loves:

In Romans 15:30, “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.”

6,Intercedes:

The Holy Spirit intercedes (prays to God) on behalf of believers:

In Romans 8:26, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (spoken). “

From this list of personality traits you can immediately recognize the important functions of the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare. The Holy Spirit guides your warfare. He reveals spiritual things that cannot be known naturally. The Holy Spirit speaks the will and words of God to you. He also intercedes for you as you are engaged in spiritual battles.

  1. Gifts of the Holy Spirit : The Holy Spirit gives special spiritual gifts to believers. These gifts are discussed in detail in the course on the Holy Spirit. The main references listing the gifts of the Holy Spirit are:

-Romans 12:1-8

-I Corinthians 12:1-31

-Ephesians 4:1-16

-I Peter 4:7-11

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary to equip the believer for combat against the forces of evil.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit include the following:

1.Special gifts to equip God’s people: Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers.

2.Speaking gifts to explain God’s truth: Prophecy, teaching, exhortation, word of wisdom, word of knowledge.

3.Serving gifts to enable God’s work: Serving, helps, leadership, administration, giving, showing mercy, discerning of spirits, faith, hospitality.

4.Sign gifts to establish God’s authority: Tongues, interpretation, miracles, healings.

C..Fruit of the Holy Spirit :

The Holy Spirit also develops spiritual fruit in the life of the believer.

The “fruit of the Holy Spirit” refers to the nature of the Spirit revealed in the life of the believer, spiritual qualities which should be evident in the lives of all Christians. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for power.

The fruit of the Holy Spirit is for character in the life of a believer. If you do not develop Christlike character traits, then you will become a victim of the forces of evil. Spiritual fruit is evidence of spiritual maturity. Like fruit in the natural world, it is a product which is the result of the process of life.

There are two types of spiritual fruit. There is the spiritual fruit of reproduction: Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain… (John 15:16)

There is also the inner fruit of Christlike qualities. These qualities are completely opposite of the fleshly nature of man: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:19-23)

Although the power of the flesh was defeated at the cross, as a believer you experience this only to the degree that you practice faith in the finished work of Jesus. Therefore, to be effective in denying the power of the sinful nature of the flesh, it is necessary that you develop or “put on” the fruit of the Holy Spirit.

D..Where is the Holy Spirit?

Jesus promised His followers that upon His return to Heaven He would send the Holy Spirit to earth to comfort them: And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (John 14:16-17)

One of the main functions of the Holy Spirit is to direct attention to Jesus Christ: But when the Comforter is come, whom I will sent unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of me (John 15:26) God the Holy Spirit, in spirit form and invisible to the natural eyes of man, is in the world today. He is active in convicting men of sin, drawing men to Jesus Christ, equipping believers with power for spiritual warfare, guiding them, and testifying of Jesus. The Holy Spirit ministers in many other ways in the world.

  1. Sensitivity of the Holy Spirit:

The Holy Spirit has a sensitive nature. This means He has feelings that can be affected by the actions of man. Because of the sensitive nature of the Holy Spirit the Bible warns that we should not lie to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), resist the Spirit (Acts 7:51), quench the Spirit (I Thessalonians 5:19), grieve the Spirit (Psalms 78:40 and Ephesians 4:30), insult the Spirit (Hebrews 6:4-6), blaspheme the Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32), or vex the Spirit (Isaiah 63:10).

  1. Titles of the Holy Spirit: There are several titles used in the Bible to describe the Holy Spirit. A title is a descriptive phrase which explains a person’s position and/or function. It is important that you know the function of the Holy Spirit as you enter spiritual warfare. Look up the following references in your Bible to study the titles given the Holy Spirit.

1.The Holy Spirit is called:

2.The Spirit of God: I Corinthians 3:16

3.The Spirit of Christ: Romans 8:9

4.The Eternal Spirit: Hebrews 9:14

5.The Spirit of Truth: John 16:13

6.The Spirit of Grace: Hebrews 10:29

7.The Spirit of Life: Romans 8:2

8.The Spirit of Glory: I Peter 4:14

9.The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation: Ephesians 1:17

10.The Comforter: John 14:26

11.The Spirit of Promise: Acts 1:4-5

12.The Spirit of Holiness: Romans 1:4

13.The Spirit of Faith: II Corinthians 4:13

14.The Spirit of Adoption: Romans 8:15

  1. Emblems of the Holy Spirit:

The Bible uses several emblems to represent the Holy Spirit.

An emblem represents something. It is a symbol which has a special meaning. Look up the following references in your Bible. They each use emblems which represent the Holy Spirit:

1.The dove: John 1:32, Song Of Solomon 6:9 Oil: Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38; Hebrews 1:9

2.Water: John 7:37-39; Isaiah 44:3 A seal: Ephesians 1:13; 4:30; II Corinthians 1:22

3.Wind: John 3:8; Acts 2:1-2

4.Fire: Exodus 3:2; 13:21; Leviticus 9:24; Acts 2:3

SUMMARY In this chapter you learned of the Triune nature of God and studied about God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. With their combined functions in the realm of spiritual warfare they are a powerful force of good in the universe. But it is not enough just to recognize that the spiritual forces of good exist.

The Bible says: Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble. (James 2:19)

The spiritual forces of evil believe in God and are fearful of Him, but they are still evil. To simply believe in God is not enough. You must acknowledge Him as Lord of your life. You must accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your sin, repent, ask forgiveness, and become a new creature in Christ.

Questions for the End of this lesson.

  1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.

2.List the spiritual forces of good.

3.Name the three personalities of the Trinity of God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  1. Summarize the special function of God in the realm of spiritual warfare.
  2. Summarize the functions of Jesus Christ in spiritual warfare.
  3. Summarize the functions of the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare.