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					Spiritual Warfare 101
• For if the bugle produces an indistinct
  sound, who will prepare himself for
  battle?
                        1 Cor 14:8 NASU
1. WE ARE IN A WAR
    A.W. Tozer
• “In the early days when Christianity
  exercised a dominant influence over
  American thinking, men conceived the
  world to be a battleground… How different
  today; the fact remains the same, but the
  interpretation has changed completely.
  Men think of the world not as a
  battleground but as a playground. We are
  not here to fight; we are here to frolic. We
  are not in a foreign land; we are at
  home…. That this world is a playground
  instead of a battleground has now been
  accepted in practice by the vast majority of
  evangelical Christians…
          Ephesians 6:10-20
• Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength
  of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so
  that you will be able to stand firm against the
  schemes of the devil.
• For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
  but against the rulers, against the powers,
  against the world forces of this darkness, against
  the spiritual forces of wickedness in the
  heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full
  armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in
  the evil day, and having done everything, to
  stand firm.
• Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR
  LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON
  THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
  and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE
  PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
  in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with
  which you will be able to extinguish all the
  flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE
  HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the
  Spirit, which is the word of God.
•   18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in
    the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert
    with all perseverance and petition for all the
    saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance
    may be given to me in the opening of my mouth,
    to make known with boldness the mystery of the
    gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains;
    that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I
    ought to speak.
  2 Corinthians 2:9-11NASU
• For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put
  you to the test, whether you are obedient in all
  things. But one whom you forgive anything, I
  forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I
  have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in
  the presence of Christ, so that no advantage
  would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not
  ignorant of his schemes.
          2 Cor 2:11 NLT
• …so that Satan will not outsmart us.
  For we are familiar with his evil
  schemes.
    This Sounds Like America
• Jeremiah 6:15-19
• Are they ashamed of their disgusting actions?
  Not at all—they don't even know how to blush!
  Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered.
  They will be brought down when I punish them,“
  says the Lord.
• This is what the Lord says: "Stop at the
  crossroads and look around. Ask for the old,
  godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and
  you will find rest for your souls.
• But you reply, 'No, that's not the road we want!‘
  I posted watchmen over you who said, 'Listen
  for the sound of the alarm.‘ But you replied, 'No!
  We won't pay attention!‘
• "Therefore, listen to this, all you nations. Take
  note of my people's situation. Listen, all the
  earth! I will bring disaster on my people. It is
  the fruit of their own schemes, because they
  refuse to listen to me. They have rejected my
  word.
2.YOU CANT GET OUT OF IT
• No man has authority to restrain the wind
  with the wind, or authority over the day of
  death; and there is no discharge in the
  time of war, and evil will not deliver those
  who practice it.
                           Eccl 8:8 NASU
              2 Sauls in War
• King Saul 1 Sam 28:5-10

• When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he
  was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. When
  Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer
  him, either by dreams or by Urim or by prophets.
• Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek for me a
  woman who is a medium, that I may go to her
  and inquire of her." And his servants said to him,
  "Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at
  En-dor."
•   8
   Then Saul disguised himself by putting on
  other clothes, and went, he and two men with
  him, and they came to the woman by night; and
  he said, "Conjure up for me, please, and bring
  up for me whom I shall name to you."
• But the woman said to him, "Behold, you know
  what Saul has done, how he has cut off those
  who are mediums and spiritists from the land.
  Why are you then laying a snare for my life to
  bring about my death?" Saul vowed to her by the
  Lord, saying, "As the Lord lives, no punishment
  shall come upon you for this thing."
        Saul of Tarsus (Paul)
• 2 Timothy 4:6-8
• For I am already being poured out as a drink
  offering, and the time of my departure has
  come.
• I have fought the good fight, I have finished
  the course, I have kept the faith; in the future
  there is laid up for me the crown of
  righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous
  Judge, will award to me on that day; and not
  only to me, but also to all who have loved His
  appearing.
3. OUR ENEMY IS SATAN
              Ezek 28:11-19
• Again the word of the Lord came to me saying,
  "Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king
  of Tyre and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord God,
  "You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom
  and perfect in beauty.
• "You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every
  precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the
  topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and
  the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the
  emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your
  settings and sockets, was in you.
• On the day that you were created They were
  prepared. "You were the anointed cherub who
  covers, And I placed you there. You were on the
  holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of
  the stones of fire. "You were blameless in your ways
  From the day you were created Until
  unrighteousness was found in you.
• "By the abundance of your trade You were internally
  filled with violence, And you sinned; Therefore I
  have cast you as profane From the mountain of
  God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
  From the midst of the stones of fire.
• "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
  You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your
  splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before
  kings, That they may see you.
• "By the multitude of your iniquities, In the
  unrighteousness of your trade You profaned your
  sanctuaries.
• Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;
  It has consumed you, And I have turned you to
  ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you.
  "All who know you among the peoples Are appalled
  at you; You have become terrified And you will
  cease to be forever."'"
              Isaiah 14:7-17
• "The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They
  break forth into shouts of joy. "Even the cypress
  trees rejoice over you, and the cedars of
  Lebanon, saying, 'Since you were laid low, no
  tree cutter comes up against us.'
• "Sheol from beneath is excited over you to meet
  you when you come; It arouses for you the
  spirits of the dead, all the leaders of the earth; It
  raises all the kings of the nations from their
  thrones. "They will all respond and say to you,
  'Even you have been made weak as we, You
  have become like us.
• 'Your pomp and the music of your harps Have
  been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are
  spread out as your bed beneath you And worms
  are your covering.'
• "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the
  morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut
  down to the earth, You who have weakened the
  nations!
   We Will See Him “For Real”
• "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to
  heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of
  God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the
  recesses of the north. 'I will ascend above the
  heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the
  Most High.'
• "Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To
  the recesses of the pit. "Those who see you will
  gaze at you, They will ponder over you, saying, 'Is
  this the man who made the earth tremble, Who
  shook kingdoms, Who made the world like a
  wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who did not
  allow his prisoners to go home?'
           Revelation 20:1-3
• Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven,
  holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in
  his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the
  serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and
  bound him for a thousand years; and he threw
  him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over
  him, so that he would not deceive the nations
  any longer, until the thousand years were
  completed; after these things he must be
  released for a short time.
         Some of His Names
• Dragon- Drakon       A fabulous kind of serpent

• Serpent-Ophis         a snake, figuratively (as a
  type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person…

• Devil-Diabolos       Slanderer

• Satan-Satanas        Accuser
          Revelation 12:7-12
• And there was war in heaven, Michael and his
  angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon
  and his angels waged war, and they were not
  strong enough, and there was no longer a place
  found for them in heaven.
• And the great dragon was thrown down, the
  serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan,
  who deceives the whole world; he was thrown
  down to the earth, and his angels were thrown
  down with him.
• Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now
  the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of
  our God and the authority of His Christ have
  come, for the accuser of our brethren has been
  thrown down, he who accuses them before our
  God day and night.
• "And they overcame him because of the blood of
  the Lamb and because of the word of their
  testimony, and they did not love their life even
  when faced with death. "For this reason, rejoice, O
  heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the
  earth and the sea, because the devil has come
  down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he
  has only a short time."
4. THE DEVIL IS A LIAR
AND A DECEIVER
         2 Corinthians 2:11
• …so that Satan will not outsmart us. For
  we are familiar with his evil schemes.
         2 Corinthians 4:3-7
• If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a
  veil, it is hidden only from people who are
  perishing.
• Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded
  the minds of those who don't believe. They are
  unable to see the glorious light of the Good
  News. They don't understand this message
  about the glory of Christ, who is the exact
  likeness of God.
• You see, we don't go around preaching about
  ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord,
  and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus'
  sake. For God, who said, "Let there be light in
  the darkness," has made this light shine in our
  hearts so we could know the glory of God that is
  seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
• We now have this light shining in our hearts, but
  we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing
  this great treasure. This makes it clear that our
  great power is from God, not from ourselves.
        2 Corinthians 11:3
• But I fear that somehow your pure and
  undivided devotion to Christ will be
  corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by
  the cunning ways of the serpent.
                John 8:43-52
• Why can't you understand what I am saying? It's
  because you can't even hear me! For you are
  the children of your father the devil, and you love
  to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer
  from the beginning. He has always hated the
  truth, because there is no truth in him. When he
  lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a
  liar and the father of lies.
• So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don't
  believe me! Which of you can truthfully accuse
  me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth,
  why don't you believe me?
• Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the
  words of God. But you don't listen because you
  don't belong to God." The people retorted, "You
  Samaritan devil! Didn't we say all along that you
  were possessed by a demon?"
• "No," Jesus said, "I have no demon in me. For I
  honor my Father—and you dishonor me. And
  though I have no wish to glorify myself, God is
  going to glorify me. He is the true judge. 51 I tell
  you the truth, anyone who obeys my teaching
  will never die!" The people said, "Now we know
  you are possessed by a demon...
             John 10:10
• "The thief comes only to steal and kill
  and destroy; I came that they may have
  life, and have it abundantly.
                              -Jesus
       1 Peter 5:6-10               NASU

• Therefore humble yourselves under the
  mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at
  the proper time, casting all your anxiety on
  Him, because He cares for you.
• Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your
  adversary, the devil, prowls around like a
  roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But
  resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the
  same experiences of suffering are being
  accomplished by your brethren who are in the
  world.

				
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