Spiritual Warfare 101
• For if the bugle produces an indistinct
sound, who will prepare himself for
1 Cor 14:8 NASU
1. WE ARE IN A WAR
• “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
• 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 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
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
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
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
• 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
3. OUR ENEMY IS SATAN
• 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
• 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."'"
• "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
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
• "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?'
• 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
• 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
• 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.
• 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...
• "The thief comes only to steal and kill
and destroy; I came that they may have
life, and have it abundantly.
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