BIBLE STUDY NOTES

Spiritual Warfare - Part 1 The Enemy  

INTRODUCTION  

There is a dark, diabolical, and deadly war that is being fought in America.  

It is a form of guerilla warfare with sabotage, subversion, innuendo and sniping.  
It is a deadly war.  
It is a war between light and darkness, good and evil, Heaven and Hell, Christ and Satan.  

Whether we realize it or not, we are part of this war.  

We cannot afford to be ignorant.  
We cannot possibly be neutral.  

If we try to be neutral, then we will find ourselves in the crossfire and in the most dangerous place of all.  

Ephesian 6:10-20  
The church is not a showboat; it is a battleship.  

Today’s message is a warning and a call to arms, but also a declaration of victory.  
When we were born again, we were born from above.  

Being Heaven-born and Heaven-bound, we were also born for a battle.  
When we were born again, we were born to win.  

Today’s passage of Scripture discusses the Christian warrior.  

It’s not merely talking about the pastor or the evangelist or the missionary.  
It is talking about each of us.  

the christian warrior and his adversary (Ephesians 6:11)  

We must know our enemy.  
Ephesians 6:11  

Our adversary is called “the devil.”  

The devil today is viewed as sort of a laughable character.  

Some people think of him as some medieval superstition.  
We make light of the devil.  

We call football teams “devils” and “demons.”  
Devil Truck Lines “It is easy with the devil.”  
We talk about deviled ham and devil’s food cake.  
We think of the devil as a guy in long, red underwear with a pitchfork.  

We have an enemy, and he is very real.  

The Bible does not speak of him as some figment of the imagination.  
It has always been his purpose to pull the veil of darkness over his kingdom and have his very existence denied for a while.  

But he wants worship.  
He will only use this disguise so long before he removes the veil and demands worship.  

It is important that we understand who the devil is in our warfare.  

If there is no enemy, then there will be no preparation for war.  
We have an enemy, and we must understand this.  

How is the enemy described?  

He is a decided fact.  

Ephesians 6:11  
If we don’t believe that the devil exists, then we are in a very precarious situation.  

He is a destructive force.  

Ephesians 6:11  

The Greek word for “wiles” is the word from which we get the words “methodical” and “methods.”  
Satan is very methodical.  

He is strategic.  

He may take two steps back in order to go forward three steps.  
He may let us think that we are getting away with our sin.  
He may even seem to be blessing us and helping us along our way.  
He has made a plan to sabotage our lives and our homes.  
He is wily and subtle.  
Apart from the leadership of the Holy Spirit of God, he would deceive the very elect.  

He is spiritual.  

Ephesians 6:12  
Sometimes people think that because something is spiritual, it is good.  

This is not the case.  

There is spiritual goodness, and there is spiritual wickedness.  

1 John 4:1  
Séances, necromancy, Ouija boards, horoscopes, clairvoyancy, visions, and Hindu mysticism are examples of spiritual wickedness.  

He is strong.  

Ephesians 6:12  
In our flesh, we are no match for our adversary.  

We are too weak to go against Satan in our own strength.  

He is sinister.  

Ephesians 6:12  
Satan has a dark, tyrannical power, and he is in a fight to the finish.  
There is nothing that he will not do to wreck, ruin and destroy our lives.  

He is a defeated foe.  

Ephesians 6:10  
God has already defeated Satan.  

It’s not that Satan shall be defeated; he is already defeated.  

John 12:31  
1 John 4:4  

Satan is strong, sinister, strategic, and spiritual, but God is almighty.  

If we do not learn these truths, then we will not understand victory.  

If Satan is a defeated foe, then why should we be warned?  

Even though Satan’s back was broken at Calvary, God still allows him to have power on the Earth.  
It is limited power, and it is power that we as Christians can and shall overcome in the Lord Jesus Christ.  

It is part of God’s plan to make us overcomers and to give greater glory to Himself.  

Conclusion:   

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober (not out of hand; alert; awake; self-controlled) be vigilant (stay awake and keep watch) BECAUSE (everyone has the why question) Why?  

Your adversary (hostile enemy, your opponent)  

The devil  
As a -  roaring lion  
Stalks his enemy – every child of the King  
Looking for the opportunity to suffer ruin or destruction.  

You and I must know our enemy  

You and I must be prepared for battle  

Next time we meet we will learn how to dress for battle~