Spiritual Warfare #1 | Knowing Your Enemy
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What does the Open Bible say about spiritual warfare?
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How Does Spiritual Warfare Affect You?
God’s word speaks about the absolute reality of a conflict we face as believers, and we often call that conflict “spiritual warfare.” C. S. Lewis warned us decades ago, though, that believers usually fall into one of two camps when dealing with the demonic: we deny their existence, or we get fascinated with them. Either way, we too often miss the Bible’s basic teachings about this conflict.
The Bible is a book about God, not the devil.
- We are instructed not to magnify the devil’s power but rather God’s power.
Satan and his demons are real.
- The Bible reveals Satan and his demons as real, supernatural beings who oppose God and his people. Any attempt to negate the reality of Satan and his demons are inaccurate.
Satan Is Not Our Biggest Problem.
- We face three enemies: the world, our flesh, and the devil (Eph. 2:1–3). In some cases, the three are so interwoven that it’s difficult to tell them apart. Our primary problem is not Satan, though. We are often the biggest problem.
God is in control over all things, including Satan and his demons.
- There is a conflict between human beings and the devil because God put that conflict there (Gen. 3:15). That conflict would ultimately lead to the cross at Calvary, where the death of Jesus would break the power of sin and death. (Col. 2:15).
Satan is a defeated foe.
- Satan has been bound through God’s judgment, and the cross is being bound through the preaching of the gospel and will be bound for eternity. We do genuinely wrestle against principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12), but the devil and his demons have only been allowed to do what God’s will allows for God’s ultimate purpose.