Fighting does not always have to be physical;

it can also allude to confronting, resisting, 

or overcoming internal or external forces.

Our primary battles are Spiritual 



in nature, and we need 



Spiritual Armor 



to stand firm in the midst of 



these battles.

Paul says in Ephesians, 


“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.”

Nothing is more valuable than having the 


Word of God ready to fight when the powers 

of Satan are set against us and attempt to 

destroy our joy forever. 

Satan, sometimes called the devil, is 



referenced to in the Bible as "the



adversary and Lucifer, the deceiver of the



whole world... the accuser" (Revelation



12:9-10), "the ruler of this world" 



(John 12:31), and "the god of this age"


  (2 Corinthians 4:4).



Satan, the adversary, is the mighty fallen angel, 


Lucifer. Satan has been God's enemy since the 


beginning of time. His entire being and purpose 


is to wage Spiritual war on God and His most


 prized creation, humanity.



Satan is the most vehement foe of God and 



His people. - The names that identify Satan



 in Scripture show his characteristics.



 1. "Tempter" (Matthew 4:3)



 2. "Murderer" (John 8:44)



 3. "Liar" (John 8:44)



 4. "Evil One" (I John 5:19)



 5. "deceiver" - Revelation 12:9,6.



 Satan is the accuser of the brethren" -


 Revelation 12:10



Satan disguises himself as an angel of light 



in order to conceal his true characteristics. 



11:14 in 2 Corinthians 



Ephesians 6:12 - The Bible gives Satan 



three titles that reveal his position. 



1. Prince "this world's prince" 



2."the prince of the power of the air,"



 according to John 12:31.



3. Ephesians 2:2 - The Bible states unequivocally 



that Satan is the head of evil men and evil spirits.



He is the ruler of this world's darkness.




Satan is an invisible foe and God's enemy. He 



wants us to do evil deeds and offend God. He



 doesn't want us to experience eternity with God!



He prowls around like a roaring lion searching



 for someone to destroy" 


(1 Peter 5:8).



 Despite this, the entire world willingly "follows



 the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that 



is now at work in the sons of rebellion" in the 



most heinous and unconscious bondage 


(Ephesians 2:2). 



At his most successful, his people march 



callously to destruction, dragging as many as 



they can with them.




Satan is God's enemy, but because he cannot



directly fight God, he targets individuals 



created in God's image and greatly loved



 by Him. 





Satan is a cruel and miserable mastermind who



is trying to lead the entire world astray. Satan is 



aware of his impending doom and wants to bring 



as many people down with him as possible.




According to the Bible, Satan is cunning. It is 



also indicative of Satan to be sneaky, clever, 



cunning, subtle, scholarly, and shrewd. Satan



 is an unscrupulous, manipulative devil who



 specializes at what he does. 




He has amplified his craft to the level of an



 art form. Satan would love to undermine



Believers from seeking God.




He is so skilled, when given the opportunity, 



he leads the entire world astray 


(Revelation 12:9).

One of life's most profound facts is that all


humanity has a supernatural enemy whose


mission is to use pain and pleasure to make


us blind, ignorant, and miserable – forever.


We must put on the full armor of God so that 


we are able to stand against the schemes of 


Satan and fight for the truth of God. 


Ephesians 6:10-20

A soldier is only ready for battle when he



 is girded with his belt. To be fitted with our



 belt, means we are ready to face the day.



Truth is the belt that holds the armor stable. 



Our Highest Truth can be found in God’s Word, 



in the person of Jesus Christ. (John 14:6) We 



must know this Truth in order to protect 



ourselves against our flesh, the world, and the 



Father of Lies. Truth grounds us and calls our



 attention to our identity in Christ.

Let us put on the full armor of God, so that 


when the day of evil comes, we may be able to 


stand our ground, and after we have done 


everything, to stand.



We must stand firm then, with the belt of truth 



buckled around our waist, with the breastplate of 


righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted


 with the readiness that comes from the gospel of


 peace. 



In addition to all this, take up the shield


 of faith, with which we can extinguish all the 


flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet 


of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which


 is the word of God.


Our breastplate is God's righteousness. God's 


righteousness will never fail. Being rooted and 


grounded in God’s Word is powerful protection


 for our hearts. 


Our sandals with the Gospel of Peace are 


a firm foundation. With our shoes of peace 


we are able to go and share our testimonies


with others. The way we walk through life will


 be seen by many. When we carry ourselves 


with the fruit of the spirit, people will want to


know more about the God we serve.


We must Spiritually dress for success 


by putting the Spiritual Armor of God 


on, daily.

The Scriptures are very clear on the 


existence of spiritual warfare.

The power that overcomes 


the devil is God's Word. 


Let us examine how Jesus applied God's Word 

to counter the devil. 

When engaged in spiritual warfare we must


 walk, live, and share truth, live righteously, 


proclaim the gospel of peace, taking up the


 shield of faith, wearing salvation as a helmet, 


and equipping ourselves with God’s Word 


as our sword.


In the wilderness, Jesus quoted Scripture in


 response to every temptation thrown at Him 


by the devil (Matthew 4:4, 7). Although Jesus 


is the Word of God and has the power to 


command demons (Mark 1:27), He relied on 


Scripture to withstand the devil's temptations,


 and so should we.



Let us also draw strength from God's 


sufficiency."In all circumstances, let us take


 up the shield of faith, with which we can 


extinguish all the blazing arrows of the evil 


one," Paul says (Ephesians 6:16). As a result, 


faith is a formidable devil-slayer.


May we "Resist Satan while 


remaining steadfast in our faith"


 (1 Peter 5:9). 

"Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all


of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm 


against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting 


against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers 


and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty 


powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the 


heavenly places." 


Ephesians 6:10-12

The best way to expose Satan and 


his lies... is to know the Truth. When
 

we know the truth... we will know


 what is false. 


If we are not relying on God's truth, 


we can easily blunder.

It is important that we do not become



 haughty or arrogant with human pride.



 We are powerless... without God. 



In our own strength and power, we 



have no chance of defeating the 



“spiritual forces of evil in the 




heavenly realms.”  Only the 



“Full Armor of God” 



will equip us to withstand



spiritual attacks. 




We can only be strong in 




God’s power and authority; 




it is God’s Armor that 




protects us.


For though we live in the world, we 



are not of the world. We do not wage 



war as the world does. We use God's 



mighty weapons, not worldly weapons.




The weapons we fight with are not 



the weapons of the world. 



On the contrary, they have divine 



power to demolish strongholds! 



2 Corinthians 10:4

Our battle is against spiritual 



forces of evil in the world.

The armor of God is described in Ephesians 6:10-18.


 In this passage we are told that our primary battles are of 


a spiritual nature and that we need spiritual armor to be 


able to stand firm in the midst of these battles. 


How we begin our day is key towards 


overcoming the daily battles that we 


will inevitably face.


The thief enters only to 

steal, kill, and destroy.

Who is Satan, exactly?


In the Bible, he is referred to as the "Evil One."


Satan is also known as the devil, and he 


possesses repulsive characteristics. In Scripture,


Satan is referred to as the accuser, slanderer,


 adversary, enemy, father of lies, murderer, 


wicked one, and deceiver who leads humanity 


astray by enticing people into the ways of


lies, misinformation and malevolence.


Satan is also described as being venomous, 


antagonistic, morally corrupt, evil-minded,


 vicious, vindictive, a dirty-hearted accuser, 


and adversary to God and man.


The Scriptures describe Satan as one who 


exists in the invisible spirit realm. 


Job 1:6

Satan is powerless. When God



 is first and foremost in our lives,



 Satan is a defeated foe.

Spiritual warfare is a very real part of life, but it

 should not be viewed with fear or arrogance. 

Rather, the truth about Satan and his evil forces

 should drive us closer to God.
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