This is concluding post to our series on spiritual warfare.
Spiritual warfare should concern the life of every true believer because every true believer is in engaged in this war. To deny this reality or to ignore this truth sets one up for tragic consequences. As believers we must be mindful that Satan and demons exist and they are out to harm Christians. However, this should be no cause for worry to the faithful believer because God has provided detailed intelligence of the enemies’ plans, and his given us his own armor and weapons. More than that, God promises to fight to battle for us, having secured ultimate victory at the cross.
There are a number of areas where understanding spiritual warfare translates into some practical steps and applications to a believer’s life. Continue reading
Continuing the series on demon battling, we consider the believer’s Divine Weapon.
As stated earlier, the battle against Satan is primarily a defensive one, yet there is an avenue for the Christian to attack. However, as Chuck Lowe cautions, “There is a battle to be fought, but our role is neither to win some spectacular victory, nor even to launch an all-out offensive. Our function is primarily – if not exclusively – defensive.”
Paul exhorts the Ephesians, who have put on their armor, to take up “the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (17). These last two instruments of war constitute the final piece of the warriors equipment (i.e. the helm) and the offensive weapon. The sword spoken of here is a short sword, much like a dagger which was used to strike hard and fast at close range. The picture Paul paints is one where the battle is fought at close range with viciousness. Continue reading
As the third part of this series on battling demons, we look at our divine armor we have from Ephesians 6:14–16.
In verses, 14–16, Paul encourages the saints to stand firm while wearing God’s armor (14). The theme of “standing” firm is picked up throughout this passage (11, 13, 14). Paul employs a word picture of a warrior standing in full armor ready to combat the attack of the enemy. Far from being a distant analogy, the battlefield scene is a present reality in every Christian’s life. Continue reading
Having introduced this series as a guide to staving off those pesky demons, we continue by noting the Divine Reconnaissance we have from Ephesians 6:11–13.
It may be surprising to note that the first thing Paul explains in Ephesians 6 is that we are at war. It is dangerous to enter into combat without knowing the enemy, but God reveals everything that we need to know about the enemy in Scripture. The Apostle Paul begins his explanation of Spiritual warfare by giving a command to put on the full armor of God (4:11, 13). Verses 11–12 give the warrant for this command. The reason we need to put on God’s armor is because we are in a war with Satan and demonic powers whether we acknowledge it or not. Continue reading
Satan exists and his aim is to attack Christians. Satan is the chief of demons. He is identified as the serpent of old, Satan (cf. Rev 12:9) who deceived Adam and Eve so that they took and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3). Just as he deceived our first parents, he continues to deceive men today. Jesus told the religious leaders of his day, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan is a murderer, a deceiver, and behind false religion. Continue reading
Mark Driscoll explains how to confront demons possessing us. In a very clear and articulate way, he provides simple steps to cast out demons. Admittedly, this is the best “how-to” guide for casting out demons I’ve ever heard.
Thoughts on this?