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Heart and Soul of a Warrior

By Bart Nelson

 

 

 

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I want to give credit to Eric Larsen for the inspiration of this teaching. He was preaching at Faith and Vision in Auburn one evening and I was privileged to attend. He used this title to preach on spiritual warfare. Some of the ideas here came from him, while others are straight from the word. Thanks, Eric, for the title and inspiration!

 

It has been said that a soldier does what they do to earn a living, whereas a warrior is one by lifestyle choice. Whether we realize it or not, we are in a battle, daily. The sooner we recognize it and maintain the heart and soul of a warrior, the better off we'll be. We have many enemies, many battles on many fronts. The primary battle is with our selves. We also battle the world system. Behind it all, we battle the devil and the powers of darkness. My hope is that this study will be a motivation for all of us to rise up and continually take the place God designed us for -- a warrior, 24/7.

 

God is a Warrior and our Commander-in-Chief and leads by example:

Ex. 15.3 The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is His name.

 

Ex. 17:15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: [The LORD my banner. This happened after the battle with the Amelkites - where Joshua was on the field with Israel, and Moses, with Aaron and Hur holding up his arms, were on the mountain overlooking the battle. This was a image of how to battle. When Moses' arms were raised (showing praise) Israel won, when they were down, Israel lost..]

 

Josh. 5.13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. Commander: prince, ruler, leader, chief, official, captain leader, vassal, noble, official (under king), general, head, overseer, elders, Ruler of rulers (of God) Army: that which goes forth, army, war, warfare, host

 

Job 29.25 I chose the way for them, and sat as chief; so I dwelt as a king in the army, as one who comforts mourners.

 

Is. 1:24 Therefore says the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will rid myself of my adversaries, and avenge me of my enemies [Lord Sabaoth, LORD of hosts really means LORD of armies!

 

Heb. 2.10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

 

We dare not be distracted and entangled in daily life:

Dt. 20.5 “Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: ‘What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. 6 Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man eat of it. 7 And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her.’ “The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’ 9 And so it shall be, when the officers have finished speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.

 

Judges 7.2 And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 3 Now therefore, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ ” And twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. 4 But the Lord said to Gideon, “The people are still too many; bring them down to the water, and I will test them for you there. Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” 5 So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself; likewise everyone who gets down on his knees to drink.” 6 And the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people got down on their knees to drink water. 7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place.” Did you realize that God was following His own orders when He did this to Gideon? The second test was one of vigilance -- which we will discuss later.

 

2 Tim. 2.3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. When we have a warrior mentality, the hours don't seem as long, the difficulties don't seem as tough. Hardship is part and partial of the warrior life as the following verse shows: 1 Peter. 4.12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; Endure hardship: to suffer (endure) evils (hardships, troubles), to be afflicted  Soldier: champion for the cause of Christ.

 

God wants to teach us to be a good warrior (many of these are attitudes, which if we don't have them, we need to seek God for them.):

Ex. 23.27 “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come, and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. 28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivite, the Canaanite, and the Hittite from before you. 29 I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. This is a picture of our lives and the people in our sphere of influence. God will get the victory, but we could not handle a total victory all at once. If we had that, worse things would come and fill the gap. Instead, God waits until we are able to control the territory He has given us. Often, we wonder why we don't get total victory or why our influence isn't as great as we wish. This may be part of the answer.

 

Josh. 1.3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Strong: prevail, harden, be courageous, be firm, be resolute, be sore, be caught fast, be secure, to press, be urgent, to grow stout, grow rigid, to be severe, sustain, encourage, make bold, to support, to have or take or keep hold of, retain, hold up, to withstand. Good Courage: to be strong, alert, brave, stout, bold, solid, hard, secure (for oneself), make firm, make obstinate, assure, to be determined, confirm oneself, persist in, prove superior to. It is time to quit fighting to be saved, to give, to do the basics of being a follower of Jesus. It is time to fight to take back territory of the enemy!

 

Judges 3.1 Now these are the nations which the Lord left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan 2 (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it), 3 namely, five lords of the Philistines, all the Canaanites, the Sidonians, and the Hivites who dwelt in Mount Lebanon, from Mount Baal Hermon to the entrance of Hamath. 4 And they were left, that He might test Israel by them, to know whether they would obey the commandments of the Lord, which He had commanded their fathers by the hand of Moses. We have spiritual enemies so we can be tested, that we might know war. Are we passing the test?

 

Judges 8.4 When Gideon came to the Jordan, he and the three hundred men who were with him crossed over, exhausted but still in pursuit. We must be more tenacious than our enemy -- and he is very tenacious.

 

1 Sam. 17.32 Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!” Past victories train us and give us confidence for present, larger battles.

38 So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. 39 David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. We need to know our armor and weapons well. We can't use others methods, necessarily.

40 Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. David was well prepared for battle, so should we be.

41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Appearances are deceiving!

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” David spoke in faith and in the name of Jesus -- two more keys.

48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. Run towards the enemy, not away from him. We can even use the enemy’s weapons against him!

And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 Now the men of Israel and Judah arose and shouted, and pursued the Philistines as far as the entrance of the valley and to the gates of Ekron. And the wounded of the Philistines fell along the road to Shaaraim, even as far as Gath and Ekron. When one of us gets the victory, we all need to join in pursuit of the enemy to bring him even more damage.

 

1 Sam. 18.17 One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought to himself, “I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him rather than doing it myself.” Saul should have been fighting Philistines instead of David! Let's make sure we're wrestling our real enemies -- the world system and temptations, the flesh and the devil and not people! Saul fought David all of his life -- what a waste!

 

1 Sam. 22.1 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. So when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. What an army! But these became David's mighty men who served him and fought well for him for a long time. Just goes to show what God can do with us!

 

1 Sam. 23.1 Then they told David, saying, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors.” 2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.” 3 But David’s men said to him, “Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” 4 Then David inquired of the Lord once again. And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.” 5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. David continually asked the Lord about his battles and we should do the same. Don't worry about the voice of men, just the voice of the Lord.

1 Sam. 23.15 So David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. And David was in the Wilderness of Ziph in a forest. 16 Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God. 17 And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Even my father Saul knows that.” 18 So the two of them made a covenant before the Lord. And David stayed in the woods, and Jonathan went to his own house. Right friends can be essential to God's warriors.

 

2 Sam. 22.35 He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

 

2 Kings 13.14 Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. Then Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over his face, and said, “O my father, my father, the chariots of Israel and their horsemen!” 15 And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and some arrows.” So he took himself a bow and some arrows. 16 Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” So he put his hand on it, and Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. 17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.” A key attitude of a warrior is intensity. There is no room for wimps in God's army!

 

1 Chron. 5.18 The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty valiant men, men able to bear shield and sword, to shoot with the bow, and skillful in war, who went to war.

 

Ps. 27.1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. Confidence in overcoming the enemy and not fearing what he can do to me are two key attitudes of a warrior.

 

Ps. 139.19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. 20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. We are to hate evil, the evil one (satan) and the powers of darkness with a perfect -- complete or whole -- hatred! If we do not, we need to ask God for this! This is another attitude of a warrior. Perfect: complete or consumate

 

Jer. 9.3 “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me,” says the Lord. This is another attitude of a warrior. Valient:to prevail, be strong, be powerful, be mighty, be great, to confirm (a covenant), to act proudly (toward God).

 

Joel 2.7 They run like mighty men, they climb the wall like men of war; every one marches in formation, and they do not break ranks. 8 They do not push one another; every one marches in his own column. Though they lunge between the weapons, they are not cut down. True warriors don't argue with who is first, who gets the credit, who does what where, their only concern in obeying orders and winning the battle!

 

 

Mt. 12.43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” As we are dealing with getting the enemy out of a situation, we also need to deal with getting more of God back in. More of Holy Spirit, more word, more prayer, more worship, etc. is needed to fill the gap.

 

John 17.15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. We need to turn back evil, to attack the enemy – pray more, fast more give more, whatever it takes!

 

1 Cor. 16.13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. You will see these attitudes named over and over for warriors -- watching, standing fast, bravery, and strength.

 

Eph. 2:6 In the spirit, I am seated with Christ Jesus in heaven far above all the powers of the enemy.

 

Eph. 5.16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. We need to plan our day to attack the enemy. If we are casual about it, our day will plan us. God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives, the enemy hates us and has a horrible plan for our lives. Therefore – live on the offensive, not the defensive.

 

Eph. 6.10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. We're to be strong in God's might, stand against the enemy, and know that our enemy is not flesh & blood! In other words, we need to choose our fights well. Strong living pleases God! Wrestling is a full contact sport. We need to do all or there will be gaps.

 

Heb. 11.33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. Faith is the key to overcoming battle.

 

James 4.6 I am submitted to God and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the NAME of JESUS. Resisting the enemy -- another key attitude!

 

1 Pet. 5.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Viligent: to watch, give strict attention to, be cautious, active, to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake one. Resist: to set one's self against, to withstand, resist, oppose.

 

1 Jn. 2.14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

 

Rev. 12:11 I overcome the accuser by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of my testimony, and not loving my life unto death.

 

We must be very familiar with our weapons – warriors can disassemble and reassemble their weapon in seconds. No warrior would go to battle without their weapons prepared, plenty of ammunition at hand and their armor on. Once we know what is available to us, our next responsibility is to make sure we are prepared 24/7, since we’re always in the battle, whether we realize it or not.

 

2 Cor, 10.3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Many of the weapons we’re going to discuss don’t make sense to the natural way of thinking. It becomes a matter of faith, believing in the word of God.

 

Dt. 32.30 How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had surrendered them? Fighting with the Lord on our side – it's not addition or multiplication, it's exponential effect – 10 times the power and authority. Eccl. 4.9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. If the battle gets tough, call another warrior! Mt. 18.19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Having more than one in agreement makes the warfare more powerful as stated before.

 

1 Sam. 17.45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Share the illustration of the police man’s uniform and badge, as well as gun. Pr. 18.10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. Joel 2.32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the Lord has said, Among the remnant whom the Lord calls. Mk. 9.38 Now John answered Him, saying, "Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us." 39 But Jesus said, "Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. Mk. 16.17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." All is to be done in the name of Jesus. Luke 10:17. And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us through your name. John 14:13 And whatever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. John 16:23. And in that day you shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full. 26 At that day you shall ask in my name: and I say not to you, that I will pray the Father for you: Name has to do with character, position, nature, the name is used for everything which the name covers, everything the thought or feeling of which is aroused in the mind by mentioning, hearing, remembering, the name, rank, authority, interests, pleasure, command, excellences, deeds etc. It is not a magic wand, a meaningless end to our prayers. It is praying asking for what and in the manner Jesus would ask. We are co-heirs with Him. Jn. 17.6 "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 11 "I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are. 12 "While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. There is keeping protection in the name of Jesus. Mt. 12.27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.  Two keys here, Holy Spirit power is an essential weapon. Jesus, our example, needed it, how much more do we? Also, when we are dealing with the enemy, we need to discern if there is a spiritual strong man involved. If so, he must be bound first, then deal with the household of enemies left behind. Mt. 18.18 Jesus says to me, “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven”. We have authority to bind and loose – one of our weapons. Acts 19.11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. 13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. The name of Jesus is not a magic wand. It is full of power and authority, but it is to be used by those who have relationship with the Father. Only sons of the Father can use the name with no fear of repercussions.  Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. We have no problem believing this about Jesus, but what about the following verse about us…

 

Eph., 2.6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

 

2 Chron. 20.1 Now it came about after this that the sons of Moab and the sons of Ammon, together with some of the Meunites, came to make war against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and reported to Jehoshaphat, saying, "A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, out of Aram and behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar (that is Engedi)."  Jehoshaphat was afraid and turned his attention to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to seek help from the LORD; they even came from all the cities of Judah to seek the LORD. (Jehoshaphat prays) Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, the Levite of the sons of Asaph; and he said, "Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: thus says the LORD to you, 'Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. 'Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the valley in front of the wilderness of Jeruel. 'You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the LORD is with you." Jehoshaphat bowed his head with {his} face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. The Levites, from the sons of the Kohathites and of the sons of the Korahites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel, with a very loud voice. They rose early in the morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed." When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, "Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting." When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying {them} completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another. When Judah came to the lookout of the wilderness, they looked toward the multitude, and behold, they were corpses lying on the ground, and no one had escaped. When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found much among them, including goods, garments and valuable things which they took for themselves, more than they could carry. And they were three days taking the spoil because there was so much. Trusting God and his prophets, praising God and seeking Him (with prayer and fasting) were all weapons used in this battle.  We should take note! Once God gave the victory, all that was left for Israel to do was to take the spoil, which took three days! Ps. 149.5 Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand, 7 to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; 8 to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; 9 To execute on them the written judgment— this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord! Thanks, praise and worship are key weapons in our arsenal. Here we are taught to bind the enemy as well. The honor of spiritual warfare is for ALL the saints, not just a select few.

 

Ps. 47.1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! Clapping and shouting are two of our weapons. Eze. 21.14 “You therefore, son of man, prophesy, and strike your hands together. The third time let the sword do double damage. It is the sword that slays, the sword that slays the great men, that enters their private chambers. 15 I have set the point of the sword against all their gates, that the heart may melt and many may stumble. Ah! It is made bright; it is grasped for slaughter: 16 “Swords  at the ready! Thrust right! Set your blade! Thrust left— wherever your edge is ordered! 17 “I also will beat My fists together, and I will cause My fury to rest; I, the Lord, have spoken.” Clapping is again shown as a weapon, likened to a sword. Prophecy is also listed. God is even shown clapping!

 

Ps. 139.19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. 20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.  Mt. 11.12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.  Who are we taking the kingdom from? Our enemy, of course. (The Kingdom of this world are becoming the kingdoms of our God – Rev. 11.15). Violence, violent – use force, to apply force, inflict violence on, press, strong. Jam. 4.7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Resist – to set one's self against, to withstand, resist, oppose. The very act of hating or resisting the enemy is a weapon against him. He flees when he isn’t getting his way! Rebuke – adjudge, award, in the sense of merited penalty, to tax with fault, rate, chide, reprove, censure severely, to admonish or charge sharply

 

Dan 10:2 In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. 3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. (Daniel had been seeking the Lord with fasting for 3 weeks concerning a matter and here’s a behind the scene of what happened…) 11 He said to me, "O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. 14 "Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future." Fasting broke the yoke of the enemy and allowed this angel to deliver the answer to Daniel. Mt. 17:19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" 20 And He *said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21 "But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

 

Mal. 3.8-12 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, fFor you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, tThat there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts; and all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts. Have you ever thought of tithes and offerings as part of your arsenal? This is the only time that I know that God offers to rebuke our devourer on our behalf. That us usually reserved for us to do or ask God to do. Here, He volunteers to do it for us. We need to make sure to take advantage of this! Make sure that we don't spend or eat our weapon!!

 

Rom. 13.12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 2 Cor. 6.7 by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, Eph. 6.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Prayer is why we have the armor. Many consider it the arrows, spear, lance and/or javelin that aren’t listed in the armory. 1 Thes. 5.4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.  A few comments on the armor: our righteous standing with the Lord protects our heart from condemnation, Roman soldiers had spikes on the souls of their shoes (Rom. 16.20). Shields in Roman times could be connected – those in front, sides and back had theirs to that direction, those in the middle had theirs overhead. The sword refers to the rhema rather than the logos. We need to have lots of rhema words from God handy as ammo! The helmet of the hope of salvation comes against the attacks of the enemy against our minds – discouragement, depression and temptation – we have hope in Jesus! 1 Tim. 1.18 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, Remember any prophetic words the Lord has given you, they are weapons in your arsenal. Also remember, when you get a word, warfare is going to follow on its heals!

 

Rev. 12.11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. The blood of Jesus, the words of our testimony, and not loving our lives, even to the point of death are all powerful weapons. We need to plead the blood over every situation, every person, everything in our lives.

 

We need to know our enemy – we don’t want to glorify him or focus upon him, but we do need to recognize him so that we are not fooled ever again by his tactics. To beat the enemy, we must see him coming and head him off. We must also realize that our enemy is NOT omniscient, omnipresent nor omnipotent or sovereign – only God is. He is a created creature, not the creator. Our enemy is not to be underestimated, but not overstated either.

2 Cor. 2.11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. Or are we?

 

Ps. 139.19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men. 20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? 22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies. Our enemy hates God, he speaks against Him.

 

Is. 14:4 that you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon, and say, "How the oppressor has ceased, And how fury has ceased! 10 "They will all respond and say to you, 'Even you have been made weak as we, You have become like us. 11 '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.' 12 "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 nations! 13 "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. 14 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' 15 "Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit. 16 "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, 17 Who made the world like a wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who did not allow his prisoners to {go} home?' Satan is tied with music and pride. No wonder music is such a dividing point! Pride is one of his main attacks. Notice that when he is seen as he is, what the reaction is, “Is this the man…?”

 

Ezekiel 28.13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. Lucifer was the worship leader, one of the three archangels. No wonder he hates worship so!

 

Lk. 4.1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying,  “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him,  “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” 9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:        ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ 11 and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 12 And Jesus answered and said to him,  “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” 13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. Temptation is one of the enemy’s greatest tactics. If we are ‘tempted’ to do something, we need to be careful to determine the source.

 

John 8.44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 2 Cor. 4.2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 2 Cor. 11.13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.The enemy loves to hide things and blind our eyes. This is a key aspect to our warfare. Our enemy always lies. Don't be mistaken, he usually mixes in just enough truth to camouflage the lie, but it is a lie and his purpose is to deceive.

 

John 10.10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 1 Pet. 5.8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 

 

Acts 10.38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Sickness is one of the enemy’s attacks.

 

2 Cor. 12.7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Eph. 6.12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. We must remember who we are and are not fighting against. Pick your enemies and battles well.

 

1 Jn. 3.8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

Begin looking at things in our lives. God gives good things, the enemy does not. He is our adversary. We need to recognize where things are coming from. God can use and cause all things to work together, but where do they originate? Once we recognize where things are coming from, the better we know how to react!

 

One of our greatest enemies is ourselves:

Rom. 7.23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

 

1 Cor. 9.26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

 

Gal 5.16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.

 

1 Pet. 2.11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,

 

The world is another enemy:

Mt. 10.34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Even our own family can and will oppose us.

 

Jn. 16.33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 

1 Jn. 5.4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

Our faith is a major battlefield:

1 Tim. 6.12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

 

1 Jn. 5.4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

Jude 3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

 

The victory is already won, God fights our battle, we simply must stand in the victory that has already been obtained:

Ps. 23.4-5 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Note where the anointing comes, in the presence of my enemies!!!!!!!!!

 

Ps. 91.2 I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!" For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. 5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; 6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. 7 A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, {But} it shall not approach you. 8 You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. 9 For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. 10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent. 11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. 12 They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. 14 "Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. 15 "He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.

 

Ps. 124.7 Our soul has escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; The snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

 

Ps. 140.7 O God the Lord, the strength of my salvation, You have covered my head in the day of battle.

 

Is. 41.12 You shall seek them and not find them— those who contended with you. Those who war against you shall be as nothing, as a nonexistent thing. 13 For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

 

Is. 43.2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

 

Is. 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the Lord.

 

Is. 59.19 So shall they fear The name of the Lord from the west, And His glory from the rising of the sun; When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

 

Mt. 12.28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.

 

Mt. 16.18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. The headquarters of hell shall never prevail against the church.

 

Mk. 16.17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

 

Lk. 10.18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven." What gives us this authority? Nothing we’ve done on our own. That’s why we are to rejoice that our name is written in heaven!

 

Jn. 16.33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 

Jn. 19.30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. This was a victory cry from Jesus!

 

Rom. 8.37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. It has been said that Mohammed Ali, George Foreman, and Evander Holyfield were all conquerors in their time, but their wives were more than conquerors -- they didn't need to fight, but they got the rewards of the battle!

 

Rom. 16.20 And the God of peace will crush satan under my feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. When we realize that the Roman soldiers had spikes on the bottom of their shoes, the gospel of peace, it gives this verse new meaning.

 

1 Cor. 15.57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

2 Cor. 14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? The imagery is that of a Roman triumph in which the victorious general would lead his soldiers and the captives they had taken in festive procession, while the people watched and applauded and the air was filled with the sweet smell released by the burning of spices in the streets. So the Christian, called to spiritual warfare, is triumphantly led by God in Christ, and it is through him that God spreads everywhere the "fragrance" of the knowledge of Christ.

 

Col. 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

 

Col 2.15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

 

2 Tim. 4:18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

 

Heb. 2.14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

 

1 Jn. 3.8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

1 Jn. 4:4 For greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world. 

 

1 Jn. 5.4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

 

He who strikes first has the advantage, therefore be up early and fighting. If God wakes you up in the middle of the night, it may be to fight. We need to put ourselves in a position where it is impossible to be defeated. We should have a battle plan for our lives and for each day. There should be a pattern we follow as warriors.