Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT) — John 10:10
The devil has strategies on how to destroy you, your family, your business, your reputation, your relationships…and you
Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)—For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,
Our enemy is not other people:
v. 12b—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.
As Christians, we have to make sure we are fighting the right fight. We have to make sure we are fighting against the right opponent. Because…if you fight the wrong opponent, you will win the wrong fight
What are some things we do know about the spiritual world?
Why is there a spiritual realm and where did it come from?
Genesis 1:1-3 (NIV)
In the first couple verses of the Bible we see that there is something happening that is both physical AND spiritual. There is this God that is spirit and also creating something physical.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NIV)
Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
But this begs the question…where did the devil come from?
Verses about Satan and his fall
How does Satan work? What are his weapons? Satan uses:
All of this leads to disbelief in who God is and what He has said to do. Satan’s lies, and deceptions are not blatant. His lies are enough to be false, but little enough to be believable.
John 8:44 (NIV)
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)—Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1) Belt of Truth:
The #1 weapon of the enemy is lies. Satan is the father of lies. Jesus said He is the way the truth and the life.
John 14:6 (NIV ) — 1 John 5:20 (NIV) — John 8:31-32
John 17:17 (NIV)—Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
2) Body Armor (Breastplate) of Righteousness and the Body Armor of God’s Righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21)
3) Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Ephesians 6:15 (NLT) – Romans 10:14-15
4) Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16 (NLT) — 2 Samuel 22:36
5) Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17 (NLT) — 1 Thessalonians 5:8
6) Sword of the Spirit and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) — 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 — Colossians 1:13 (NIV)