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OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Identify your offensive weapons.

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KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

The Lord hath opened his armory, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of hosts… (Jeremiah 50:25)

INTRODUCTION
Now that you have learned how to defend yourself spiritually, you must also learn how to wage offensive warfare which will help you advance into Satan’s territory. With offensive weapons, you will be able to claim new ground as you spread the Gospel and bring deliverance to those held in enemy bondage.
To “war a good warfare” it is evident that you must take offensive action:

This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare. (I Timothy 1:18)
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and has professed a good profession before many witnesses. (I Timothy 6:12)

You are to fight this battle intelligently with purpose:

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air. (I Corinthians 9:26)

Knowing your offensive weapons can give you the ability to fight with purpose instead of uncertainty.

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OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES
Here are the weapons you use to wage offensive spiritual warfare:

PRAYER:
You already studied prayer and fasting as part of “God’s Battle Plan” in Chapter Ten and as a defensive weapon in the last lesson. But prayer is also a powerful offensive weapon. When you use it to wage offensive warfare you do not just pray only for your own personal wants, needs, and problems. You intercede for people, leaders, and nations, pulling down strongholds of Satan and his demonic forces.
All Christians are to intercede at times, but there is a special calling to intercession for some. This powerful ministry brings the intercessor before the Lord to wage mighty battles in the unseen realm.
The value of praise and worship was also mentioned in Chapter Ten. Praise and worship are powerful offensive weapons. In II Chronicles 20 when Israel faced a mighty enemy, they began to sing and praise God and He set an ambush to defeat their army. When you praise and worship God, you are actually setting “ambushments” in the spirit world.

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THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT:

Wherefore TAKE unto you the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…(Ephesians 6:13)

To “take” something is to get hold of it, grasp it, to draw it to yourself. To take hold of God’s armor implies offensive action on the part of the believer.
You studied about the defensive parts of the armor in the last lesson. These included the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, helmet of salvation, shoes of the preparation of peace, and the sword of the Spirit.
The “sword of the Spirit,” which is the Word of God, is a weapon that can be used both defensively and offensively. The Word is a defensive weapon when you use it to defend against the attacks of
Satan. It is offensive when you use it to claim territory for the Lord by sharing the Gospel message and deliverance with others.
There are two different words used in Scripture for the “Word of God.” One word is “logos” which refers to the total utterance of God. This refers to the complete revelation of what God has said. The second word, “rhema,” refers to a specific saying of God that has special application to a specific situation. This is the word used in this passage calling the “sword of the Spirit” the Word of God.
You will remember that Jesus used specific (“rhema”) sayings of God, applicable to the immediate temptation. To be able to do this implies familiarity with the total Word of God. If you are to use specific Scriptures applicable to immediate battles, you must have knowledge of God’s total revelation.

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THE MIND OF CHRIST:

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, ARM YOURSELVES likewise with the same mind…(I Peter 4:1)
LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)

To “let” means to permit or embrace. You are to arm yourself with the same mind that Jesus had, a mind set to wage aggressive warfare:

…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)

You must “let” or permit this mind to be developed. You must take aggressive action to “arm yourself” with a similar mental attitude:

And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)

To be “transformed” means to experience a complete change which will be expressed in character and conduct. Renewing and arming your mind with Christlikeness results in such a transformation.

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PULLING AND CASTING DOWN:
The goal of offensive warfare is to pull and cast down the strongholds of the enemy:

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS; CASTING DOWN imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (II Corinthians 10:4-5)

To “pull down” means to take down by effort or force. To “cast” means to throw or hurl. You are told to cast off the works of darkness (Romans 13:12) and cast out demon powers (Matthew 10:8).


When you pull and cast down strongholds of Satan you are waging offensive warfare. You are not waiting to defend against an attack of Satan but you are attacking strongholds of the enemy’s power.

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BINDING AND LOOSING:
You have the power to bind the forces of evil and loose the forces of good:

And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. (Matthew 16:19)

Through delegation of power and authority from Jesus, you can bind and loose spiritual forces. Note that this weapon works together: It is binding and loosing. Whenever you bind something, you should also loose something. For example, if you bind the spirit of lying you should loose the spirit of truth to operate in its place.

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THE BLOOD OF JESUS:
When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, He loosed us from the dominion of sin and the power of the enemy. His blood secures our access to God and release from the bondage of Satan. The Word of God indicates that “they (believers) overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ)” (Revelation 12:11).
Salvation, healing, and deliverance are all available because of the blood of Jesus. His blood enables you to wage offensive warfare for the souls of men and women and bring deliverance in deliverance and healing in the name of Jesus. Your power to “overcome” the enemy is because of the “blood of the lamb.”

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YOUR TESTIMONY:
Revelation 12:11 indicates the enemy is defeated by the “word of your testimony.” The word “testimony” means “evidence or record” like that used in a legal case in a court of law.
You will recall that Jesus often commanded people who had been delivered to go and tell others what God had done for them. As you “testify” or give evidence to the power of God in your life, you wage offensive spiritual warfare. To be effective, your testimony must be based upon the testimony of the Word of God, just as a lawyer in a court bases his arguments on the law of the land.

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THE NAME OF JESUS:
You already learned that the name of Jesus is part of God’s basic battle plan. The name of Jesus is a powerful offensive weapon also. Jesus said that “in My name” you will cast out demons, heal the sick, and overcome all the power of the enemy (Mark 16:17).
Review the various names of Jesus in Chapter Three of this manual to see how many of His names reflect offensive action against the enemy. Also read through the book of Acts and note the miracles done “in His name.”
The name of Jesus is not some magical phrase with which we conclude our prayers. It is a symbol of the authority and power He has given us. You had better be authorized to use His power an authority before you start using His names to war against Satanic powers. Review the story in Acts 19:13-17 and note what happened to the sons of Sceva.

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
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2. Summarize what you have learned about your offensive weapons:
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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. Read Psalms 45:3 and Isaiah 59:17. Both passages describe God putting on spiritual armor. What two pieces of armor does God put on that are not included in our spiritual armor? (Isaiah 59:17)
2. David mentions spiritual armor as he recalls how God has helped him in battle. Study Psalms 18:29-50.
3. It is important that you have experience using your spiritual armor. In I Samuel 17 read about what happened when David tried to use armor with which he was not familiar.
4. The Lord uses spiritual armor to protect you from your enemies: Psalms 35:1-3 David had much to say about his enemies: Psalms 5:8; 6:10; 8:2; 9:3; 11:2; 15:5; 17:9; 18:3, 17, 20, 26, 34, 37; 27:2; 30:1 31:23; 44:5-6; 56:9; 60:12; 61:3; 95:6; 108:13.
Read what God says about your enemies: Exodus 15:6; Matthew 10:36; 13:39; Luke 1:11; 10:19; Acts 2:35; I Corinthians 15:25-26; Colossians 1:21.
5. God is your shield. See Genesis 15:1; Psalms 3:3; 5:12; 28:7; 33:20; 59:11; 84:9,11; 115:9-11; 119:114; 144:2.
6. Read Exodus 17. Israel was under attack and God told Moses to stretch forth his rod. Previously, Moses had used the rod as a shepherd’s staff and to provide water for God’s people. Now, for the first time, he stretches forth the rod to resist the principalities and powers of the hosts of wicked spirits responsible for the Amalekite attack. There is a great spiritual lesson in this story. The leaders of God’s people are not only responsible to shepherd, feed, and water the flock, but when an attack from the enemy comes it is their responsibility to use the “rod of God” to defend God’s people.
7. How do you respond to these fiery darts of Satan? Think about how you would use the shield of faith to defend yourself from each of these attacks. Record your answers to use them in the next attack:
Selfishness:
Covetousness:
Pride:
Doubt:
Fear:
Depression:
Discouragement:
Lust:
Greed:
Anger:
8. Examine yourself: Is all your spiritual armor in place?
9. Study how the Lord is revealed as a shield in the book of Psalms:
• He is surrounding shield: Psalms 5:12
• He is a saving shield: Psalms 18:35
• He is a personal shield: Psalms 3:3
• He is a shield to those who trust in Him: Psalms 18:30
• His shield is a gift: Psalms 18:35
• He is a tested shield: Psalms 28:7
• He is a trusted shield: Psalms 144:2
• He is a victorious shield: Psalms 59:11
• He is a protecting shield: Psalms 84:11
• He is an anointed shield: Psalms 84:9
• He is a sheltering shield: Psalms 119:114
• He is a helping shield: Psalms 116:11
• His truth is our shield: Psalms 91:4

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ANSWERS: CHAPTER ELEVEN
1. Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
2. See the discussion on this subject in Chapter Ten.
3. Ephesians 6:13-17.
4. See the discussion on spiritual armor in Chapter Eleven.

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DEFENSIVE WEAPONS

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Describe your defensive spiritual weapons.
• Give a Scripture reference that lists the armor of God.
• Identify each piece of the armor of God.
• Explain the function of each piece of armor.

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KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:
Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

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INTRODUCTION
You have learned that the great spiritual battle in which you are engaged cannot be fought with natural weapons. It must be fought both offensively and defensively with spiritual weapons.
You already studied “God’s Battle Plan” in Chapter Nine. You learned the basic battle strategy includes:
• The Word of God
• Delegated power and authority
• Prayer
• Fasting
• Keys of the kingdom
• The name of Jesus
In addition to these basic warfare strategies, the Bible reveals that you have a whole arsenal of spiritual weapons. In this chapter you will learn about your defensive spiritual weapons. In the next lesson you will study offensive weapons.

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DEFENSIVE STRATEGIES
The Bible teaches the following defensive actions which must be taken by the believer:

SUBMIT AND RESIST:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Note the order in this verse: First submit, then resist. Many people skip over the first step of submission and try resisting the Devil, only to discover it does not work. Defeat results when you act independently of God. It is the humble, not the arrogant and self-confident, who overcome the enemy. You will be able to resist Satan only as you submit to God. To “resist” means to “stand firm against and oppose the enemy at every point.” The Scripture does not teach us to go looking for demons, but to resist them when they approach us.

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RESIST SATAN STEADFASTLY IN FAITH:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in you brethren that are in the world. (I Peter 5:8-9)

To resist “in the faith” means to resist on the authority of God’s Word.

DON’T GIVE PLACE TO SATAN:
Do not leave room for Satan to operate in your life:
Neither give place to the Devil. (Ephesians 4:27)

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RECOVER YOURSELF FROM SATAN’S SNARE:
You must recover yourself from Satan’s snare by applying Biblical strategies:

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. (II Timothy 2:26)

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ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS:
To “abstain” means to keep yourself from something and refuse to do it:

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. (I Peter 2:11)
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication. (I Thessalonians 4:3)
Abstain from all appearance of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22)

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STAND YOUR GROUND:
Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…Stand therefore..(Ephesians 6:13-14a)

When you “stand your ground” you are defending that which is rightfully yours.

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BEWARE OF EVIL, SHUN IT, AND PUT IT OFF:
Study Ephesians 4:17-32. The “putting off” of all the evil behavior listed there is defensive warfare.
Don’t be led aware by the error of the wicked:

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. (II Peter 3:17)
But shun profane and vain babblings; for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (II Timothy 2:16)

To “shun” means to avoid or turn away from. You should avoid every evil thing related to the enemy.

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TRY THE SPIRITS:
Trying the spirits prevents deception.

Beloved, believe not every spirit whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. (I John 4:1)

To “try” means to “test.” You are not operating in unbelief when you try the “spirits” of those with whom you come in contact or in operation in and around you. If they are true, they will pass the test.

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SHUN FALSE TEACHERS:
When you receive false teachers into your home you become partakers of their evil. Defend your home from enemy attack:

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed;
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (II John 10-11)

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LAY ASIDE WORLDLY AFFAIRS:
You are to lay aside worldly affairs which prevent you from being a good soldier. To “lay aside” is defensive action you must take.

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (II Timothy 2:3-4)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)

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PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD:
Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

“Put on” indicates action you must take. The basic description of the armor of God is given in Ephesians 6:10-17. Read this passage in your Bible.
Paul introduces the subject of warfare by emphasizing that the battle is not a natural one and natural weapons are ineffective. Spiritual battles must be fought with spiritual weapons. Paul describes the armor to be used in spiritual warfare:

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Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:13-17)

The purpose of the armor is to be able to stand against the wiles (deceit, cunning, craftiness) of the enemy, Satan. It is your responsibility to put on the armor:

Put on the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14)
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armor of light. (Romans 13:12)

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The phrase “put on” means to “put on once and for all.” Your spiritual armor is not like a athletic uniform you put on at game time. You put on the armor once and for all and leave it on the rest of your life. Just as a soldier on the battlefield does not take his armor off and on, you will not lay down your armor until you go to be with the Lord. If you do not have your armor on at all times, you are vulnerable to the enemy. It is wise to check often that each piece of your spiritual armor is still in place.
The first division of armor covers three things you have done in the past. “Having put” indicates something you have already done if you are a believer.
• Having your loins girt about with truth (verse 14)
• Having on the breastplate of righteousness (verse 14)
• Having your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace (verse 15)
The second division includes things which are to be put on in the present:
• Taking the shield of faith (verse 16)
• Taking the helmet of salvation (verse 17)
• Taking the sword of the Spirit (verse 17)
In Ephesians 6:11 Paul emphasizes putting on the whole armor of God. Some of us are preoccupied with but one piece of God’s armor to the extent that others are neglected. You must have on the whole armor or you may find yourself being an expert in the use of the “sword of the Spirit” and still defeated because you have forgotten the shield of faith.

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The Belt:
The first piece of armor to be buckled on is the girdle or belt of truth. In the natural world, a suit of armor was attached to the belt which held the other pieces of armor in place. The truth of God’s Word is the spiritual belt to which all other pieces of armor are attached. Satan’s first attack on man was on truth:

And the woman said unto the serpent…God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. (Genesis 3:2-4)

The truth will protect you from lies and doctrinal errors of the enemy. Truth is the under girding of your spiritual armor. You are to have your loins (your spiritual vital organs) girt (covered) with truth:

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth… (Ephesians 6:14)
What is the truth?
• Jesus said, “I am the truth.” John 14:6
• The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of truth.” John 14:17
• God is truth. Romans 3:4
• God’s Word is truth. Psalms 119:151
• The Gospel is truth. Colossians 1:5

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The Breastplate:
In the natural world, the breastplate covered the upper body of the warrior to protect vital organs such as his heart, lungs, etc. The spiritual breastplate of righteousness does not refer to your righteousness, but to the covering of the righteousness of Christ:

And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. (Philippians 3:9)

You do not stand on your own merits. You stand in Christ. You can not face the enemy without the protection of the righteousness of Christ:

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the Armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. (II Corinthians 6:7)

The righteousness of Christ protects your spiritual “vital organs” from attacks of Satan and from unrighteousness. The breastplate of righteousness must be buckled on to the belt of truth.

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The Shoes:
There are many types of shoes for different purposes. Some are for walking, others for specific sports activities. A soldier’s shoes are another kind…They are shoes designed for warfare. A soldier who cannot advance on the battlefield is disabled in warfare.
“Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace” indicate a readiness to advance in the spiritual realm. These spiritual shoes protect your will from the temptation of the enemy who would lead you in wrong paths. They indicate your willingness to do every good work and to spread the Gospel to all nations. These spiritual shoes will also enable you to stand against the enemy as Paul encourages you to do (Ephesians 6:14).

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The Shield:
In the natural world, the shield was used to provide protection to the warrior’s entire body. Your spiritual shield is called the “shield of faith.”
There are several types of faith mentioned in the Bible. There is saving faith, the gift of faith, and the spiritual fruit of faith. But the word “faith” when used in relation to the “shield of faith” speaks of defensive faith. This faith is a firm trust and confidence in God which protects your whole being. It protects you from flaming missiles of doubt and unbelief sent by the enemy.
This shield of faith is a calm and confident trust in God which deflects all the fiery arrows of the enemy from their target.
The shield of faith is the constant application of God’s Word to the issues of life. It is a faith that enables you to overcome the evil forces of the world:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (I John 5:4)

Combined with love of God, faith is most effective:

…putting on the breastplate of faith and love…(I Thessalonians 5:8)

It is faith based on truth:

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (Psalms 91:4)

It is faith based on salvation:

Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great. (Psalms 18:35)

Without faith, you have no grasp of truth. Without faith you cannot receive salvation. Without faith you cannot go forth with the Gospel of peace. Without faith you cannot claim the righteousness of Christ and effectively use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.
Faith is not an assumption or presumption. It is a fact based upon God’s Word. You can increase your faith by hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17), acting upon your present faith (Romans 1:17), and seeking God (Hebrews 12:2).

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The Helmet:
The helmet of salvation is not something you put on when you get saved. Remember, we are dealing with spiritual armor here, and it is assumed that you are a believer and a member of God’s army before you start putting on the armor.
The helmet of salvation represents a regenerated mind. It represents a transformed and renewed thought life. You will learn later in this course that Satan desperately fights for control of the mind. An undisciplined mind makes the Christian warrior easy prey to sinful deceptions of the enemy.
Paul speaks of the helmet as the “hope of salvation” in I Thessalonians 5:8. Salvation, when properly experienced and understood, protects your mind. Salvation embraces the past, present, and future. You have been saved from the guilt and penalty of past sin. You are being saved from the power of sin in the present. The “hope of salvation” refers to salvation in the future tense. It is final salvation from the presence of sin when Jesus returns. The hope of this future salvation strengthens your mind against the attacks of Satan. You have a confident hope in the future because God is working out His purpose:

…according to His good pleasure, which He hath purposed in Himself; That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. (Ephesians 1:9-10)

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The Sword Of The Spirit:
The “sword of the Spirit” is the Word of God. It is both a defensive and offensive weapon. You already learned how Jesus used the Word in defense against the attacks of Satan. In the next lesson you will learn how this weapon is used offensively.

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Prayer (Forcefield):
After describing the Christian soldier’s armor, Paul comments:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6:18)

It surrounds the Believer. It encompasses the Believer. As you learned when you studied “Gods Battle Plan,” prayer and its associated practice of fasting are also powerful spiritual weapons. These two weapons can be used both offensively and defensively. Check out the summary of the armor of God and its purposes which follows:

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THE ARMOR OF GOD
Ephesians 6:10-18

TRUTH (girdle)
Protects from…
DECEPTION

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RIGHTEOUSNESS (breastplate)
Protects from…
UNRIGHTEOUSNESS

PEACE (shoes)
Protects from…
CONFUSION

FAITH (shield)
Protects from…
UNBELIEF

SALVATION (helmet)
Protects from…
BONDAGE

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• The girdle or belt of truth protects from the deception of Satan which can lead to unrighteousness (sin).
• The breastplate of righteousness protects from unrighteousness (sin) which leads to confusion.
• Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace protects from spiritual confusion which results in unbelief.
• The shield of faith protects against unbelief which results in bondage. The helmet of salvation protects from bondage.
• The sword of the spirit, the Word of God, is used as both an offensive and defensive weapon.
Note the downward progression of one not protected by the armor of God: Deception leads to unrighteousness (sin) which always results in confusion. Confusion results in unbelief, and unbelief always results in spiritual bondage.

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
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2. Summarize what you learned about your defensive spiritual weapons:
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3. Give a Scripture reference which lists the armor of God.
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4. List each piece of the armor of God and briefly define its function.

Piece of Armor               Function
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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. You are not to trust in “chariots” (natural weapons) of men: Psalms 20:7. God has “spiritual” chariots. Read about them in Psalms 68:17; 104:3; Isaiah 19:1; and II Kings 2:11.
2. You need to wage both offensive and defensive warfare because Satan is a destroyer: John 10:10; I Corinthians 10:10; Matthew 10:28.
• If you obey God, He will not let the destroyer come in: Exodus 12:23
• God keeps you from the destruction of Satan: Psalms 17:4
• Satan is your adversary, the one you fight against: I Peter 5:8. You are not to give him room to operate against you: I Timothy 5:14. If you obey God, He will be an enemy to your adversaries: Exodus 23:22.
3. You do not have to be defeated by Satan. Study the following references:
You can chase the enemy: Leviticus 26:7-8; Deuteronomy 32:30; Joshua 23:10
You can have victory: Deuteronomy 7:21; I Chronicles 29:11; Psalms 5:11; 18:29; 24:8; 91:1; Isaiah 49:19; I Corinthians 15:57; I John 5:4
The Lord is your fortress: II Samuel 22:2; Psalms 18:2; 31:3; 71:3; 91:2; 144:2; Jeremiah 16:19
You have dominion over the enemy: Psalms 8:6; 49:14; 72:8; 119:133; Daniel 7:27; Ephesians 1:21
Safety comes from the Lord: Proverbs 18:10; 21:31; 29:25. Psalms 91 is the Psalm of safety.
God delivers you from distress: Psalms 25:17; 107:6,13; 19:28
You can capture enemy thoughts: II Corinthians 10:5
God looses bonds of the enemy: Psalms 116:16; Romans 8:15-21; Galatians 5:1
4. When Paul speaks of wrestling, he is talking about wrestling with the enemy, not with God as did Jacob. Be sure when you are wrestling it is not God grappling with you to break the spirit of self-sufficiency in order to transform you from a “Jacob” to an “Israel.”
5. Review Chapter Three of this manual and list the functions of the Holy Spirit in both offensive and defensive warfare:
Ministry Of The Holy Spirit
In Offensive Warfare
In Defensive Warfare

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CALL TO ARMS: Answers: CHAPTER TEN:
1. Neither give place to the Devil. (Ephesians 4:27)
2. Defensive warfare is battle waged to defend territory. It is a warfare that waits for the enemy to strike, then pulls its forces together in defensive response. This type of warfare does not advance into enemy territory. It defends territory already claimed.
3. Offensive warfare is aggressive warfare. It is not a warfare of waiting and responding like the defensive military strategy. It is warfare which takes the initiative of attack. The
enemy is identified his strategy recognized, and offensive advances against him are made in the spirit world.
4. In both offensive and defensive warfare, personal action must be taken by the believer.

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MOBILIZATION

ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE IN GOD’S ARMY
To “mobilize” means to put in a state of readiness for active military service. “Mobilization” is the process of being deployed as part of the spiritual forces of God’s army.

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CHAPTER TEN
OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE WARFARE

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Define “offensive warfare.”
• Define “defensive warfare.”
• Identify the common factor in both offensive and defensive warfare.
• Summarize the role of the Holy Spirit in offensive and defensive warfare.
• Use the natural example of wrestling to explain offensive and defensive warfare strategies.

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KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

Neither give place to the Devil. (Ephesians 4:27)

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INTRODUCTION
There are two types of warfare in the natural world: Offensive and defensive. The Bible also teaches both defensive and offensive spiritual strategies. You must learn to fight both defensively and offensively. The only other option is desertion, which is unacceptable.
This lesson provides an introduction to both offensive and defensive warfare. The following two chapters examine in detail your defensive and offensive spiritual weapons.

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DEFENSIVE WARFARE
Defensive warfare is battle waged to defend territory. It is warfare that waits for the enemy to strike, then pulls its forces together in defensive response. The defender must respond to his opponent and his decisions are forced on him by the attacker. This type of warfare does not advance into enemy territory. It defends territory already claimed. It is important, however, because the spiritual forces of evil are constantly attacking you as a believer. If you do not know how to defend yourself, you will become a victim of these attacks.

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OFFENSIVE WARFARE
Offensive warfare is aggressive warfare. It is not a warfare of waiting and responding in defense. It is warfare which takes the initiative of attack. The enemy is identified, his strategy recognized, and offensive advances against him are made in the spirit world. In offensive warfare the attacker has the advantage of making decisions first. Offensive warfare gains territory rather than defends it.
Offensive advances are the only type of spiritual warfare which will reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot remain in our comfortable homes and churches and practice defensive strategies only. The army of God must advance into enemy territory. It must go to the strongholds of Satan with the power of the Gospel message. We must wage aggressive offensive spiritual battle.

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THE COMMON FACTOR
There is one thing in common about offensive and defensive warfare. Both involve personal action by the believer. In natural warfare, unused weapons do not inflict causalities on the enemy nor win wars. The same is true in the spirit world. Your spiritual weapons are affected by your will to use them. It is true that God empowers for battle, but you have a personal responsibility in both defensive and offensive spiritual strategies.
In Old Testament battles, the Lord fought for and with His people, Israel. But first, they had to position themselves on the battlefield. When God sees a spiritual weapon being used in His name and a man or woman on the battlefield daring to attempt the impossible, the Lord of Hosts is moved to action.
Read the story of Elisha in II Kings 13:14-19. In this object lesson using the bow and arrows, there are some spiritual parallels that will help you understand your part in the battle:

1. DEMONSTRATE YOUR INTENTION TO FIGHT:
Elisha told King Joash, “Take up the bow and arrows.” Paul said, “Take the sword of the Spirit” and declare war. By taking up your offensive and defensive weapons, you are demonstrating your intention to fight.

2. PUT YOUR HANDS ON THE WEAPON:
Elisha told the king to put his hands upon the bow, then Elisha laid his hands upon the king’s hands. The strategy for victory is your hand upon the weapon and His hand over yours.

3. OPEN THE WINDOW:
Open up the window of the place where the enemy is victorious. Israel’s foe was to the east, so Elisha told the king to open the window eastward. God wants you to open up the “windows” of every area of your life to expose the failure, defeat, and bondage of the enemy.

4. SHOOT:
Elisha told the king, “Shoot,” and the king shot. Then Elisha said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory over Syria.” The open window is not enough. The weapon in your hand is not sufficient. Even God’s hand upon your hand will not win the battle. You must follow the command of the Lord of Host to “SHOOT!” This is your part in the warfare…to actually use the weapon that is in your hand which is guided by the hand of the Lord.

5. KNOW THE OBJECTIVE:
Elisha told the King to take the arrows and hit them upon the ground as a symbol of his victory over Syria. The king did so, but he “smote thrice and stayed (stopped).” Elisha told him that because he limited God by hitting the ground only three times, his military victory would be limited. This happened because the King did not understand the objective of warfare. Elisha had said the Lord wanted to totally consume the enemy (verse 17). By striking the ground only three times, the King settled for only partial victory.
The Lord’s objective for you is total victory in every area of your life and ministry. If you fail to understand this objective then your victory will be limited.

6. WIN FIRST IN THE SECRET CHAMBER:
What happened between Elisha and King Joash in the secret chamber that day determined the outcome of the battle with Syria. It is what happens in the secret chamber with the Lord that determines your victories in the actual battles of life.

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DEVICES OF SATAN
Basic to both offensive and defensive warfare is knowledge of the strategies of Satan:

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (II Corinthians 2:11)

The word “devices” means a scheme, project, plot or underhanded plan of evil character. Satan can gain advantage over you when you are ignorant of his devices and fail to respond in offensive and defensive battle.

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THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Earlier in this course you learned of the spiritual force of good known as the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is important in both offensive and defensive warfare. The Holy Spirit knows the strategies of Satan and intercedes for believers engaged in battle:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered….because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)

The Holy Spirit gives power to claim enemy territory:

But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

Gifts of the Holy Spirit are valuable weapons of offensive and defensive battle. The gifts of the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom provide supernatural revelation for spiritual warfare. The gift of discerning of spirits reveals the deception of the enemy. The special gifts of pastor, prophet, apostle, evangelist and teacher assist in equipping us for battle. The speaking gifts of the Holy Spirit provide special instructions from God and the serving gifts of the Spirit enable the army of God to move forward in spiritual advance.

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WRESTLING: A NATURAL PARALLEL OF SPIRITUAL TRUTH
One of the most powerful verses on offensive spiritual combat is…

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

God’s choice of the word “wrestle” is significant. Wrestling is a natural parallel of a great spiritual truth. Wrestling in the natural world is a sport of mastery in strength. To wrestle means “to contend in struggle for power over an opponent.”
Consider these facts about wrestling in the natural world as applied to your spiritual warfare:

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1. PREPARATION AND TRAINING:
A wrestler in the natural world must train to be successful at his sport. He must practice wrestling. He must have a proper diet. He must learn the rules of wrestling and they must be carefully followed to win the match.
A believer must learn the rules of spiritual warfare in order to be victorious. A proper “diet” of God’s Word and prayer is necessary for successful spiritual wrestling. As in wrestling in the natural world, skill is gained through practice.
The primary purpose of training in the natural world is to prepare the wrestler to perform at peak efficiency while experiencing the least amount of fatigue. This is true also in the spirit world.
Some people are easily fatigued and defeated spiritually because they are not properly trained for spiritual warfare.

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2. THE NATURE OF THE STRUGGLE:
Individual championship wrestling is not a team sport. When a wrestler tires there is no substitute team member to send in. Wrestling involves intimate, face to face, personal contact with the opponent.
The same is true in the spirit world. Believers are involved in intimate, face to face combat with the enemy. No other believer can take your place in this spiritual combat. There are no “time outs” in wrestling as in other sports. There are no “time outs” in the spiritual world either. Satan never rests from this war. The believer must never be off guard.

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3. THE STRATEGIES:
There are both offensive and defensive strategies in natural wrestling which are applicable in the spiritual world. Stalling is one technique used in wrestling. Stalling is avoiding confrontation with an opponent. Points are lost in the judging system for stalling. You also “lose points” when you “stall” spiritually and do not aggressively wrestle your enemy. Some believers spend their entire lives stalled in confrontation with the enemy. They never aggressively wrestle and gain the victory.

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4. UPSET BALANCE:
Another important strategy in natural wrestling is to upset the balance of the opponent. Once an opponent’s balance has been destroyed, he is kept struggling to regain it.
The Bible speaks much of the importance of balance or “temperance.” One of the strategies of Satan in the spiritual realm is to try to upset balance. Many cults have resulted because of improper balance on doctrinal issues. Homes, church fellowships, and even nations have been defeated because of improper balance by wrong emphasis or lack of emphasis in certain areas.
There are two types of balance involved in wrestling: Physical and mental balance. Before physical balance can be destroyed, mental balance must first be attacked. To accomplish this, a strategy of surprise is used. A move is initiated that is distracting and a surprising. While the wrestler focuses on this, the intended technique is applied. By leading an opponent to believe some move is about to be attempted, he will try to avoid the imagined danger and leave himself open to the actual attack.
How true this is in the spiritual world! Satan upsets balance through the strategy of surprise. He upsets your mental balance by distracting attacks and while you are fearfully focused on these, he launches his intended assault in another area of your life.

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5. ANTICIPATION:
Anticipation is important in natural wrestling. A wrestler who can discern when a particular move is going to be made is usually able to block or counter attack. When the intended move is made it is not as likely to be successful since it is anticipated and the wrestler is prepared.
The same is true in the spirit world. If you are not ignorant of Satan’s devices and anticipate his strategies, then you are prepared. You are not thrown off balance when attacks occur.

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6. BAITING:
There are moves in wrestling which are made to “bait” an opponent, to tempt and entice him into making a move which will weaken his position. In the spirit world Satan is constantly tempting you to moves which will weaken your spiritual position.
In natural wrestling, moves are planned to place an opponent in a position that leaves him open to attack. Situations are purposely created to do this and advantage is taken of an opponent’s weakened position at the instant it occurs.
Spiritually, Satan creates situations which leave you open to attack Then he immediately takes advantage of your weakened position. But you must remember as you wrestle that it is Satan who holds the weakened position. The power within you is greater than his power. He has already been dealt the final weakening blow by the Lord Jesus Christ. But you must exercise the advantage given you by the Lord in order to win the match.

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7. ATTACK AND COUNTERATTACK:
In natural wrestling, every move you make sets you up for a response from the opponent. The same is true in the spirit world. When you make a move for God, Satan will always counterattack with a move of his own.

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8. MOBILITY:
In wrestling, a mobile opponent is considered dangerous. This is why you want to pin your opponent down. In the spiritual world, Satan is a mobile opponent. He goes “to and fro” as a lion seeking to devour. You must be on guard for his constant mobility. Satan also recognizes the effectiveness of your mobility. He wants to prevent you from being on the move for God. This is why he strives to throw you and pin you down spiritually.

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9. RECOVERY:
Any error made in wrestling results in an action that can be taken advantage of by the opponent. How true spiritually! Any error you make in spiritual wrestling is quickly taken advantage of by the enemy. It is important in wrestling to learn how to recover from a fall. It is necessary to be able to convert the bottom position into an advantage. There are moves of escape and reversal which will enable this.
In spiritual wrestling you may at times experience a fall and be temporarily pinned by the enemy. But you do not have to remain in this position. God has given strategies in His Word which, if followed, will convert your disadvantage into an advantage. He has provided strategies for escape and reversal spiritually just as are used in natural wrestling.
The life of Joseph is an excellent example of this. He had the disadvantages of being sold into
slavery and put in prison. But he converted disadvantages to advantages. In the end, he triumphed over the enemy.
There are other moves in wrestling which result in taking an opponent down from behind, dragging, pinning, throwing, and pulling him. Can you recognize similar moves by the enemy spiritually?

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10. THE OBJECTIVE:
The objective of wrestling in the natural world is to defeat the opponent by causing him to fall or pinning him to the ground. This results from a series of strategic moves and/or by wearing the opponent down.
Satan constantly wars against believers trying to wear them down. His objective is to cause believers to fall, throw them, and trap in the bondage of sin. His goal is to destroy your supportive points, just as a wrestler does to his opponent in the natural world. The goal is to make you prostrate spiritually.

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11. SCORING:
Victory in natural wrestling also comes through a process of scoring by the judges. The wrestler with the highest points for the most effective strategic moves wins the match.
Your spiritual opponent has already been judged. Satan was overcome by the most effective move in all history, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You wrestle with an enemy who is already judged as a loser in the match. Because of this you do not need to be afraid of his power or strategies in the wrestling match in which you engage. You do not have to fall or be pinned by the bondage of sin. You can stand confidently in the wrestling match of spiritual warfare and resist him steadfastly in the faith.

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12.MENTAL ATTITUDE:
Mental attitude is very important in wrestling. In a study on the subject, the following attitudes were said to be necessary for championship wrestling in the natural world. These attitudes also are true in the spiritual realm:
Desire: To wish and want to win is not enough. The champion wrestler must have a will to win. Desire is an emotion which transcends all else in life.
Persistence: Sustained effort is required for championship wrestling. A champion wrestler will not accept defeat.
Purpose: Winning is the goal and purpose of wrestling. To achieve this goal he must not only know he is master of the situation, but he must also let his opponent know.

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
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2. What is defensive warfare?
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3. What is offensive warfare?
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4. What common factor exists in both offensive and defensive spiritual warfare?
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5. Summarize the role of the Holy Spirit in offensive and defensive warfare.
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6. Summarize what you learned about offensive and defensive warfare from the natural example of wrestling.
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TACTICAL MANEUVERS

1. In this lesson you learned of the importance of the Word of God in spiritual warfare.
This will offer two courses that will increase your ability to know and use the Word of God. Write for information on “Creative Bible Study Methods” and “Basic Bible Survey.”
2. In this lesson you learned that Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan. Read more about the purposes of Jesus in the following verses: Luke 4:18-19; 4:43; 19:10; 24:46-49; John 6:38; 9:4; 12:46; 18:37. Read the statement of God’s purpose as it relates to Jesus: John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:9-10.
3. Jesus had many encounters with evil spirits. But evil spirits and temptation by Satan were not the only battles Jesus fought. Satan also used men who were close to Jesus to war against Him:

Peter:
Simon Peter was one of the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus, yet at times Peter was used by Satan to war against Jesus. When Jesus had revealed His forthcoming death, Peter began to rebuke Him for saying such things (Mark 8:32). Jesus said to Peter…

…Get thee behind me, Satan; for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men. (Mark 8:33)

Jesus did not mean Peter was actually Satan, rather that Peter was being used by Satan at that particular moment.
One of the chief strategies of Satan is to use those close to you to try to keep you from doing God’s will. As Jesus, you must put their persuasions behind you. Is Satan using someone close to you to try to keep you from doing God’s will?
At a later time, when Peter pledged loyalty to the Lord, Jesus said to him:

…Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat;
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. (Luke 22:31-32)

Jesus knew that when the time of crucifixion drew near Peter would deny Him. He saw how the enemy desired to sift everything good out of Peter’s life. But Jesus also could see the great potential in Peter. He realized that someday he would emerge as a great leader of the early church.

Judas:
Judas was one of the original twelve disciples chosen by Jesus. Jesus knew from the beginning how the enemy would use this man:

Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
He spake of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon; for he it was that should betray Him, being one of the twelve. (John 6:70-71)

Read of Jesus’ betrayal by Judas in Matthew 26:20-25 and John 13:21-30. Has Satan used close associates to betray and wound you? As Jesus, you cannot let that deter you from the purpose God has set for you.
4. Read Malachi 1:13. The prophet reports that in his time some were so bored with their religious observances that they said, “Behold, what a weariness.” Perhaps these people never had learned how to worship?
Study more about worship: Psalms 5:7; 22:27; 29:2; 45:11; 66:4; 86:9; 95:6; 96:9 97:7; 99:5,9; Exodus 34:14; I Chronicles 16:29; Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7; John 4:23-24; Philippians 3:3.
The Course entitled “Mobilization Methodologies” contains further instruction on the subject of worship.
5. Study more about praise in the book of Psalms. Mark the word “praise” every time it occurs in Psalms then go back and study all the verses you have marked.
6. Here are some more facts about prayer:

Answers to prayer are granted:
Immediately at times: Isaiah 65:24; Daniel 9:21-23
Delayed at times: Luke 18:7
At times, different from our desires: II Corinthians 12:8-9
Beyond our expectations: Jeremiah 33:3; Ephesians 3:20

Different postures may be used in prayer:
Standing: I Kings 8:22; Mark 11:25
Bowing down: Psalms 95:6
Kneeling: II Chronicles 6:13; Psalms 95:6; Luke 22:41; Acts 20:36
Falling on the face: Numbers 16:22; Joshua 5:14; I Chronicles 21:16; Matthew 26:39
Spreading forth the hands: Isaiah 1:15; II Chronicles 6:13
Lifting up the hands: Psalms 28:2; Lamentations 2:19; I Timothy 2:8

Common problems you will need to overcome in order to pray:
Lack of time
Distractions
Tiredness
Lack of desire

Organizing The Prayer Forces:
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons of spiritual warfare. The New Testament reveals the following structure for organizing prayer forces to wage warfare more effectively:
Personal prayer: Prayer is to be made on an individual basis in private: Matthew 6:6
Two praying together: Praying of two together is the smallest unit of corporate prayer: Matthew 18:19
Small groups: Small group cells consist of more than two individuals joining together in prayer. There is great power when two or three people join together for this purpose: Matthew 18:20
Total congregational prayer: The entire church should join together in times of corporate prayer: Acts 1:14-15

Prayer Promises:
Study the following promises regarding prayer. They reveal the great power of this weapon in spiritual warfare:
• The Father knows what you need even before you ask: Matthew 6:8
• If any two agree in prayer, it will be answered: Matthew 18:19
• All things are possible with God: Matthew 19:26; Luke 18:27
• Prayer combined with faith is effective: Matthew 21:22; Mark 11:24
• The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much: James 5:16
• If you ask in the name of Jesus, it will be done: John 14:14
7. Study further on fasting:
• Fasting is one of the things that approves us as ministers of God: II Corinthians 6:3-10
• Prayer with fasting was used in organizing the Church: Acts 14:23
• We are to “give ourselves” to fasting: I Corinthians 7:5
8. Jesus said you would have power to tread on “serpents and scorpions.” In Chapter Five you studied the natural and spiritual parallels of a serpent. Here are some facts about scorpions that can be applied spiritually:
Scorpions avoid others. A scorpion will fight to the death. It will seize its prey, crush it, and then inject deadly poison from its stinger. If you are stung by a scorpion, you may experience pain, speech difficulties, restlessness, weakness, and numbness.
Scorpions live in dark places and die when exposed to the heat (light). First the scorpion will try to escape, then it begins to strike frantically with its tail. In the natural world, army ants are the main enemy of the scorpion.
Can you apply these truths spiritually as we did with the facts about snakes in Chapter Five?

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ANSWERS: CHAPTER NINE:
1. He that committeth sin is of the Devil; for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)
2. See the discussion on this subject in Chapter Nine.
3. To destroy the works of the Devil.
4. The Word of God, power and authority, prayer, fasting, keys to the kingdom, and the name of Jesus.

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OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Identify the purpose of God.
• Identify the purpose for which Jesus came into the world.
• Explain the six point battle plan for spiritual warfare.

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KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

He that committeth sin is of the Devil; for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)

INTRODUCTION
This chapter introduces the basic battle for spiritual warfare. It is a strategy resting upon understanding the purposes of our warfare and based upon communication with our Commander-in-Chief by prayer, fasting, and the written Word of God.
When you do not understand God’s purpose and plan, you may be tempted to become discouraged in the conflicts of life. This is why many Christian soldiers fail in warfare: They do not understand the divine purpose behind the battle.

…For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men. You will only find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:38-39 New International Version)
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And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

Gods Plan for Spiritual Battle

THE PURPOSE OF WARFARE
From the beginning of time, every natural battle that has been fought always had a purpose for which it was waged. Before we examine God’s battle plan, it is important to understand the purpose of spiritual warfare. This involves understanding the purposes of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son.

THE PURPOSE OF GOD:
It is God’s purpose that…

…in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth… (Ephesians 1:10)

From the beginning of time, Satan has battled against the fulfillment of this purpose. Your own warfare in the spirit world is related to this purpose of God. Satan battles to bring your heart, mind, spirit, and soul into allegiance to him instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. God works in you to accomplish His purpose:

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do His good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)

God also works through your life to accomplish His purposes:

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6:13)

When you yield yourself to become “an instrument of righteousness unto God,” it means you bring your life and ministry in harmony with His purpose and plans. By doing this, you become a target for God’s enemy, Satan.

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THE PURPOSE OF JESUS:
Jesus said:

He that committeth sin is of the Devil; for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil. (I John 3:8)

The reason Jesus came into the world was to destroy the works of Satan. This immediately set Him in opposition to the enemy:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

From the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus set about destroying the works of Satan:
• He revealed the bondage of sin (John 8:34).
• He forgave sins (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12,17; Luke 4:17-32).
• He stressed the heart condition rather than the deception of outward appearance (Matthew 15:16-20; Mark 7:20-23; Luke 6:45; 11:39).
• He healed the sick (Matthew 11:5).
• He raised people from the dead (Mark 5:35-43; Luke 8:49- 56; John 11).
• He released people from demonic powers (Matthew 8:16).
In summary, He destroyed the works of Satan in the hearts, souls, minds, and bodies of men and women:

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The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the Gospel preached to them. (Matthew 11:5)

Jesus not only destroyed the works of Satan, He also exposed the devious strategies of the enemy:
• He taught on the deception of Satan which would increase during the last days on earth (Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; Luke 17:22-37; 21:8-36; Matthew 24-25).
• He warned of Satan who was able to destroy the soul (Matthew 10:28).
• He spoke of the necessity of binding the strong man (Satan) before spoiling his goods (Matthew 12:26-30; Mark 3:23-27; Luke 11:17-24).
• He revealed how Satan tries to prevent the Word of God from being effective in the hearts of men and women (Matthew 13:38; Mark 4:15; Luke 8:12).
• He exposed those who were not right with God as being of their “father, the devil” (John 8:44-47).
• He revealed Satan as the “prince of the world” (John 14:30).

THE GREAT DIVISION
Although Jesus came to bring the peace of God (John 14:27; Philippians 4:7), and peace with God (Romans 5:1), His coming also brought division:

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (Matthew 10:34-36)

Jesus divided all men into two battle camps. It is not possible to be neutral:

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
He that is not with me is against me… (Luke 11:23)

Jesus spoke of this great division in a story about two paths, one which was straight and narrow and one which was broad. He warned of the deception of Satan’s broad path which many took (Matthew 7:13-14). Through the account of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Jesus removed the veil between life and death. He let men see the end result of choosing the wrong way.
Because He destroyed and exposed the works of Satan, Jesus was under assault throughout His earthly life. The enemy constantly tried to destroy Him or prevent Him from fulfilling the mission for which He had come. The moment He was born, an attempt was made on His life.
During His public ministry there were several plots on His life and at least one attempt which was aborted. He met the opposition of demonic powers, religious leaders, His own followers, and Satan.
When you align yourself with the plan and purposes of Jesus by accepting Him as your Savior, you become part of the army that wars against Satan. The purposes of Jesus become your purposes and this sets you in a tactical position of direct opposition to the enemy.

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THE BATTLE PLAN
There are many different Scriptural strategies that can be used in spiritual warfare, but the basic battle plan for believers is revealed by observing how Jesus dealt with the enemy. The basic
battle plan for spiritual warfare is based on six major points. These are:
• The Word Of God
• Delegated Power And Authority
• Prayer
• Fasting
• Keys Of The Kingdom
• The Name Of Jesus

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THE WORD OF GOD
One direct confrontation between Jesus and Satan came during a special period of temptation by the enemy. In this encounter, one of the major portions of our spiritual battle plan was revealed.
Before proceeding with this lesson, read the accounts of this temptation recorded in Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13.
First Satan tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread. The power of Jesus which soon was to turn water into wine surely could have turned stones into bread. But to do so in this situation would have been acting independently of God and using His power for personal benefit.
Next Satan tried to get Jesus to cast Himself down from the top of the temple. Note that Satan said “Cast thyself down.” Satan could not cast Him down, because the power of Satan is a limited power. Satan can persuade you to sin, but he cannot cast you down. As you have learned, every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust. He is not forced, but enticed. In this temptation, Satan used God’s Word to back up his appeal, but he misapplied it (Matthew 4:6). Misapplication of God’s Word is a major strategy of Satan.
In both of the first two temptations Satan said “IF you are the Son of God,” do these things. For Jesus to have complied would have been admission that the verification of His sonship by God was inadequate. God had already spoken from Heaven confirming this relationship (Matthew 3:17). Satan always centers his attacks on your relationship with God. The final temptation was an appeal by Satan for worship. In return, Satan would deliver to Jesus all the kingdoms of the world.
In these three situations of temptation you can see the evil forces of the world, the flesh, and the Devil warring against Jesus. Jesus met the temptations of Satan with the Word of God. The Bible is a very important spiritual weapon and part of the armor of God which you will study about later. It is called “the sword of the Spirit.” The Word of God is the only divinely inspired manual of spiritual warfare. Other books are useful only as they are in harmony with God’s Word.
In meeting the temptations of Satan, Jesus used the Word of God. Jesus quoted specific Scriptures applicable to the immediate battle. He did not quote passages of chronology or history from the Old Testament. Jesus said, “It is written again…” When you use specific Scriptures, be sure they are in balance with the remainder of the Word of God. They must be viewed in their context and applied in harmony with the total revealed Word of God.
In order to use the Word of God effectively in spiritual warfare, you must know the Word of God. You must study, meditate on, and memorize it. Many defeats in life come because we do not know God’s Word:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29)

The Word of God is our manual for warfare and reveals God’s spiritual battle plan.

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DELEGATED POWER AND AUTHORITY
The second part of the battle plan is based upon the power and authority over Satan which Jesus delegated to His followers:

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)

Authority and power are two different things. Consider the example of a policeman. He has a badge and a uniform which are symbols of his authority. His authority comes because of the position he holds with the government. But because all people do not respect that authority, the policeman also carries a weapon. The weapon is his power.
Your authority over the enemy comes through Jesus Christ and your position in Him as believers. Your power over the enemy comes through the Holy Spirit:

And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry ye In the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49)

Like the policeman, you must have both authority and power to be effective. Believers receive authority through the new birth experience and their position in Christ, but some never go on to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, which is to be combined with the authority for effective warfare.
The power Jesus gave is directed power for specific purposes. These include:

POWER OVER THE ENEMY:

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)

POWER OVER SIN:

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them,
Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23)

POWER TO EXTEND THE GOSPEL:

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

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PRAYER
Prayer is the third part of the basic battle plan. Here is a detailed outline to assist you in studying about prayer:
THE DEFINITION OF PRAYER:
Prayer is communion with God. It takes different forms, but basically it occurs when man talks with God and God talks with man. Prayer is described as:
Calling upon the name of the Lord: Genesis 12:8
Crying unto God: Psalms 27:7; 34:6
Drawing near to God: Psalms 73:28; Hebrews 10:22
Looking up: Psalms 5:3
Lifting up the soul: Psalms 25:1
Lifting up the heart: Lamentations 3:41
Pouring out the heart: Psalms 62:8
Pouring out the soul: I Samuel 1:15
Crying to Heaven: II Chronicles 32:20
Beseeching the Lord: Exodus 32:11
Seeking God: Job 8:5
Seeking the face of the Lord: Psalms 27:8
Making supplication: Job 8:5; Jeremiah 36:7

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THE PRAYER LIFE OF JESUS:
Prayer was an important strategy of the Lord Jesus:

Jesus made prayer a priority:
• He prayed any time of the day or night: Luke 6:12-13
• Prayer took priority over eating: John 4:31-32
• Prayer took priority over business: John 4:31-32

Prayer accompanied any event of importance:
• At His baptism: Luke 3:21-22
• During the first ministry tour: Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16
• Before the choice of the disciples: Luke 6:12-13
• Before and after the feeding of the 5,000: Matthew 14:19,23; Mark 6:41,46; John 6:11,14-15
• At the feeding of the 4,000: Matthew 15:36; Mark 8:6,7
• Before the confession of Peter: Luke 9:18
• Before the transfiguration: Luke 9:28,29
• At the return of the seventy: Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21
• At the grave of Lazarus: John 11:41-42
• At the blessing of the children: Matthew 19:13
• At the coming of certain Greeks: John 12:27-28
• Before the hour of His greatest anguish: Matthew 26:26-27; Mark 14:22-23; Luke 22:17- 19
• For Peter: Luke 22:32
• For the giving of the Holy Spirit: John 14:1-6
• On the road to Emmaus: Luke 24:30-31
• Prior to His ascension: Luke 24:50-53
• For His followers: John 17
• The prayer Jesus taught is recorded in Matthew 6:9-13.

KINDS OF PRAYER:
Paul calls for believers to pray always with “all prayer” (Ephesians 6:18). Another translation of the Bible reads “praying with every kind of prayer” (Goodpseed Translation). This refers to the various levels and types of prayer.

LEVELS OF PRAYER:
There are three levels of intensity in prayer: Asking, seeking, and knocking:

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

Asking is the first level of prayer. It is simply presenting a request to God and receiving an immediate answer. In order to receive, the condition is to ask:

…ye have not, because ye ask not. (James 4:2)

We have the powerful spiritual weapon of prayer, and yet many do not use it. They do not ask, and because of this, they do not receive.
Seeking is a deeper level of prayer. This is the level of prayer where answers are not as immediate as at the asking level. The 120 gathered in the upper room where they “continued” in prayer is an example of seeking. These men and women sought fulfillment of the promise of the Holy Spirit and continued “seeking” until the answer came. (Acts l-2)
Knocking is a deeper level yet. It is prayer that is persistent when answers are longer in coming. t is illustrated by the parable Jesus told in Luke 11:5-10. The knocking level is the most intense evil of spiritual warfare in prayer. It is illustrated by the persistence of Daniel who continued to nock despite the fact he saw no visible results as Satan hindered the answer from God. (Daniel 10)

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TYPES OF PRAYER:
There are various types of prayer illustrated in the model prayer given by the Lord (Matthew :9-13). Types of prayer include:
1. Worship and praise:
You enter into God’s presence with worship and praise:

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be hankful unto Him, and bless His Name. (Psalms 100:4)

Worship is the giving of honor and devotion. Praise is thanksgiving and an expression of gratitude not only for what God has done but for what He is. You are to worship God in spirit and in truth:

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship
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God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23-24)

Praise and worship can be with:
Singing: Psalms 9:2,11; 40:3; Mark 14:26
Audible praise: Psalms 103:1
Shouting: Psalms 47:1
Lifting up of the hands: Psalms 63:4; 134:2; I Timothy 2:8
Clapping: Psalms 47:1
Musical instruments: Psalms 150:3-5
Standing: II Chronicles 20:19
Bowing: Psalms 95:6
Dancing: Psalms 149:3
Kneeling: Psalms 95:6
Lying down: Psalms 149:5
The warrior of God in the spirit world is shown with…

…the high praises of God…in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand. (Psalms 149:6)

2. Commitment:
This is prayer committing your life and will to God. It includes prayers of consecration and dedication.

3. Petition:
Prayers of petition are requests. Requests must be made according to the will of God as revealed in His written Word. Petitions may be at the levels of asking, seeking, or knocking.
Supplication is another word for this type of prayer. The word supplication means “beseeching God or strongly appealing to Him in behalf of a need.”

4. Confession and repentance:
A prayer of confession is repenting and asking forgiveness for sin:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)

5. Intercession:
Intercession is prayer for others. An intercessor is one who takes the place of another or pleads another’s case. The Bible records that at one time God looked on the earth and saw there was no intercessor:

And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him, and His righteousness, it sustained Him. (Isaiah 59:16)

When God saw there was no intercessor He supplied the need. He sent Jesus:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (I Timothy 2:5)
…It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. (Romans 8:34)
Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous. (I John 2:1)

An advocate in a court of justice is a legal assistant or counselor who pleads another’s cause. Intercession in spiritual warfare is prayer to God on behalf of another person. Sometimes this intercession is made with understanding. You intercede in your own native language:

I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men. For kings, and for all that are in authority… (I Timothy 2:1-2)

At other times, intercession is made by the Holy Spirit. It may be with groanings resulting from a heavy spiritual burden. It may be in an unknown tongue. It may be intercession for another or the Holy Spirit making intercession for you. When this happens, the Holy Spirit speaks through you praying directly to God and according to the will of God. You do not understand this type of intercession:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)

This is the deepest level of intercessory prayer and the most effective in spiritual warfare.

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THE MODEL PRAYER:
During the earthly ministry of Jesus His disciples once came to Him with an interesting request:

… one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, teach us to pray… (Luke 11:1)

The disciples did not ask how to preach or perform miracles. They did not seek lessons on how to build lasting relationships. They did not inquire regarding the wonders of physical healing.
They asked to be taught how to pray.
What created this desire? It was the visible effects of prayer in the life and ministry of Jesus.
The disciples had witnessed the powerful results of this spiritual strategy in action.
Read the model prayer and observe the various types of prayer we have discussed:
Our Father, which art in Heaven, Praise and worship
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Commitment
Give us this day our daily bread. Petition
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Confession and Intercession
And lead us not into temptation, Petition but deliver us from evil;
For thine is the Kingdom, and the power Praise and worship
and the glory, forever. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)

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HOW TO PRAY:
Look up each of the following references in your Bible to learn how you should pray:
• Prayer is to be made to God: Psalms 5:2
• Empty repetition is forbidden, but earnest repetition is not: Matthew 6:7; Daniel 6:10; Luke 11:5-13; 18:1-8
• You sin by neglecting to pray for others: I Samuel 12:23
• Pray with understanding (in a known tongue): Ephesians 6:18
• Pray in the Spirit: Romans 8:26; Jude 20
• Pray according to the will of God: I John 5:14-15
• Pray in secret: Matthew 6:6
• Quality rather than quantity is stressed. Prayer is not successful because of “much speaking”: Matthew 6:7
• Pray always: Luke 21:36; Ephesians 6:18
• Pray continually: Romans 12:12
• Pray without ceasing: I Thessalonians 5:17
• Pray to the Father in the name of Jesus: John 15:16
• With a watchful attitude: I Peter 4:7
• Pray according to the example of the model prayer: Matthew 6:9-13
• Pray with a forgiving spirit: Mark 11:25
• Pray with humility: Matthew 6:7
• Sometimes accompany prayer with fasting: Matthew 17:21
• Pray fervently: James 5:16; Colossians 4:12
• Pray with submission to God: Luke 22:42
• Use the strategies of binding and loosing in prayer: Matthew 16:19

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WHAT YOU SHOULD PRAY FOR:
• The peace of Jerusalem: Psalms 122:6
• Laborers in the harvest: Matthew 9:38
• That you enter not into temptation: Luke 22:40-46
• Them that despitefully use you (your enemies): Luke 6:28
• All the saints: Ephesians 6:18
• The sick: James 5:14
• One for another (bearing each others burdens): James 5:16
• For all men, kings, and those in authority: I Timothy 2:1-4
• For daily needs: Matthew 6:11
• For wisdom: James 1:5
• For healing: James 5:14-15
• For forgiveness: Matthew 6:12
• For God’s will and Kingdom to be established: Matthew 6:10
• For relief from affliction: James 5:13

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PRAY THE PROMISES:

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3)

God answers prayer according to His promises. When you do not ask on the basis of these promises, your prayer is not answered. It is similar to how a father relates to his children. No parent commits to give his youngsters anything they want or ask for. He makes it clear that he will do certain things and not do other things. Within these limits the father answers his child’s requests.
It is the same way with God. He has given promises and they form the proper basis for prayer. Learn what God has promised and pray according to the promises of God. One way to do this is to go through the Bible and mark all the promises God has made. Use your Bible as you pray and base your prayers upon these promises.

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HINDRANCES TO PRAYER:
• Sin of any kind: Isaiah 59:1-2; Psalm 66:18; Isaiah 1:15; Proverbs 28:9
• Idols in the heart: Ezekiel 14:1-3
• An unforgiving spirit: Mark 11:25; Matthew 5:23
• Selfishness, wrong motives: Proverbs 21:13; James 4:3
• Power hungry, manipulative prayers: James 4:2-3
• Wrong treatment of marriage partner: I Peter 3:7
• Self-righteousness: Luke 18:10-14
• Unbelief: James 1:6-7
• Not abiding in Christ and His Word: John 15:7
• Lack of compassion: Proverbs 21:13\
• Hypocrisy, pride, meaningless repetition: Matthew 6:5; Job 35:12-13
• Not asking according to the will of God: James 4:2-3
• Not asking in Jesus’ name: John 16:24
• Satanic demonic hindrances: Daniel 10:10-13; Ephesians 6:12
• Not seeking first the Kingdom: It is only when you seek first the Kingdom of God that you are promised the “other things”: Matthew 6:33
• God has a higher purpose in denying your request: II Corinthians 12:8-9
• When you do not know how to pray as you should, prayer is hindered. This is why it is important to let the Holy Spirit pray through you: Romans 8:26

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WHEN NOT TO PRAY:
It is important to learn how to wait before the Lord in prayer for His guidance and direction before acting. But it is equally important to know when not to pray. When God calls you to action, you must act, not continue to pray.
For example, at the bitter waters of Marah when Moses cried unto the Lord, God showed him exactly what to do to sweeten the waters. There was no need to wait further on the Lord in prayer. Moses was to act upon what God had revealed. The same was true of Joshua when he prayed about the terrible defeat of Israel at Ai. God revealed there was sin among the people of Israel. He actually told Joshua…

Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face? Israel hath sinned…Up, sanctify the people… (Joshua 7: portions of 10, 12, and 13)

It was not the time to pray. It was the time to act upon the direction given in prayer. Some people use prayer as an excuse to avoid involvement and acting upon what God has told them to do.
Others continue to pray when God has already answered but they did not like the answer.
Review the story of Balaam in Numbers 22. Note especially verses 18-19. Balaam had no right to go to God with the same matter for God had clearly forbidden him to have anything to do with it (see verse 12).

FASTING
Fasting is the fourth part of our battle plan. It is combined with prayer to wage effective warfare in the spirit world.

THE DEFINITION OF FASTING:
Fasting, in the most simple definition, is going without food.

TYPES OF FASTS:
According to the Bible there are two types of fasts. The total fast is when you do not eat or drink at all. An example of this is found in Acts 9:9. The partial fast is when the diet is restricted. An example of this is in Daniel 10:3.

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PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FASTING:
Fasting is a personal matter between an individual and God. It is to be done in private and not boasted about:

Moreover when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:16-18)

Leaders may call a public fast and request the whole church fellowship to fast:

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly. (Joel 2:15)

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THE PURPOSES OF FASTING:
There are definite spiritual purposes for fasting. It is important that you understand these, for if you fast for the wrong reasons it will be ineffective.
Study each of the following references regarding the purposes of fasting. They reveal the great power of fasting in spiritual warfare. You fast:
• To humble yourself: Psalms 35:13; 69:10
• To repent of sin: Joel 2:12
• For revelation: Daniel 9:2; 3:21-22
• To loose bands of wickedness, lift heavy burdens, set the oppressed free, and break every bondage: Isaiah 58:6
• To feed the poor, both physically and spiritually: Isaiah 58:7
• To be heard of God: II Samuel 12:16,22; Jonah 3:5,10
Fasting does not change God. It changes you. God relates to you on the basis of your relationship to Him. When you change, then the way God deals with you is affected. You do not fast to change God, because God does not change. Read the book of Jonah for an example of how this occurred in the city of Ninevah.

LENGTH OF THE FAST:
How long you fast depends upon what God speaks into your spirit. He may lead you to fast a short or lengthy time. Remember the story of Esau and Jacob? Jacob was originally making a meal for himself but denied himself in order to obtain the birthright. How much better if Esau had fasted that one meal!

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KEYS OF THE KINGDOM
Jesus gave to believers the keys of the Kingdom. Those keys include the power to bind and loose and they are the fifth part of our basic battle plan:

And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. (Matthew 16:19)

Jesus taught the importance of binding evil spirits before casting them out, but the principle of binding and loosing is more than casting out demons. You can bind the power of the enemy to work in your life, home, community, and church fellowship. You can loose men and women from the bondage of sin, depression, and discouragement of the enemy.
The principle of binding and loosing is an important strategy to overcome the power of the enemy. It is a key to the Kingdom of God. In every situation with which you are confronted…every problem, every challenge…there is a spiritual key. That key is in exercising the principle of binding and loosing. When you recognize what to bind and what to loose and act upon this discovery, the enemy will be defeated.

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THE NAME OF JESUS
The final part of the basic battle plan is found in the name of Jesus. The Word of God is to be applied in His name, we pray, fast, and use our delegated power and authority and the keys of the Kingdom in His name:

If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:14)
…Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you. (John 16:23)
And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost;
Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you;
and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:18-20)

You are to teach, baptize, cast out demons, heal the sick, and overcome every power of the enemy through the name of Jesus. It is more powerful than any other name:

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. (Ephesians 1:21)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name;
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)

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A WINNING STRATEGY
Jesus faced every temptation of the enemy which we face, but He overcame these temptations without sin. Because He entered the arena of spiritual warfare, He understands your battles and strengthens you:

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)

Because He emerged victorious, you can also be a victor:

For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

Read the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus in Matthew 26-28; Mark 14-16; Luke 22- 24; and John 18-21. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was the greatest confrontation that ever occurred between the power of Satan and the power of God.
Through the death of Jesus, Satan thought he had destroyed God’s plan. He had killed God’s only Son. He had destroyed the King who was to reign over God’s Kingdom. But Jesus said:

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Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be? (Matthew 26:53-54)
…My Kingdom is not of this world: if my Kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my Kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36)
…Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above…(John 19:11)

Jesus did not die because His power was less than that of the enemy. His death did not end the plan for God’s Kingdom. It was not time for His Kingdom to be visibly established in the world.
The death of Jesus actually fulfilled the plan of God. Men could now be saved from the bondage of sin and the penalty of the “second death” (eternal separation from God because of sin).
Great though it was, salvation from sin was not the only victory gained by Jesus through His death on the cross. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated all the power of the enemy:

…When He ascended up on high (was resurrected) He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that He ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all Heavens, that He might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:8-10 )
And having spoiled principalities and powers. He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)

Jesus defeated every power of the enemy, including death. He also passed judgment upon Satan:

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world (Satan) be cast out. (John 12:31)

Jesus made a way of salvation. He defeated death and the principalities and powers of the enemy. He restored to man dominion over all things. He pronounced judgment on Satan which will be fulfilled in the future.
As you have learned, the present situation is similar to conditions which have existed in certain countries in the natural world. The powers of rebel forces will be overthrown by the government. The rebel leader will be under judgment, but still at large. Resistance forces under his direction still war in the land.
Jesus has conquered Satan and set his judgment, but he is still at large and his forces of demonic powers, the flesh, and the world are still at war in the land. They attempt to control territory that is rightfully that of the Conqueror. They try to blind men to the fact Satan has been defeated and is under judgment. They try to control homes, churches, and nations.
That is where the warfare of the believer comes into focus. Jesus has defeated the enemy but Satan remains at large in the world. It is our task to open the eyes of men and women to his deception and regain control of territory that is rightfully ours. Your personal battle will continue until judgment on Satan is executed or until you go to be with Jesus through death, which ever comes first:

To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.
(Ephesians 3:10)

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VICTORS, NOT VICTIMS
Through Jesus, your are a victor over the enemy rather than a victim of the enemy:

And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the Church. Which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all. (Ephesians 1:22-23)

All things are “under the feet” of Jesus. This means He has conquered them. He is the head of the Church, and we are the body. It is stated that all things are under His feet, which means under His body, the Church. This means we are victors, not victims. You can be kept from the power of Satan. Jesus Himself prayed for us to be kept from the power of the enemy:

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. (John 17:15,20)

You are a conqueror, not through your own power, but through the powers of a greater One:

…In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. (Romans 8:37)

When the spiritual battle gets rough, just remember that the Bible assures that God’s purposes will be accomplished:

The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed so shall it stand. (Isaiah 15:24)
This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
For the Lord of hosts hath purposed and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? (Isaiah 15:26-27)

The Lord of Hosts has a purpose, and no force of the world, flesh, demons, Hell, or Satanhimself will disannul it.

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
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2. What is the purpose of God?
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3. For what purposes did Jesus come into the world?
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4. What is God’s six point battle plan for spiritual warfare?
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