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OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Identify the tongue as an important battleground of spiritual warfare.
• Summarize strategies Satan uses to control the tongue.
• Summarize spiritual counter strategies for victory over the tongue.

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KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:
But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:8)

INTRODUCTION
In the previous chapter you studied one of the main battlefields of spiritual warfare, the mind. What happens in the mind affects the tongue and the tongue affects the spirit, soul, heart, and body. This chapter concerns another major arena of spiritual warfare, the battle with the tongue.

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WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT THE TONGUE
Before you examine Satan’s strategies for control of the tongue, read what the Bible says about the tongue in James 3:1-13. These verses reveal that although the tongue is a little member of your body, it is very powerful. Through the tongue the whole body can be defiled. The tongue can never be tamed by man. Only when you yield your tongue to God can control be maintained over it. But even then, it will never be tamed. You can never relax your guard over the tongue believing you have totally conquered it.
The Bible compares the tongue to:
A fire: James 3:5
A burning fire: Proverbs 16:27
A world of iniquity: James 3:6
A beast that needs taming: James 3:7-8
A fountain of either fresh or bitter water: James 3:11
A tree bearing either good or evil fruit: James 3:12
An unruly evil: James 3:8
Deadly poison: James 3:8
A sharp razor: Psalms 52:2
A sharp sword: Psalms 57:4; 59:7
A poisonous serpent: Psalms 140:3

A deep pit: Proverbs 22:14

The Bible says the tongue is powerful because of the effect it has on others. The tongue actually has the power to bring death or life:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue… (Proverbs 18:21)
The tongue is powerful because of the effect it has on you. You can snare yourself with your own words:

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth; thou art taken with the words of thy mouth. (Proverbs 6:2)

The tongue is powerful because your words can separate you from God:

Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? (Psalms 12:4)

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STRATEGIES OF SATAN: THE BATTLE FOR THE TONGUE
Your tongue is closely related to your heart, body, soul, and spirit. For example, if Satan has control of your heart, he has control of your tongue:

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies;

These are the things which defile a man…(Matthew 15:18-20)

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (Luke 6:45)

Satan uses the things you say to cause a breach (opening) into your spirit:

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)

By evil communication you create a breach through which Satan enters to war against your spirit.
Satan also uses your lips to affect your soul:

A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. (Proverbs 18:7)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

Through the tongue, Satan affects your whole body:

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity; so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of Hell. (James 3:6)

Your tongue affects your whole life:

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3)

Satan seeks control of your tongue by tempting you to speak:

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COVETOUS WORDS:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5)

IDOL WORDS:

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)

FOOLISH WORDS:

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge; but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness. (Proverbs 15:14)

UNPROFITABLE WORDS:

Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. (II Timothy 2:14)

FABLES AND COMMANDMENTS OF MEN:

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. (Titus 1:14)

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EVIL ABOUT THINGS YOU DO NOT KNOW:

But these speak evil of those things which they know not… (Jude 10)

But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption. (II Peter 2:12)

FLATTERING WORDS:

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of
covetousness; God is witness. (I Thessalonians 2:5)

ENTICING WORDS:

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. (Colossians 2:4)

MURMURING, COMPLAINING, AND BOASTING WORDS:

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. (Jude 16)

For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. (II Peter 2:18)

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VAIN WORDS:
They speak vanity every one with his neighbor..(Psalms 12:2)

PROUD WORDS:

…with their mouth they speak proudly. (Psalms 17:10)

BOASTFUL WORDS:

How long shall they utter and speak hard things? And all the workers of iniquity boast themselves. (Psalms 94:4)

WORDS WHICH TAKE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN:

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)

CURSING AND BITTER WORDS:

Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. (Romans 3:14)

LIES:

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. (Psalms 58:3)

Let the lying lips be put to silence, which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous. (Psalms 31:18)

SLANDERING WORDS:

Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother’s son. (Psalms 50:20)

MALICIOUS WORDS AGAINST OTHERS:

Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deed which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words…(III John 10)

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WHISPERING WORDS (GOSSIP):

A froward man soweth strife; and a whisperer separateth chief friends. (Proverbs 16:28)

TALEBEARING WORDS:

A talebearer revealeth secrets; but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. (Proverbs 11:13)

BACKBITING WORDS:

He that backbiteth not with his tongue..(Psalms 15:3)

DISSEMBLING WORDS:
Dissembling words cause division:

He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him.
(Proverbs 26:4)

CONTENTIOUS WORDS:

A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (Proverbs 18:6)

WORDS OF STRIFE:

Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. (Psalms 31:20)

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WORDS OF DISCORD:

…he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:19)

DEVOURING WORDS:

Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. (Psalms 52:4)

FROWARD AND PERVERSE WORDS:

Put away from thee a froward mouth and perverse lips put far from thee. (Proverbs 4:24)

EVIL AND DECEITFUL WORDS:

Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit. (Psalms 50:19)

Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth…(Psalms 140:11)

MISCHIEVOUS WORDS:

They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. (Psalms 38:12)

FILTHY WORDS:

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)

SPIRITUAL COUNTER STRATEGIES VICTORY OVER THE TONGUE
When David realized the great battle with the tongue, he cried out:

What shall be given unto thee? Or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? (Psalms 120:3)

The only way to win the battle with the tongue is by application of spiritual counter strategies given in God’s Word.

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GET YOUR HEART RIGHT WITH GOD:
The first step in gaining victory over the tongue is to get your heart right with God:

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies;

These are the things which defile a man…(Matthew 15:18-20)

Your mouth will speak what is in your heart. If your heart is not right, your tongue will reveal it. Use your tongue to get your heart right with God:

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)

RECOGNIZE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY:
Recognize you will be held responsible for the words that come out of your mouth:

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matthew 12:36-37)

And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant… (Luke 19:22)

REALIZE YOUR WORDS REFLECT ON THE GOSPEL:
As long as you believe your tongue is not important, you will not gain control of it. You must realize your conversation reflects on the Gospel of Jesus:

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ… (Philippians 1:27)

Because of this, you should set a good example by your conversation:

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (I Timothy 4:12)

What comes out of your mouth is noted by the heathen:

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. (Psalms 126:2)

You can actually win others to the Lord Jesus Christ by your conversation:

Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (I Peter 3:1-2)

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KEEP YOUR WORDS FEW AND SIMPLE:

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)

But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (Matthew 5:37)

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK:

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear; slow to speak, slow to wrath. (James 1:19)

If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth. (Proverbs 30:32)

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. (Proverbs 15:28)

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:28)

SEPARATE YOURSELF:
Separate Yourself from those who can not control their tongue:

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. (Proverbs 14:7)

LEARN THE POWER OF PEACEFUL WORDS:
Peaceful words are more powerful than words of anger:

By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone. (Proverbs 25:15)

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RECOGNIZE YOUR TONGUE IS A WEAPON:
Your tongue is a weapon you can use to overcome the enemy instead of being defeated by him:

And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony… (Revelation 12:11)

If you control your tongue, it will put to shame those who falsely accuse you:

Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (I Peter 3:16)

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TONGUE:
With God’s help, you can control the tongue. But YOU must take action to control your own tongue. The following verses indicate action from YOU:

For he that will love life, and see good days, LET HIM refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. (I Peter 3:10)

…SPEAK evil of no man…(Titus 3:2)

SPEAK NOT EVIL one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? (James 4:11-12)

LET YOUR conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have… (Hebrews 13:5)

Only LET YOUR conversation be as it becometh the Gospel of Christ… (Philippians 1:27)

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That YE PUT OFF concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that YE PUT ON the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore PUTTING AWAY lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor…(Ephesians 4:22-25)

But now YE also PUT OFF…filthy communication out of your mouth. (Colossians 3:8)

LET no corrupt communication proceed out of YOUR mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Ephesians 4:29)

LET all…evil speaking be put away from YOU…(Ephesians 4:31)

…BE YE holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, BE ye holy; for I am holy. (I Peter 1:15-16)

PUT AWAY from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. (Proverbs 4:24)

KEEP thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (Psalms 34:13)

I said, I WILL TAKE HEED to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. (Psalms 71:15)

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long… (Psalms 71:24)

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Speak of God’s Word:

My tongue shall speak of thy Word; for all thy commandments are righteousness. (Psalms 119:172)

With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. (Psalms 119:13)

I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. (Psalms 119:46)

Speak words of comfort from God’s Word:

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (I Thessalonians 4:18)

Speak of the Kingdom of God:

They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom, and talk of thy power. (Psalms 145:11)

Let your lips be filled with praise to God:

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord; and let all flesh bless His holy name for ever and ever. (Psalms 145:21)

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

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever; with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. (Psalms 89:1)

I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise Him among the multitude. (Psalms 109:30)

My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. (Psalms 119:171)

Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. (Psalms 63:3)

…and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips. (Psalms 63:5)

I cried unto Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue. (Psalms 66:17)

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honor all the day. (Psalms 71:8)

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed. (Psalms 71:23)

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalms 34:1)

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BEFORE YOU SPEAK, ASK THESE QUESTIONS:
1. Will what I am about to say bring glory to God?

And whatsoever ye do in WORD or deed, do ALL in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. (Colossians 3:17)

2. Is it the truth?
3. Is it fair to all concerned?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
5. Will it edify others (result in good will and better friendships)?
6. If you are talking about another person, have you said the same thing to him or her?
7. Do you know that what you are saying is a fact or have you arrived at your own conclusions after hearing rumors?
8. If you have something against your brother or sister, have you attempted to be reconciled
to them before discussing it with others?
9. Is it absolutely necessary that you say this?

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REMEMBER THESE VERSES:

For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. (Psalms 139:4)

…the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning. (Proverbs 16:21)

The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. (Proverbs 16:23)

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth; and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! (Proverbs 15:23)
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. (II Peter 3:11)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life; but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3)

CLAIM THESE PROMISES:

Hear; For I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. (Proverbs 8:6-8)

PRAY THESE PRAYERS:

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. (Psalms 141:3)
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalms 19:14)

ESTABLISH THIS PURPOSE:

Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou has tried me, and shalt find nothing: I AM PURPOSED THAT MY MOUTH SHALL NOT TRANSGRESS. (Psalms 17:3)

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
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2. What was the subject of spiritual warfare discussed in this chapter?
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3. Identify some ways Satan wants to use your tongue to defeat you in spiritual warfare.
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4. Summarize spiritual counter strategies for victory over Satan’s control of the tongue.
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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. In the battle for the mind, Satan tries attempts to cause:
• A carnal mind: Romans 8:6-7
• A mind alienated from God by wicked works: Colossians 1:21
• A defiled mind: Titus 1:15
• A fleshly mind: Ephesians 2:3
• A hardened mind: Daniel 5:20
• A doubtful mind: Luke 12:29
• A vain mind: Ephesians 4:17
• A blinded mind: II Corinthians 3:14
• A seared mind and conscience: Titus 1:15
• A despiteful mind: Ezekiel 36:5
• An evil mind: Acts 14:2
• An unbelieving mind: II Corinthians 4:4
• A fainting mind: Hebrews 12:3
• A reprobate mind: II Timothy 3:8
• Double mindedness: James 1:8; 4:8
• A corrupt mind: I Timothy 6:5; II Timothy 3:8; II Corinthians 11:3
2. Positive mental qualities you should develop:
• A ready mind: II Corinthians 8:19; I Peter 5:2; Acts 17:11
• A pure mind: II Peter 3:1
• A stayed mind: Isaiah 26:3
• A renewed mind: Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2
• A humble mind: Colossians 3:12; Acts 20:19
• A sober mind: Titus 2:6
• A sound mind: II Timothy 1:7
• A mind of love: Matthew 22:37
• A serving mind: Romans 7:25
• A fully persuaded mind: Romans 14:5
• A fervent mind: II Corinthians 7:7
• A willing mind: II Corinthians 8:12
3. Because of continued sin, men can be turned over to a reprobate mind. See Romans 1:28- 32. A reprobate mind is the most evil kind of mind you can imagine.
4. As you learned in this chapter, one of the strategies for victory in the mind is to let the same mind that was in Jesus be in you. Study the New Testament further to discover just what the mind of Jesus was like. What mental attitudes were reflected in His actions? How did His ministry reflect His thought life? How did His words reflect His thoughts?
5. Jesus knows even the thoughts of your mind: See Luke 5:22; 6:8; 11:17.
6. Compare II Samuel 13:28 with Joshua 1:9. Note that the passage in Samuel is similar to that in Joshua where God is speaking. But the Samuel passage is misapplied. Absalom spoke these words to the assassins of his brother, Amnon. The Devil echoes some of the greatest Biblical words as he misuses and misapplies Scripture. Satan is never more dangerous than when he is quoting the Bible. This is a chief strategy he uses in attacking the mind.

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ANSWERS: CHAPTER FIFTEEN:
1. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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 10:3-5)
2. In the mind.
3. They are the fiery darts of the wicked. The enemy continuously hurls “fiery darts” at us in the spirit world. Most of these “darts” are aimed at the mind.
4. Compare your answer to the discussion in Chapter Fifteen.
5. Compare your answer to the discussion in Chapter Fifteen.

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OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verses from memory.
• Identify the main battleground of spiritual warfare.
• Explain what is meant by the “fiery darts” of Satan.
• Recognize mental strategies used by Satan to attack the mind.
• Use spiritual counter strategies to quench these “fiery darts” of Satan.

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KEY VERSES FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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 10:3-5)

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INTRODUCTION
When Paul warned the Corinthians not to be ignorant of the Devil’s “wiles,” the Greek word for wiles means “schemes” and is from the same word used for “mind.” In other words, Satan’s primary assaults occur in our thought life. The mind is the main battlefield in spiritual warfare. Every attack of Satan involves the human mind.
This chapter focuses on the battle for the mind. It discusses the strategies of Satan and gives spiritual counter strategies for victory over his attacks. The battle for the mind is easily summarized:

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:6-7)

Satan wants to make your mind carnal (sinful, worldly, fleshly). God wants you to be spiritually minded.

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WHY SATAN ATTACKS THE MIND
The greatest commandment includes loving God with all your mind. This is one of the main reasons why Satan battles for your mind:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy MIND; This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)

Satan battles for your mind because it is closely tied spiritually to your heart and mouth:

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…(Matthew 15:18-19)

Satan battles for the mind because the way you think affects the way you act:

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…(Proverbs 23:7)

Satan knows if he can control your mind, he can control your body, your actions, and, if left unchallenged, your spirit.

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FIERY DARTS FROM THE ENEMY
In Old Testament times, fiery darts were used as weapons of warfare. They were hollow reeds filled with material which would burn easily. They were set on fire and then shot from bows.
They were excellent weapons against the walled cities of the time because they could be shot over the walls to ignite the thatched roofs of the houses within.
In Ephesians 6:11-17 Paul discusses the spiritual battle with Satan. He speaks of “the fiery darts of the wicked.” The enemy continuously hurls “fiery darts” at you in the spirit world. Most of these “darts” are aimed at the mind.
The Apostle Paul warns that you should not be “soon shaken in mind” (II Thessalonians 2:2). In the Greek translation, “shake” means to “agitate, disturb, topple, (by implied) to destroy.” If you can take hold of something and shake it, you have control over it. Satan wants to “shake” or exert control over your mind.

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SATAN’S STRATEGY: BATTLES IN THE MIND
The mind is one of the most complex and least understood parts of the human body. Because it is so complex, Satan has many subtle methods of attacking the mind. Though it would be impossible to list them all, the following list summarizes the main strategies of attack Satan uses in the battle for the mind:

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QUESTIONING THE AUTHORITY OF GOD:
The first temptation of man started in the mind. It started with this strategy: Questioning the authority of God. Satan said to Eve, “Yea, hath God said?…” Did God really say that you could not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Questioning God and His Word leads to doubt, unbelief, and skepticism.

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DECEPTION AND SEDUCTION:
Deception was also part of the enemy’s strategy. When Satan confronted Eve, he was disguised as a beautiful serpent. Satan uses lies, cults, and “religious spirits” to deceive millions in our world today. Some of the deceptions Satan advances include the following appeals:
• “You can become a god.”
• “You can know the future.”
• “You future, including eternity, is predestined. There is nothing you can do about it.”
• “Everyone is a child of God.”
• “There are more ways to Heaven than by Jesus.”
• “God is too good to send anyone to Hell.”
• “All God expects you to do is live a good life and do the best you can.”
• “The Bible should not be taken literally.”
• “The Bible contains many errors.”
Seducing spirits of Satan attack the mind to distort the truth of God’s Word:

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. (I Timothy 4:1)

Satan used this attack on Jesus in Luke 4:9-12. He tried to get Jesus to throw himself off a high point of the temple since God had promised to…

…give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee, And in their hands they shall bear thee up…(Luke 4:10-11)

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THE FLESH:
You previously studied about the flesh as a spiritual force of evil. Satan uses the flesh to war against the mind:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:23)

Satan uses your own mouth, your eyes, ears, and even your senses of touch and smell to foster wicked thoughts in your mind.

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BLINDING MINDS OF UNBELIEVERS:
Satan works in the minds of unbelievers to blind them to the truth of the Gospel:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (II Corinthians 4:4)

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DEPRESSION:
To be depressed is to be downcast, sad, discouraged, or in low spirit. It includes feelings of despair, despondency, and dejection. Depression can lead to suicidal thoughts or actual suicide because of the hopeless feelings which produces uncontrollable mental grief, sorrow, heartache, and crying.
Sometimes Satan uses circumstances of life to lead to depression. For examples, a great loss or fear of loss, suppressed anger, a low self concept, unfulfilled expectations, and a negative attitude can all be used to cause depression. In Proverbs 24:10 we are warned about “fainting in the day of adversity” (troubled or distressed circumstances).
Sometimes depression is caused by the negative attitudes of those around us through which Satan works. In Deuteronomy 1:28 God’s people admitted, “our brethren have discouraged our hearts.”
We read in Numbers 21:4 that the soul of God’s people was much discouraged. King David often reflected discouragement in his Psalms (see Psalms 69 for an example). The Apostle Paul also had times of deep depression:

For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life… (II Corinthians 1:8)
If you do not conquer depression it can also lead to oppression by Satanic spirits. This is a deeper form of depression where Satan gains more restrictive power over the mind.

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DISCOURAGEMENT:
Discouragement means to be “without courage.” Satan wants to discourage you because if you are “without courage,” you are ineffective in warfare.

WITHDRAWAL:
Another way Satan attacks the mind is through withdrawal. The purpose of this strategy is to isolate you from the rest of the Body of Christ. Since believers function together in ministry as a body, withdrawal makes you non-functional. Examples of men of God who were attacked mentally by Satan and withdrew are Elijah (I Kings 19) and Jonah (Jonah 4:5-11).

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IMPROPER MOTIVES:
A motive is your reason for doing something. Motives are important because although man looks on the outward appearance (actions), God looks on the heart:

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. (I Samuel 16:7)

But Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men.

And needed not that any should testify of man; for He knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)

Many people enter Christian ministry for the wrong reasons. God is more concerned with motive than ministry. This is where you should place your concern also, for when motives are proper then ministry will naturally follow. Your motives for ministry must be right:

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. (I Peter 5:2-3)

You must enter the ministry willingly, not because of the advantages and benefits of the office, not as a dictator but as an example. Satan will try to create wrong motives for Christian service by putting them subtly in your mind. Satan causes wrong motives for desiring God’s power. You can find an example of this in Acts 8:18-23 in the story of a man named Simon.
You can have vindictive motives for your actions. (Vindictive means that you want to get even with someone who has done you wrong or who you do not like). Biblical examples include the disciples wanting to call down fire from heaven (Luke 9:54) and Jonah wanting Ninevah destroyed (Jonah 4). David also had a wrong motive in the numbering of the people:

Satan (an adversary) stood up against Israel, and stirred up David to number Israel. (I Chronicles 21:1 The Amplified Version)

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WRONG ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS:
Satan causes wrong attitudes towards others. He inserts fiery darts of envy, jealousy, suspicion, unforgiveness, distrust, anger, hatred, intolerance, prejudice, competition, impatience, judging, criticism, covetousness, and selfishness.
He also tries to cause wrong attitudes of greed, discontent, pride, vanity, ego, importance, arrogance, intellectualism, and self-righteousness. Wrong attitudes lead to wrong emotions and both stem from your thoughts.
These attitudes and emotions render you ineffective in spiritual warfare. For example, James 4:6 indicates that “God resisteth the proud.” When you are filled with pride, you are actually arrayed in battle against God.

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REBELLION:
Satan also inserts rebellious thoughts into your mind. Rebellion is willful disobedience against God’s authority. Rebellion includes self-will, stubbornness, and disobedience. Remember that rebellion was the original sin of Satan. His five statements of “I will” demonstrated his rebellion (Isaiah 14:12-14). The “I will” spirit is a way to recognize the operation of Satan through rebellion.

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ACCUSATION AND CONDEMNATION:
Satan is called “the accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10). He sends fiery darts of accusation into your mind, makes you feel inferior, and condemns you. He will give you guilty feelings of shame, unworthiness, and embarrassment.
One good way to tell the difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of Satan is to remember that Satan always generalizes. For example, he speaks into your mind like these: “You are no good,” “You can never live a Christian life,” “God couldn’t love you because you are too great of a sinner.”
When the Holy Spirit is convicting you, it is specific. For example, He brings to you attention that you have a problem with anger or dishonesty, etc.

SEXUAL IMPURITY:
Satan will insert thoughts of sexual impurity, lust, and mental sexual fantasies. Jesus said:

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

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CONFUSION:
Satan also causes indecision, confusion, and frustration in your mind. When you are confused, indecisive, and frustrated, you obviously cannot be a good Christian soldier.

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TORMENTING THOUGHTS:
There is a whole category of tormenting thoughts Satan sends into your mind including worry, anxiety, dread, apprehension, and nervousness. Mental torment can also come through an overactive mind that will not “shut off” or an under active mind that cannot function properly.
Tormenting thoughts also include fear. Paul speaks of the “spirit of fear” in II Timothy 1:7 and the “fear of death” in Hebrews 2:15. Tormenting thoughts also include bitter memories of events that should be forgiven and forgotten.

COMPROMISE:
To “compromise” is to settle conflicting principles by adjustment. The principles of God and Satan are in opposition. Satan tries to get you to compromise and lower your spiritual principles. For example, he will tell you it is not necessary to be so holy, to believe the Bible literally, etc.

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WRONG MENTAL FOCUS:
Satan will constantly try to get your focus on things of the world rather than things of eternal nature:

Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. (I John 2:15 The Amplified Version)

The cares of the world can actually cause the Word of God to be ineffective in your life. (See the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8). Cares of the world can make you unaware of the short time before the return of Jesus:

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with…cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. (Luke 21:34)

Satan will occupy your thoughts with materialism rather than with eternal values. Read the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12:16-21:

For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (I Timothy 6:10)

Paul warns there are many who “mind worldly things” (Philippians 3:18-19).

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MENTAL CONDITIONS:
If you allow Satan to persist with thoughts of depression, suicide, torment, accusation, etc., it can lead to mental illness. This could include a nervous or mental breakdown and various medically recognized mental conditions. Satan can actually possess the mind of unbelievers and backsliders; those who have once known God, then turned away from Him. (You will learn more about this Chapter Twenty-One.)

SPIRITUAL COUNTER STRATEGIES: VICTORY IN THE MIND
What an arsenal of weapons Satan has targeted for the mind! Left unconquered, these thoughts lead to sinful actions. For example, hatred can lead to murder. Adulterous thoughts can lead to the act of adultery. Divorce starts in the mind. Covetousness can lead to stealing.
There is no doubt…the greatest arena of spiritual warfare is the mind. But do not fear! God has given some tremendous counter strategies for overcoming attacks of Satan on the mind:

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LET THE HOLY SPIRIT SEARCH YOUR MIND:
First, ask God to search your mind and reveal to you any wrong attitudes, motives, and thinking which has been inserted by the enemy:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24)

As the Holy Spirit reveals things to you, act upon the revelation. Ask forgiveness for wrong thought patterns and use the Word of God to develop new thought patterns.

USE YOUR SPIRITUAL ARMOR:
Two pieces of spiritual armor defend you from attacks in the mind. These are listed in Ephesians 6:16-17. One piece of armor is the helmet of the hope of salvation. A helmet is worn on the head and implies protection to the mind.
Paul is not only speaking of your present salvation in Jesus Christ which can cleanse your mind, he is speaking of the future salvation:

…for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Romans 13:11)

Salvation is also your hope for the future. The believer who has the “helmet of salvation” in place understands God is working out His eternal purpose of salvation. He is not disturbed by the attacks of the enemy. He has hope not only for the present, but for the future.
The other piece of armor for mental protection is the shield of faith. As you learned when you studied about your weapons, a shield was a piece of heavy material which a soldier held in front of himself to keep arrows from hitting him. The arrows bounced off the shield and fell harmlessly to the ground.
The shield for the Christian soldier is called the “shield of faith.” The word “faith” not only refers to the basic truths of the Christian Gospel but to your confidence in God. Another piece of spiritual armor is the girdle of truth (Ephesians 6:14). The truth of God’s Word will defeat any false accusations the enemy brings to your mind.

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USE GOD’S WORD:
In the temptation of Jesus when Satan misused God’s Word, Jesus met the attack with the Word of God. When Satan comes with accusations of guilt, use this Scripture:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

When Satan comes with tormenting feelings such as fear, use these Scriptures:

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7)

When Satan tries to discourage you, use this verse:

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)

When Satan brings false guilt to your mind, remember…

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)

…and use all the other verses about the mind given in this lesson to war against the attacks of Satan in your mind.

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CLAIM A SOUND MIND:
Claim a sound mind as God’s will for you. To eliminate tormenting thoughts, claim the peace that is rightfully yours:

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. LET NOT your heart be troubled, NEITHER LET IT be afraid. (John 14:27)

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and MINDS through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

These are examples of how you can develop a whole “arsenal” of Scriptures applicable to the various mental attacks of Satan. As you study God’s Word, continue to identify specific verses to defend your mind against the invasion of the enemy.

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LET CHRIST’S MIND BE IN YOU:
Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)
The word “let” means to permit or embrace. You are to let your mind become like the mind of Jesus. What was the mind of Jesus like? A project for study of this question is provided in the “Tactical Maneuvers” section of this chapter. It is possible to achieve this, because Paul wrote…

…But we have the mind of Christ. (II Corinthians 2:16)

GIRD UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND:

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind… (I Peter 1:13)
In the natural body, the loins are the central portion of the body below the waist. The loins are the strongest parts of the body. Peter is saying you should prepare your mind to be strong. Again, it is something YOU do.

TAKE WRONG THOUGHTS CAPTIVE:
We are told to bring “into captivity every thought to the obedience to Christ” (II Corinthians 10:5). If thoughts were not enemies, then there would be no need to take them captive. Think about how a soldier takes an enemy captive in the natural world. Apply these ideas spiritually as you “take captive” every thought.

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CAST DOWN WRONG THOUGHTS:
One of the main defensive counter strategies to protect the mind is that of casting down. To cast something means to hurl it with great force. Paul said:
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 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 10:3-5)

You are to cast down evil imaginations Satan puts into your mind. You are to cast down thoughts that exalt themselves against God. You are to bring every thought into captivity and obedience to the Lord.
You “cast down” by consciously taking control of your mind and refusing to dwell on the thoughts Satan inserts. Note that YOU are told to cast down…It is not something God does for you.

THINK ON THESE THINGS:
One way to “gird” up the loins of your mind is to think on proper subject matter. Paul said:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there by any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

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RENEW YOUR MIND:

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind. (Ephesians 4:23)

And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Romans 12:2)

You renew your mind by prayer and meditation on God’s Word.

ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD:
David encouraged himself in the Lord:

And David was greatly distressed; …but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (I Samuel 30:6)

Again, YOU must take action. You must encourage yourself in God. Do not wait for others to do it. Do it yourself with God’s help!

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RECOGNIZE THE SOURCE OF CONFUSION:
Recognize that confusion is not of God:

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…(I Corinthians 14:33)

Since confusion is not of God, refuse to accept the spirit of confusion in your mind.

CONTROL THE GATES:
In Old Testament times cities were surrounded by walls for defense against enemy forces. The walls had gates where guards controlled the entrance. Whoever controlled the gates of the city controlled the city.
A similar situation exists in terms of controlling the mind. The “gates” to your innermost being are the five senses. It is important that you do not allow anything to enter that has the ability to destroy from within. This means you must control your fleshly nature.
Avoid things that would open the gates to your mind. These include things like drugs and alcohol which reduce your ability to think and respond. Pornography inspires sinful relationships and sex crimes. Certain kinds of music, witchcraft, cultist activity, and mind control all open the “gates” to your mind.
Put off all the works of the flesh and let God develop in you the fruit of the Holy Spirit (See Galatians 5:19-26). NEVER GIVE IN to the mental attacks of the enemy. If you give in, God may give you up. See Romans l…God sometimes gives people up to what they have given in to.
Ask Jesus to help you. Remember that one of the Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus said He would “control the gates of His enemy.” Let Him exert this control over your spiritual “gates.”

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KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON GOD:
Keep your mind “stayed” or centered on God:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)

This is a great promise! If you keep your mind centered on God, you can have peace despite every attack of the enemy.

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verses from the Articles Of War.
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2. Where is the main battleground of spiritual warfare?
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3. What is meant by the “fiery darts” of Satan?
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4. Summarize the strategies Satan uses to war against the mind.
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5. Summarize spiritual counter strategies presented in this chapter which will overcome mental attacks of Satan.
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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. Crucifixion was one of the worst possible forms of death. Read about the crucifixion of Jesus in Matthew 27. This is what must be done spiritually speaking to both the world and the flesh, spiritual forces of evil which are operating against believers.
2. Examine your own life and ministry. In what areas do you see the affects of the world? The flesh? The Devil? How can you apply what you have learned in this lesson to these problem areas?
3. Study Daniel 7:25. The wearing away of the cares of the world is one of the main tactics of the antichrist. These are the small situations that are tiring and irritating upon which Satan builds one after another, until you are overcome and entangled in earthly rather than spiritual things. Is this happening in you life? Remember, effective warriors do not entangle themselves with the things of the world. Think and pray about how you can become less involved in the cares of the world.
4. The Bible describes the Christian life as:
• A conquering life: Romans 8:37
• A victorious life: I Corinthians 15:57
• An abundant life: John 10:10
• A triumphant life: II Corinthians 2:14
• A holy life: Ephesians 1:3-5; 5:25-27; I Peter 1:13-16
These are the ideals by which you must continually evaluate your Christian walk. The Bible records Paul’s personal struggles in this area (Philippians 3:12-17; James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:10- 16).
Always remember that a Christian is still a believer even if he is struggling with a 4:10); or demonic influences (Acts 5:1-10; I Timothy 5:9-15; 3:6-7).
5. In Ephesians 4:22 and 24 Paul speaks of the old man which must be put off, and the new man which should be put on. Read Ephesians 4:22-6:18. Make a list of things that should be “put off.” List things that should be “put on,” ie., attitudes, conduct, etc.
Things To Put Off                             Things To Put On

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ANSWERS: CHAPTER FOURTEEN:
1. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. (Romans 6:6-7)
2. Strategies are the science of forming and carrying out military operations. They are the method or plan which leads to victory.
3. The word “counter” means to act in opposition to, to hinder, defeat, or frustrate. A counter strategy is an organized plan and method in opposition to Satan. It is designed to hinder, defeat, and frustrate him in his attacks in the spiritual world.

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INVASION: ENTERING THE COMBAT ZONE…
During an invasion in the natural world, an army enters the combat zone to conquer its foes and claim territory. Basic training is useless unless what is learned is put into action. Even a mobilized army equipped with weapons is not effective if it stands inactive on the sidelines. To be effective in warfare, you must actually enter the combat zone.

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ENTERING THE COMBAT ZONE: BATTLING THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verses from memory.
• Define the word “strategy.”
• Define the word “counterstrategy.”
• Explain the strategies of Satan which combine the evil forces of the world and the flesh.
• Identify spiritual counterstrategies for victory over the world and the flesh.

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KEY VERSES FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. (Romans 6:6-7)

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INTRODUCTION
You have answered the call to arms and been inducted in God’s army. You have studied about enemy strategy and territory. You learned about God’s battle plan and been armed with defensive and offensive weapons. With this lesson, you actually enter the combat zone and begin to fight!
This chapter is the first in a series which focus on Satan’s strategies and Scriptural counterstrategies for overcoming his deceptive tactics. “Strategies” are the science of forming and carrying out military operations. They are the methods or plans which lead to victory.

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SATAN’S STRATEGIES:
Satan has organized methods aimed at gaining victory over believers. This is what Paul means when he refers to the “wiles” of the Devil:

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

The word “wiles” means crafty or deceitful. Satan’s “wiles” are his crafty, deceitful strategies of attack.

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GOD’S COUNTERSTRATEGIES:
The believer is not left defenseless in the face of enemy attack. In His written Word God provided a manual of strategies for spiritual warfare:

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

The word “devices” means thoughts or purposes. The Bible contains counterstrategies for overcoming all the power of the enemy.
The word “counter” means “to act in opposition to, to hinder, defeat, or frustrate.” In the spirit world, a counterstrategy is an organized plan and method of opposition to Satan. It is designed to hinder, defeat, and frustrate his “wiles” and “devices.”
The next few chapters are organized by strategies and counterstrategies. The strategies of Satan in specific areas of spiritual warfare are discussed first in each chapter. Specific spiritual counterstrategies for victory are then presented. In this lesson you will study how the world and the flesh function together in spiritual warfare and counterstrategies for overcoming these evil forces.

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STRATEGIES OF SATAN: THE WORLD AND THE FLESH
You learned in Chapter Seven that the world and the flesh are enemy territory:

SATAN WORKS THROUGH THE WORLD:

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (I John 5:19)

Satan is the prince of this world and as its prince he influences the governments of nations. He is described as a “deceiver of nations” in Revelation 20:3 and 7. Daniel chapter l0 identifies a demonic power over the nation of Persia working to prevent Daniel’s prayer. Satan is as a roaring lion in the world:

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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (II Peter 5:8)

The picture of a roaring lion illustrates the open terror tactics Satan uses. But Satan is also described as “an angel of light”:

And no marvel for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:14-15)

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This describes Satan as alluring and appealing in a more subtle, secret type of attack. So Satan works both openly and secretly in the world.
Satan’s activities are varied in the world, but they are always directed against God, His plan, and His people. Satan opposes God’s work in the world. This is quite evident in his rebellion and fall from Heaven which you already studied (Ezekiel 28:12-19). Satan opposes the work of Jesus in the world. He is behind the “anti-Christ” spirit of the world:

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (II John 7)

Satan also opposes the work of the Holy Spirit in the world. One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to guide men and women into the truth of the Word of God. Satan tries to keep the Word of God from influencing the hearts and lives of men and women:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (II Corinthians 4:4)

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Satan afflicts and tempts believers in the world:

For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labor be in vain. (I Thessalonians 3:5)
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power… (Job 1:12)

Satan deceives the world through “spiritual wickedness in high places.” This is how he works in the religious structure of the world. He deceives through false doctrine, ministers, teachers, apostles, and religions.
Satan also wages warfare against believers who are in, but not of, the world. You can read about this warfare in Ephesians 6:l0-l8. Satan accuses and slanders believers:

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:9-10)

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He plants doubt in the minds of believers. This was part of the first temptation of man in the Garden of Eden (see Genesis 3:1-5). Satan incites persecution of believers by the world:

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried… (Revelation 2:10)

Satan tries to prevent the believer from effective Christian service:

Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. (I Thessalonians 2:18)

Satan uses the appeal of the world to entice believers to sin. He tempts through the worldly atmosphere, environment, and system around you. He encourages a love of the world in your heart:

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Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (I John 2:15-16)

Satan wars against the mind, the tongue, the spirit, the body, and the spiritual walls of believers. He attacks through family and associates, finances, and circumstances. You will learn more about each of these specific areas of attack in other chapters.
The names of Satan also reveal his strategies in the world. You studied the names of Satan in Chapter Five of this course. Review these and think about how each name reflects strategies of Satan in the world today.

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SATAN WORKS THROUGH THE FLESH:
The body, soul, and spirit of man are closely related. Because of this, Satan accesses the soul and spirit through the flesh. This strategy is evident in the first temptation of man. Eve “SAW the tree was good for food (TASTE), and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be DESIRED to make one wise” she took of it and gave it to her husband also (Genesis 3:6). Satan used fleshly senses and desires to gain access to Eve’s soul and spirit.
If Satan cannot “blind your mind” and keep you from accepting the truth of the Gospel, then he tries to keep you in bondage to the flesh after you receive the Gospel. Fleshly lusts war against the soul:

…Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. (I Peter 2:11)

Satan uses the flesh to affect the mind:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:23)

“My members” refers to the flesh. Satan uses the flesh to affect the spirit:

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Corinthians 7:1)

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Satan uses the flesh to cause you to reap corruption (rottenness, perversion) in your life:

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption… (Galatians 6:8)

In Ephesians 4 where Paul deals with the sins of the flesh in the context of the old man and the new man, he inserts this warning:

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

This warning indicates that when you commit these fleshly sins, you give place (literally a claim) to Satan in your life. Continued willful indulgence in fleshly sins can result in bondage to Satan:

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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SATAN WORKS THROUGH DEMONS:
As you will learn later in this course, a born-again believer cannot be “possessed” by Satan as long as he remains a true believer. Possession by Satan involves control of body, soul, spirit, conduct, and thought. But if a believer continues to practice fleshly sins there comes a time where the practice may move from a sin of the flesh to a sin controlled by Satanic, demonic activity.

HOW THEY WORK TOGETHER
The world, the flesh, and the Devil with his demons combine their evil forces to war against believers. Each force can operate independently against the believer, but these forces of evil are most often combined in their attack upon believers.
Satan uses the world, with its illusions, charms, philosophies, and ungodly systems, to gain access to the flesh. He uses the flesh to gain access to the soul mind, and spirit. Then he tries to conform you to the world rather than to God.

SPIRITUAL COUNTERSTRATEGIES: OVERCOMING THE FLESH
The world, the flesh, and the Devil certainly create a threatening combat zone! But here are some powerful scriptural counterstrategies for overcoming these forces:

PRESENT YOUR BODY AS A SACRIFICE:
In the military forces of the natural world, a man who enlists for service comes under the complete control of his superiors. They give him instructions on how to conduct himself, how to dress, and how to combat the enemy. To be effective in spiritual warfare the same type of control must be put into action:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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 12:1-2)

You must present yourself to God as an act of your own will. In the Old Testament when a sacrifice was given to God, the person who offered it had no further control over it. It was given totally to the Lord. Instead of conforming to the world and the flesh, you must be transformed (changed) by the renewing of your mind. You will study more about the battle in the mind in Chapter Fifteen.

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ARM YOURSELF WITH THE MIND OF CHRIST:
The renewing of your mind is done by “arming” yourself with the same mind as Jesus.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for He that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh, to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (I Peter 4:1-2)

DEVELOP THE PROPER ATTITUDE TOWARDS YOUR FLESH:
We are told that we should “hate even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 23). You should understand that the lust of the flesh is not of the Father but of the world:

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (I John 2:16)

You should have no confidence in the flesh:

…and have no confidence in the flesh…(Philippians 3:3)

You must understand that life in the flesh brings corruption, while life in the spirit brings life:

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:8)

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REALIZE YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE IN BONDAGE TO THE FLESH:
In times past, you were in bondage to the flesh when you were a sinner:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of nature the children of wrath even as others. (Ephesians 2:3)
For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. (Romans 7:5-6)

Study Ephesians chapter 2 and Romans 8. You will discover you no longer have to be in bondage to the flesh. Your freedom comes through Jesus Christ:

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

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TRAIN YOUR FLESH TO OBEY:
In the military world, the soldier must obey all orders. He goes through basic training to learn the rules of warfare. He is given trial situations where he must put these strategies into action and he learns through failure and success. He is in training for war.
This is also true in the spiritual world. You must train your flesh to obey. You must learn God’s rules. Through trials God permits in your life you will have opportunity to put these rules into action:

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. (I Peter 4:12)
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold all that he hath is in thy power… (Job 1:12)

In the natural world, a soldier learns the right and wrong responses in military strategy through repeated troop exercises. You can train through study of your warfare manual, the Bible. As you exercise or train your spiritual senses, you will learn to discern between good and evil:

For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. For strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14)

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You must train your flesh to obey God’s Word. You do not conquer your flesh by giving in to it. As God reveals fleshly areas of your life, you must take action:

…abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. (I Peter 2:11)
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (II Corinthians 7:1)
But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14)

Note that YOU must take action. YOU must abstain from fleshly lusts. YOU must cleanse yourself of filthiness of the flesh. YOU must not make provisions for the flesh.

PUT OFF THE OLD MAN:
The “old man” refers to the flesh nature. Paul writes:

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

PUT YOUR FLESH TO DEATH:
The flesh must be crucified. It will not die a natural death. You must crucify it by refusing to be controlled by it:

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. (Romans 6:6-7)
For I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)

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WALK IN THE SPIRIT:
Your daily walk (how you live) can be controlled by Satan working through your flesh, the world, or demon powers if you permit it. You do not have to be controlled by the world, the flesh, or the Devil. You can learn to walk in the Spirit:

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

To walk in the Spirit means to let God’s Holy Spirit control your conduct and life. The flesh is not more powerful than the spirit. If you let the Holy Spirit manifest His power in you, He will quicken your mortal body of flesh. To “quicken” means to endue with life. You do not have to live in the death of sin. God can quicken your spirit to new life:

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:10-14)

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To be led by the Spirit you must have the Holy Spirit within you. You must be born again by the Spirit:

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:6-7)

You must also be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who gives you power to walk in
the spirit rather than the flesh. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of the Holy Spirit in overcoming the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Through the Holy Spirit you can be led by the Spirit instead of the flesh.

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LET YOUR SPIRIT SPEAK BY THE HOLY SPIRIT:
God communicates to your spirit by the Holy Spirit:

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Romans 8:14)

The Holy Spirit can also communicate directly to God from your spirit:

For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries. (I Corinthians 14:2)

When you speak in the unknown language, which is the physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2), your spirit is communicating directly to God. When this happens, one of the important functions of the Holy Spirit is to pray according to the will of God:

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.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is in the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)

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DEVELOP THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
In contrast to the works of the flesh, develop the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This includes…

…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith. Meekness, temperance… (Galatians 5:22-23)

DO NOT LIVE IN CONDEMNATION:
Satan uses the weaknesses of the flesh to make you live in condemnation. But Paul said:

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1)

If you fail and engage in fleshly conduct, do not remain in condemnation. Repent and ask forgiveness:

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)

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SPIRITUAL COUNTERSTRATEGIES: OVERCOMING THE WORLD
Here are some guidelines for overcoming the world:

DEVELOP A PROPER ATTITUDE TOWARD THE WORLD:
Recognize you are not of the world:

I have given them thy word: and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:14-16)
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)

Understand that you will experience tribulation in the world:

These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Realize that gaining the world is not worth losing your soul:

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul. (Mark 8:36)
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? (Luke 9:25)

Realize that if you love the world, you are an enemy of God:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (I John 2:15-16)
…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?
Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)

Recognize the temporal nature of the world:

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: But he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. (I John 2:17)
…for the fashion of this world passeth away. (I Corinthians 7:31)
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. (II Peter 3:11)

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RECOGNIZE YOU ARE NOT IN BONDAGE TO THE WORLD:
As a believer, you do not have to be in bondage to the world system. Although in the past you were governed by the present world (Ephesians 2:2), you are no longer in this bondage:

Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God. (Ephesians 2:2-3,13,19)

Romans 12:1-3 teaches that you no longer need be conformed to the world. You can be transformed (changed). You are part of a new kingdom now. You are a resident of the Kingdom of God. You are no longer under the power of the world:

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God. (I Corinthians 2:12)

Study more about your liberty in Galatians 4:1-7.

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GUARD AGAINST THE WORLD:
Now that you are free from the world, set a guard against its influence in your life. Do not pattern your life after the rudiments or basic principles of the world:

Beware lest any man spoil you…after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Do not love the world:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world… (I John 2:15)

Do not let yourself be spoiled by the philosophies of the world:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

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Deny worldly lusts:

Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:12)

Keep yourself unspotted from the world:

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this…to keep himself unspotted from the world. (James 1:27)

Crucify the power of the world:

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14)

Crucifixion is an unnatural death. Like the flesh, the power of the world in your life will not die a natural death. You must forcibly crucify it.

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RECOGNIZE YOU CAN OVERCOME THE WORLD:
You are not to be overcome by the world. Do not let the cares of the world destroy the work of the Word in your life (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19). This “wearing away” with the cares of the world is one of the strategies of the antichrist spirit (Daniel 7:25). Jesus said:

…but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

You can overcome the world because Jesus dwells within you:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. (I John 4:4)

You can escape the corruption of the world:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (II Peter 1:4)

You overcome the world by the new birth and your faith:

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)

You overcome the world by the blood of Jesus and your testimony:

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony… (Revelation 12:11)

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UNDERSTAND YOUR MISSION IN THE WORLD:
You are not to be affected by the world, but you are to affect the world. The believer should be a light in a world of darkness, reflecting the glory of God and sharing the good news of the Gospel:

Ye are the light of the world… (Matthew 5:14)

The impact of the early believers on the world was so great that it was said of them that they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6).
As soldiers in an army sent on a mission in a foreign nation, believers are on a special mission of God in the world. They have been instructed:

…Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verses from the Articles Of War.
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2. Define the word “strategy”.
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3. Define the word “counterstrategy”.
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4. Summarize what you have learned about Satan’s strategies in the world and the flesh.
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5. Summarize the counterstrategies given in this chapter for overcoming the world, the flesh, and the Devil.
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TACTICAL MANEUVERS
1. To learn more about objectives of warfare in the spiritual world, read Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8; Ephesians 3:9-11 and Colossians 1:24-29. Find the answer to these questions:
Who has assigned our objectives?
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What are the objectives assigned to us as a local church fellowship?
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What are the objectives assigned to you personally?
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2. It is not enough to learn natural principles of warfare parallel to those in the spiritual world. You must apply these principles in your own spiritual battles. Knowledge without application of that knowledge is ineffective. Review what you learned in this chapter, then write a paragraph summarizing how you plan to apply what you have learned about natural principles to your spiritual battles.

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ANSWERS: CHAPTER THIRTEEN:
1. 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)
2. Natural principles are used to explain what is happening in the spirit world. We can understand what we see in the natural world. When parallels are drawn between something in the natural world and the spiritual world, we understand the spiritual because of the natural. God used the natural example of warfare because there are many natural principles of warfare applicable to the spiritual world.
3. Compare your summary with the discussion on Chapter Thirteen.

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OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
• Write the Key Verse from memory.
• Explain why “warfare” is used to describe the conflict between good and evil.
• Summarize natural principles of warfare applicable to spiritual warfare.
• Apply natural principles of warfare in the spiritual realm.

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KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

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)

INTRODUCTION
The early Church viewed their spiritual experience in terms of warfare. Protection is described as the “armor of God.” The Word of God is compared to a “sword.” Satan’s attacks are fiery darts and faith is the “good fight.” Believers are told to “war a good warfare.”
Why did God choose the example of natural warfare to describe what is happening in the spirit world between the forces of good and evil? The answer is found in a basic Biblical principle:
Natural principles of spiritual truth. God uses natural principles to explain what is happening in the spirit world. We can understand what we see in the natural world. When parallels are drawn between something in the natural world and the spiritual world, then we can understand the spiritual because of the natural.
Jesus used this principle often. He used the example of a natural harvest to illustrate the great spiritual harvest to which He was calling laborers. There are many parallels between natural harvesting and harvesting in the spiritual world.
The same is true in relation to warfare. There are many principles of natural warfare which have been studied and applied by experts at physical war. These natural principles are applicable in the spiritual world. This chapter presents principles of natural warfare and applies them in the spiritual realm. It reveals why God used natural warfare to describe the ongoing spiritual war in which believers are engaged.

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NATURAL PARALLELS OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Here are the natural principles of warfare that are parallels of spiritual battle:

THE DEFINITION OF WAR:
A simple definition of war in the natural world is “an act of force intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will.” This definition is applicable also in the spiritual world. Satan is constantly using the forces of evil to compel you to fulfill his will.

A WARTIME LIFESTYLE:
When a nation is at war, the life-style of that nation is affected. Men give up their jobs to fight for their nation. They spend hours in preparation and training. Funds are drawn from the economy to aid in the battle. Residents are alert to invasion and extra guards are posted at national borders.
In the spiritual world many believers are totally unaware of the warfare raging around them and have not adopted a wartime lifestyle. Church fellowships plan programs and parties but they do not have a battle plan. They live in luxury and ease while the enemy is claiming the souls of unnumbered men and women without Jesus Christ. Members of the fellowship are discouraged, depressed, and living in fleshly sins. They are victims of a war they do not even know exists.
You must understand: We are at war! We should adopt a wartime life-style in the spirit world. Spiritual warfare should become the focus of our lives. We should spend time in preparation and training. We should learn of and put to use our spiritual weapons.
We should designate material wealth to extending the Gospel message to claim nations being threatened by Satan. We should be alert to invasion from the enemy and post extra guards at the borders of our heart, mind, tongue, soul, spirit, home, community, and church fellowship. We are at war, and our life-style in the spirit world should reflect it.

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THE OBJECTIVE OF WAR:
The main objective of warfare in the natural world is victory over the enemy. This is also the main objective in the spiritual world. To achieve victory in natural warfare, there are many short-range objectives that must be met. Individual battles must be won and separate territories claimed. Each of these individual battles contribute to the final goal of victory.
The same is true in the spirit world. Our long-range goal is victory over the enemy. But we must break down this long-range objective into more specific objectives. We must know the objectives God has for us in spiritual warfare in our family, church fellowship, community, and nation. We must identify the specific territory assigned to us for conquest.
Each soldier in a natural army has a different position and responsibility in the battle. The same is true in the spiritual world. You must identify personal objectives which will contribute to the overall goal of victory. The battle commander assigns objectives to soldiers in the natural world. God is your spiritual battle commander and He has set specific spiritual objectives for you as a Christian soldier.

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BASIC TRAINING:
Knowing the objectives for war is not enough. A soldier must receive basic training on how to achieve these objectives. In the natural world this training includes learning about the enemy, his tactics, how to use the weapons of warfare, and the battle plan.
In the spiritual world believers often enter the battlefield without this basic training. They do not understand the tactics of the enemy. They are not aware of their spiritual weapons and how to use them and they have not studied the battle plan (God’s written Word).
In the natural world, to send a soldier to the battlefield without basic training results in defeat. The same is true in the spirit world. You must be trained in spiritual warfare if you are to experience victory. When a soldier enters basic training in the natural world, he leaves civilian life behind. He is no longer entangled with civilian affairs but is concerned with the army in which he has enlisted.
In the spiritual realm, in order to war a good warfare we must not be entangled in the affairs of life. We are not civilian citizens of this present world. We are warriors of the Kingdom of God:

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)

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PROPAGANDA:
Enemy nations always spread false propaganda (information) about each other. Satan also injects false propaganda into your mind if you allow it. You will learn more about this when you study “The Battle In The Mind” in Chapter Fifteen.

DIPLOMATIC PROPOSALS:
One of the strategies of nations at war is to weaken the enemy by diplomatic proposals. These are suggestions of compromise. Through such proposals each nation tries to gain advantage over the other. In spiritual warfare, Satan attempts to make believers compromise with sin. He knows such “diplomacy” will result in spiritual weakness.

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INTELLIGENCE:
When nations are at war, there is always an intricate organization of intelligence. Each side has intelligence forces dedicated to gathering information about the other. The intelligence forces collect and analyze all available information on the enemy. They communicate what they have learned to the soldiers engaged in combat.
In spiritual warfare your knowledge of the enemy and his tactics are vital to victory. The Bible is your “intelligence manual” which reveals information on the enemy. As you learn of Satan’s strategies and the Scriptural counter strategies, you should communicate these to other Christian soldiers. Satan gathers information on you too. He learns your points of weakness and targets them with offensive attacks.

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OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE WARFARE:
Armies in the natural world use both offensive and defensive strategies. As you have learned, offensive warfare is an aggressive advance against an enemy. Defensive warfare is when the enemy attacks and you must defend your territory.
You have learned that parallels of both offensive and defensive warlike situations exist in the spiritual world. When Satan attacks you must use defensive spiritual warfare. When you are claiming new territory for God, such as sharing the Gospel with those who have never yet heard it, you are conducting offensive warfare. You are claiming new territory in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
A great general in the natural world once told his troops, “We are not going to dig foxholes and wait for the enemy to come shooting at us. We are going to move ahead, and move fast.” (A foxhole is a hole in the ground in which a soldier can hide). The general said, “When you dig a foxhole, you dig a grave. When you are in that foxhole and fire at the enemy, he knows your exact location…We will keep moving and the enemy will always hit where we have been and not where we are.” This general did not believe in defense. His theory was that if the enemy was constantly under attack, there would not be any need to defend. He realized that the force moving in offensive warfare had advantage over the defending forces. He said, “We will fight on our terms and we will win.”
In spiritual warfare, he who understands the objective of warfare as the defeat of the enemy will not easily be reduced to a defensive position. To gain total victory, offensive fronts are required.

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WEAPONS:
In every war there are weapons which are used. They may be simple weapons such as a spear or bow and arrow, or they may be complex weapons such as a missile system. The soldier must know what weapons are available for use and how to use them. Some weapons are specifically designed for defensive warfare while others are for offensive warfare.
This is also true in the spiritual world. As a Christian soldier you must be aware of your spiritual weapons and know how to use them. As you have learned, there are both defensive and offensive spiritual weapons. The difference is that your weapons are spiritual weapons. Never be reduced to trying to use ineffective natural weapons to fight spiritual battles.

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SURPRISE ATTACKS:
Terrorism, sabotage, and ambush are all surprise attacks and are methods used by natural armies at war. These methods have two things in common: First, they are violent offensive methods. Second, they all have an element of surprise. The target at which such assaults are directed is caught unawares and is unprepared. Confusion and defeat usually result.
As terrorists who sabotage and ambush, Satan also uses the methods of violent, offensive, surprise attacks. He will attack when you least expect it in areas of your life left unguarded. Do not assume the enemy will furnish you with warning of his attacks. This does not happen in the natural world of war. Neither will it happen in the spiritual world.

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DECISIVE BATTLES:
In every war there are “decisive battles.” These are battles which determine the outcome of the entire war. Decisive battles are important because of the territory involved in the fight. If an army wins control of a certain strategic territory he can gain control of surrounding territories. In spiritual warfare there are also decisive battles. For example, if you fail in the battle of the mind and tongue it will affect your soul, spirit, heart, and possibly your entire body.
In the natural world, the greatest concentration of troops are sent to a decisive battlefield. In the spirit world this should be true also. Concentration of your spiritual resources in strategic locations is necessary for successful warfare. This is true also in terms of the spreading of the Gospel. There are times when the spiritual harvest is ripe in key geographic areas of the world and evangelistic forces should be concentrated in that field.
Unfortunately, this is not always so. The greatest concentration of ministers at present is in the United States of America where there is a church in most every community and Christian radio and television programs readily accessible to every home. In the remaining nations of the world there is the greatest concentration of population and many people groups beyond the reach of an effective Christian witness. There are very few trained ministers there to reach them. The enemy is staging decisive battles in many of these nations, warring for the hearts, minds, and souls of men and women. Meanwhile, our spiritual forces are concentrated elsewhere.

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COMMUNICATION:
Communication is very important in natural warfare. The troops must be able to communicate with their commander to receive instructions and encouragement. The enemy will try to sever communication between the front line troops and their leader, knowing this will result in failure on the battlefield.
In spiritual warfare, Satan wants to destroy your lines of communication. He will try to prevent you from praying and reading God’s Word, as these provide instruction and encouragement for spiritual warfare. If you are so busy at war that you neglect communication with the Commander, you can be easily defeated. Christian ministry is a legitimate means of fighting the enemy. But if you run out of spiritual power, it ceases to be effective. Your power on the front lines comes from communication with the battle Commander. You must constantly receive His instructions and encouragement through prayer and study of His Word.

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TARGETS:
In warfare in the natural world there are two kinds of targets: Moving targets (such as a boat, airplane, tank, or troops) and stationary targets (such as a weapons depository, troop headquarters, etc.). The moving targets are the greatest threat in natural warfare because they are offensive. They are on the move to conquer territory.
In the spiritual world, Satan is most concerned about moving targets. He targets the man and woman who is aggressively moving into the battlefield of spiritual warfare to conquer enemy forces. Satan will attack stationary targets also (believers who are not engaged in offensive warfare). But remember, when you are on the move for God, you are a prime target for Satan. He wants to defeat your advances into his territory to claim the souls of captive men and women.

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ATTACKS AND COUNTERATTACKS:
In natural warfare when one side attacks, the other side counterattacks. A counterattack is an attempt to stop enemy forces from advancing and to regain lost territory. Satan counterattacks every offensive move made by believers. When you decide to pray more, read the Word of God, or enter a ministry, he will immediately stage a counterattack to prevent you from advancing. If you are aware of this strategy of counterattack you will be prepared and not caught off guard.
In military terms, there are basically three forms of attack. Similar attacks are launched by the enemy in the spiritual world.

1. A frontal attack: These are direct, frontal attacks. The temptations of Satan are like a straight forward frontal assaults in the natural world. These direct spiritual assaults should be met by resisting Satan which causes him to flee.

2. A siege or blockade: A siege or blockade in the natural world is when the enemy takes control of territory not belonging to him. Spiritual bondage is similar to a siege or blockade in the natural world. The enemy breaks through your spiritual walls and part of your life is brought under his control. He does not actually possess the area, but he prevents you from functioning properly for God’s glory. The way to deal with spiritual siege or blockade is by using the powers of binding and loosing learned in this course. The enemy should be bound and the area of life under his control loosed from his power.

3. Invasion and occupation: When an enemy invades in the natural world, he occupies and controls a territory. This is similar to demonic possession in the spirit world. The unsaved or backslidden person is under the control of an evil spirit which has entered to possess them. The way to deal with this type of attack is to bind the enemy and cast him out.

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MOBILITY:
In order to be effective in natural warfare, an army must be mobile. The forces must be able to move to the place where offensive action is to be taken. If they are trapped and held immobile by the enemy, they are ineffective.
Mobility is a requirement in the spiritual world if you are to carry out the orders to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” Are you a Christian soldier that has been immobilized by the enemy or are you actively pursuing the command to advance with the Gospel message?
A soldier does not put on armor and take up his weapons just to sit comfortably at home in front of a fire. He not only prepares for battle, he goes to the battlefield. Some Christian soldiers prepare for battle, but never leave the security of their home or church fellowship to go to the battlefield. The war is going on in the streets of our cities. It is going on in villages yet unreached with the Gospel message. No matter how prepared we are spiritually, we will never win the battle unless we are mobile for the Lord Jesus Christ.
A soldier does not gain skills as a warrior by just studying the books on warfare. He advances in skill through experience on the battlefield. Study of your spiritual warfare manual (the Bible) is important, but the battle will never be won unless you put what you have studied into practice. Skill in spiritual warfare comes through experience and application, just as it does in the natural world.

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COOPERATION:
War is a team effort. Soldiers must cooperate with one another in their effort to defeat the enemy. They must come under the direction of one commander. They move forward as a united front. They do not fight in their own name, but on behalf and in the name of their country.
Believers must learn to cooperate in the arena of spiritual warfare. Instead of fighting each other, we need to concentrate our attack against the enemy.
In the natural world when a soldier is wounded, his friends make every effort to rescue him. When the troops move forward, they move as a unit. They do not leave the weak behind, but place them in the center with strong warriors ahead and behind until the weak have recovered from their wounds.
The Christian army tends to shoot its own wounded. When a believer falls in battle we gossip about him or give up on him. Instead, we should rescue these spiritually wounded and surround them with our strength. The forces of God should move ahead as one united front, not as a straggling group trailed by wounded warriors who fall and die by the wayside.
We are not fighting in our own name. We are fighting in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are not fighting in our own behalf. We are fighting on behalf of our spiritual nation, the Kingdom of God.

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OBEDIENCE:
A soldier on the battlefield in the natural world does not do as he pleases. He follows orders from the commander. Total obedience is required. There is nothing in war of greater importance than obedience. The same is true in the spiritual realm. If you are to be effective in spiritual warfare, you must follow the instructions of your Commander. You must be in total obedience to Him.

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COURAGE:
A great general in the natural world once said, “If you are afraid of being shot at, you are whipped before you start…Fear kills more people than death.” Do not fear failure in spiritual warfare. If you are afraid of being shot at by the enemy, you are defeated before you start.
The brave general also said, “There can never be defeat if man refuses to accept defeat. Wars are lost in the mind before they are lost on the ground. No nation was ever defeated until the people accepted defeat.”
As in the natural world, there can never be defeat if you refuse to accept it. Spiritual battles are lost in the mind first. Refuse to accept defeat in your mind.

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CONQUERING THE LEADERSHIP:
One important general frequently expressed his personal wish that he could fight the highest enemy leader and the victor of the personal fight would settle the war. This has already been done in the spiritual realm by our Commander. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus conquered the power of the enemy. The final outcome of the war is already revealed in God’s Word. But the rebel forces of resistance are still in the land. Jesus conquered the leadership, but to us is given the task of overcoming these pockets of resistance.

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COMMITMENT:
In speaking about commitment, a famous general said: “We are lucky people. We are at war! We have a chance to fight and die for something. Many people never get that chance. Think of all those poor people you know that have lived and died for nothing…Total lives spent doing nothing but eating, sleeping, and going to work…”
As believers, we are at war in the spirit world. We have an opportunity to fight and die for something. We do not have to spend our lives in routine monotony of eating, sleeping, and working. We fight for a Kingdom to which there will be no end. We fight for a Commander who has already conquered the enemy forces. Our victory is assured. We have something worth living for, fighting for, and if called upon to do so, worth dying for.

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INSPECTION
1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.
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2. Why is the example of warfare used to describe the conflict between the spiritual forces of good and evil?
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3. Summarize what you learned in this chapter regarding natural warfare principles which are applicable to spiritual warfare.
The definition of war.
A wartime lifestyle.
The objective of war.
Basic Training.
Propaganda.
Diplomatic proposals.
Intelligence.
Offensive and defensive warfare.
Weapons.
Surprise attacks.
Decisive battles.
Communication.
Targets.
Attacks and counterattacks.
Mobility.
Cooperation.
Obedience.
Courage.
Conquering the leadership.
Commitment.