Spiritual Warfare2019-09-30T12:55:49-06:00

Spiritual Warfare

Introduction

“It dawned on me while meditating on war one day that every human – a three-dimensional being living in the physical, psychological and spiritual realms—was born a war baby.”
—C.N. Tokatloglou

What did longtime friend to OCF and Bible teacher, “Mr. Tok,” mean by that statement? The Bible is a narrative of the ancient struggle against good and evil, between sin and righteousness, between darkness and light. Scripture tells us there IS a devil—Satan—who leads a well-organized army of fallen angels that are demons who are opposed to God and His kingdom. We are not excused from this battle. As Christians, even if we do not think we are at war with evil, Satan has initiated a war against us. Satan’s attacks aren’t always direct, often coming through other human beings—even including believers, close friends, and even family. So what are we to do about it? How are we to engage the enemy, and of what ultimate outcome may we be confident?

 

Scripture references

Study the following biblical references and consider how they address the questions listed below. If using this outline with a Small Group, consider assigning different Scriptures to different individuals and relating them to one or more of the questions. Then scroll down the page to review our recommended resources for the topic of Spiritual Warfare and consider how the various articles or podcasts provide further insights relating to this topic. Also consider other resources you have been exposed to and might recommend to others. We value your feedback

Ephesians 6:10-20; Genesis 3:1-24, and 4:1-15; Matthew 4:1-10; 1 John 5:19; James 4:4; 2 Corinthians 4:4 and 10:3-5; I Peter 5:6-9; Ephesians 1:19-21; Hebrews 10:14; Colossians 1:1-11

 

Questions

  1. Are all believers involved in spiritual warfare? Can’t we just “lay low” and avoid it?
  2. What can we learn about Satan’s goals and methods from his attacks in Genesis, on Jesus in the wilderness, and on Peter’s description of Satan as a “roaring lion”? How does he attack today?
  3. What are the ways that you see spiritual warfare occurring or taking place around you?
  4. What defensive and offense weapons can we use to fight against Satan and his angels?
  5. Have you had occasions when you felt attacked by close friends and fellow believers? What was your response?
  6. As members of the military we understand “readiness.” Compare how we prepare ourselves for physical warfare with how we prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare. In what ways are they similar and different?

Recommended Resources

Following are a series of carefully selected resources that provide perspectives and experiences of various authors, most having military experience. These articles and podcasts are intended to stimulate further thinking and reflective application for individuals or to act as the basis of discussion in small groups.

Spiritual Battle Plans

I didn't realize what a difference my weekly Bible study and chapel service made until I went nearly four months in Iraq without them.

Is spiritual warfare real? Episode 35

Today, we’re talking about spiritual warfare, and our guest is MG Kurt Fuller, USA (Ret.). MG Fuller served 26 years as a paratrooper, 12 years in the Ranger Regiment, and 6 years in combat, including Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, Haiti, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Additional Resources

OCF offers many extra resources as you continue digging into the subdomain of Spiritual Warfare.

The Slippery Heart

Men and women of authority, education, and influence are particularly susceptible. Their gifting, potentially so helpful in service and leadership, spills over to coat the heart with ill-placed personal pride and assurance.

Combat Readiness

We must renew our commitment to study, discuss, pray over, and apply God’s Word to every aspect of our lives, knowing that we have the victory in Christ.