The Invisible War Spiritual Warfare - How to Do Battle with
the Enemy and Win -- Ephesians 6:16-17 Study

A MHM Teaching Tool

Introduction: Four Facts You Need to Know

FACT #1 God has objectively defeated Satan and his agenda. He has delivered us from sin's penalty and power and ultimately will deliver us from sin's very presence. In the interim, we are involved in guerilla warfare with demonic forces.
FACT #2 As Believers, we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of light with all the rights, privileges, and position that being a child of God entails.
FACT #3 The spiritual battle we fight involves a responsibility on our part to "put on" the spiritual protection that God has provided for us. We can and will resist the enemy's attempts to "deceive," "accuse," and "cast doubt" when we STAND FIRM against him by:
1. Being honest with God, ourselves and others as a prerequisite to all spiritual battle.

2. Responding to the truth that God shows us about His will for our lives - righteous living.

3. A clear understanding of and readily sharing the "Gospel message of grace without fear with others."

FACT #4 The great majority of spiritual warfare need never go beyond the regular practice of living out our position "in Messiah" by faith. Our practice of Rabbi Paul's metaphor of the spiritual armor protects us from Satan's ongoing attempts to break our fellowship with Yeshua and, as a result, greatly minimizes any impact by the enemy. If you sin, run right to God, and not away from God, confess and get right ASAP.
There are times however, when we must MOVE beyond "standing firm" and engage the enemy in actual combat:

When we're taking significant steps of faith for spiritual growth.

When we're invading enemy territory (i.e. evangelism).

When we're exposing him for who he really is.

When we repent and make a "clean break" with the world, a long-held sin pattern, or an unholy relationship.

When God is preparing us (individually and/or corporately) for a "great work" for His glory.

The Question -
Once you're wearing your spiritual armor and yet you feel yourself bombarded by spiritual opposition, how do you engage and win battles?

The Answer:
Scripture gives us the answer: 16 in addition to all, taking UP the shield of FAITH with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles (darts) of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. -- Ephesians 6:16-17 (NASB)


I say this when fear tries to hit me; I speak it out loud, into the AIR and I always use these words as my Sword:

"I sought the Lord and He answered me and delivered me, Barbara, from all my fears. Not some of my fears, but all of my fears. He said, Resist the devil Barbara and he will flee from you. Why? Because God is with me in all that I do, not some of what I do. Beat it devil, be gone in Yeshua's holy name."

These are all Scriptures He gave me as a "Sword" in the 80's that I am to quote out loud to the prince of the power of the air. The enemy always leaves me alone after I quote this to him about 3 or 4 times. Been using this for years now and I always have Victory over fear when I do it out loud.

How to Engage the Enemy and Win:

1. "Taking up the shield of faith" - Ephesians 6:16

Metaphor Explained

Definition = Faith in this context is our "absolute confidence" in God, His promises, His power, and His plan and program for our lives. Although rooted in the objective reality of the Gospel and our new standing with God (justification) through Messiah's (saving faith), this faith refers to our "present faith in the Lord Yeshua for victory over SIN and the host of demonic forces." -- Kenneth Weust

Its purpose - to quench all the fiery missiles of the evil one.

"Fiery darts/missiles" = The schemes, temptations, lies, deceptions, and attacks aimed at (us) God's people to get us to "shift our trust" distrust something or someone other than God. (i.e. blasphemous thoughts, hateful thoughts, doubts, burning desire to sin, questioning other's motives, waves of discouragement or depression that is not biological in nature) - often these are rooted in lies about God's identity or our new identity in Messiah Yeshua.

Classic Examples - Genesis 3 and Matthew 4

Classic Methodology - Disguise, doubt cast on God and His Word or on you and your worthiness. Then provides appealing, immediate alternatives rooted in the pride of life, lust of the eyes or lust of the flesh. - 1 John 2:15-16

Application: Darts of doubt and deception must be immediately met by the Shield of Faith. (i.e. your active, present, application of truth to your personal situation as soon as you recognize a DART has been received). How is the key?

1. By fully trusting in God's Character - God has my BEST in mind. Psalm 84:11, Romans 8:32

2. By trusting in God's Promises and His Word - He will accomplish what concerns me. Numbers 23:19, 2 Peter 1:2-4

3. By trusting in God's Program and perfect Timing - His ways are not always easiest, but are always BEST for us. Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 55:8-13

2. "And take the Helmet of Salvation" Ephesians 6:17

Metaphor Explained

Definition = 1) Obvious allusion to the security we have as saved, justified believers, safe from Satan's attacks to cause us to die, can't happen to a Believer in Messiah. We are to focus in and on our present deliverance from sin! 2) The Helmet of Salvation is the certainty of deliverance from sin and the protection of our MINDS in the battle.

It's not something you can do - "receive," but something you must ALLOW God to do in your mind.

How? Focus is God's renewing of the Believers mind. Romans 12:2 2 Corinthians 10:5 = The battle is for the mind!!! Romans 8:5-8

Practically - Prayer, worship, music, Scripture, teaching, "Scripture Memory," and most of all fellowship with other blood bought Believers.

Rabbi Paul calls the Helmet our HOPE (our certainty) of God's deliverance. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Application: Christians who are not filling their minds with Scripture are like warriors going out to battle without a helmet.

3. "And take . . . the sword of the Spirit" Ephesians 6:17

Metaphor Explained

Definition = The sword of the Spirit is the Word (rhema - spoken word, or words given to us by the Spirit of God) to do close, hand-to-hand combat with the lies and deceptions of the enemy. The truth of God's Word quoted and applied to the specific lie or deception of the enemy will allow you to take "every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."

Application: Yeshua models for us the use of the sword of the Spirit. Matthew 4:1-11
Implications for us Psalm 119:105, Psalm 19:9, 11 Practical considerations - Note also the Sword is both a defensive and an offensive weapon we use - Hebrews 4:12

First off, do not engage the Enemy unless you KNOW God wants you too, and if He does, then engage the Enemy in Spiritual Warfare fully knowing who it is that is backing you up! NEVER go it alone. 5 Keys to pay attention too:

Key 1. Prerequisite is a healthy spiritual life.

Key 2.
Understand your position in the Messiah (The Christ).

Key 3. Discern when "demonic influence" may be the cause.

Key 4. Claim God's promises "out loud." - 1 John 4:4, 1 John 5:4-5

Key 5. Take your authority and position "in Messiah" to command demonic
forces to cease their activity and depart in Yeshua's holy name.

Amen & Amen
"It is Finished"


Key Resources of Biblical Text Books for Balanced Reading on this subject:

Ephesians 6:11-18 Spiritual Warfare - Ray C. Stedman - a great book I have read some years ago!

1 John 4:4, 5:4-5 The Adversary - Mark Bubeck - I have not read this one, but hear it's very good!

Revelation 12:10-12 Overcoming the Adversary - Mark Bubeck - I have not read this either, but plan on reading it soon.

Handbook of Prayer - Ken Boa - a Great Book I have and use!

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