Three Examples Of Spiritual Warfare

Three Examples Of Spiritual Warfare January 12, 2018

There is a war on…a way against Christians, so what can we learn from others who have battled Satan and his demons?

Job and Satan

In the Old Testament, “there was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1), so we know that Job was “one who feared God and turned away from evil” and was “a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil,” but that can create a self-righteous person. Job was declared righteous by God, but Satan believed it was only because God had blessed him, so Satan answered, “Does Job fear God for no reason? Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face” (Job 1:10-11), however, if you read Job 29 and before, you can see that Job had become, the great “I am” as he boasted, “I did this and I did that.”  Notice Job says, “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I searched out the cause of him whom I did not know” (Job 29:15-16), so Job began to justify himself before others, and really, before God, even though Proverbs 16:8 warns us all that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” This is why we must remember that we can do nothing without Christ anyway (John 15:5), and the reason we must give Him all the glory. God Himself has appointed works for us to do, if only we walk in them (Eph 2:10), but to boast on doing this or doing that for others is only going to lead to a prideful attitude, and that pride is just what the Enemy wants. You’re playing right into his hands.

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Peter and Satan

Pride is subtle and can sneak up on us without our even realizing it. A good example was when Peter said he would go so far as to die for Jesus, but Jesus told he will deny Him three times, then telling him, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32). Notice, Satan “demanded to have” Peter and he may have had every right to demand him, knowing he would deny Jesus…not once, or twice, but three times. I think Satan knew the prophecy that he would “strike the shepherd, and the flock will be scattered” (Zech 26:31).   Jesus Himself said, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered’” (Matt 26:31). It didn’t matter…Peter still believed he would be willing to die with and for Jesus. In fact, he told the others the same thing, but remember, Satan demanded Peter so he could sift him like wheat, meaning he must have had the ability to do that.   We must realize that Peter (like us) is no match for Satan, but that’s just why Jesus prayed for Him. If Jesus had not prayed for Peter, he would have been putty in Satan’s hands, however, Jesus did pray for him, saying, “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word(John 17:20), so Jesus prayed for Peter, but He also prays for us.   This shows that Jesus is “able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Heb 7:25).

Paul and Satan

There is a connection between knowledge and pride and it’s a surprising connection too, but in many cases, suffering is to pride what water is to fire…it extinguishes it. Suffering seems to humble us…even those with great knowledge, and Paul knew that, so he said, “to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited” (2 Cor 12:7). Make no mistake about it; Paul had plenty to be proud about, having been “circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. (Phil 3:5-6), so clearly, the knowledge that Paul had surpassed all in his day and ours too, I believe. That’s because Paul was actually taught by Jesus Himself and had more revelations than any other human on earth. That’s why God allowed Satan to be his thorn in the flesh. It would keep him humble, and from becoming conceited.  It was like Satan saying to Paul: “Knock, knock…here I am…your constant thorn and your constant reminder that you can’t do anything in your own strength,” and that’s good because “God is opposed to the proud” (James 4:6a). The Greek word used for “opposed” is “antitassom,” which means, “to range at battle with” or “be at war” with, so when pride surfaces in our lives, God is opposed to us. Suffering erodes our pride and that’s good because God cannot use a man or woman greatly until they have first humbled themselves deeply.

Conclusion

Jesus took on Satan Himself, face to face, and yet Jesus conquered Satan by His obedience, by not tempting God, and by sticking to the Word of God. When we are in a spiritual war, we must make sure we’re not aiding the enemy by being filled with pride, having a self-righteous attitude, and letting our head-knowledge puff us up, as knowledge will tend to do. We must remember that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12). We are no match for Satan and his demons. We must armor up and be “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Eph 6:18a). When you begin to feel a bit proud over what you’ve done or are doing for the Lord, or when you feel like you would even be willing to die for Christ and state it publically, the enemy’s got you just where he wants you.   Keep in mind that pride comes…just before the fall. And sometimes that fall is hard and fast.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • pud

    LOL! More imaginary beings for your imaginary twisted psychotic world!

    And another propaganda image of “fitness model jesus”! hahahahhaa!

    Do you know what imaginary jesus would have really looked like? Have a look!….

    http://guff.com/this-is-what-jesus-would-actually-look-like-according-to-science/what-jesus-really-would-look-like

    Tell us honestly jack…would you follow Neanderthal jesus? Would anyone?

    Of course not! This is why you have to lie and create propaganda to continue to nourish your cults ranks!

    Every image ever created of invisible jesus portrays him as a perfect specimen! Handsome, chiseled features, Germanic, tall, fit, unblemished with nice hair!

    Tell us jack about the hygiene of Iron Age people living in mud huts and shitting in pits. Explain why you post imaginary images that absolutely fly in the face of what we actually KNOW about men living in the barbaric Middle East 2000 years ago.

    Bonus points for ANY evidence of the made up “satan” “spirits” “spiritual anything” …come on jack! Try!!

    Define “praying in the spirit”…that should be good!

    Demonstrate the existence of “demons” or any of the other fantastical creatures from your primitive storybook…Try jack try!!

    Double bonus points for explaining why you loath yourself and humanity so much and how you’re able to so easily lie to people especially children!

    • HpO

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  • pud

    I truly think you are insane. No rational adult could possibly subscribe to the utter nonsense you peddle unless they were mentally ill.

    “Jesus took on Satan Himself, face to face, and yet Jesus conquered Satan by His obedience, by not tempting God, and by sticking to the Word of God.”

    Isn’t your “jesus” “god”? Didn’t he create this invisible “satan” character? Isn’t he omnipotent and omniscient and thus doesn’t need to “take on” invisible made up “satan”?

    And you’re still stuck on the “word of god” BS when it is absolutely NOT! Unless of course your deity favors slavery, rape, murder, genocide, vengeance, torture and is particularly fond of contradictions and mountains of evidence disproving everything in your stupid absurd infantile BOOK! Yeah, the BOOK that you worship and craft your life after. The BOOK full of falsehoods, lies, contradictions, evil, invisible creatures, imaginary realms…that BOOK!

    Get help jack fast! You’re a very sick man doing evil in the world.

    • HpO

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      • Jack Wellman

        Poor pud has been a copy and paste troll for ages…another ax to grind with no other real purpose.

  • pud

    This is pure deep end madness jack…you have truly lost your mind.

    “That’s because Paul was actually taught by Jesus Himself and had more revelations than any other human on earth.”

    Your storybook “paul” was a murdering lunatic who had psychotic visions. He NEVER met your invisible mythical jesus! NEVER! Tell us jack about revelations as written in an ancient storybook! Tell us how you KNOW a single word you babble is actually true! How many other psychotic cult leaders who have visions do you follow blindly? Tell us how a rational grown adult can define his entire life around 7 letters (and some known forgeries) written by an ancient religious psychotic more than 2000 years ago. How jack? Tell us all what’s rational about this. If it’s so damn important that every knee shall bend why doesn’t invisible jesus show up now to teach us personally? What kind of a deity who desires this would hide for 20 centuries and expect rational adults to simply take the word of lunatics in a book?

    You really should seek medical attention…you’re not right in the head jack and this constant madness you peddle to children is nothing short of child abuse

    • HpO

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  • swbarnes2

    I’m sure that the pastors at Highpoint Church had just the same kind of sermons about being on fire to fight for Jesus…and then when it came time for them to be honest, and protect their parishioners from an abuser, they didn’t. Too awkward, too inconvenient.

    I’m sure in a month they’ll be preaching again about how awesome it is to carry a cross for Jesus. “The burden is easy and my yoke is light”, right? But the burden of not throwing a party for a rapist was just too much. Really, I’m sure you don’t expect any Christian leaders to do any different, right? Better to trust Jesus to fix everything, rather than to trust Christian leader to do the right thing.

    • HpO

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      • Jack Wellman

        True. Even so, it’s not all bad (Matt 5:10-12).

  • HpO

    This is sad. And messed up.

    You’re actually in oneness with the no-friends of brother Job! – who “ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes” & whose “anger burned because he justified himself before God.” (Job 32:1-2)

    Do know that God is displeased because “you [too] have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” (Job 42:8)

  • Tiny J

    “The greatest trick Satan ever played was not getting people to think he doesn’t exist. It was getting people to blame God for his work.”