SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN THE BIBLE
Advanced Spiritual Warfare Training From a Biblical, Evangelical Perspective
”He (Christ) will crush your head, and you (Satan) will strike His heel” (Genesis 3:15)
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SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN THE BIBLE
By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Warfare. Who wants it? Very few seek out and enjoy a battle. Those who do are usually considered a bit strange. Yet that’s what the Christian life is all about. When we join God’s army and desert Satan’s forces we better be ready to fight to retain our freedom. Salvation is secure, but triumph in daily life only comes through warfare, spiritual warfare. It’s nothing new, its always been around, even before Adam and Eve were created. It’s always been with us and will be until Jesus returns. We battle the world, the flesh, and Satan and his forces.
Since Adam and Eve allowed sin to enter Satan has been the ruler of this world system (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ephesians 6:10-13). The coming of Jesus was the invasion of the kingdom of Satan by the kingdom of God in the person of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:28-29). But it was a subtle invasion and infiltration behind enemy lines which brought the powers of evil to bear against it. Jesus is gone but His people now continue this work. We are bringing light to a dark world, and the darkness does all it can to resist the light. The world we live in is still under the control of Satan (I John 5:19). We are implanted here to disrupt enemy operations and rescue as many as we can who are chained in bondage to darkness. That’s what our warfare is all about. And it doesn’t get easier as the last days approach and the end is near.
Yet often God’s people are unaware of this battle and take by surprise when they realize the warfare they are in. Often we are ignorant and unprepared to defend ourselves, much less rescue others (2 Corinthians 2:5-11). The purpose of this book is to help God’s people better understand the battle and how to come out victorious. My Spiritual Warfare Handbook covers this subject topically, but there is a need for a resource that traces this battle through Scripture. The Bible is our textbook for life and victory. We need to know what it says to be equipped to fight and win. How else can we defend ourselves, much less reach out to free others?
Warfare. Who wants it? Not God’s people. But it comes to us and is part of life. So the best thing to do is to train and prepare ourselves. It is my prayer and desire that this book will help with that as you understand the development of this warfare throughout God’s Holy Word.
INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE IN THE BIBLE
The book, “Spiritual Warfare History,” is a follow-up to my earlier book, “Spiritual Warfare Handbook.” The former is a basic treatment of spiritual warfare with information grouped and put in a progressive format. It is for beginners who are starting to learn about the subject.
This companion book is a more in-depth treatment of the subject. It goes through the Bible and history, chronologically, from creation to the present, explaining and applying all the verses and teachings in the Bible about spiritual warfare. It can be read instead of my “Spiritual Warfare Handbook” but because much more detail is given it will be harder for the beginner to glean the foundation principles needed to get started in spiritual warfare.