Spiritual Warfare Part II
Spiritual Warfare Part II. This course continues on from Spiritual Warfare I
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.
Spiritual Warfare Part II
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.
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 armour 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.
The believer is not left defenceless in the face of enemy attack. In His written Word God has 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.
And I am sure that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. (Rom 15:29)