SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

by Jerry Vines


Spiritual Warfare: His Infernal Majesty
Ephesians 4:10-11
Jerry Vines


In our study of Ephesians we find ourselves in a suddenly changing atmosphere. We discover we are in the midst of a war. We are in the midst of flashing guns, booming cannons, clashing swords - all around us we have the nomenclator and the names and the words that have to do with a great war. There is a great war that is going on in the world. It is not the war that is going on in Bosia Hertza Kavenia. It is not the war that is going on in Iraq or Iran. But the greatest war that is going on in the world is the war that is going on between good and evil, between God and the Devil.

So, when we come to Ephesians 6 the Word of God gives us instruction and direction about this matter concerning the spiritual war. The average Christian is the center of attention in this war and yet he is not aware that there is a war even going on. Some people who are Christians do not understand the nature of the warfare aspect of the Christian life. If you have been a Christian for any period of time you are aware that there is an intense struggle that goes on. The Christian life is not a walk; it is a war. The Christian life is not a playground, it is a battleground. There is a war going on in the seen world and also in the unseen world. There are powers that are vying for supremacy and there are forces at work having the purpose and goal of destroying the things of God and destroying the individual life of the believer. If you are going to be in a battle one of the first things you need to know is who the enemy is. If you are going to be in a battle and be successful in winning the battle then you need to know something about the enemy. As I study the Bible about the Christian life I discover that the Christian has basically three enemies. The Bible presents to me three basic enemies of the Christian life and the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

We have first of all an external enemy - that is the worl ...

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