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Wisdom For Warfare
September 21, 2014      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons


It is never whether or not we will encounter spiritual warfare; it is always what will we do in the midst of spiritual warfare.


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2 Corinthians 2:11 (ESV)

so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

2 Corinthians 2:11 (NKJV)

lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

2 Corinthians 2:11 (NASB)

so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 

It is never whether or not we will encounter spiritual warfare; it is always what will we do in the midst of spiritual warfare.

It is an absolute certainty that you have been, are, and will be attacked by the enemy of your soul.

The enemy hates Jesus and his people and is using every form of deception that he can to destroy them.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 

1 Timothy 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 

The enemy is actively attacking your body, soul, and spirit.

It is your health that is under attack – body

It is your mind, emotions, and will that are under attack – soul

It is your spiritual revelation, ability to commune, and spiritual gifts that are under attack – spirit

Wisdom for Warfare:

1. Discernment - knowing the difference between the Spirit of God and the spirits of the enemy. Acts 16:6-7 vs. 1 Thessalonians 2:17-18

Acts 16:6-7

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 

1 Thessalonians 2:17-18

But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, 18 because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. 

2. Authority – 

Luke 10:17-19

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 

Romans 16:20

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Revelation 12:11

And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 

3. Fight – 

Ephesians 6:10-12

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For 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. 

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Matthew 4:4, 7, 10

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”


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