Spiritual Strategies:


A Manual For


Spiritual Warfare



HARVESTIME INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE


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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Suggestions For Group Study.           .           .           .           .           .           .           . I

Introduction    .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 1

Course Objectives      .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 5


THE CALL TO ARMS


1. The Invisible War             .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 7


INDUCTION


2. Enlisting In God's Army               .           .           .           .           .           .           . 19


BASIC TRAINING

 

3. The Commander-In-Chief: The Lord Of Hosts    .           .           .           .           .          . 31


4. The Spiritual Forces Of Good: Angels     .           .           .           .           .           .           . 52


5. The Enemy: Satan           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 65

 

6. The Spiritual Forces Of Evil: Demons    .           .           .           .           .           .          . 78


7. Enemy Territory   .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 88


8. Enemy Strategy    .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 101


9. God's Battle Plan              .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 107


MOBILIZATION


10. Offensive And Defensive Warfare.         .           .           .           .           .           . 133


11. Defensive Weapons         .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 144


12. Offensive Weapons         .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 157

 

13. Natural Parallels Of Spiritual Warfare    .           .           .           .           .           .           . 165






INVASION


14. Entering The Combat Zone: Battling The World And The Flesh.         .           .           . 177

 

15. The Battle In The Mind   .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 194


16. The Battle With The Tongue       .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 210


17. The Battle Over The Walls          .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 230


18. Battles Over Strategic Territory  .           .           .           .           .           .           . 240


SPIRITUAL WARFARE ADVANCED TRAINING


19. Transference Of Spirits   .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 256


20. Spiritual Wickedness In High Places      .           .           .           .           .           .           . 268

 

21. Dealing With Demonic Powers   .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 283


22. Casualties Of War           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 311


23. How To Lose A Battle And Win The War.         .           .           .           .           . 329


FINAL BRIEFING


24. The Final Conflict           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 341


APPENDIX


Decisive Battles Of The Bible.           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 352


Answers To Inspections         .           .           .           .           .           .           .           .           . 380

















SUGGESTIONS FOR GROUP STUDY


FIRST MEETING


Opening: Open with prayer and introductions. Get acquainted and register the students.


Establish Group Procedures: Determine who will lead the meetings, the time, place, and dates for the sessions.


Praise And Worship: Invite the presence of the Holy Spirit into your training session.


Distribute Manuals To Students: Introduce the manual title, format, and course objectives provided in the first few pages of the manual.


Make The First Assignment: Students will read the chapters assigned and take the Self-Tests prior to the next meeting. The number of chapters you cover per meeting will depend on chapter length, content, and the abilities of your group.


SECOND AND FOLLOWING MEETINGS


Opening: Pray. Welcome and register any new students and give them a manual. Take attendance. Have a time of praise and worship.


Review: Present a brief summary of what you studied at the last meeting.


Lesson: Discuss each section of the chapter using the HEADINGS IN CAPITAL BOLD FACED LETTERS as a teaching outline. Ask students for questions or comments on what they have studied. Apply the lesson to the lives and ministries of your students.


Inspection: Review the self-tests (Inspection page) students have completed. (Note: If you do not want the students to have access to the answers to the self-tests, you may remove the answer pages from the back of each manual.)


Tactical Maneuvers: You may do these projects on a group or individual basis.


Final Examination: If your group is enrolled in this course for credit, you received a final examination with this course. Reproduce a copy for each student and administer the exam upon conclusion of this course.




I

MODULE:    Deputizing

COURSE:      Spiritual Strategies:

                        A Manual Of Spiritual Warfare


INTRODUCTION


There is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or coup. It is an important invisible battle taking place in the spirit world. The Bible states that God's people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). One of the main areas in which believers are being defeated due to lack of knowledge is in spiritual warfare.


The early Church viewed their spiritual experience in terms of warfare. Military terminology is used throughout the New Testament. Protection was seen in the armor of God. The Word of God was compared to a sword. Satan's attacks were called fiery darts. Faith was the "good fight" and believers were told to "war a good warfare." The early Church knew they were engaged in an intense spiritual struggle.


The same spiritual battle continues today but instead of fighting the enemy, believers are often building great church buildings, producing musical dramas, holding fellowship meetings, and fighting one another while this great spiritual battle wages around them. Satan has even intensified his attacks against a church that has withdrawn from the front lines of battle.


As the end of time approaches it is even more important for believers to understand spiritual warfare than in the early days of church history. The Apostle Paul warned:

 

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

            (II Timothy 3:1)


In order to be properly prepared for these perilous times, renewed emphasis must be placed on the strategies of spiritual warfare. The Christian life is war. The sooner we recognize and prepare for it, the sooner we will experience victory.


Luke 14:31 says, "What king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?" No king ever entered into a battle without a careful examination of his resources and development of battle strategies. In essence, that is what we are doing in this course. We are making a careful evaluation of the strategy, weapons, and power available to us to win the war against our enemy, Satan.


In the military world, "strategies" are the science of forming and carrying out military operations. It is the method or plan which leads to the goal of victory. In this course you will learn to formulate and carry out spiritual military strategy which will bring victory in the spirit world.


THE MANUAL


Each lesson is presented in military terms consisting of the following sections:


THE CALL TO ARMS:


Chapter 1 explains the invisible war and sounds the "call to arms" for all true believers.


INDUCTION:


All armies in the natural world have induction procedures. These are special things you are required to do in order to join the forces. The same is true of God's army. Chapter 2 explains how to enlist in God's Army.


BASIC TRAINING:


After induction into an army, a soldier always receives basic training. Basic training for God's army is presented in Chapters 3 through 9. The battle lines of the invisible war are defined. The forces of good and evil are discussed, including the Lord of Hosts, angels, Satan, demons, the world, and the flesh. Enemy territory and strategy are identified, and a general overview of God's battle plan presented.


MOBILIZATION:


Training is useless unless an army is mobilized. To "mobilize" means to "put in a state of readiness for active military service." In the "Mobilization" section of this course, consisting of Chapters 10 through 13, you will learn about offensive and defensive warfare, how to use the weapons of your warfare, and natural parallels of spiritual warfare.


INVASION:


During an invasion in the natural world, an army enters the actual 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 enough if it stands inactive on the sidelines. To be effective in warfare, you must actually enter the combat zone. In the "invasion" stage, consisting of Chapters 14 through 19, you will enter the combat zone of the world, the flesh, and the Devil. You will study the battle in the mind, with the tongue, over the spiritual walls, in high places, and over strategic territory. In each of these lessons specific strategies of Satan are identified and counter strategies for overcoming the enemy are presented.


SPIRITUAL WARFARE ADVANCED TRAINING:


After gaining some experience in battle, soldiers usually receive advanced training in specific areas of warfare. This portion of the manual is entitled "Spiritual Warfare Advanced Training," the initials of which spell "SWAT." In military action, a "SWAT" team is a specialized group of soldiers used for difficult missions. In the advanced training offered in this manual, you will learn about transference of spirits, how to assist prisoners and casualties of war, and how to deal with demonic powers. You will also learn how to lose a battle and still win the war.


FINAL BRIEFING:


During "final briefing" in Chapter 26 you will study "the final conflict" which will bring this war of the ages to a triumphant conclusion.


APPENDIX:


In the Appendix of this manual, you will examine the historical record of "Decisive Battles Of The Bible" as you continue to develop your spiritual warfare skills.


THE LESSONS


Each lesson in this warfare manual is organized as follows:


OBJECTIVES:


These are the spiritual warfare goals you should achieve by studying the lesson.


KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:


When a nation declares war, they often issue "Articles Of War". This document explains why they are at war, identifies the enemy, and declares the objectives of the war. The Bible is the written Word of the one true God, the Commander of our spiritual army. The Bible contains our "Articles Of War" for spiritual combat. In each lesson, the "Key Verse From The Articles Of War" emphasizes the main concept of the lesson.


INTRODUCTION:


The introduction provides an overview of the content of the chapter.


LESSON:


This presents the "military briefing" for that chapter. A "briefing" is a time of instruction prior to battle which provides information necessary to wage effective warfare.


INSPECTION:


In a natural army, "inspections" occur regularly to check on the preparation and skills of the soldiers. The "Inspection" section of each chapter is an examination to see if you have obtained the objectives of that lesson.


TACTICAL MANEUVERS:


During tactical maneuvers in a natural army, soldiers apply what they have learned to actual combat conditions. This part of each lesson provides opportunity for you to apply what you have learned and to study other materials related to the lesson.


ARE YOU READY?


The exposing of the enemy and his strategies is one of the greatest revelations of God's Word. Even greater is the revelation that as believers we have power over all the powers of the enemy. This manual is by no means an exhaustive study of the subject of spiritual warfare, but it is an in depth Scriptural analysis. As in natural warfare, skill in spiritual warfare is progressive as you enter the combat zone and begin to fight.














OBJECTIVES


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:


-Identify the two spiritual kingdoms.


-Explain what is meant by "spiritual warfare".


-Recognize causes of this great spiritual struggle.


-Identify the spiritual forces of good.


-Identify the spiritual forces of evil.


-Recognize strategies of Satan.


-Effectively use spiritual counter strategies.


-Apply natural parallels of warfare to war in the spirit world.


-Use both offensive and defensive spiritual weapons.


-Detect demon possession.


-Understand how deliverance from demons is obtained.


-Win the war even if you lose a spiritual battle.


-Describe the final conflict which will end the invisible war.


-Identify spiritual warfare principles in decisive battles in the Bible.













THE CALL TO ARMS



A SUMMONS TO THE INVISIBLE WAR



There is a great battle being waged in the spiritual world. It is a personal battle within between the flesh and the spirit. It is a social battle with the evil forces of the world. It is a spiritual battle with evil supernatural powers.


In Old Testament times a trumpet was used to summons God's people to battle. Today, a spiritual summons is sounding throughout the nations of the world. It is a summons to the invisible war. It is a call to arms.




























CHAPTER ONE


THE INVISIBLE WAR


OBJECTIVES:


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:


-Write the Key Verse from memory.

-Demonstrate understanding of the natural and spiritual realms.

-Define the word "king".

-Define the word "kingdom".

-Identify the two spiritual kingdoms.

-Determine to which kingdom you belong.

-Identify the spiritual forces of good.

-Identify the spiritual forces of evil.

-Explain what is meant by "spiritual warfare".

-Identify the reason for the invisible war.

-Identify the basic principle of understanding spiritual warfare.


KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)


INTRODUCTION


As you learned in the introduction to this course, there is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or a coup. It is an invisible battle taking place in the spirit world.


This chapter introduces the invisible war in which every believer is engaged. It is a war where no one wears a uniform, but where everyone is a target. The historical and prophetical record of this war is contained in God's Word, the Bible.


THE NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL REALMS


To understand this invisible war, you must first understand the natural and spiritual worlds. Man exists in two worlds: The natural world and the spiritual world.


The natural world is that which can be seen, felt, touched, heard, or tasted. It is tangible and visible. The country, nation, city or village in which you live is part of the natural world. You are a resident in a natural kingdom located on one of the visible continents of the world. You can see the people who are part of your environment. You can communicate with them. You can experience the sights, sounds, and smells around you.


But there is another world in which you live. That world is a spiritual world. You cannot see it with your physical eyes, but it is just as real as the natural world in which you live.


Paul speaks of this division of natural and spiritual:

 

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (I Corinthians 15:40)


All men have a natural body which lives in the natural world. But man is also a spiritual being with an eternal soul and spirit. Man is body, soul, and spirit. Your spiritual being (soul and spirit) is part of a spiritual world just as your natural body is part of the natural world.


SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT


Because spiritual warfare is just that...spiritual...it must be understood with a spiritual mind. In our natural, sinful state, we can not understand spiritual things:

 

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (I Corinthians 2:14)


It is necessary to use "spiritual discernment" to understand spiritual things.


Perhaps one of the best examples of natural and spiritual discernment is recorded in II Kings chapter 6. It records the story of a natural battle in which troops of the enemy nation of Syria had surrounded a small town called Dothan where the prophet Elisha was staying. When Elisha's servant, Gehazi, saw the great host of the enemy he became fearful. Elisha prayed that God would open Gehazi's spiritual eyes so he could see the angelic hosts surrounding and protecting them. On this occasion, God actually opened the natural eyes of Gehazi and allowed him to visibly see the superior forces of God aligned for battle.


The story of this battle at Dothan is similar to present spiritual conditions in the Church. There are some, like Elisha, who see clearly into the realm of the spirit. They know there is a conflict occurring, have identified the enemy, and recognize the greater forces of God that assure victory. There are others like Gehazi, who with a little encouragement, will be able to open their spiritual eyes and no longer be fearful of and defeated by the enemy. But sadly, there are many people who, like those in the city of Dothan, are spiritually sleeping. They do not even know that the enemy has surrounded them and is poised for attack.


TWO SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS


Within the natural and spiritual realms of which we are speaking there exists separate kingdoms which are ruled by natural and spiritual leaders.


NATURAL KINGDOMS:


All men live in a natural kingdom of this world. They live in a city or village which is part of a nation. That nation is a kingdom of the world. A natural kingdom is a territory or people over which an actual king or political leader is the sovereign ruler. The Bible speaks of these natural kingdoms as "kingdoms of the world". The kingdoms of the world have come under the power and influence of Satan:

 

Again, the Devil taketh Him (Jesus) up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 

And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if you wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8-9)


John 5:19 sadly reminds us that "the whole world is under the control of the evil one".


SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS:


In addition to the natural kingdoms of this world there are two spiritual kingdoms: The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom Of God. Every person alive is a resident of one of these two kingdoms.


The Kingdom of Satan consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin and rebellion to God's Word. These, plus the world and the flesh, are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today.


The Kingdom of God consists of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to God's Word. These are the spiritual forces of good.


The Kingdom of God is not a denominational church. Denominations are man-made organizations of groups of churches. They have been established for practical purposes of organization and administration. Denominations are major church organizations like Baptist, Assembly of God, Methodist, Lutheran, etc. The Bible speaks of the true Church which is not a denomination or religious organization. The true Church is composed of all those who have become residents of the Kingdom of God.


At the present time in the natural world, the Kingdom of God exists individually within every man, woman, boy or girl who has made Jesus King of their lives. It exists communally in the true church and wherever people make this world the kind of world God wants it to be. In the future, there will be an actual visible manifestation of God's Kingdom.


THE INVISIBLE WAR


The invisible spiritual war is a battle which involves all men and women. Because the Kingdom of Satan is a spiritual kingdom...

 

...we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)


Spiritual warfare is not a natural battle between flesh and blood. It is not a battle of man against man. It is not a visible battle. It is an invisible struggle in the spirit world. It is a battle within and around man. It is not a visible war is because spirits are involved and we learn in Luke 24:39 that a spirit does not have flesh and bones.


Spiritual warfare is "multidimensional", which means it is fought in different dimensions. It is...


1. A social battle between the believer and the world: John 15:18-27

2. A personal battle between the flesh and the spirit: Galatians 5:16-26

3. A supernatural battle between the believer and evil supernatural powers: Ephesians 6:10-27


Every person alive is engaged in this battle, whether he realizes it or not. There is no neutral ground. Unbelievers are in bondage to evil and have been taken captive by the enemy forces. They are victims of the war.


Believers have been freed from the enemy through Jesus Christ and are victors, but they are still engaged in the war. The key verse for this chapter indicates that we (all believers) wrestle against evil spiritual forces.


"Wrestling" involves close personal contact. No one is exempt from this battle. No one can view it from a distance. You are in the midst of conflict whether you acknowledge it or not. If you believe it will get better, you are wrong. The Christian warfare never ceases.


WHERE THE BATTLE RAGES


This invisible war is being waged on earth:

 

The thief (Satan) cometh (on earth) not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)


Satan fights to maintain control of the kingdoms of the world. He does not want them to come under God's authority. The battle also rages within the hearts, minds, and souls of men and women. Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers and attacks believers in the areas of worship, the Word, their daily walk, and their work for God.


HOW THE BATTLE STARTED


The invisible war started in Heaven with an angel named Lucifer who was originally a beautiful angel created by God and was part of the Kingdom of God. Lucifer decided he wanted to take over God's Kingdom. You can read about his rebellion in Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. You will study about it in detail later in this course. A group of angels joined Lucifer (now called Satan) in this rebellion. Lucifer and the rebellious angels were cast out of Heaven by God. They formed their own kingdom on earth:

 

And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and his angels. (Revelation 12:7)

 

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9)


Lucifer became known as Satan and the angels which followed him in rebellion as demons. Demon spirits can enter, torment, control, and use humans who belong to Satan's Kingdom. They motivate evil acts which are done by men and women. Satan directs his demons in their evil activities. He combines these powerful forces with the world and the flesh to war against all mankind.


REASONS BEHIND THE CONFLICT


Man was originally created in the image of God and for the glory of God (Genesis chapter 2). The invisible war against man started with the first temptation in the garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3). Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin. This resulted in all men inheriting the basic sin nature and committing individual acts of sin due to this nature:

 

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)


It also resulted in the invisible war between man and the forces of evil:

 

And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (mankind), and between thy seed (the forces of evil) and her seed (the forces of good represented by the Lord Jesus Christ)... (Genesis 3:15)


Because of sin, man was separated from God and condemned to death. But God loved man so much that He made a special plan to save him from sin:

 

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)


Through belief in Jesus, confession of and repentance from sin, men and women can be released from the power of the enemy. The death and resurrection of Jesus not only resulted in salvation from sin. It also defeated the enemy, Satan:

 

...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. (I John 3:8)


But if Satan is defeated, why does the war still rage? Following any war there are always pockets of enemy resistance, rebellious troops that will not give up until forced to do so. Although Jesus defeated Satan, we are living in territory which is still occupied by enemy resistance forces. Understanding spiritual warfare strategies gives us the ability to deal with these evil powers.


Satan is trying to keep men captive in sin. Through deceptive methods he is enticing men and women to temporary lusts of sinful living. He aims for the affections of the soul and spirit which rightfully belong to God:

 

The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)


Satan still wants to be the supreme ruler. He is waging an intense battle for the heart, mind, soul, and spirit of man. His strategies are directed at God, His plan, and His people. The battle will continue until the great final conflict which you will study about in the last chapter of this course.


THE MEANING OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE


Spiritual warfare is the analysis of and active participation in the invisible spiritual war. It includes study of the opposing forces of good and evil, the strategies of Satan, and spiritual strategies for overcoming the enemy. Spiritual warfare is more than a mere analysis of spiritual principles. It includes active participation in warfare by application of these strategies in life and ministry.


One of the most effective strategies of Satan is to keep believers ignorant of his devices. Paul said it is important to know Satan's strategies...

 

...Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (II Corinthians 2:11)


We should learn all we can about Satan's strategies of attack. We must also understand the Scriptural basis of victory over Satan and the forces of evil. We are called to intelligent combat. Basic to the understanding of spiritual warfare is this key principle:

 

You must recognize that all battles of life, whether physical, spiritual, emotional mental, financial or with human personalities are only outward manifestations of a spiritual cause.


Although in the natural world problems may seem to occur through the circumstances of life, the basis of these natural battles is in the spirit world. Read the story of Job (Job chapters l-2) which confirms this principle.


We have tried to correct the evils of this world through education, legislation, and improved environment. It has not worked because the visible evils of the world are the results of an underlying spiritual cause. They cannot be corrected by natural means.


TO WHICH KINGDOM DO YOU BELONG?


In the natural world a king is the sovereign ruler of a kingdom. All the territory and people in the kingdom belong to him. He has the power of life and death over his subjects. The same is true in the spiritual world. You are either part of the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan. Either God or Satan has power over your life.


One of the parables told by Jesus illustrates that all men are either part of the Kingdom of Satan or the Kingdom of God. Jesus compared the world to a field. The good seed in the field were children of the Kingdom of God. The bad seed, which resulted in the growth of tares (weeds), were children of the wicked one:

 

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one. (Matthew 13:38)


People enter the Kingdom of Satan through natural birth. The Bible teaches that all men are born in sin. This means that they have a basic sin nature or the "seed" of sin within. Their natural inclination is to do evil:

 

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5)

 

Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

 

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)


Because we are born with the basic sin nature, we have all at one time been part of the Kingdom of Satan. All who remain sinners remain part of the Kingdom of Satan.


The whole message of God's written Word, the Holy Bible, is the appeal to man to move from this evil Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. Men are born into the Kingdom of Satan through natural birth. They must be reborn into the Kingdom of God through spiritual birth. Entrance to the Kingdom of God is by new birth experience explained in John chapter 3.


There are only two divisions in the invisible war. Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me" (Luke 11:23). You cannot be neutral in this war. You are on one side or the other in this spiritual war. Even some believers, because of their fear of confrontation with the enemy, try to ignore the war and form a truce with the enemy. They think if they ignore Satan, he will not bother them. This is one of Satan's main strategies. He tries to render members of God's army immobile by his terror tactics.


But there is no neutrality in this war. You are either a victim or victor. The spiritual "call to arms" is going out...Are you on the side of good or of evil? Are you part of Satan's Kingdom or the Kingdom of God? To which kingdom do you belong? Are you a victim or a victor in the invisible war?






















INSPECTION


1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.


2. What are the two divisions made in I Corinthians 15:44-49?


3. What are the two invisible kingdoms in the world today?


4. List the spiritual forces of evil.


5. List the spiritual forces of good.

6. Define the word "king".


7. Define the word "kingdom".


8. What is meant by the term "spiritual warfare"?


9. What is the reason behind this great spiritual conflict?


10. What is the basic principle for understanding spiritual warfare?





(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)



TACTICAL MANEUVERS


1. This course, "Strategies of Spiritual Warfare", focuses on the Kingdom of Satan and the spiritual warfare which rages between his kingdom and the Kingdom of God. The Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Kingdom Living" provides a complete study of the Kingdom of God. (If you are enrolled in Harvestime Institute and studying the courses in their suggested order, you have already studied this course.) If you are not enrolled in a Harvestime Institute, you should obtain "Kingdom Living" as a companion course to this one. It is important that you gain understanding of both spiritual kingdoms present in the world today.


2. A good spiritual foundation is necessary in order to wage successful spiritual warfare. If you are a new believer, obtain the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Foundations Of Faith". (If you are taking the Harvestime courses in their suggested order, you have already studied this course.)


3. Do you feel you have been a "victim" of spiritual warfare? In what areas of your life or ministry have you been losing the battle? Have you been losing the battle in the...


            -Spiritual realm?

            -Emotional realm?

            -Physical realm?

            -Mental realm?

            -Financial realm?

            -With human personalities?


It is important to identify these areas of defeat so you can apply the knowledge you gain in this study to these practical areas of life and ministry.


4. Review the story in II Kings 6 which was discussed in this lesson. Do you know people like Gehazi or those in the city of Dothan? How might you help them?


5. Since spiritual warfare has many dimensions, we must war personally against sin, socially against evil in the world, and supernatural through the deliverance ministry.


6. Study the Bible as a spiritual warfare manual. It is the historical record of spiritual warfare, revealing the victories and defeats of past battles. It is prophetical, showing the course of the warfare until the time of the final conflict.












INDUCTION





BECOMING PART OF THE ARMY OF GOD




All armies in the natural world have induction procedures. These are special things you are required to do in order to join the forces.


Are you ready to become part of God's army?

















CHAPTER TWO


ENLISTING IN GOD'S ARMY



OBJECTIVES:


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:


-Write the Key Verse from memory.

-Define "repentance."

-Explain the importance of repentance.

-Define "conversion."

-Explain the importance of conversion.

-Define "justification."

-Explain what it means to be "saved."

-Use the parable of the prodigal son to describe repentance and conversion.


KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

 

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)


INTRODUCTION


In the last chapter you learned of the great invisible war in the spiritual world. In this chapter you will learn how to enlist in God's army. In the natural world, armies usually have special induction rituals in which a prospective soldier must participate in order to join the forces. This "induction" makes him part of the army.


God also has a special plan for induction through which you become part of His spiritual army. His plan centers on two important concepts, repentance and conversion, which result in justification.


REPENTANCE


In the natural world, when a soldier joins an army, he must deny any previous allegiance he has had to another army or country. When you join the army of God, you must repent of your allegiance to sin and the Kingdom of Satan. This is done by repentance.


Repentance is "an inward decision or change of mind resulting in the outward action of turning from sin to God and righteousness." Acts 20:21 calls it "repentance toward God." By the act of repenting you turn away from your sin and leave the Kingdom of Satan.


Repentance is a personal decision to change your allegiance from the Kingdom of Satan to the Kingdom of God. This change of mind and turning from sin cannot be done in yourself. It is the power of God which actually brings the change in the mind, heart, and life of a sinner:

 

Then God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18)


Repentance is a gift of God:

 

Him [Jesus] hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance...(Acts 5:31)


Although emotions may be involved in repentance, true repentance is a decision, not just an emotion. Sorrow for sin and the shedding of tears is not enough in itself. This must be accompanied by an inward decision that results in an outward change.


THE IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE:


Repentance is important because:


God Commands It:

 

...but [God] now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30)


It Is Necessary To Avoid Spiritual Death:

 

...but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. (Luke 13:3)


It Is Necessary For Eternal Life:


Through repentance the penalty of death is removed and eternal life is granted:

 

When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18)


It Is Necessary For Forgiveness:


God cannot forgive your sins unless you repent:

 

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)


It Is God's Desire For All:


God does not want anyone to experience the spiritual death of eternal separation from God in Hell:

 

The Lord...is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (II Peter 3:9)


It Is The Reason Jesus Came Into The World:


    I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:32)


It Is Necessary To Enter God's Kingdom:

 

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. (Matthew 4:17)


When you become part of the Kingdom of God, you are enlisting in God's army.


CONVERSION


When you ask for forgiveness of sins you experience "conversion." Conversion means "to turn." When it is used in connection with Biblical repentance, it means to "turn from the wrong way to the right way." You leave the Kingdom of Satan and join the Kingdom of God.

 

And many of the children of Israel shall He turn to the Lord their God.

            (Luke 1:16)

 

And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw Him, and turned to the Lord. (Acts 9:35)

 

And the hand of the Lord was with them; and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (Acts 11:21)


Conversion is turning from the darkness of sin to the light of God's righteousness:

 

...to turn them from darkness to light. (Acts 26:18)


It is turning from the power of Satan to God:

 

...to turn them...from the power of Satan unto God. (Acts 26:18)


It is turning from worldly things to spiritual things:

 

...Ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God. (Acts 14:15)


It is turning from false gods to the true and living God:

 

...Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

            (I Thessalonians 1:9)


THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERSION:


Conversion must accompany repentance. You must turn from the wrong to the right because...


It Is Necessary To Enter The Kingdom Of God:

 

Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3)


It Saves From Spiritual Death:

 

He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5:20)


It Is Necessary For The Blotting Out Of Sin:


Your sin is written in the records of God until you repent and are converted, then our sins are blotted out:

 

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out... (Acts 3:19)


THE PRODIGAL SON


Repentance and conversion are best illustrated by a story Jesus told about the prodigal son. Read the story in Luke 15:11-24. This young man left his father and home, went to a distant land, and through sin wasted all he owned. Eventually this young man realized his condition. He was hungry, lonely, in rags, and tending pigs for a job. Then he made an important decision. He said, "I will arise and go to my father." This inward decision resulted in a change in his outward actions. He went home to his father to seek forgiveness.


REPENTANCE...THE CHANGE OF MIND:


Read Luke 15:17-19. The young man realized his sinful condition. He made a decision to go to his father and repent of his sin. This is an example of repentance, an inward decision which results in outward action.


CONVERSION...ACTING ON THE DECISION:


Luke 15:20 records how the young man arose and left the old life and went to his father to start a new life. This is conversion.


PRODIGAL MAN:


Man is like the prodigal son. In his sinful condition he turned his back on God his Father and Heaven his home. Each step he takes is a step away from God and one step nearer the spiritual death of eternal separation from God. There is a major decision he must make. He must "come to himself" and recognize his spiritual condition. He must make a decision which will result in a change of spiritual direction.


JUSTIFICATION AND SALVATION


There are two other terms used in the Bible which relate to repentance. These terms are "justification" and "salvation." God is the judge of all mankind. When you are living in sin you are condemned before Him:

 

...but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

            (John 3:18-19)


When you repent from sin and make the decision to turn from your sinful ways this establishes a right relationship with God. This right relationship or right standing before God is called "justification":

 

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

 

But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

 

Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:16-18)


When you are justified by repentance and conversion, you are "saved" from a life of sin as well as from the penalties of sin. This is what it means to be "saved" and what the Bible is speaking of when the term "salvation" is used.


SPIRITUAL WARFARE AND THE BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW


The subject of spiritual warfare must be studied within the context of God's total purpose for the redemption of sinful mankind. Study the parables of the sower and the tares among wheat in Matthew 13. Both parables concern the growth of the Kingdom of God which occurs through the planting of God's Word. Both parables picture the warfare between the two kingdoms with the battle centering on the redemptive purposes of God.


Learning spiritual warfare prepares you to enter the arena of this world and fight for the souls of men and women, boys and girls. This is why authority over Satan was given to the disciples before they were sent out to share the Gospel (see Matthew 28:18-20). Satan and his hosts of demons will war against you as you seek to win men to Christ and bring them under the rule of God. Employing Scriptural strategies of spiritual warfare helps you challenge the principalities and powers who rule over individual human lives, societies, and areas of the world.


INDUCTION INTO GOD'S ARMY


Repentance and conversion result in justification and salvation. This is God's plan for induction into His army. If you have not yet been inducted into God's army, the "Tactical Maneuvers" section of this lesson will provide opportunity for you to join. If you are already a member of God's army, the section will assist you in helping others enlist.


Welcome to the army of God!






















INSPECTION


1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.


2. Define "repentance".


3. Explain the importance of repentance.


4. Define "conversion".


5. Explain the importance of conversion.


6. Define "justification".


7. Explain what it means to be "saved".


8. Use the parable of the prodigal son to describe repentance and conversion.




(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)


TACTICAL MANEUVERS



1. Have you repented and been converted? If not, you need to stop right now in this study and do the following:


            -Repent of your sins.

            -Ask Jesus to forgive you.

            -Accept Him as your Lord and Savior.

            -Turn from your sinful ways (be converted).


2. As a believer, when you sin, you must also repent. Study the following Biblical examples:


THE CORINTHIANS:


The believers at a city called Corinth had to repent:

 

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance... (II Corinthians 7:9)

 

For I fear, lest, when I come...that I shall bewail many which have sinned already and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed. (II Corinthians 12:20-21)


THE EPHESIANS:


The believers at Ephesus were told to repent:

 

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen and repent and do the first works. (Revelation 2:5)


CHRISTIANS IN PERGAMOS:


God told the Christians in Pergamos:

 

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. (Revelation 2:16)


CHRISTIANS IN SARDIS:

 

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. (Revelation 3:3)


CHRISTIANS IN LAODICEA:

 

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; Be zealous therefore, and repent. (Revelation 3:19)


HOW ABOUT YOU...


Is there unconfessed sin in your life? Wherever there is sin, there must be repentance:

 

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:8-9)


3. Because repentance is necessary for salvation, God made a special plan to enable the message of repentance to reach everyone. The call to repentance began in the New Testament with the ministry of John the Baptist:

 

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way the Lord, make His path straight.

 

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. (Mark 1:3-4)


Repentance was the first message Jesus preached:

 

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God,

 

And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel. (Mark 1:14-15)


Repentance was preached by believers in the early Church:

 

And they went out and preached that men should repent. (Mark 6:12)

 

...Testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21)


Today, believers still have the responsibility to spread the message of repentance throughout the world. Jesus gave final instructions to His followers that...

 

...repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. (Luke 24:47)


When you preach the message of repentance, you are actually calling others to enlist in God's army. Will you make a commitment to start drafting others into this great spiritual army?


4. If you are responsible to share the message of repentance and call others to enlist in God's army then you must know how men are persuaded to repent. Men repent because of:


THE GOODNESS OF GOD:


The blessings of God in the life of an ungodly person are not to be mistaken as God's approval of his life style. The goodness of God is one way the Lord appeals to men to turn to Him:

 

Despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and long suffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

            (Romans 2:4)


PREACHING:


The preaching of the Word of God causes men to repent. The preaching of Jonah resulted in the whole city of Ninevah repenting:

 

The men of Ninevah shall rise in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas.

            (Matthew 12:41)


CHRIST'S CALL:


As the Word of God is preached, people hear and respond to the call of Christ which leads to repentance:

 

I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

            (Matthew 9:13)


GOD, THE FATHER:


Jesus said no one could come to Him except the Father draw him. God draws men to repentance:

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him... (John 6:44)



REBUKE:


Rebuke causes men to repent. Rebuke is correction given from the Word of God:

 

...If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. (Luke 17:3)


GODLY SORROW:


As you learned, repentance may be accompanied by emotion. Natural emotion alone is not true repentance, but Godly emotion leads to true repentance:

 

Godly sorrow [for sin] worketh repentance to salvation. (II Corinthians 7:10)








BASIC TRAINING






PREPARING FOR WAR





In the natural world no soldier is sent to battle without first receiving basic training. This training prepares him to enter the combat zone.


















CHAPTER THREE


THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: THE LORD OF HOSTS


OBJECTIVES:


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:


-Write the Key Verse from memory.

-Identify the spiritual forces of good.

-Identify personalities of the Trinity of God.

-Describe the nature of the Triune God.

-Explain the function of God the Father in spiritual warfare.

-Summarize the functions of Jesus Christ in spiritual warfare.

-Summarize the functions of the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare.


KEY VERSE FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

 

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:4)


INTRODUCTION


In Chapter One you learned of a great spiritual battle being waged between the forces of good and evil. This lesson and the next describe the spiritual forces of good. These include God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, the Holy Spirit, and angels. They are powerful spiritual forces which assist believers in warfare.


READ HERE ABOUT THE TRINITY OF GOD



READ HERE ABOUT GOD THE FATHER



READ HERE ABOUT GOD THE SON, JESUS CHRIST


READ HERE ABOUT GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT


 

SUMMARY


In this chapter you learned of the Triune nature of God and studied about God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. With their combined functions in the realm of spiritual warfare they are a powerful force of good in the universe.


But it is not enough just to recognize that the spiritual forces of good exist. The Bible says:

 

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble. (James 2:19)


The spiritual forces of evil believe in God and are fearful of Him, but they are still evil. To simply believe in God is not enough. You must acknowledge Him as Lord of your life. You must accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your sin, repent, ask forgiveness, and become a new creature in Christ.


You have not yet completed your study of the spiritual forces of good. The next chapter concerns a mighty host of spirit beings known as angels and describes their function in spiritual warfare





INSPECTION


1. Write the Key Verse from the Articles Of War.

2. List the spiritual forces of good.

3. Name the three personalities of the Trinity of God:

4. Summarize the special function of God in the realm of spiritual warfare.

5. Summarize the functions of Jesus Christ in spiritual warfare.

6. Summarize the functions of the Holy Spirit in spiritual warfare.

7. Column One lists some of the attributes of the Triune God. Column Two lists definitions of these attributes, but they are not in correct order. Look at each attribute in Column One. Then find the correct definition in Column Two. Write the number of the correct definition on the blank provided. The first one is done as an example for you to follow.


      Column One Column Two


1. _h__ Eternal                                 a. Without flesh and blood

2. ___ Sovereign                               b. Present everywhere

3. ___ Omnipresent                                      c. Good, kind

4. ___ Holy                                                   d. Highest, supreme power

5. ___ Infinite                                   e. All powerful

6. ___ Unchanging                           f. Knows all things

7. ___ Benevolent                             g. Sinless

8. ___ A spirit                                   h. No beginning or end

9. ___ Omniscient                            i. Does not change

10. ___ Omnipotent                           j. Fair and impartial in judgment

11. ___ Just                                        k. Shows mercy to sinful mankind.

12. ___ Merciful                                l. Not subject to natural limitations


8. What is the name of God to use when entering into spiritual warfare?


(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)





TACTICAL MANEUVERS


1. If you are studying the Harvestime Institute courses in their suggested order, you will study " The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit" after completion of this course. The first chapter of " The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit" includes an outline for further study of God the Father and the Son Jesus Christ. If you are not enrolled in the complete Institute program, we suggest you obtain the Harvestime International Institute course entitled "The Ministry Of The Holy Spirit" to study upon completion of this course.


2. Additional studies on the life, ministry, and teachings of Jesus Christ are provided in the Harvestime International Institute courses "Kingdom Living" and "Teaching Tactics."


3. The Harvestime International Institute course entitled "Foundations Of Faith" provides detailed instruction on the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. This course is important in gaining understanding of the spiritual forces of good. You have already completed this course if you are enrolled in a Harvestime International Institute and are studying the subjects in suggested order. If not, we suggest you obtain this course for further study.


4. Are you presently in a spiritual battle? As you pray about your problem, being to call upon the name of the Lord of Hosts.


5. Think about a battle you are presently facing and study again the functions of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in warfare. How can God assist you in your personal battle? How can Jesus assist you? What is the function of the Holy Spirit in the problem you are facing?




CHAPTER FOUR


THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF GOOD: ANGELS (READ ABOUT THEM HERE)




CHAPTER FIVE


THE ENEMY: SATAN (READ ABOUT HIM HERE)




CHAPTER SIX


THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL: DEMONS (READ ABOUT THEM HERE)





CHAPTER SEVEN


ENEMY TERRITORY


OBJECTIVES:


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:


-Write the Key Verses from memory.

-Define what is meant by the word "world" as it is used in this lesson.

-Identify the prince of the world.

-Explain the reason for the current world system.

-Describe the attitude of the world toward believers.

-Define what is meant by the word "flesh" as it is used in this lesson.

-Explain what is meant by the "lust of the flesh."

-Explain how lust develops.

-Explain the results of unconquered lust.

-Identify a Scripture reference which lists the works of the flesh.


KEY VERSES FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

 

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

            (I John 2:15-16)


INTRODUCTION


There is only one enemy, but as you have learned in previous lessons he works through a mighty force of demons. As the Key Verse of this chapter reveals, Satan not only uses demons but he also works through the evil forces of the flesh and the world:

 

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.



 

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (I John 2:15-16)


The purpose of this chapter is to identify and discuss the enemy forces of evil known as the world and the flesh. Beware! You are entering a hostile grounds. The world and the flesh are enemy territory.


PART ONE: THE WORLD


The word "world" has different meanings in Scripture. It can mean the earth or universe in its physical order. It is used to refer to Gentiles which are all nations other than the Jewish nation.

But the word "world" also is used to refer to the present condition of human affairs in opposition to God. It is the system that runs the inhabited earth, a system that is opposed to God and the Lord Jesus Christ. It is this meaning that is used in this lesson. The "world" is the corporate group of flesh-centered individuals who make up the human race. Flesh, in this context, is not referring to the actual flesh of your body. It is a term which describes the basic evil human nature of man which is in willful rebellion against God.


As your enemy, the world is the whole organized system of social, economic, materialistic, and religious philosophies which have their expression through organizations, personalities, and governments. It is not a specific government, organization, or person, but the worldly system upon which these are based. The world system is an extension of man's fleshiness. It provides an atmosphere, environment, and system which promotes fleshly sins. It surrounds man with that which appeals to his fleshly desires.


THE PRINCE OF THE WORLD:


Satan is the "prince" or ruler of the world system:

 

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (John 12:31)

 

Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. (John 14:30)


Satan is also called the god of this world:

 

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believed not... (II Corinthians 4:4)


The kingdoms of the world are presently influenced by Satan. They are guided by Satanic philosophy and principles. They are flesh-centered and flesh-governed:

 

Again, the Devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 

And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. (Matthew 4:8-9)


Some day they will become the kingdoms of our Lord:

 

And the seventh angel sounded: and there were great voices in heaven saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15)


THE REASON FOR THE CONDITION OF THE WORLD:


Sin is the reason for the present condition of the world. When Adam and Eve were originally created by God, they were given dominion over the world. This meant they had control over the world, to guide its systems and inhabitants according to the plan of God. When they sinned against God, they lost that dominion. (Genesis l-3)


When Jesus was crucified for the sins of all mankind and resurrected from the dead, He reclaimed the world. He pronounced judgment on the spiritual forces of evil:

 

And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)


Although Jesus reclaimed the world from the power of the enemy, Satan does not yet acknowledge that claim. Satan still is at work in the world with his evil powers. Satan will not acknowledge the claims of Jesus over the kingdoms of the world until the final conflict which you will study about in the last chapter of this course.


The present situation is similar to military conditions that often occur in the natural world. A political or military power will take control of a nation but their claims will not be acknowledged by rebel troops within that nation. The rebel troops continue to war throughout the country. They try to take possession of territory not rightfully theirs and overpower the citizens. They often use tactics of terror to accomplish these purposes.


The situation in the spirit world is similar. Jesus reclaimed dominion over the world, the enemy, and his evil forces. But the rebel troops of Satan still war throughout the world. They try to take possession of territory not rightfully theirs and influence men and women for evil. This battle, which is our "spiritual warfare," will continue until the final conflict.




THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD:


The world structure is in direct opposition to God, His plan, purposes, and people:


The Evil World System:


The present world system is evil:

 

Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. (Galatians 1:4)


The world system is without God:

 

...having no hope, and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12)


There is much deception in the world to ensnare believers to become part of the world system:

 

For many deceivers are entered into the world...(II John 7)


The world is already judged and under condemnation by God:

 

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (I Corinthians 11:32)


The Elements Of The World:


The "elements of the world" refer to the elementary principles that govern the world. They lead to spiritual bondage:

 

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. (Galatians 4:3)


The Rudiments Of The World:


These are the regulations on which the world structure rests. They are different from the principles upon which God structures His Kingdom:

 

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances. (Colossians 2:8,20)


The Spirit Of The World:


The spirit of the world is in direct opposition to the Holy Spirit:

 

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

            (I Corinthians 2:12)


The Philosophy Of The World:


Philosophies are principles of knowledge. Worldly philosophies are not based on Christ:

 

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)


The Wisdom Of The World


Worldly wisdom is not God's wisdom:

 

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. (I Corinthians 3:19)


The Course Of The World:


The "course" of the world is the cycle of the present world, its routine, the way in which it operates:

 

Wherefore in times past ye walked according to the course of this world,

 

according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:2)


The Voices Of The World:


The many "voices" in the world are contrary to the voice of God:

 

There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification. (I Corinthians 14:10)


The Peace Of The World:


The peace of the world is temporary, fragile, and sometimes deceptive:

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

            (John 14:27)


The Sorrow Of The World:


Godly sorrow differs from that of the world:

 

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (II Corinthians 7:10)


The Attitude Of The World:


The world hates God:

 

...Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

            (James 4:4)


The world hates believers:

 

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15:18-19)


Since the world is made up of flesh centered individuals who hate believers, we need to learn more about this powerful force called "the flesh."


PART TWO: THE FLESH


The world is an evil social force of Satan that works from the outside to attack believers. It is the corporate organization of fleshly individuals. The flesh is an evil force working from within the believer. The same "fleshly spirit" that operates in the world will operate in your life if you allow it to do so. The word "flesh" as used in Scripture can refer to the actual body of man and beast. But this is not what we are talking about when we use the word "flesh" in this lesson.


The Bible also uses the word "flesh" to describe the basic sin nature of man. The flesh is the center of willful defiance and rebellion against God:

 

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will (to do good) is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

 

For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.

 

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. (Romans 8:18-20)


The flesh is a compulsive inner force which expresses itself in rebellion through sin. It is this meaning of flesh which is used in this lesson. The words "carnal" and "old man" are also used to describe the fleshly nature of man. All men have this basic, sinful, fleshly nature:

 

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

 

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)


THE LUST OF THE FLESH:

 

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)


What is the lust of the flesh? First let us define the word "lust." Lust is "strong desire, soulish emotions, the natural tendency of man towards evil." The Bible warns that we should not lust after evil things:

 

Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. (I Corinthians 10:6)


Lusting after evil things which will please your fleshly nature is "lust of the flesh". It is how Satan attacks from within. It is like a civil war within a nation, with your spirit and flesh warring against each other.


HOW LUST DEVELOPS:


Lust, or sinful desire, first enters through the natural senses. The eye sees something evil or the ear hears something wicked. A touch, a taste, or even a smell can even foster lust. This is how Satan uses the environment of the world to tempt the flesh. These natural senses trigger an evil thought or desire in the mind. This is lust. The lustful thought is what tempts you to do evil:

 

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man.

 

But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. (James 1:13-14)


Remember, God never tempts you. You are tempted when you are drawn by your own sinful, fleshly lusts. But you do not have to yield to this temptation. God always provides a way of escape:

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape that ye may be able to bear it. (I Corinthians 10:13)


Since the mind is used to tempt the flesh, Paul warns:

 

For to be carnally (fleshly) minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

 

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (Romans 8:7-8)


You will learn later how the mind is one of the main battlefields of spiritual warfare.


THE RESULTS OF LUST:


If you yield to lust, temptation results, and if you yield to temptation, it results in sin which leads to death:

 

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:15)


The world is corrupt because of lust:

 

...having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

            (II Peter 1:4)


Your flesh is corrupt because of lust:

 

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts... (Ephesians 4:22)


THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE SPIRIT TO THE FLESH:

 

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (Galatians 5:17)


When you are saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, that Spirit indwells your spirit. The Holy Spirit in your spirit opposes the lusts of the flesh. Your flesh wars against your spirit and the Spirit of God within you. The flesh entices you to sinful lusts. This is why you often cannot live the way you desire to live.


Paul described this battle between the spirit and the flesh in Romans chapter 7. Read the entire chapter in your Bible. He summarized the battle:

 

I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me.

 

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man (the spirit);

 

But I see another law in my members (the flesh), warring against the law of my mind and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Romans 7:21-23)


THE WORKS OF THE FLESH:


The lusts of the flesh, if not conquered, lead to sinful works of the flesh which result in spiritual death:

 

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

 

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies

 

Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such thing shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)


This list can be divided into four categories of sins:


Worship Sins: Idolatry and witchcraft.


Sexual Sins:                Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, and lasciviousness.


Personal Sins: Drunkenness and revellings.


Relationship Sins:       Hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, envyings, and                                     murders.


Each of these sinful works are defined in detail in the Harvestime International Institute course "Ministry Of The Holy Spirit." They are contrasted to the fruit of the Holy Spirit which should be developed in the lives of believers.





POWERFUL EVIL FORCES


The world and the flesh combine with Satan and his demons to war against believers. These are the spiritual forces of evil. In the following lessons you will learn strategies of spiritual warfare to combat these powerful spiritual forces of evil.
































INSPECTION


l. Write the Key Verses from the Articles Of War.


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2. What is meant by the word "flesh" as it is used in this lesson?


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3. What is meant by the word "world" as it is used in this lesson?


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4. Who is the prince of this world?


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5. Summarize characteristics of the present world system.


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6. What is the reason for the sinful condition of the current world system?


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7. What is the attitude of the world toward believers?


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8. What is meant by the "lust of the flesh"?


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9. How does lust develop?


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10. What happens if you do not control lust?


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11. Give a Scripture reference which identifies the works of the flesh.


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(Answers to tests are provided at the conclusion of the final chapter in this manual.)


TACTICAL MANEUVERS


1. Study further on the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21.


2. Contrast to these evil works the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 6:22-23.


3. Read John 1:1-15 and chapter 3. Observe God's great love for the world despite its sinful, fleshly condition. What did God do to show His love? What was the response of the world?


4. Study further about temptation.


-Satan is called the tempter:                                                               Matthew 4:3; I Thessalonians 3:15

-God does not tempt men to do evil:                                      James 1:13-14

-You are tempted by:

            -Men:              Matthew 16:1; 19:3; 22:35; Mark 8:11; 10:2; Luke 11:16; John 8:6

            -Satan:            Matthew 4:1; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2; I Corinthians 7:5

            -Your lusts:     James 1:13-14

            -Riches:          I Timothy 6:9

-You are to pray you will not be led into temptation:             Matthew 26:41; Luke 11:4;

                                                                                                Mark 14:38; 22:46

-Jesus was tempted, but did not sin:                                                   Hebrews 2:18; 4:15

-You are blessed if you endure temptation:                            James 1:12

-God can deliver you from temptation:                                  Hebrews 4:15; II Peter 2:9;

                                                                                                I Corinthians 10:13

-Temptation brings heaviness (James 1:2) but you should count every temptation a joy

(I Peter 1:6).


5. Are you experiencing lust which has led to temptation and then to sin? Follow the strategy in I John 1:8-9.


6. It is within the context of describing the warfare between the Holy Spirit and the flesh that Paul identifies the works of the flesh which war within believers. See Galatians 5:16-26.












CHAPTER EIGHT


ENEMY STRATEGY


OBJECTIVES:


Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:


-Write the Key Verses from memory.

-Summarize the strategy of the enemy in relation to God.

-Summarize the strategy of the enemy in relation to the nations.

-Summarize the strategy of the enemy in relation to unbelievers.

-Summarize the strategy of the enemy in relation to believers.


KEY VERSES FROM THE ARTICLES OF WAR:

 

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;

 

Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (I Peter 5:8-9)


INTRODUCTION


This lesson presents an overview of the general strategies of our enemy, Satan. In the next lesson, you will be given an overview of "The Battle Plan" of God. In later lessons, after you have been armed with your spiritual weapons, you will be given more specific counterstrategies to overcome all the evil plans of the enemy. But first, you need to understand the general strategy of the enemy in relation to God, the nations, unbelievers, and believers.


THE ENEMY AND GOD


Satan's original sin was that he wanted to be like God, so his present power and activities are directed primarily against God. All of his other activities and his very nature are viewed as stemming from his original rebellious ambition.


For example, Satan's attack on the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, was really an attack on the character and control of God (see Genesis 3:1-5). Satan also induced Cain to murder Abel in opposition to God (see I John 3:10-12). You can study every attack of Satan recorded in Scripture and you will discover that it is actually an attack on God and His activities and nature.


Satan is in direct opposition to God in every activity and quality of nature. For example, God is love whereas Satan is hateful and promotes hatred (I John 3:7-15). God is life and creates life while Satan promotes death and destruction (Hebrews 2:14).


Satan not only opposes God and His nature, but he also opposes God's program. He denies the existence of God (Psalms 14:1-3), promotes lies (Ephesians 2:2; II Thessalonians 2:8-ll); and is behind false religions, the occult, and cults with their false doctrines and practices. Satan's religious system results in false teachers, prophets, and "christs." You will study more about this later as you study "Spiritual Wickedness In High Places."


Satan will reach the climax of his rebellion against God and His plans during the time of "The Final Battle" discussed in the last chapter of this course. In the end, Satan and his hosts of demonic powers will be brought under the control of the one true and living God.


THE ENEMY AND THE NATIONS


Satan is called the "god of this world" which includes men who are not believers and demonic angels. (II Corinthians 4:4) He offered the nations to Jesus during the temptation of Christ, and our Lord did not dispute the legitimacy of the offer. He simply refused to rebel against God in submitting to Satan's way of obtaining the rule (Matthew 4:8-10).


Satan uses his demons to influence and deceive the nations, leading the leaders and people astray from God. This is why there are cruel dictators and ungodly political systems in many nations. It also accounts for the wars and divisions between the nations.


Satan especially influences leaders against the Church and God's chosen people, Israel. He also works through governments to hinder the spread of the Gospel.


During the tribulation period Satan will actually direct the affairs of a group of ten nations through the Antichrist. After the second coming of Christ, Satan will be bound for a thousand years "that he should deceive the nations no more" (Revelation 20:3). Upon his release, he will deceive the nations one last time to assemble them against Jerusalem and God (Revelation 20:7-10). But in the end, every kingdom of earth and the Kingdom of Satan will become the Kingdoms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


THE ENEMY AND UNBELIEVERS


The enemy has a very powerful strategy operating against unbelievers. He blinds their minds to the Gospel (II Corinthians 4:3-4) and snatches away the truth of the Gospel when they do hear it so that no response will occur (Luke 8:12). As a result, the Gospel sounds foolish and irrelevant to those who are lost in sin (I Corinthians 1:18).


Satan also snares many unbelievers in false religions (I Timothy 4:1-3) and leads them to walk according to the "course of the world" which is the philosophy of the age. That philosophy may vary from generation to generation and culture to culture, but it is always creature-centered and creature-promoting rather than God-centered. Satan is constantly sowing the seeds of rebellion (sin) in the hearts and minds of unbelievers.


One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to war against Satan for the souls of unbelievers. The Holy Spirit works to convict men and women of their sinful rebellion against God (John 16:7-11).


THE ENEMY AND BELIEVERS