- Special Sections
- Public Notices
“What weapon, if any, does the Bible promise the believer to fight the spiritual warfare he is in?”
Spiritual warfare — the term conjures images of frightening exorcisms and video-game-like battles between humans and demons. More commonly (and likely more accurately), this phrase appears in Christian circles (some more than others) referring to perceived attacks by Satan and unceasing temptations to sinful thought and behavior.
New Testament writers were unapologetic in their appraisal of demons as the enemies of humans and descriptions of their attempts to deceive, tempt, confuse and physically destroy.
More than a few encounters of Jesus with demons are recorded in the Gospels (Mk. 1:23, 34, 39; 5:1ff; passim).
Satan is called, among other names, the Adversary (I Pet. 5:8), Deceiver (Jn. 8:44; Rev. 12:9) and Destroyer (Rev. 9:11).
We don’t recommend looking for demons under every rock and around every corner, attributing to them responsibility for every disturbance and distress.
We do not wish to give them more credit than they are due (I am capable of plenty of evil on my own without aid from the enemy).
Nevertheless, to the degree that invisible forces of evil are present at all, they are capable of causing trouble — and Scripture provides several practical means for responding to the scheming ways of the devil.
Jesus responded to Satan’s temptations by quoting Scripture (Mt. 4:1-11). Amazingly, He prayed that we might be kept from the “evil one” (Mt. 6:13; Jn. 17:15).
Peter instructed his readers to be alert to the devil and to resist him, standing firm in their faith (I Pet. 5:8-9). James advised submission to God and simple resistance as well (Jas 4:7-8).
Paul has the most extensive list of anti-devil armor: truth, righteousness, the good news of peace, faith, salvation, Scripture and prayer (Eph. 6:10-19). Ultimately, Christ conquered demonic forces at the cross, setting us free from their hostility and making us truly alive (Col. 2:13-15).