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Spiritual warfare is always one of those subjects that gets done to death, and almost always comes off full of fluff and cliche. I’m not going to do that here. I’m going to touch on some heavy stuff that is going to cause real spiritual difficulty for a lot of people. The enemy won’t be pulling any of his punches, and as believers we need to man up and face the reality of the war we’re in. When it comes to spiritual warfare, many believers have a tendency to talk about it in a purely spiritual or metaphorical sense. However, an in depth look at what spiritual warfare is really about will reveal that it is also a very physical war as well.
- Angels – spiritual beings that can choose to be good or evil, manifest in human form, and interact with the physical world. In person they appear human and the Bible goes as far as to say that some have entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2).
- Demons – spiritual beings that possess physical bodies, cause physical torment, and pose a real physical danger to people in the vicinity of the possessed person.
- Ghosts, Poltergeists, Etc. – spiritual beings that manifest and can be seen by flesh and blood beings. While ghosts and other apparitions may not all be violent, poltergeists are very violent and can cause physical harm.
Because the physical can interact with the spiritual and vice versa, it is important that we take a fresh look at spiritual warfare and what it really mans to put on the whole armor of God. This study will expose the weaknesses in our spiritual armor… especially the ones we don’t want to acknowledge:
- We will be touching on angels, demons, and other spirits.
- We will be touching on race, racism, politics, and history.
- We will be touching on false teachers and doctrinal deception.
Spiritual warfare is a war that we fight every day with every decision we make. If we aren’t personally doing the evil or good ourselves:
- Are we supporting and empowering evil with our vote because of political loyalty vs loyalty to God’s word?
- Are we supporting and empowering evil by turning a blind eye to what’s going on in the world simply because it doesn’t affect us personally?
- Are we supporting and empowering evil by giving it a platform and making excuses for it?
If our principles are based on the Bible, and our politics don’t match our principles, then which side are we truly soldiering for? If our personal opinions and bias are at opposition with God, who’s side have we really chosen? We’re going to answer all of these questions and many more as we proceed through this eye opening study.
For more information on spiritual warfare from a purely spiritual perspective, please see my book, Beyond Flesh and Blood: The Ultimate Guide To Angels and Demons.
The Purpose of The Armor
The general purpose of armor is for protection against bodily harm. In the days of warriors and knights, armor often took the form of metallic coverings that protected the most vital areas of the body. In modern times, much of the full body armor has been replaced with bullet proof vests and bomb suits. The purpose of the whole armor of God is to provide both physical and spiritual protection:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:10-13
This verse lays out our enemies, which are of a spiritual nature. As mortal beings we have a tendency to think of spiritual as if it resides on a different plane of existence at all times, but it doesn’t. The following list of references in the above verse is generally accepted as referring to spiritual beings, but more specifically fallen ranks of angels.
- Rules of Darkness
- Spiritual Wickedness In The Heavenly Realm
While the KJV doesn’t 100% convey the seriousness of the verses, the Greek makes it clear that our enemies are some of the highest ranked and most evil beings in the heavenly realm. The purpose of the way the armor of God is described isn’t just clever metaphor, but a dire warning about a real war that we need to be aware of.
Belt of Truth
The belt of truth is an interesting piece of armor because the Bible has tons to say about truth and it’s benefits. The belt is also the piece that held various pieces of armor on, held the sheath for the sword, and other utility functions as well.
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” – Ephesians 6:14
Essentially it is truth that keeps a great deal of your armor in place. Here are some of the benefits of truth according to the Bible:
- God must be worshiped in spirit and truth (John 4:24)
- The truth will set you free (John 8:32)
- God’s word is truth (John 17:17)
- The gospel of salvation is truth (Ephesians 1:13)
We could do an entire study on truth, but in order to stick to the topic at hand, we’re going to focus on just the above three examples of what truth is about.
God Must Be Worshiped In Spirit and Truth
We’re living in a time where many churches and believers seem to be making it up as they go. Many have adopted the lie that the Bible can be applied however we see fit personally, and that’s not the case. In addition to this, there are those within the church that outright deny the truth no matter how much evidence there is:
- Hebrews were and are black. To deny this basic but foundational and historical fact is to deny truth. Not only is it a denial of truth, it shows that the person denying it is rejecting God’s choice in chosen people.
- Christ was black. Scripture describes him as the color of “burned bronze”, and anyone giving any other color such as “olive” or “Middle Eastern” is outright denying scripture and refusing to use it as a basis for truth.
- Race is all over scripture. Many people claim that it’s not or “it’s not about that”, but if it appears within the pages of the Bible, then it is indeed “about that”. This is hard for many people to deal with, but the fact is that race is mentioned from Genesis to Revelation.
The reason I chose to use the above examples because they are the most divisive issues in the church. But lets get to the heart of the matter of why the above is divisive… black skin. Racists hate black skin and they are comfortable with any other color of people than black people being Hebrews:
- Olive – When people that hate the notion of a black chosen nation, they reject the Bible’s descriptions of the people in the book, and default to the argument that Hebrews were “olive”, even though we know for a fact that “The Middle East” did not become lighter skinned until Greek and Roman invasion. These people are not operating in truth.
- Brown – The only time people get technical about skin color is when it comes to the Bible. Skin colors they otherwise normally group as “black people”, suddenly become the subject of semantics such as “I wouldn’t say they’re black, but moreso brown”. These people are not operating in truth.
- White – Most people admit that they know for a fact that Christ was not white, and yet they’re fine with false painting of a white Jesus, false depictions of a white Jesus on TV, false depictions of a white Jesus on TV, and even false images of a white Jesus hanging on a crucifix in church. These people are not operating in truth.
The above examples are some of the most divisive issues that separate black believers from the majority of white believers. Europeans took it upon themselves to attempt to repaint history, lie to the world, and then claim “it’s not about that” or “truth doesn’t matter” after people have started digging up the truth about history. It is when we encounter these lies that it is important that we are protected by the truth… and truth ALWAYS matters no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel.
- Avoiding researching the topic of race and ethnicity in the Bible is not operating in truth.
- Attempting to explain away every reference to black skin in the Bible is not operating in truth.
- Altering history in order to make certain groups of people feel more comfortable is not operating in truth.
Those that claim “it’s not about (fill in the blank)” when certain parts of the Bible are discussed, are deceivers or have been deceived. Everything in the Bible is worthy of study, including:
Does The Truth Bother You?
The following painting is the oldest known depiction of Christ on the planet (before the Renaissance). But for some reason the majority of people on the planet have never seen it, it’s not shown on The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, or any of Christian networks on which white teachers claim they “don’t see race”. If they didn’t see race, how is it that none of the images prior to the Renaissance that depict a black Christ never accidentally end up on TV? The following painting currently hangs in the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt.
The only reason that the majority of us are unaware of the numerous pre Renaissance Period paintings like this is because of racism within the European church, and their outright refusal to acknowledge history. This tells us that they are not operating in truth, but in purposeful deception.
- Europeans re-branded Christ as white in order to appeal to a broader audience. Not only is it a deception, it is an outright commission of blasphemy against Christ… and it’s intentional.
- Many European Christian pastors refuse to teach the truth about Christ and the Hebrews even though they recognize that the vast majority of the Bible takes place in Africa and Arabia, which was under African control until around 325 B.C, and continued to be populated by Africans long after.
- Many Europeans falsely teach that Hebrews migrated into Europe, even though the Bible is clear that they were scattered via slavery on slave ships (Deuteronomy 28). These facts are intentionally left out of many European Bible teachings because deception is the goal.
Truth is truth and those that can’t even be truthful about the book they claim to believe in are operating in deception.
- If someone is lying about race in the Bible on purpose, they are a deceiver and should not be trusted at all.
- If someone is shown that what they’re teaching is false and refuse to correct it, they’re not a soldier of Christ at all, but are working for the enemy and has made their decision to do so.
False teachers like the above two examples should be exposed so that others do not fall for their deception. Soldiers don’t quietly go away and leave other believers to fend for themselves. This is part of the reason I’m constantly pointing out false doctrines and calling false teachers by name.
The Truth Will Set You Free
Once we’re grounded in truth it won’t bother you that Hebrews were and are black… because it’s in the Bible. It also won’t bother you when you discover who the Bible refers to as “the synagogue of Satan”. Knowing the truth allows us to see the bigger picture of prophecy being fulfilled right in front of our faces.
- When we’re grounded in the whole truth of God’s word, it makes our faith stronger.
- When we’re grounded in the whole truth of God’s word, we can easily identify who is and isn’t on God’s side.
- When we’re grounded in the whole truth of God’s word, false teaching can’t creep its way into our doctrine.
Knowing the truth is freedom. Protect yourself with the truth of God’s word and you’ll always stay on the right track.
Breastplate of Righteousness
This piece of armor is a little more difficult for many of us to wear on a regular basis. According to Webster’s dictionary, righteousness is defined as follows:
- Righteousness – acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin
The reason this is so difficult for many people is that even those that are not acting in accord with moral or divine law, will often lie to themselves in order to justify their actions as moral.
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” – Ephesians 6:14
The Book of Isaiah
“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” – Isaiah 59:17″
Here are some examples of immoral things that people have conned themselves into believing is the right thing to do, support, and vote for even though they are obviously evil even to non some believers:
- Mass Incarceration: The 13th Amendment made slavery 100% legal with conditions, which led to the establishment of the Prison Industrial Complex (a fancy word for slavery). If you haven’t read the 13th Amendment please do so. To support this is immoral and unrighteous.
- Racial Profiling: We know certain races are targeted more by police because of racism within the police department. We know this to be true because an FBI study proved that many police departments around the nation have been infiltrated by the KKK. To support this is immoral and unrighteous.
- Abortion: The Bible is clear that killing our own children is wrong, and any believer claiming to be pro-choice is essentially calling God a liar. When it’s God’s word vs. man’s opinion, it’s easy to see which one is the moral choice. Killing unborn children is immoral and unrighteous… and if you don’t agree, ask yourself if you’d do it if Christ was standing right next to you face to face.
We could continue listing immoral ideologies and political policies all day, which is why it’s important to defer to God’s word. We are called to be righteous at all times, which means we cannot pretend as if our votes do not condone unrighteousness like the above, simply because we don’t like the opposition. Your vote is your personal consent to the actions of the person your voting for.
- If the person you vote for embraces immoral ideologies, then you are co-signing those ideologies with your vote. This applies to all candidates in all parties.
- If you make excuses for immoral ideologies, then you’re enabling immoral activity, policies, and choices. This applies to all candidates in all parties.
Many of us would like to believe that we are good people, but if we take an honest look at ourselves, we’re not even close to righteous on our best day. Scripture says the following:
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6
Even on our absolute best day we’re still unrighteous before God, which is why it is important to always make the best decisions we can based solely on the Bible.
- We should not make decisions based on tradition, but on scripture.
- We should not make decisions based on political identity, but on scripture.
- We should not make decisions based on personal preference, but on scripture.
Once our decisions become Bible based we still won’t be perfect, but we’ll get it right more often than not. This brings us to a subject that makes people super uncomfortable when it comes time to do it.
Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
Are you prepared to share the gospel with anyone that wants to know why you believe what you believe? We hear people talk about it a lot, but how would you respond if someone wanted to hear the gospel.
“And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” – Ephesians 6:15
It’s one thing to know and believe the gospel, but being able to share it is a different matter. Some people are uncomfortable discussing the Bible, others are uncomfortable admitting that they believe in the Bible, but most people are just plain terrified of speaking in public… and any time religion is being discussed outside of a controlled environment, there is a very high chance that more and more people will take an interest in the conversation. There are three essential elements to sharing the gospel.
- Knowing exactly what the gospel is.
- Knowing how to communicate what the gospel is.
- Knowing who your audience is.
Knowing What The Gospel Is
The word gospel means “good news” in Greek. To keep this as simple as possible, it is the good news that Christ was born, died, and rose again to save the world. This brings us to communicating this message.
Knowing How To Communicate The Gospel
Knowing the gospel and believing it are great for us on an individual level, but how does that help others find salvation? The more we know about what we believe in, the easier it is to communicate. Here are some other personal assessments you may want to make before trying to communicate the gospel to others.
- Are you easily frustrated or angered? – There will be questions, rebuttals, and even trolls in most cases. You can either engage them or ignore them, but it’s up to you to decide how you want to deal with these obstacles.
- Do you back down when challenged? – Some people would rather just avoid debate and conflict, which is understandable because as people conflict makes us uncomfortable.
Once you assess these areas in your own personal walk, try to work on them so that you’re prepared for anything that may come your way when sharing the gospel.
Living The Gospel
Living the gospel is the hard part for a great majority of people on this planet, but especially for the United States of America. This country is constantly at war with or bombing some other country, while still shouting “one nation under God”. This is an example of deception. If the nation was a Christian nation and it was a nation under God, it wouldn’t blaspheme the following scriptures through it’s actions:
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” – Romans 12:18
All we have to do is watch the news to see which country is always the first to threaten other countries with bombs and invasion. The United States doesn’t even attempt to live peaceably with anyone… not even citizens within it’s own borders.
- Cops that gun down unarmed citizens that didn’t pose a threat are doing the exact opposite of Romans 12:18.
- Politicians that approve of dropping bombs on innocent people are doing the exact opposite of Romans 12:18.
- Citizens that support the above are condoning the disobedience of scripture, and we all know who’s arena that is.
The current racial and political climate in America is not one of peace. It is an atmosphere of death and turmoil and Christians are 100% to blame. Those that claim to be Christian voted for someone racist and divisive. It doesn’t matter if you THINK he’s not a racist because he is. Hillary was just as much a racist as Trump, and Christians on the left supported her too.
- Voting is an option and we’re not commanded to do it. Anyone backing a divisive, hateful, and racist candidate is doing so because that’s who they are inside and that’s what they choose to support. There is no middle ground here.
- If there are no good candidates it is perfectly OK not to condone either of the two evils. There’s a reason they’re called evils…. there’s no lesser or greater. It’s just evil.
If you’re claiming to preach the gospel, but in your spare time you make a conscious effort to support candidates that do not reflect Biblical values, then you are by no means living the gospel. How can you have your feet ready with the gospel, when you’re ready to clap back with a Hillary or Obama insult because someone bad mouthed an orange racist?
- If that last comment bothered you, then you need to ask yourself why you’re mad and ready to argue over some man you don’t even know in real life.
- If that last comment bothered you, then you’re more concerned with party politics than righteousness, which means there’s another piece of armor in addition to the shoes that you need to work on.
We all have our weak points and subjects that push our buttons, but we all need to work on those areas daily. It’s hard to preach the gospel of peace when someone sees you about to come to blows defending a man that wants to build a wall specifically to keep Mexicans out of a country that was stolen from them.
Shield of Faith
Shields tend to be the sturdiest and most useful piece of armor. Shields can be used as both a defensive and an offensive weapon during battle. Some soldiers would sharpen the edges of their shields and use them to decapitate fallen enemies, and other times spikes were added to impale charging enemies.
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” – Ephesians 6:16
In almost every spiritual warfare study I’ve read, the shield is looked at from a purely defensive perspective. I must admit that I never looked at a shield as an offensive weapon until I spent a couple of years playing Pathfinder with some friends. In the game there is a skill that allows a player to wield two shields as offensive weapons. It was because of this game mechanic that I started looking into the various offensive uses of shields.
FACT: Faith is only mentioned 2 times in the Old Testament but 245 times in the New Testament.
There are a lot of things that have the potential to shake and even destroy our faith, but often it’s just our reaction to the initial shock of the information. Many of us have become so set in our beliefs that we assume that if we’ve never heard it taught that the Bible is silent on it. Often times, that’s not the case. There are many subjects in the Bible that are often ignore or misunderstand. Here are just a few things that have the potential to shake people’s faith.
- Aliens – Many churches teach that we are alone in the universe, and yet the Bible tells us that there are angels, demons, and spirits that can appear as anything they want.
- Giants – Many Christians believe that giants are just a part of mythology, even though the Bible contains several references to giants. Because they’re false belief system is so ingrained in them, they attempt to explain away any references to giants in the Bible.
- Serpent Seed – Genesis 4:1 is 100% clear about who the father of Cain is, but some people are so taken in by new and false information, that they put their faith in false Targums and reject the words in scripture.
Having faith in God’s word above all other things is crucial to spiritual warfare. Without it we will get led astray into all sorts of false teaching. And when I say faith in God’s word, I’m not talking about what the pastor told us to believe. I’m talking about the words in the book and only the words in the book.
The Fiery Darts of The Wicked
The above referenced points could be considered fiery “darts of the wicked”, but they aren’t limited to just false teachings based around the Bible. Fiery darts can often take more subtle forms as well:
- Idolatry – The Bible tells us not to make any graven images, and we know for a fact that Christ was not a white man. So when we see images of white Christ hanging in a church, we’re witnessing idolatry hidden in plain sight.
- Blasphemy – Revelation 2:9 and 3:9 reference a group of people pretending to be Jews, but are not, and it is blasphemy. If we don’t know who they are, and we’re referring to them as true Jews, then we are being deceived and enabling blasphemy.
As believers we often make the mistake of looking so hard for small signs, hand gestures, and clues hidden in movies, that we miss the giant European Jesus idol standing at the front of the church next to the pastor. Christ recognized this and pointed it out:
“Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” – Matthew 23:24
Our faith should be in the Bible and not the things we’ve been told are OK, don’t matter, or “it’s not about that”. If God saw fit to include it in the book, then it “is about that.”
Helmet of Salvation
We know that helmets were used to protect the head; another vital part of the body. Salvation as a helmet seems to make sense, since that’s where salvation first begins to play out.
The Book of Isaiah
“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.” – Isaiah 59:17
When we first hear the gospel we decide if we want to hear more. If our mind wants to shut out the information, we close ourselves off to the message. But those of us that have accepted the message also have to be sure to protect our minds from false teachings and other deceptions that seek to change our mind about salvation. Here are a few examples of deceptions that cause people to rethink salvation:
- Ancient Aliens – People are beginning to attribute all evidence of creation to aliens instead of The Most High.
- Abiogenesis – The “scientific” theory that non living matter suddenly came to life and turned into everything we see now over time.
- Christianity Spread Through Slavery – The theory that black people only believe the Bible because of slavery, even though history shows that Ethiopia declared Christianity the official religion 59 years prior to Rome (Pre-Slavery Christianity).
Sword of The Spirit
The sword as a metaphorical weapon is the most mentioned piece of armor in scripture. The word of God is described as a sword, but to be used for spiritual purposes. It is the word of God that first led all believers to Christ, and it will be the word of God that continues to do so. It is God’s word that gives wisdom to those without, it humbles the prideful, and it strengthens the weak.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” – Ephesians 6:17
The Book of Isaiah
“And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” – Isaiah 49:2-3
The Book of Hebrews
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
The Book of Revelation
“And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” – Revelation 1:16
“Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” – Revelation 2:16
“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” – Revelation 19:15
People have a tendency to back down and run away when we use the “sword” correctly. We’ve all experienced those that flee in the face of someone that knows what they’re talking about:
- They refuse to or simply can’t provide scripture to back their position (no sword).
- They make a false statement and then run away to avoid the truth (not trained in sword usage).
- They teach false doctrine even with evidence to the contrary (their sword is just for looks).
- They make up their own beliefs regardless of what the Bible says (fall upon their own sword).
Here are a few examples of each that we have encountered and will continue to encounter in our walk as believers. Each of the numbers below are an example scenarios associated with the numbers above:
- The Jezebel Spirit – A false teaching not found anywhere in scripture.
- Skin Color Isn’t Mentioned In The Bible – Blatantly false statement they run away from after saying.
- Cain Was The Son of Satan – Genesis 4:1 says the exact opposite.
- Christ Looked Olive or Middle Eastern – Scripture, geography, and history say otherwise.
When we are well trained in using our swords (Bibles) it’s easy to both attack and defend when confronted with false doctrines and false personal beliefs that contradict the Bible. Those not trained in using their sword often run away from battle or get destroyed on the battlefield of debate.
Praying in the spirit
Believe it or not this is one of the things that people claim to have the most trouble with. Many people have said that they don’t know how to pray or what they should pray for.
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” – Ephesians 6:18
Prayer can be overwhelming for some people, especially praying in public. It ties back in to people’s #1 fear of public speaking. Some anxieties of praying can include:
- Is the prayer too long or too short?
- Should we pray for more or pray for less?
- Should we pray to the father or to the son?
Even though prayer can make us anxious, we can overcome that by praying without ceasing. We don’t need to worry about all the details when we pray because according to scripture, it’s already being handled without or knowledge:
The Book of Matthew
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” – Matthew 6:7-8
The Book of Romans
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” – Romans 8:26
How To Pray
“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” – Matthew 6:9-13
What Is The Purpose of Prayer?
Prayer is the way we spiritually upkeep and repair our armor. Some days we feel defeated and we can’t do anything else but pray.
- Prayer is what brings us to Christ in the first place (helmet of salvation).
- Prayer helps restore and sustain our faith (shield of faith).
- Prayer and repentance helps maintain our righteousness (breastplate of righteousness).
- Prayer gives us wisdom to wield the word (sword of the spirit).
- Prayer restores our spirit when we’re mad and not able to teach (shoes of the gospel of peace).
- Prayer helps us deal with facts we don’t want to face (the belt of truth).
Failure to pray is the same as letting your armor rust and become useless. This is why we need to continue to pray without ceasing. We can’t fight this battle if we are not always prepared when for the enemy in any form they may take.
“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” – 2 Timothy 2:3-4
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