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What exactly is spiritual warfare?

Hi everyone. I have heard of the concept of spiritual warfare and believe it is mentioned in the Bible. However, I don't fully understand what it is or how it is practiced. Where in the Bible does it talk about spiritual warfare? How does one practice it. It is used to counter the attacks of the Devil right?
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Originally Posted by Holly3278
Hi everyone. I have heard of the concept of spiritual warfare and believe it is mentioned in the Bible. However, I don't fully understand what it is or how it is practiced. Where in the Bible does it talk about spiritual warfare? How does one practice it. It is used to counter the attacks of the Devil right?
There are many verses which refer in one way or another to what we call "spiritual warfare", but first consider these verses:

Eph 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

1 Peter 5:6-8 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

1 Tim 6:11-12 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

FINALLY FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF CHRIST WHO DEFEATED THE ONSLAUGHT OF SATAN'S "TEMPTATIONS" BY:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Do these things and you shall have prepared yourself for "spiritual warfare".

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Thanks a lot Ernie! That really helps me out. I know I have read those verses before but I never really fully understood the concept of spiritual warfare, especially the one about the Armor of God.
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http://www.spirithome.com/spirwarf.html Here's a pretty good link to understanding the different parts of spiritual warfare. Some of the ideas might sound a little scary, but don't be....Jesus has control over EVERYTHING (Luke 10:19)

I've got some personal stories bout spiritual warfare if you are curious. Also a very good book to read on the topic is called 3 Crucial Questions About Spiritual Warfare by Clinton Arnold. Feel free to PM if you want!

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Spiritual Warfare is part of Ancient monasticism, may I point you to a book...

"Unseen Warfare" SVS Press (ST VLadimir's Seminary Press)
The Spiritual Combat and Path to Paradise of Lorenzo Scupoli
edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and revised by Theophan the Recluse

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Originally Posted by orthodoxyusa
Spiritual Warfare is part of Ancient monasticism, may I point you to a book...

"Unseen Warfare" SVS Press (ST VLadimir's Seminary Press)
The Spiritual Combat and Path to Paradise of Lorenzo Scupoli
edited by Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain and revised by Theophan the Recluse

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Are you saying it doesn't exist?
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Are you saying it doesn't exist?
No not at all, it does exist....and very Christian

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No not at all, it does exist....and very Christian

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No no no, no apologies. I just didn't understand! Just making sure
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Originally Posted by Holly3278
Hi everyone. I have heard of the concept of spiritual warfare and believe it is mentioned in the Bible. However, I don't fully understand what it is or how it is practiced. Where in the Bible does it talk about spiritual warfare? How does one practice it. It is used to counter the attacks of the Devil right?
There are three enemies
#1 Flesh.... eph 5:18, romans 6:11-12,romans 8:13,colossians 3:1-3,5romans 6:3-4,11
#2 satan...2 cor 2:11 14 total by scripture.. eph 6:10-18
#3 the world .... 1 john 2:12-17

They require different forms of Mental battle in each case

if you want a series of booklets for the christian life
by H. LaVern Schafer TH.D.

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well in daniel we read that daniel prayed for 20 some days...when the angel finly got there he told him he had been in battle with the prince of persia.

Also, Read "this present darkness, and peircing the darkness" by frank peretti...he does a good job with it
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