In the Kingdom Warrior series, we have learned that there are two spiritual kingdoms at war: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil. You are at war, whether you like it or not, and you do not have your own kingdom - the devil wants you to think you have your own way, but this is deception; spiritually, it’s either his way or God’s way.
We have learned that a kingdom warrior is a relentless, trained, and disciplined fighter who declares kingdom of God, demonstrates the kingdom of God, and destroys the work of the devil. This power is given by the Holy Spirit, who is our teacher.
If you are a parent, your child may eventually do or say things that shock you because you didn’t know s/he had been exposed to them. A common parental response is, “Where did you learn that? You didn’t learn that in my house!”
This is exactly how God feels about the negative things we wrestle with in our souls - doubt, shame, condemnation, anxiety. God didn’t create any of these; the devil is the reason that these things are in your life. They are part of spiritual warfare and they must be battled with spiritual weapons.
There are spirits or demons everywhere, instigating sin, conflict, and negativity. They are your enemy, not your friend
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
There are spirits or demons everywhere, instigating sin, conflict, and negativity. They are your enemy, not your friend, and whatever they influence you to do, think, or say, is done because they hate you.
It is important to learn to recognize the activity of demonic and satanic influences over your own mind and and over the people you encounter. When you have conflicts with others, remember that you’re not wrestling with people. There is a spiritual battle happening that needs to be fought spiritually.
The names of Satan and his demons indicate their activity:
Enemy - Matthew 13:39
Murderer, Liar and Father of Lies - John 8:44
Wicked One - Matthew 13:19
Tempter - 1 Thessalonians 3:5
Unclean Spirit - Mark 5:8
Deaf and Mute Spirit - Mark 9:25
Spirit of Infirmity - Luke 13:11-13
Spirit of Error - 1 John 4:6 - inaccuracy, deception
Spirit of Fear - Romans 8:15
Accuser - Revelation 12:10 - accuses God to us, accuses us to one another, accuses others to us
In Genesis 1-2, God created the world and people and everything He made was good. Then the serpent, the devil, introduced sin into the world and everything changed.
1. A lying spirit destroys trust in God and creates doubt in God’s word. John 8:44, 1 Kings 22:22
God had told Adam that he could freely eat from any tree in the garden of Eden, except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He loved Adam, His creation was good, and His commandment was meant to protect Adam from death. But the devil called this all into question.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 1:3
The devil is a master deceiver who makes people believe things that are not true. In this passage, he immediately calls into question God’s own words to Eve: “Has God indeed said...?”
He still uses this weapon on believers today, calling God’s character and word into question. If you don’t study the Bible, read, memorize, talk about it, and pray over it, you won’t know it well - and the devil will twist it for you. The best lies have some truth in them, so if you don’t know the whole truth, those slightly-wrong lies may sound pretty good to us.
2. An accusing spirit calls God a liar and a lying spirit contradicts His word. Revelation 12:10, John 8:44
And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:2-5
The devil wants you to believe that God has lied to you, He’s holding out on you, He’s not looking out for you, and He’s trying to take your power and fun away. The deceiver wants you to believe that you can decide good and evil on your own and that you don’t need to listen to God.
This is Satan’s number one weapon: for you to decide on your own what’s right for you. This is the foundation of sin, and a very slippery slope. Think about it - selfishly, wouldn’t you love to just have no responsibility, to get paid without going to work, to date whomever you want without needing to remain faithful, or to be able to have whatever you want whenever you want it? The truth is not that you should be whoever you want to be, but rather who God created you to be.
3. An accusing spirit of shame introduces the death of innocence. Revelation 12:10
An accusing spirit accuses you of your own sin and brings shame.
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Genesis 3:6-7
Before the happenings of Genesis 4, Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed (Genesis 2:24-25), but now they are naked and ashamed.
How many times have you sinned and then immediately felt guilty, shamed, or embarrassed? The devil lied to you beforehand and told you that you would not suffer any consequences, and then afterward accused you of sinning.
The devil is a master deceiver. He’s been doing that to you all your life, and then tricking you into thinking that it’s God, yourself, or someone else doing that work.
This is why it’s so important to exercise your spiritual muscles - coming to church, reading the Bible, praying, and being in fellowship with other believers. Imagine that you wanted to get into good physical shape to run a marathon, but you only worked out two times per month. That would never work! Likewise, you need to exercise your spiritual muscles in order to be strong and prepared for your daily spiritual battles.
4. An accusing spirit of condemnation destroys our intimacy before God. Revelation 12:10
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:9
You can’t hide from God - not yourself, your actions, your thoughts, nor your heart. He is always there and sees to the depths of your spirit. You need the Holy Spirit moment by moment, renewing your mind and changing the way you think every moment of every day.
5. A lying spirit accuses God of being vindictive and angry. John 8:44, Revelation 12:10
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9
A lying spirit wants you to believe that God is someone from whom you should hide - an angry God who doesn’t love you, won’t forgive you, forgets about you, and abandons you. But none of this is true to God’s character.
If we who are sinners can love our children so much, imagine how much more capacity God has to love you. He already knows your sin - He was present when it happened! But He wants you to come to him out of love.
6. The spirit of fear causes us to hide from God. Romans 8:15
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Genesis 3:10
There is a spirit that instigates fear inside of us. Sometimes we don’t even know why we are afraid! If you feel fear for some reason, write down the thing that you are fearful of happening. If you can actually write it, many times you will see how silly it is.
God did not give us a spirit of fear, even if there are legitimate things that could happen to us. He gave us a spirit of sonship so that we can call upon our Heavenly Father.
7. An accusing spirit cancels personal responsibility, causing us to blame others. Revelation 12:10
If an accusing spirit tempts you to blame someone else, don’t give voice to it. When you sin in this way, it can feel good to your sinful nature because it makes you think you are above the other person. But that’s not the truth, and God doesn’t give us an accusing spirit to blame others for sin.
And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” Genesis 3:11-13
Notice that when confronted by God about their sin, Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the devil. God doesn’t want to hear excuses and blaming. The only person responsible for you is you. You stand before God yourself and must deal with your own behaviors, attitudes, and actions.
It is not your job to blame and accuse others; their sin is between them and God. You can minister to them to help them understand who God is, but don’t let the devil get in with shame and blame.
Being a kingdom warrior who destroys the works of the devil is something we can’t do on our own. We need the mind of Christ and the Spirit of God in us. We must be all-in with our whole lives, constantly seek to renew our minds, listen to the Spirit, and grow in trust every day!