Preparing the Spiritual Warrior

If you want to engage in spiritual warfare you must be ready to do battle. And the first step is to realize the battle is real and it is raging all around you. You need to understand the deceptions of your enemy that he would not deceive you. Friends, we must not be deceived.

The weapons of the spiritual warrior are truth and wisdom. It is your flesh that thinks the war is in your strength. It is in your surrendering to God that He can use you. It is in your trust in God that He will protect you. It is not you that will prevail, but the Lord who reigns in you.

I wrote a series entitled “Tactics of the Devil” that describes some of the ways the Devil is waging war against the Christian in our day. So many Christians are afraid to talk about the Devil, worried that if we do he may get us. But the way he gets us is in our ignorance of him.

The Devil does not have to turn you against God, only to doubt Him. Doubt is at the root of a powerless Christianity that renders a saint paralyzed to the purposes of God.

“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…'” (Genesis 3:1). Know the Word, then stand on the Word.

Even the Devil will quote scripture, but he will never live it and he will always twist it.

The deficiency in self-sufficiency

The self-help teaching of our day is the trickery of the Devil meant to destroy you by your own hand. “In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him” (Job 20:22).

You cannot receive the sufficiency of Christ relying upon yourself. Every effect is limited by its own cause.

The Devil always speaks to your flesh, to promote you or demote you, and wins so long as your focus is on yourself. “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).

Self-sufficiency is the enemy of dependency on Christ.

Satan’s most powerful weapon against you is you.

If you depend on yourself then you depend on a fool. Jesus said, “…without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Depend on the only One you can depend on, Jesus the Christ.

The Devil cannot overcome Christ in you, but only your reliance upon Him.

You can trust the Lord more than anyone, especially yourself.

It is the Devil that tells you to try harder. “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

Next to Satan, nobody can deceive you like you.

Often Satan does not even have to bother with you, as you take yourself out. Don’t use excuses for the inexcusable. Don’t justify the unjustifiable. Jesus said to the religious of His day, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts…” (Luke 16:15).

You cannot have the victory over evil unto there is first a surrender unto Christ.

Anyone can tell a good story, but it is only a saint surrendered unto Christ that can live it.

Deceptions of the deceiver

The greatest weapon of Satan is to convince you there isn’t even a war.

Put down the olive branch and pick up your sword. The enemy is not your friend, nor will he ever be so long as you are a Christian.

The greatest weapon the enemy has against you is the lie that he is not even there. He is there. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

As a saint, you are not just operating behind enemy lines, but in the midst of the enemy’s camp. You must know the enemy to defend yourself.

The greatest weapon the Devil has in spiritual warfare is in deceiving you that the fight is in the natural realm.

Stop focusing on that person who is attacking you, but the spirit behind them. “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). 

You cannot win spiritual battles fighting in the natural realm.

Blessings to you,


All Scripture is in red and uses the NKJV (New King James Version) translation unless otherwise noted.

15 thoughts on “Preparing the Spiritual Warrior

  1. Amen!! What a great message Paul! I’m in the middle of a battle and God won’t fail me! We go from Glory to Glory!

      1. Paul, I just read this and am so encouraged! I am needing this reminder during a very difficult time. I am amazed by your vision of the dark wavy curtain because I have had a vision much the same! I even wrote a chapter about it in my book, God’s Page. It’s in Chapter 8 of the book. I describe the vision of the curtain and it seems the same! Please check it out and tell me your thoughts. It’s on Amazon by Susie Jansen. I can send you a copy if you’d like or it is only .99 in e book format. I am not trying to sell a book here. I am just so excited to read someone else’s vision of that curtain! I needed that reminder of Jesus interceding for my family and for me as well. Thank you for sharing.

      2. Hi Susie! This was such a blessed message to receive from you! God is so grand that He will bring to us confirmation in what He has shown us or told us! I saw this message yesterday and immediately ordered your book! I cannot wait to read it! Someday I would love to sit with an artist who could draw out what I saw. It is so vivid in my mind even to this day. Thank you so much for telling me about this vision you had as well!

  2. Amen! What a great message Paul! I’m currently in the middle of a battle and God will be glorified! We go from Glory to Glory!

    1. I think your comment is up above too! Here is what I wrote: Thank you! I love this verse: Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

      1. Haha! Yes, I was on my cell phone when I wrote the first comment and when I hit post I realize I was not signed in. Thank you, Paul! Blessings to you always

  3. Eph 6 tells us to be ‘armored up’ so that we might ‘stand’ in the evil day. Each piece of the armour is toed to Christ. Can we tnerefore conclude that to ‘be prepared’ means putting on Christ? I find it interesting that while we do ‘wrestle’ in tne spiritual realm, we are not instructed to personally ‘rebuke Satan’ all over the place or directly ‘command’ Satan. There was a time when I did both.

    1. Dan you have so much wisdom in your words. I agree with you so much that we need to put on the armor of God. I agree too that we should not rebuke or command Satan, but call unto the God who can. We have no idea the strength and the power of the evil force behind Satan and the highest princes in the evil realm. Greater is He is us, so let us go to Him.

  4. he (or more likely his followers) basically brings a powerful avalanche of discontent – especially in your own family, then everything else. Worst time is early in the morning. When the bible speaks about persecution I think this is spiritual persecution and not from other people

    1. Thank you Richard, certainly there is much spiritual persecution. And even when people are involved, it is the spirit behind them that is wrecking havoc in the world.

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