The spiritual battle we fight was initiated by two races created by God – angels and humans.
Ephesians 6:10-12 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
You cannot lose your salvation, but you can compromise it and your testimony with it, through your sin. You show disregard for the God of the Bible, by following after worldly things. This you do by giving in to one or more of three enemies.
- The enemy inside – the flesh, ignoring God and doing your own thing even though you know it isn’t right
- The enemy around us – the world, following after the things of the world that can become idols to you when they take the place of God in your life
- The enemy outside of us – the Devil, if we fall for his lies that lead us into temptation and sin, self doubt and away from God who loves us
Tim Keller – if the Bible is true about the spiritual world and evil you will not be able to understand and defeat on your ow the darkness of your own heart, in your family, in our city and in the world.
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.