- A realm or region in which someone or something is ___________________.
- An area or sphere in which one holds a preeminent ________________.
- The eternal __________________ of God.
- The realm in which God’s ________ is _____________.
Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” — Jeremiah 1:9-10 (NKJV)
“This is the place of prayer—on the battlefield of the world. It is a wartime walkie-talkie for spiritual warfare, not a domestic intercom to increase the comforts of the saints.” — John Piper
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. — 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (NLT)
Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they give you the confidence to fight well in the Lord’s battles. — 1 Timothy 1:18 (NLT)
Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting—begging!—that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. — Jude v. 3 (MSG)
Eight Characteristics of Kingdom Warfare
“To define prayer, one must use the language of war. Peace language is not equal to the situation. The earth is in a state of war and is being hotly besieged. Thus one must use war talk to grasp the facts with which prayer is concerned.” — S. D. Gordon
1. Characteristic One: Kingdom Warfare _____________ the Saints.
And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself. Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. — Ephesians 4:10-13 (NLT)
I am sending what my Father promised to you, so stay here in the city until he arrives, until you’re equipped with power from on high. — Luke 24:49 (MSG)
A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. — Ephesians 6:10-13 (NLT)
“The armor is for the battle of prayer. The armor is not to fight in, but to shield us while we pray. Prayer is the battle.” — Oswald Chambers
…May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. — Hebrews 13:21 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
“This world is a laboratory in which those destined for the throne are learning in actual practice how to overcome Satan and his hierarchy. The prayer closet is the arena which produces the overcomer… God designed the program of prayer as an ‘apprenticeship’ for eternal sovereignty with Christ.” — Paul Billheimer
2. Characteristic Two: Kingdom Warfare _____________ Enemy Strongholds!
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil. — Ephesians 6:11 (NLT)
Key Word: “______________”
From the Greek Methodias (Craftiness; Methods)
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. — Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
Key Word: “___________________”
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. — Ephesians 6:11 (NKJV)
Key Word: “____________”
If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. — 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV)
Note: “Schemes” in The Message — “sly ways.”
In the New King James Version — “devices.”
This man [Antichrist] will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. — 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 (NLT)
“The only force in the world that is contesting Satan’s total rule in human affairs is the church of the living God. If Satan were unopposed, if he were under no restraint because of the Spirit-inspired prayers and holy lives of God’s people… Satan would make a hell out of this world here and now.”— Paul Billheimer
AFTERTHOUGHTS… PONDER AND PRAY
Ponder Points: Discuss (or ponder) what you believe are some of the “tricks” or “schemes” Satan uses in our present culture to keep people from knowing Christ or believers from doing God’s will. How does the armor of Ephesians chapter 6 protect us from these schemes?
Prayer Points: Identify something you believe is a stronghold of the enemy in today’s culture. Then, prayerfully confront that stronghold in prayer. Ask God to reveal details about that stronghold so you can pray more specifically.