THE SOUL 

The battlefield between the Spirit
of God and the demonic spirits is being fought in the area of your soul, that is, your mind, will, and emotions.

 It is here that you face your daily decisions of Spirit-controlled living or sin-influenced living.

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so” Romans 8:5-7


2 Corinthians 11:14,
 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
It is important to understand how the enemy works, so that we can equip ourselves to stand against his schemes.


Paul says that they were not ignorant of Satan's devices. This is something many in the church today cannot claim.

2 Corinthians 2:11,
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

When you choose to give in to evil thoughts that pressure you into temptation, rather than resist them like the scriptures says. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; Then you open up a foothold for demonic influence in your life.

The bible warns, “He who keeps on sinning is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work” 1 John 3:8


Taking Ground from Satan. Spiritual warfare is the battle for truth.
God is truth (John 14:6).
Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44).
Jesus builds His Church and Kingdom on the ground of truth
(Matthew 16:13-19).
Men are saved as they believe and obey the truth
(John 8:32; 1 Timothy 2:4).
When men obey the truth, they turn to God; when they reject the truth, they come under the power of Satan (Colossians 1:13).
Satan builds his strongholds on the ground of lies (Genesis 3:1-6; John 8:44; John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 10:5)
Where people believe and live the truth, Jesus builds His kingdom; Where they believe and live a lie, Satan builds his strongholds.
Spiritual warfare is won when men turn from the lies of Satan to the truths of God. The goal of all spiritual warfare is to tear down the strongholds of Satan by establishing the truths of God's Word in place of the lies of the devil (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

Satan's Strongholds

Habits, Addictions to Drugs, Alcohol, Debt, Root Sins, Ignorance,False Religions,Idolatry,Cults, Abortion, Pornography/Lust, Adultery/Fornication,Stubbornness,Witchcraft/Occult Practices,Homosexuality,Racism, Fear, Abuse,Divorce,Violence, Laziness, Crime,Greed, Competitiveness,Independence.

Preparing for Spiritual Warfare

Right relationship with God: Know that you are born again.
Know that you are filled with the Holy Spirit.
Confess all known sins (1 John 1:8-10):Use Galatians 5:19-21.
Seek deliverance for root sins.Fear (Romans 8:15; 2 Timothy 1:7)
Bitterness (Ephesians 4:31; Hebrews 12:15)
Pride (Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 14:12-17)
Lust (Matthew 5:28; Galatians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:6).
Greed (1 Timothy 6:10)

Be under proper spiritual authority:
Parents (Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1-3)
Employers (Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22)
Governments (Matthew 22:15-22; Romans 13: 1-7)
Spiritual authorities (Matthew 18:17-18; Ephesians 4:11-13)
Pay all debts (Romans 13:8).
Pay your tithes (Malachi 3:7-12).
Make restitution (Exodus 22:1-3; Luke 19:1-10).
Fast (Daniel 10:3; Matthew 4:1-2).
Put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20).


How Does Satan Work?

 He is crafty (Genesis 3:1).
 He is the deceiver (Genesis 3:13).
 He is an avenger against the people of God (Psalm 8:2).
 He is the destroyer (Isaiah 54:16).
 He tempts (Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5).
 He is a murderer (John 8:44).
 He is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).
 He is the evil one (Matthew 6:13; John 17:15).
 He is the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4).
 He appears as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
 He is the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Ephesians 2:2).
 He is the dragon and serpent (Revelation 12:7-9).
 He is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10).

The Attacks of Satan:

On the mind (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:4; James 1:14).
Based on occult connections (Deuteronomy 18:9-14; Acts 8:9).
Based on curses (Genesis 12:3; 27:12; Deuteronomy 11:26;
Proverbs 26:2; Daniel 9:11; Malachi 3:9; Luke 6:28; Acts 23:12).
Based on personal or corporate sin (Genesis 4; 1 Samuel 21).
Based on ancestral sin (Exodus 20:5-6).

Satan's Kingdom and Army Ephesians 6:12

1. Satan (John 12:31-32) - or Lucifer, a fallen angel.
2. Spiritual Wickedness in High Places (Revelation 12)
spirits opposed to the people of God. 
3. Principalities (Daniel 10:13)"territorial" spirits who control geographic areas (cities, countries).
4. Powers (Matthew 8:28-34) demonic spirits that bind people in sins or sickness.
5. Rulers of the Darkness of This World (2 Thessalonians 2:7-11)
spirits that control and influence people by using trends,
governments, institutions, businesses, education, social issues,
entertainment, money, and organizations to spread and teach
Satan's lies and oppose the truths of God's Word.
6.The World (2 Corinthians 4:4) not the physical earth but the world systems which are under
Satan's control (economic systems, educational systems,government systems, etc.).