Many of us are familiar Bible verses on spiritual warfare. The passage on the armor of God described by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 6 is probably the most familiar.
But many of us are unaware of the connection to spiritual warfare that Paul makes to believers in Ephesians chapters 4 and 5 before he urges the Ephesian church to gear up for war in chapter 6.
He instructed the church as the body of Christ to live in unity among one another in chapter 4.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).
Since Satan’s goal is to attack families, it makes perfect sense why Paul strengthened the home front by addressing the biblical roles of the family before he instructed them to put on the armor of God.
The beautiful unity between humanity was broken after sin entered the world.
After the curse of sin saturated the earth, Adam and Eve no longer lived in complete oneness and harmony. There was disunity and discord within the family.
One of the first areas of life affected by sin was marriage (Genesis 3:16). Then Satan attacked the children within those families through generational curses and rebellion.
Ever since then, the devil has been busy.
He lurks in the shadows while husbands and wives argue and fuss, while children are neglected and abused, while leaders slander one another, while people steal, kill their brothers, and destroy their communities.
We’ve been fighting against each other while the real enemy goes undetected and unseen.
The enemy knew that if families fought against each other, it would produce broken societies. Broken societies result in a world of violence, oppression and chaos. Satan’s first tactic is to attack the home.
So how can we fortify our families and fight the real enemy? We must stop fighting each other and put on the armor of God and fight against the real enemy behind every evil deed and atrocity.
Since Jesus crushed the head of Satan, unity through Christ is now possible. We can band together as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wives, husbands, sons and daughters to defeat the enemy together.
Here’s how we do it.
Bible Verses on Spiritual Warfare to Declare our Victory in Christ
Paul urged the Ephesian church to put on the armor of God to take a stand against the enemy.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:10-12
Paul lays it out clearly: We must find our strength and might in the Lord and put on the full armor of God. Our struggle (or fight) is not against “flesh and blood”.
This battle is not against our family members or against the people within our church or in our communities.
This is a spiritual battle against an unseen enemy. When we were dead in our sins, we lived in the darkness of this world. But now that we belong to the Light of the world, as children of the Light, we are equipped to put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12).
We are now clothed with the glorious light of Christ!
Paul in Ephesians 2:1-2 explains it like this:
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air…
The “ruler” of the dark kingdom of this world is Satan.
He has temporary dominion on earth—but his time is short (Revelation 12:12).
How to Fight Spiritual Warfare from a Place of Victory- Seated in Heavenly Realms
Paul goes on to say,
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:4-6)
We are alive in Christ, and through him we are seated with him in the heavenly realms! The term “heavenly” in the Greek refers to something that is “in or above heaven; heavenly”, something above the sky or celestial (source).
The best way scholars have defined this in the English language is “heavenly realms’, “heavenly places” or “high places”.
In other words, there is a spiritual dimension above us that we cannot see or experience fully in our physical bodies. But we are not just physical beings— we have a body, a soul, and a spirit.
Our spirits are able to connect with God through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit resides within us through our faith in him.
Because of this, Paul says:
Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.Ephesians 1:3
There is that phrase “heavenly realms” again.
Through Jesus, we have every spiritual blessing available to us. These spiritual blessings include our salvation, grace, forgiveness of sins, joy, peace, power, wisdom, and the riches of his glorious inheritance.
Since Jesus is seated with God in the heavenly realms, and because we have access to every spiritual blessing through Christ, we are also seated with Christ spiritually.
Our position as his daughters is eternally secure.
He already has a seat waiting for us in heaven, and spiritually speaking, we are already there!
It’s kind of like booking a flight to the vacation of your dreams. Jesus paid for the airline ticket, the resort costs, food, excursions, everything. He paid, but your name is on the ticket.
There is a seat on the plane reserved just for you.
The day your flight leaves, all you have to do is take your ticket to the airport, check-in and board the plane.
Your spiritual seat is secure!
Paul goes on to say further in Ephesians 1 that we who belong to Christ have a wonderful spiritual blessing of God’s rich, glorious inheritance, and incredible power through him.
That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.Ephesians 1:19a-21
Jesus is seated with God the Father on the throne of ultimate power in the heavenly realms.
He has all strength and authority over everything—including the rulers, authorities, and evil power of the dark forces described in Ephesians 6:12.
Christ’s rule and authority is stronger than the devil’s dark dominion.
Because we are seated with Christ, we can live our lives from a position of victory in Him!
God has placed all things under his feet (Ephesians 1:22). This means that Satan is crushed like a pesky cockroach under the feet of Jesus.
Since Jesus is the sovereign ruler of all, he sits on the throne of justice and authority. Everyone else must submit to him—period. Jesus has already defeated the enemy, and we are seated with him in spiritual victory!
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.Romans 16:20
Satan is not only crushed under the feet of Jesus, but since we are spiritually seated with Christ, Satan is defeated under our feet as well!
25 Bible verses on Spiritual Warfare
You may be wondering, “If Christ is all powerful and Satan is under the feet of Jesus, why do we still fight spiritual battles?”
Satan, the accuser of the brothers, knows he is already defeated, and that his time is short on earth (as mentioned previously, see Revelation 12:10-12).
He hurls accusations at the body of Christ to deceive us and to get us to doubt the secure position we have with God in heaven.
Jesus called Satan the father of lies (John 8:44). Lying is his native tongue. His accusations are nothing but lies that cause us to doubt the goodness of God, our identity in Christ, and to question God’s love for us.
It is our job as warriors of Christ to be alert and watchful of the devil’s schemes, and to protect ourselves against his lies with the armor of God and the truth of his Word.
Here is a list of 25 Bible verses on spiritual warfare that we can use to powerfully remind ourselves that the battle is the Lord’s. You can download this FREE printable by clicking on the link below!
I pray that these Bible verses on Spiritual warfare will remind you of the victory we already have through Christ.
- We are seated with him in the heavenly realms
- Satan is crushed under our feet
- We can put on the full armor of God to stand against the schemes of the enemy
I pray that you walk in victory today as you remember that your eternal position with Christ is secure!
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