Do you ever feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? In this Devotional, we’ll read Spiritual Warfare Scriptures, learn how to withstand a spiritual attack from the enemy, and win the battle every time!
What is Spiritual Warfare in the Bible?
Going up against the spiritual forces of evil sounds like a plot to a Hollywood movie. Angels and demons battling it out. Arrows flying through the air, and big explosions in the background.
But this isn’t the latest box office hit.
It’s what’s happening around us in the spiritual realm every minute of every day.
In my Bible Study How to Resist the Devil, I wrote about how it’s not acceptable to talk about Satan and his demons in polite society. We pretend he doesn’t exist and go about our business. Because if we talk about the battle between good and evil going on in the heavenly places we can’t see, people will point and laugh at us. Right?
But the truth is… the devil is real. And he is really out to get us!
How do you fight spiritual warfare Biblically?
Christians face a spiritual battle every single day. And if we are living our lives for Jesus the way we are called by God to do, you can bet Satan and his tiny little minions will be there waging a spiritual war in our lives.
Because when we chose to follow Jesus and let the world know it, we are painting a giant bullseye on our foreheads. People will call us crazy. And Satan will attack us.
But that’s okay. God has given us all of the tools we need to defeat our foe and win the war against the forces of darkness.
Our most effective weapon in spiritual warfare is the Word of God, the Bible.
And in this Devotional, we’ll read Spiritual Warfare Scriptures. Each one is meant to help us stay in the fight and win the war.
So, when you’re under attack from the enemy, read these Bible verses and allow God’s Word to guide you as you resist the devil and battle it out in your life.
Powerful Bible Verses about Spiritual Warfare
We’ll start our Bible study with some of the most popular spiritual warfare scriptures. They are a powerful example of God’s grace when we’re under fire.
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.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV
No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16 NIV
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NIV
The Armor of God
The Christian life is like an intricate military operation. And any great soldier knows you don’t walk onto the battlefield without your armory.
In the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul gives us a vivid description of the Armor of God. Each piece of the armour of God is a part of our.
God’s armor consists of many pieces of equipment. Each one makes up the whole of our spiritual armory. And these weapons of spiritual warfare are a source of strength in the spiritual battles we face every day. With them we can march out onto the battlefield of life with confidence. And take on the war that’s raging around us every day.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true;
Each part of the Armor of God is an offensive weapon in our spiritual battle. Meaning it is not only an effective defense but also an even better offense.
Each powerful weapon of warfare in our arsenal can take down the enemy before he has a chance to attack us. And give us assurance of faith knowing God has equipped us for the battle ahead.
These Bible Verses about weapons of spiritual warfare show us how to take the fight to the enemy with a great offense. So, let’s learn about the weapons of our warfare and how to put them to use in our spiritual warfare.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ESV
to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
This is what the Lord says to Cyrus His anointed,
Whom I have taken by the right hand,
To subdue nations before him
And to undo the weapons belt on the waist of kings;
To open doors before him so that gates will not be shut:
“I will go before you and make the rough places smooth;
I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden wealth of secret places,
So that you may know that it is I,
The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Exodus 14:14 NIV
You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.’
Deuteronomy 3:22 NKJV
for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.
Deuteronomy 20:4 ESV
But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!
There’s one thing we can be sure of, we will face the opposition of the enemy. But the psalmist perfectly laments about this dilemma all Christians endure. And encourages us to continue the fight with God’s help. He is our shield, stronghold, refuge, and so much more.
These Psalms about Spiritual Warfare will lift you up and help you face the battle head-on!
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11 ESV
The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed,
A stronghold in times of trouble;
God is a righteous judge,
a God who displays his wrath every day.
If he does not relent,
he will sharpen his sword;
he will bend and string his bow.
He has prepared his deadly weapons;
he makes ready his flaming arrows.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1 NIV
In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
Psalm 81:7 ESV
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
Psalm 91:2-3 NIV
The wicked plots against the righteous
and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he sees that his day is coming.
Psalm 37:12-13 ESV
Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
From the rebellion of the workers of iniquity,
Who sharpen their tongue like a sword,
And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,
That they may shoot in secret at the blameless;
Suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
Psalm 91:5-8 NIV
Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies? Give us aid against the enemy,
for human help is worthless.
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies.
Psalm 108:10-13 NIV
Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes;
with your right hand you save me.
The Lord will vindicate me;
your love, Lord, endures forever—
do not abandon the works of your hands.
Satan is the father of lies. He’s a ruthless deceiver who will say anything to bring you down. If you’ve ever thought… I’m not good enough, or I can’t do this. Well, that’s the father of lies trying to keep you from God’s perfect plan for your life. And we can’t have that!
I like to think of Satan as Wile E. Coyote from the Looney Tunes cartoon. He’s the one setting the trap and we’re the Roadrunner outsmarting him at every turn.
Yes, I know it’s a silly way of seeing a Christian’s true enemy. But it helps me keep his limited power in perspective. Because here’s the truth Satan doesn’t want you to know… He has no power over you! Jesus has already defeated him, and he knows it!
However, Satan likes to compare himself to Jesus. And he thinks he can be like God. But really, he can only be a cheap imitation of the One True God.
In the following scriptures about Satan, we see the devil likened to a roaring lion. But he is no match for the Lion of Judah. And he aspires to be the Bright Morning Star, but he is simply a fallen angel with a dark future awaiting him.
So, let’s read on and learn more about our adversary, the devil. Then we’ll be able to recognize his spiritual attacks and understand how to defeat this evil foe once and for all!
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 6:12 NIV
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”
Revelation 12:11-12 NIV
If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.
If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the Lord gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the Lord your God in violation of his covenant, and contrary to my command has worshiped other gods, bowing down to them or to the sun or the moon or the stars in the sky, and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.
Deuteronomy 17:2-5 NIV
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3 NIV
And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”
And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
Mark 1:26-27 NKJV
But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
And the best way to pray when you’re up against a spiritual attack is to use God’s Word as inspiration.
So, here are some scriptures to help you pray when you’re under spiritual attack…
praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.”