INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread." Luke 4:1-3
Jesus, our model was about to engage the enemy in the wilderness, the first recorded battle involving Jesus as an adult ever since Lucifer was expelled from Heaven. The Last Adam began His journey to the cross to redeem mankind from the sin of the first Adam.
Satan used an attack against Him that has stopped the forward motion of millions of believers by questioning His identity. "If You are the Son of God!" If? Was there any doubt, being baptized in water, filled with the Holy Spirit and spoken to audibly by His Father? Absolutely not! He knew exactly who He was, because His Father had just confirmed it to Him, just as our breastplate of righteousness and helmet of salvation does for us!
Before you ever engage in spiritual warfare you had better know who you are in Christ and understand the armor of God that protects you from the onslaught of the enemy. If you have doubts about your salvation you need to examine yourself as the apostle Paul warned, to see if you are truly in the faith!
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? Unless indeed you are disqualified. II Corinthians 13:5
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin