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Spiritual warfare as conflict

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The warfare believers must fight is spiritual, personal, intense and continual. It calls for courage, determination and prayer, and therefore believers must stand in God’s strength and use the armour he has provided.

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General descriptions of spiritual conflict

It is spiritual

Ephesians 6:12 NRSV
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
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It is personal

Luke 22:31–32 NRSV
“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
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It is strenuous

Hebrews 12:4 NRSV
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
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It is continual

Ephesians 6:13 NRSV
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
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How believers are to fight

With courage

1 Corinthians 16:13 NRSV
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.
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With determination

1 Timothy 6:12 NRSV
Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
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With watchfulness

1 Peter 5:8 NRSV
Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.
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With prayer

Ephesians 6:18 NRSV
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
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Standing in God’s strength

Ephesians 6:10 NRSV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
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Using the armour of God

Ephesians 6:11 NRSV
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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