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Have you ever had persistent negative thoughts about a person or group of people? Perhaps someone wronged you. You may have forgiven them, but negative thoughts persist. Maybe you find certain behaviors or language of someone annoying or offensive, but the Bible calls you to love them. How should a believer deal with persistent negative thoughts?

Spiritual Battle

It is important to recognize that persistent negative thoughts are a form of spiritual warfare. As with any type of battle, it is important to employ the correct weapons.

Choosing the right weapons

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ  2 Corinthians 10:3-5

2 Corinthians reminds us that the battle we are fighting is not of this realm–it is in the spiritual realm. The battle will continue to rage unless we are properly equipped to face it.

What are the weapons that I can use?

The Whole Armor of God:

  • The Belt of Truth
  • The Breastplate of Righteousness
  • The Gospel of Truth
  • The Shield of Faith
  • The Helmet of Salvation
  • The Sword of the Spirit
  • Prayer                                   –Ephesians 6:13-18

According to Ephesians 6, the weapons listed above are ours to use to in the spiritual battle. The goal, according to Ephesians 6:13-18 is to stand and and do all to remain standing. These weapons will help us to bring those persistent negative thoughts, into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

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Read 2 Kings 6:8-17
1. What does servant of Elisha see when he looks at the city according to 2 Kings 6:15?

2. How does he feel about what he sees? How do you know?

3. Copy 2 Kings 6:16 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What does Elisha do to help his servant according to 2 Kings 6:17?

5. What does the servant see when the LORD opens his eyes?

6. How does this story of Elisha and his servant help you with your spiritual warfare? Explain.

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Read Joshua Chapter 6
1. How is Jericho described in Joshua 6:1?

2. What does the LORD tell Joshua in Joshua 6:2?

3. What is the battle strategy the LORD lays out in Joshua 6:3-5? What is your impression of this strategy?

4. Describe what happens on the seventh day according to Joshua 6:15-21?

5. What application can you make from this passage of scripture to your own spiritual battles?

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Read Joshua Chapter 5
1. What did God do for the children of Israel according to Joshua 5:1?

2. Before battling the enemies in Jericho, what does God have the children of Israel do in Joshua 5:2-9? How might this have caused them anxiety?

3. What else does God have them do according to Joshua 5:10-11? What might have been the purpose of this?

4. Who does Joshua meet according to Joshua 5:13-15?

5. What does Joshua ask him in Joshua 5:13? What is the response?

6. What is Joshua’s response in Joshua 5:14?

7. What does the Commander of the LORD’s army tell him in Joshua 5:15? What does this tell you about the identity of the speaker?

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Read Exodus 17:8-13
1. What instructions does Moses give Joshua about the battle in Exodus 17:9?

2. What are you told about the battle in Exodus 17:11? Exodus 17:12?

3. Copy Exodus 17:13 here. Meditate on this in light of the battle strategy of Moses, Aaron and Hur. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What does Moses do according to Exodus 17:15?

5. Summarize the battle strategy used in Exodus 17 against Amalek.

6. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 133

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Philippians 2:1-4

7. What application can you make from the battle strategy used against Amalek to the spiritual battles you face in your life?


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Review Exodus 14

1. What is the second thing Moses tells the people to do in Exodus 14:13?

2. What do you learn from 2 Chronicles 20:17 about standing still?

3. What does Moses say that God will do in Exodus 14:14?

4. What other things does God promise in Exodus 14:16-17?

5. What purpose does God identify for what He is doing in Exodus 14:18?

6. As you read the balance of the chapter, consider how God kept His promise. Consider that He also was in control of all the players and the forces of nature involved. Write out Exodus 14:30. Mediate on it. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. Summarize the battle strategy carried out in Exodus 14.

8. What further information do you learn regarding these events at the Red Sea in Hebrews 11:29?


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Battle Strategies Out of the Hebrew Bible

The children of Israel were engaged in many battles, and when they were doing things right (following God and keeping their hearts pure before Him), the strategies were effective 100% of the time. God uses a variety of battle plans and strategies, almost appearing to loathe repeating Himself.

Crossing the Red Sea
A favorite story in the book of Exodus is when the children of Israel are crossing the Red Sea which is found in Exodus chapter 14.

In the prior chapters, Pharaoh hardened his heart against Israel in response to the various plagues God visited on Egypt. Even after the last plague, the death of all the firstborn of Egypt, as he watches the children of Israel leave, Pharaoh has a change of heart, regretting his decision to let them go, and wants to chase after them and bring them back.

In the opening verses of Chapter 14, the tension is building: it is the Egyptian chase scene. Pharaoh and the Egyptian army have come to hunt down the children of Israel. The Israelites are petrified with fear. They cry out to God, but then they turn on Moses, saying “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:11-12.

Read Exodus 14
1. Where does the LORD tell them to camp at the beginning of Exodus 14? Why?

2. What does God say He will do in Exodus 14:4? Why?

3. What do you learn from Exodus 14:8?

4. What happens to the children of Israel according to Exodus 14:10?

5. What do the children of Israel say to Moses according to exodus 14:11-12?

6. Have you ever had a similar conversation with the LORD when you were facing a battle or struggle? Explain.

7. In Exodus 14:13-14, Moses lays out the battle strategy. Copy Exodus 14:13-14 here.

8. What is the first thing that Moses tells them to do in Exodus 14:13?

9. What do you learn from the following verses?
Deuteronomy 7:18

Deuteronomy 31:6

Isaiah 41:10

Luke 12:32

10. What do you learn about fear from 1 John 4:18?

11. How can fear factor into spiritual warfare?

12. What do these verses teach about why we don’t need to fear?
Psalm 46:1-3

Psalm 56:3-13

Isaiah 43:1

13. What do you learn from Psalm 78:52-53 about how God dealt with the fear that his people felt?

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Knowing your enemy can give you the edge in battle. It is not nearly as important as knowing the about the battle, knowing the battle plan of your commander, understanding what weapons you will be using and who your allies in the fight are. Every piece of information can assist us in battle.

What do you learn about the battle from the following verses?
2 Chronicles 20:15

Deuteronomy 20:1

Deuteronomy 20:4

Psalm 18:39

Proverbs 21:31

Isaiah 41:10-13

2 Timothy 2:3-5





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Read Isaiah Chapter 14:12-17

  1. Who is being spoken of in Isaiah 14:12-17? How do you know?
  2. What names are given to him in Isaiah 14:12?
  3. What caused him to fall according to Isaiah 14:13-14?
  4. What is his future according to Isaiah 14:15?
  5. How will he be seen in the future according to Isaiah 14:16-17
  6. Summarize what you learn about the enemy from these verses. How does this help you in your understanding of spiritual warfare?

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