By Francis Frangipane
The Three Battlegrounds is a book about spiritual warfare. Before we proceed, however, I have
two concerns. The first is our need for wisdom. There is an old European
proverb worth heeding. It reads: "Age and treachery will always defeat youth and zeal."
Before we engage in spiritual warfare, we should know this about Satan:
he is an ancient and extremely treacherous foe. On the other hand, the
strength of most Christians lies primarily in idealism and untested
fervor. It is not long, usually five to ten years in the ministry, and
most zeal has waned. Without warning the minister’s call has
deteriorated from a walk of vision to a mere job.
occurred was that zeal, by itself, challenged the treachery of hell and
lost. The brightness of youthful dreams dimmed under the dark cloud of
relentless satanic assault. Under the weight of growing frustrations and
discouragement, compromise increased, and with it came iniquity and
Yet the real
villain was not sin but ignorance. We put the devil in a doctrinal box
and expected him to stay there. He did not. He undermined relationships,
and our love grew cautious. He resisted us in prayer, and our faith
turned weak. Disillusionment set in. After spending much time with
struggling pastors, I have seen a common trend in most: They failed to discern the assault of the devil. They stood unprotected against an ancient treacherous foe.
prepared His disciples for everything, including spiritual warfare.
They watched Him cast out demons; they clearly knew the devil was real.
In fact, He sent them forth to also deliver people from demons. But
before He sent them out, He charged them to become wise "as serpents"
yet innocent and harmless "as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This fusion of
divine wisdom and Christlike innocence is the taproot of
all spiritual victory. Indeed, we can defeat the enemy, but wisdom must
precede warfare and virtue must come before victory.
the goal of this book is to train the church in wisdom and call the
church to innocence. We will not disregard what we have previously
learned; we will still live by faith. But we must learn the ways of God,
which means we must think with wisdom. And we must be pure of heart,
that we may see God and gain discernment. Indeed, it is the lack of
discernment that has left us vulnerable to satanic attack.
my second concern, let me say that there are no shortcuts to successful
warfare, only ways to make it longer and more perilous. One way of
peril is to enter battle blinded by presumption. When it comes to waging
war effectively, consider carefulness to be the essence of victory.
Whatever lofty spiritual plane you imagine that you are on, remember: Adam was in Paradise
when he fell. Before your increased knowledge and religious experiences
make you overly self-confident, recall that Solomon wrote three books
of Scripture; he actually gazed upon the glory of God, yet he
fell. Yes, even in your deepest worship of the Almighty, do not forget
in long ages past Lucifer himself was once in Heaven pouring out praise
We each know of many who have fallen. Jesus
warned that the love of many would grow cold. Do not presume it cannot
happen to you. Our enemy has been deceiving mankind for thousands of
years. Our experience, on the other hand, spans but a brief moment. It
is wisdom to recognize that we do not know all there is to know
Therefore, be bold but never brash
or arrogant in your prayer life. Use your spiritual authority
administratively, compassionately, but never presumptuously. Multitudes
of well-meaning but ignorant Christians have approached the field of
spiritual battle with flippant attitudes and have suffered greatly for
it. Study several books and seek confirmation from the Lord for your
strategies. As it is written, "Prepare plans by consultation, and make
war by wise guidance" (Prov. 20:18).
Thus, our purpose
here is to help equip you for battle in three primary areas of
battlegrounds: the mind, the church and the heavenly places. There are
other fields or subcategories of spiritual warfare; however, these are
where most of us will face conflict.
One last note. A
few of you will be instrumental in actually saving your cities. Our
prayer is that these chapters will help guide and equip you for that
goal. The promise of the Spirit speaks thus: "There was a small city
with few men in it and a great king came to it, surrounded it and
constructed large siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a
poor wise man and he delivered the city by his wisdom" (Eccl. 9:14-15).
While many are predicting the destruction of our nation and the collapse of our cities, they have not considered the power of Christ in you. But remember: "Wisdom is better than strength . . . . Wisdom is better than weapons of war" (Eccl. 9:16, 18).
Adapted from Francis Frangipane's book, The Three Battlegrounds available at www.arrowbookstore.com.