One of the things that this study guide, Lord, Is It Warfare? works toward is getting our minds to think in a biblical direction about spiritual warfare. One of the benefits of this is that it will move your mind to areas of Scripture and characters that exemplify the principles. Day 4 and Day 5 are both relatively short although is some more interaction with Scripture that is necessary. By virtue of this, you make a strong connection between the events of Acts 19 and the principles that are expressed in Ephesians 6. One thing that comes to mind is the closing out of Ephesians 5 and beginning of Ephesians 6 where Paul speaks of marriage and the family. The reality of the matter of it all is that these too can be battlegrounds that the enemy will attempt to insert himself into. While spiritual warfare takes place in the heavens, it is played out in a very practical setting where we live our lives.
Ephesus, because of occultic influence, was a place that was driven by fear. The shamans, pagan priests, and others given to the influence of the “curious arts” (defined as such in Acts 19) played and preyed on the fears of the people. This caused me to consider the aspects of America culture where that we pay money to experience fear. However, I would cause you to think in this way with me. If the enemy can cause fear and use themes that have ominous spiritual outcomes to be confined to a movie screen, the viewer’s compartmentalize it and believe that there is nothing to it. What a brilliant move but very deadly move by the enemy. Kay Arthur notes, “Films, TV, and recorded music evidence increasing control from the ‘dark side.’ Occult images fill even children’s films, cartoons, and video games.”