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What is the spiritual warfare the Bible talks about?

Warfare is engaging in combat with an enemy. The enemy here is you! 
    When God tells us that we are righteous and that because of this, you are entitled to all the promises Christ has, because He's in you, the habitual mental patterns (many of which are negative) we all have developed meet this. 
    Ephesians 6:12 talks about this spiritual warfare. It can be a fight -1Timothy 6:12
    The warfare is persuading ourselves that we believe what God says that we are. If one doesn't believe that he is righteous, pure and holy and equal with God (Philippians 2:5,6), the power of God does not come to help one in what he may need. 
    Most people have not a confident expectation of things (what hope means in the original) good coming to them, but of life becoming worse for them. God rewards hope -Zechariah 9:12; Romans 5:2
    If you expect things to get better and you will, once you believe what God says about you, then you have the hope that makes not ashamed -Romans 5:5. You are made righteous by faith and faith alone -Romans 5:1. One must believe that God approves of him -Romans 14:8
    Jesus was a man LIKE US yet never missed the mark -Hebrews 4:15. He was always sure what God thought of Him. He was one with the Father. We, His brothers and sisters should be the same, like Him -1Peter 2:21
    If we keep this hope alive (what you think) we won't ever miss the mark either - in God's eyes, even though when you sin (missed the mark of keeping Him in the forefront of your life), you'll have to struggle with thoughts like "I must have displeased God"; but that's only because the reality of the truth about Christ having wiped away all "mark missing" for all time, is not yet a full, present and completely active reality in your heart. 
    If you think you are sinning (displeasing God), your mind is on this, and not on Christ, and the 'ol devil is right there to take you down. This thinking opens the way for the devil to get you into depression. From the beginning the devil was anti Christ, anti truth, anti grace -1John 3:10. When you sin, this-does not-separate you from a relationship with the Father – not any more it doesn't. When you sin, you no longer have to sheepishly withdraw from God's presence. You can boldly-always-talk to God -Hebrews 4:16 "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." And when are you in need of more of God's favor upon you? God does not want you going down in attitude and feeling guilty. That's why He gave you His righteousness. But, it's all of God. he's working amazing things in your life. He's the master potter of your character and in charge of all that happening to you and even engineers things against you.
    When are you in need? When you're broke. When you're broken. When you're wrong. When you're sad. When things have 'all gone to hell' for you -Philippians 4:6.
    Remember, what you believe is what you bring into your experience. Believe not in sin, but in Him. Believing you are still in sin gives it power in your mind to affect your conscience and emotions when you do wrong. That's why the devil wants you to always feel down, believing that you are a sinner, because he knows that bad feelings about yourself negates your confidence in God's grace. In this we become alienated in our minds from God, even though God does not see it that way at all. 
    The devil's method is anti grace. The children of the devil look at what they still may be doing wrong and conclude sin is in their life. The children of God know their true identity – in Christ. And they know what they may do wrong is covered by His blood! Their faith is in Him, not that within there is sin -1John 2:22
    Here's what you get if you're into sin and what you get if you have Christ in you -Romans 6:23
    He is in you and in Him is no sin -1John 3:5.

Where does the Bible talk about spiritual gifts?

The gifts of God are not just spiritual. God is able and willing to give us all things, as long as He's sure that you are on the correct spiritual track -Acts 17:25; Ecclesiasters 2:26; 6:1,2.
    Once God gives you a gift (Luke 11:13; 1Corinthians 12:1,4,7-11; 1John 5:20), He doesn't take it back -Romans 11:29
    Each of us has an equal amount of the gift of Christ, gifts according to the grace God -Ephesians 4:7,8. Thanks to and because of the grace of God, we have the ability to develop spiritual gifts (Romans 12:6) according to how we apply ourselves to what we decide -1Corinthians 12:31. One gift mentioned here is prophecy.
    Love is a much greater gift (1Corinthians 12:31 to 13:1-8) as it can build others up -1Corinthians 14:12. Love enables us to understand God
    The fruits of the Holy Spirit in one are...

Why are there so many differing religions with so many differing approaches to doctrine, all claiming to get their stuff from the Bible? James 3:11,12

Jesus' prayer was for oneness among believers -John 17:11,21,22. Paul too saw all believers in unity -Galatians 3:28
    There are two approaches to anything: One can attempt to fit Biblical information into what they already adhere to as truth or one can accept the word of God as true and experience its veracity (habitual truthfulness, that which is true) through time and circumstances. 

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