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MI 361 Lesson 11 Spiritual Warfare Lesson 3

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Spiritual Warfare: Spiritual Warfare Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname The Crown College and Baptist World Mission The devil has many helpers – evil spirits: The devil has many helpers – evil spirits Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven , and did cast them to the earth… We believe that 1/3 of the angels fell and followed Lucifer in rebellion against God It appears that this was a defining point: It appears that this was a defining point As far as we understand, the faithful angels cannot sin from this point on And the fallen angels cannot help but sin, and cannot be restored. There is no evidence that satan or his fallen angels can repent and return to God Satan expelled from heaven: Satan expelled from heaven Michael victorious over satan: Michael victorious over satan The devil’s angels…: The devil’s angels… Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels Evil spirits: Evil spirits Are persons They have a will They have a name They can talk They can act Usually you don’t see them, but they can make themselves seen Character of evil spirits: Character of evil spirits They are spiritual, therefore not usually seen They are powerful, though they vary in power They are liars They are extremely clever What do evil spirits do?: What do evil spirits do? They know that they are doomed to hell, but apparently are unable to repent They hate humans, especially believers They prefer to inhabit bodies, people or animals – Legion and the pigs Evil spirits are well organized: Evil spirits are well organized Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion , and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world which is to come. Some evil spirits are apparently evil rulers over countries: Some evil spirits are apparently evil rulers over countries Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 12. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days , but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia… How do we open doors?: How do we open doors? We need to know this, to know how to close the doors too How do we open the door to evil spirits?: How do we open the door to evil spirits? Remember that we have three great enemies of the spiritual life: Our old nature The world system under the devil The devil himself Temptation and the flesh: Temptation and the flesh James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man; 14 . But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Enemy #1 – Our Flesh: Enemy #1 – Our Flesh Thus our weapons must not be fleshly. The flesh will never cast out the flesh Our old nature, the flesh: Our old nature, the flesh Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Our old nature, the flesh: Our old nature, the flesh Gal. 5:19 Now the Works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings , murders, drunkenness, revellings , and the like… Our old nature, the flesh: Our old nature, the flesh Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present in me, but how to perform that which is good I find not. Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit, 6. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace . Temptation: Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil: Temptation: Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil The pride of life - to direct our own destiny. Don’t be under God when you can be like God Don’t worship God... Steer your own life - don’t be obedient to God Temptation – to replace these with dependence on self: Temptation – to replace these with dependence on self The will of God - depend on God The Word of God - confidence in God The worship of God - obedience to God Adam at Creation: Adam at Creation God met all his needs Body – God cared for everything – food, water, temperature, oxygen, etc. Soul Intellect – Adam named all the animals Emotions – love of God and Eve, peace, no fear or anger Will – everything OK except to eat one fruit Spirit – direct contact with God Satan’s temptation: Satan’s temptation God does not really care for you God’s word cannot be trusted God can live independent of God and be your own God Satan’s temptations are lies: Satan’s temptations are lies God does care for us and meets all our critical needs God is the one person who can be totally trusted God created us to rule under Him, but not to be independent. No one can be independent ultimately After the fall…: After the fall… Body – now he must work hard for food, the body begins to age, sickness, pain, sweat Soul Intellect – confused – tries to hide from the God who is everywhere Emotions – fear, anger, jealousy, etc Will – to do what SELF wants, not God Spirit – dead in sin, separated from God Our situation after the cross: Our situation after the cross Body – God continues to meet our daily needs, but we still have to deal with sickness, pain and physical death though eventually a new body Soul Intelligence – we have the mind of Christ Emotions – we must be under control of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, etc Will – submit our will to God Spirit - reunited – contact with God possible Christ meets our primary needs in Himself : Christ meets our primary needs in Himself For acceptance For security For significance But satan wants to tempt us away from our relationship with Christ Our flesh – our old nature: Our flesh – our old nature The center of the flesh is SELF . We have worldly self-centered people We also have religious people who are also basically self-centered Satan’s primary interest is to promote self-interest as the primary motivation of the world But the center of the Christian view is from the CROSS Adam’s choice: Adam’s choice Adam tried to live without God and become his own God But no one can live apart from God Since we are spiritually dead when apart from God, we seek meaning apart from God - pride; self-exaltation Adam couldn’t be God before he sinned, and he certainly couldn’t be God with sin in his life Christians defeat the flesh by: Christians defeat the flesh by Recognizing the defeat of the sin nature Rom. 6:[6] Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. [7] For he that is dead is freed from sin. Christians defeat the flesh by: Christians defeat the flesh by Reckoning that we are dead to sin and alive to God Rom. 6:[11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Christians defeat the flesh by: Christians defeat the flesh by Refusing to let sin rule us: Rom. 6:[12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Christians defeat the flesh by: Christians defeat the flesh by Relinquishing control to God as alive from the dead: Rom. 6:[13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Christians defeat the flesh by: Christians defeat the flesh by Grace (not the law) will give us the victory: Rom. 6:[14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Now we are prepared to be filled with the Spirit: Now we are prepared to be filled with the Spirit Eph. 5:18. [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; We must obey His Word: Col. 3: [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in your life: Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in your life Eph. 4:30[29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.[30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God , whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in your life: Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in your life Eph. 4:30[31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:[32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Don’t quench the Spirit: Don’t quench the Spirit I Thess. 5:[16] Rejoice evermore.[17] Pray without ceasing.[18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.[19] Quench not the Spirit .[20] Despise not prophesyings . True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27 [24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me .[25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it . True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27 [26] For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul ?[27] For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27 Deny yourself. . This is not the same as self-denial like an athlete, which is ultimately self-promotion . .It means that we stop being “God” in our lives .We are not designed to be independent of God . We are not designed to be our own master - either God or satan will master us True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27 Take up your cross daily Follow Christ Self will never cast out self. We must be led to death of self True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27 Sacrifice the lower life to gain the higher life Don’t find your worth in positions, titles, possessions and accomplishments True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27 If you struggle for earthly treasures, you will fail in all you can be in Christ Try to win the world, and that is the most you will get, and only for a time Shoot for the other world, and God gives you blessing in this one as a bonus True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27: True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27 Sacrifice the pleasure of things for the pleasure of life : Love people and use things, not the other way around Sacrifice the temporal for the eternal: The world’s solution is to inflate the ego and take God’s place - which is satan’s ultimate goal! We find His will in sacrifice: Rom. 12:1-2: We find His will in sacrifice: Rom. 12:1-2 [1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Remember who we are in Christ: Remember who we are in Christ . II Peter 1 :[3] According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:[4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be par-takers of the divine nature , having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Remember who we are in Christ: Remember who we are in Christ Eph. 5:[8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 2 Cor 5:[17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. Remember who we are in Christ: Remember who we are in Christ We can be victorious over the flesh and sin But you can choose to walk according to the flesh. In Christ: In Christ The flesh is crucified. We are dead to sins – The old nature is not annihilated, but we are separated (dead) from its power in our lives so that we can choose to live for God, and not for self This on-going conflict only Christ can conquer in our lives Christians defeat the flesh by: Christians defeat the flesh by This is a constant battle, and we must depend on Christ continually for the victory and the power to live for Christ, obeying the Word, not grieving Him through unconfessed sin or quenching Him by resisting His will: Remember Eph. 4:30 & I Thess. 5:19 Quenching & resisting the Spirit: Quenching & resisting the Spirit Eph 4 :[ 29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers .[ 30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God , whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. [ Don’t quench the Spirit: Don’t quench the Spirit I Thess. 5:[16] Rejoice evermore .[ 17] Pray without ceasing .[ 18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you .[ 19] Quench not the Spirit .[ 20] Despise not prophesyings .[ 21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good .[ 22] Abstain from all appearance of evil Live free in Christ: Live free in Christ We have already died to sin - note that Rom. 6:1-11 has past tenses . They are not things to do, but facts to believe This is what Jesus did for us on the cross. Live free in Christ: Live free in Christ They are not things to do , but facts to believe .Our belief must precede our feelings and experience . We cannot remain neutral . If we do not actively give our bodies to be used by Christ, satan will take advantage of us Live free in Christ: Live free in Christ We must take our thoughts captive to Christ. The battle is in the mind 2 Cor. 10:[3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:[4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)[5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; Enemy #2 Kosmos... The world system : Enemy #2 Kosmos ... The world system Thus we must not be friends with the world or love the world The world system – kosmos: The world system – kosmos The world - kosmos = the system which satan has devised. Its basis is SELF – and corresponds to our old fleshly nature, which came from satan himself Do not LOVE this world: Do not LOVE this world I Jn. 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the word. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 . For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever . Love not the World…: Love not the World… James 4:4 Ye alulterers and adul-teresses , know ye not that the friend-ship of the world is enmity with god ? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God . 5. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the Spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? In the world, but not of the world…: In the world, but not of the world… Jn. 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world; but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world . Our attitude must be right: Our attitude must be right 2 Tim. 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. Thus we must control our thought life:: Thus we must control our thought life: 2 Cor. 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; 4. (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds:) 5. Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every though to the obedience of Christ. The site of attack and victory is our thoughts: The site of attack and victory is our thoughts We can and must take control of our thought life and what we believe truly in the depth of our heart How we are deceived: How we are deceived Self-deception False prophets Satanic lies through deceiving spirits Self-deception: Self-deception When we think that we are something which we are not: Gal. 6:3 [3] For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself . Rom. 12:3 [3] For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith . But it is not to our credit, but through the grace of God - give Him glory Self-deception: Self-deception We are wise in this age: I Cor. 3:[ 18 ] Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise .[ 19 ] For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness Use the mind of Christ and acknowledge Him every day - I Cor. 2:[ 16 ] For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. When we are religious but we don’t control our tongue: James 1:26 Self-deception: Self-deception Proverbs 3: [5] Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding .[ 6] In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. When we are religious but we don’t control our tongue: James 1: [26] If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Self-deception: Self-deception When we think that we will not reap what we sow: Gal. 6: [7] Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth , that shall he also reap. When we think that we can associate with bad companions and not be effected: I Cor. 15: [33] Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Self-deception: Self-deception When we think that the unrighteous will inherit the earth: I Cor. 6:[ 9 ] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind ,[ 10 ] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners , shall inherit the kingdom of God Self-deception: Self-deception Thinking that if we hear the word we don’t need to do it. James 1:22 [22] But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves . Sometimes we think that we must model perfection - but we can only model growth - to see how we handle failure as well as success Self-deception: Self-deception When we say we have no sin: I Jn. 1:[ 8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us . [ 9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness We need to confess our sins and keep short accounts with God False prophets and teachers: False prophets and teachers Every prophet was an evangelist who brought people back to God’s righteousness No true prophet will put a dream above the Word of God The Word should be like a consuming fire and a hammer, bringing people back to righteous living - I Peter 4:17 [ 17 ] For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? False prophets: False prophets Be careful of those who tell you: “God told me to tell you...” There is one mediator between God and man . I Tim. 2: [ 5 ] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus ; God can deal directly with us. Be careful that someone is not working like a medium

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