Spiritual Warfare by liaoqinmei


									Spiritual Warfare
Winning the unseen Battle
       What do you think?
The Devil is:
*A mythical being
*A fallen angel
*The symbol of evil
Winning the unseen battle
     What do you think?
The Devil is:
*The evil twin brother of Jesus
*Duke University athletes
*In many religions, the major
 personified spirit of evil, ruler of
 Hell, and foe of God.
*A wicked or malevolent person.
       What do you think?
Demons are:
• What bad people become after they die
• Symbols of bad habits, past failures,
  and/or personal weaknesses
• Made up creatures popular in science
• Fallen angels
• An evil supernatural being; a devil.
• A persistently tormenting person
Winning the unseen battle
 “If you don’t take the Christian life
seriously, if you don’t take ministry
seriously, the Devil’s going to. You
    may not mean business, but he
Rick Warren
       Ephesians 6: 10-20
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
 Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God that
 ye may be able to stand against the
 wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and
 blood, but against principalities,
 against powers, against the rulers of
 the darkness of this world, against
 spiritual wickedness in high places.
      Ephesians 6: 10-20
13 Wherefore take up to you the whole
 armour of God, that ye may be able to
 withstand in the evil day, and having
 done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt
 about with truth, and having on the
 breastplate of righteousness.
15 And your feet shod with the
 preparation of the gospel of peace.
         Ephesians 6: 10-20
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith,
  wherewith ye shall be able to quench all
  the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the
  sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
18 Praying always with all prayer and
  supplication in the Spirit, and watching
  thereunto with all perseverance and
  supplication for all saints.
      Ephesians 6: 10-20
19 And for me, that utterance may be
 given unto me, that I may open my
 mouth boldly, to make known the
 mystery of the gospel.
20 For which I am an ambassador in
 bonds: that therein I may speak boldly
 as I ought to speak.
             The War,
    The Warriors and the Warfare
I. THE WAR (Ephesians 6:12, 19)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh
   and blood, but against
   principalities, against power,
   against the rulers of the darkness
   of this world, against spiritual
   wickedness in high places.
A. The proximity of the war is that is
   here and now. It is not something
   involving some one else far away or
   long ago. It involves us here and
B. The nature of the war is not
   primarily physical, political, financial,
   legal, or educational, It is spiritual.
C. The intensity of the war is that it is a
 life and death battle. The word “wrestle”
 denotes “hand to hand combat to the
 death” (vs.12) Paul was jailed because of
 this warfare (vs. 20) and eventually
 executed because of it.
D. The arena or the battle ground is the
 human soul. God has one weakness in
 the battle – People. He loves people and
 Satan knows it, so Satan attacks people.
1. At the time everyone is born, they
   receive an enemy whose goal is to
   keep them from God.

2. At the time someone is born again,
   they receive an enemy whose goal
   is to keep them from helping other
   people find God.
• God loves you and has a
  wonderful plan for your life.

• Satan hates you and has a
  terrible plan for your life.
E. The purpose of the War is to
 advance or stop the preaching of
 the gospel. (Eph. 6: 19,20).

Eph. 6:19 And for me, that utterance
 may be given unto me, that I may
 open my mouth boldly, to make
 known the mystery of the gospel.
Ephesians 3: 1-10
This mystery of the gospel is that non-
 Jews may be fully saved (3:6). This
 is good news (3:7) which is to be
 preached by the church to the Jews,
 non-Jews and to demons! (3:10). One
 side wants to get people into the
 kingdom of God by preaching the
 Gospel. The other side wants to keep
 people in the kingdom of darkness by
 stopping it.
F. The Amazing Mystery of the War
  is that God has chosen to limit
  elements of His involvement to the
  activities of His Body, the Church.

Vs 19, And for me, that utterance may
 be given unto me, that I may open my
 mouth boldly, to make known the
 mystery of the gospel.
         The Warriors
        and the Warfare
II. The Warriors
A. The Good Guys: “Us”
    1. God: the Lord (vs.10); God (vs.11);
    God (vs.13): the Spirit (vs.17); God
    (vs. 18); the Spirit (vs. 19).
    2. Angels:
    3. Believers: (vs.10)
            Angel Facts
1. Angels are real. They are over three
    hundred direct references to angels in
    the Bible.
2. Angels are spirit-beings.
   (Hebrews 1:14)
3. Angels exist to obey God and serve
    those who have been saved.
    (Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:14)
             Angel Facts
4. Angels were created by God, probably
   on the 2nd day of creation. (Col. 1:16; Job
   38:4,7; Psalm 104:4-5)
5. Angels are highly organized in a
   governmental/military structure. (Col.
   1:16: Ephesians 3:10)
6. Angels are might creatures. (Psalm
   103:20; Rev. 7:1, 18:21)
             Angel Facts
7. Angels probably number more than
   we are capable of counting. (Deut.
   33:2; Heb. 12:22; Daniel 7:10; Rev. 5:11)
8. Angels are “immortal” (Luke 20:36)
9. When not in a human-like form,
   angels are described as wind, fire and
   stars (Judges 5:20; Job 38:7; Psalm
   18:104; Heb. 1:7; Rev. 9:12)
             Angel Facts
10. Angels are only visible when God
   opens our eyes to see them (Dan. 10;
   Number 22; 2 Kings 6:16, 17)
11. Angels do not compare with Jesus
   Christ (Heb. 1:4-14; 2:5-9; Phil. 2:9-11)
12. Angels are not to be worshipped, but
   were created to lead us to worship
   God (Col. 2:18; Revelation 19:10; 22:8-
             Angel Acts
1. Angels serve God (Rev. 22:8-9)

2. Angels serve God’s people (Hebrews

3. Angels may take human form to
  accomplish their missions (Heb. 13:2;
  Judges 6:12-13; 13:16; Gen. 19:1-3; Mark
  16:5; Gen. 32:1; Dan. 10:5-6)
              Angel Facts
4. Angels are agents of answered prayer
   (Dan. 10:12)
5. Angels collect our prayers (Rev. 5:8; 8:3-4)
6. Angels deliver God’s messages (Gen.
   22:15-17; Jud. 13:1-5; Dan. 4:13, 17; Luke
   1:11-13, 26-31; 2:9-10; Matt. 28:13-26; Acts
   27:13-26; Rev. 14:6-7; Gen. 16:7-9; 19:15-17;
   31:10-13; Ex. 23:20-21; 2 Kings 1; 1Chron.
   21-18; Matt. 1:20; 2:13; Acts 10:3-33; Rev.
             Angel Acts
7. Angels deliver, defend and protect
   God’s people (Jos 5:13-6:5; 2 Sam.
   5:22-25; Psalm 34:7; Dan. 3:13-30; 6:19-
   22; Acts 12:6-11)
8. Angels give comfort and service (Gen.
   21:14-19; 1 Kings 19:3-7; Dan. 10:4-19;
   Matt. 4:10-11; Mark 1:13; Luke 22:43)
9. Angels escort Christians to God when
   they die (Luke 16:22)
             Angel Acts
10. Angels strengthen God’s people in
   time of trial (Matt. 4:11; Luke 22:41-43)

11. Angels prepare the way for us to
   receive blessings (Gen. 24:7; 15-16)

12.Angels observe us (1 Tim. 5:21;
  1 Cor. 11:10; Luke 12:8-9)
             Angel Acts
13. Angels desire to look into salvation
   (1 Peter 1:12; Eph. 3:10)

14. Angels rejoice with God over our
   salvation (Luke 15:7, 10)

15. Angels war against Satan and the
   other fallen angels (Rev. 12:7-9, 11;
   Dan. 10:12-21; 12:1; Eph. 6:12)
       The Warriors and
         the Warfare
II. The Warriors
A. The Good Guys: “US”
    1. God:
    2. Angels:
    3. Believers: (10)
    Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things
    we are more than conquerors through
    him that loves us.
              The Warriors
B. The Baby guys: “THEM”
1. The Devil: the devil (11); the evil one(16)
2. Demons; rulers, authorities, powers of this
    dark world, spiritual forces of evil in heavenly
3. The World: The system, institutions,
   values, and attractions of the world
   have been turned over to Satan to aid
   his cause. (Gen. 1-3; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2-3;
   James 4:4; 1 John 5:19)
   18 Facts about our position
            of victory
1:1 a saint      1:7 redeemed      2:6 elevated/
1:2 a child of   1:7 forgiven          seated in
    God                                heavens
1:3 blessed      1:8-9 wise        2:8 saved
1:4 chosen       1:13 sealed       2:10 a master-
1:5 adopted      2:1-5 alive            piece
1:6 rich in      2:6 a resurrected 2:22 indwelt by
   grace              one               God
     The Warriors and the
Who is the greatest angel?
 * Gabriel?
 * Michael?
 * Clarence?
 * Cupid?
 * Jesus?
           The Warriors
B. The bad guys: “Them”
1. The Devil: the devil (vs11); the evil
  One (vs16)
  As Christians, we fight against:
    1. The world
    2. Flesh
    3. Devil
    4. Demons
  Devil Facts
1. The Devil was once the highest
   ranked angel. (Ezekiel 28:12-17; Isa.
2. The Devil fell from this position
   because of pride.
3. The Devil led a group of angels to
   follow him (rev. 12:1-9)
  Devil Facts
4. As God’s sworn enemies, they
 work to lead the whole world

5. The Devil wars to maintain His
 hold on this world. (1John 5:19; He’s
 called: the god of this age. 2 Cor. 4:4; The
 prince of this world. John 12:31;
 The prince of the power of the air.
 Eph. 2:2
  Devil Facts
6. The Devil opposes God by using
   everything in his power.
7. He tries to lead the whole world astray
  Deceiving the lost (2 Cor. 4:4; John 8:44; Th.
  Counterfeiting the work of God with false
     teachers (2 Cor. 11:13-15; 1 John 4:1-3; Mt.
     24:4) and followers (Mt. 13:38-39; John
  Stealing the truth (Luke 8:12)
            The Warriors
B. The Bad guys: “Them”
  1. The Devil: the devil (vs. 11); the evil
  one (vs16)
2. Demons: rulers, authorities, powers of
  this dark world, spiritual forces of evil
  in heavenly realms (vs12)
  Demon Facts
1. Demons are not past memories,
   natural ailments, or not spirits of
   deceased humans.

2. Demons are fallen angels.

3. Demons rebelled against God with
   Satan. (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6. Rev. 12:4)
  Demon Facts
4. Demons possibly number a third of
   the total number of angels created by
   God. (Rev. 12-3-4)
5. Demons appear as anything from the
   hideous to the angelic. (Rev. 9:7-10;
   13-21; 16:13, 2 Cor. 11:14)
6. Demons do anything they can to keep
   people from God and Christians from
   being effective.
  What do Demons do?
• Join Satan to war against God’s
  purposes. (Rev. 12:7; Dan. 10:10-14)
• Everything possible to keep the lost from
  being saved including lie (1 Tim. 4:1);
  steal (Mk. 4:15); and even possess
• Everything possible to keep the saved
  from being effective.
* The devil and his demons are unwitting
  sand paper in the skillful hands of the
  Master carpenter as He polishes our
  lives. (Job 1-2, 42)
A. The Good Guys: “US”
   1. God:
   2. Angels:
   3. Believers: (vs. 10)

A. The Bad Guys: “Them”
   2. The Flesh
   3. The Devil
   4. Demons
1 John 2: 15-17
15.Love not the world, neither the things that are
   in the world. 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 for ever.
1. It is describing the physical universe (Acts
   17:24, Romans 8:19-22)
2. It is referring to the human world of people
   (John 3:16, Matt. 22:39)
3. It is describing the system Satan now uses
   to oppose God.
“With the rebellion of Adam in the Garden of
   Eden against God, this world was
   appropriated by Satan to serve his purpose, to
   promote his ends, and to further his rebellion
   against God.” J.D. Pentecost
In the Bible, the world is used for an evil system,
  opposed to God. It has a prince, a government,
  and a definite influence. When we are born, we
  are born into it and unwittingly under his
In 1 John 5:19 the KJV says, “And we know that
  we are of God, and the whole world lieth in
The original language of the NT says that we are
  literally like a baby cradled in the lap of Satan.
The NT describes the world as characterized by
 ignorance (1Cor. 1:21), marked by defilement
 (2Peter 2:20), distinguished by corruption
 (2Peter 1:4), and therefore set apart for
 judgment (1Cor. 11:31). This Satanic system
 for opposing the work of Christ on earth caused
 people to fail to recognize who Jesus really was
 (John 1:10) and to hate Jesus Christ and all
 who join with him (John 15:18)
Therefore we are warned that we must not love it
 (the world)(1John 2:15)
I think of the world as beautiful, seemingly
   peaceful river that is flowing away from God. It
   eventually leads to rough waters and a huge
   water fall. We must fight against it’s current
   and swim up stream. Failing to do so and just
   floating along leaves us pushed far down
   stream and further and further from God.
   Ultimately failing to fight the current results in us
   getting in water moving with insurmountable
   speed as it nears the falls. Eventually the faster
   and faster current of the world will carry the
   complacent person to destruction.
Outwardly, it persecutes (John 15:18-21).
Inwardly, it seduces us.
The world is used by Satan to:
1. Pull us from God (2Tim. 4:10; James
2. Pollute our spiritual lives (James 1:27)
3. Prohibit spiritual growth (matt. 13:22)
    Three avenues of inner attack:
1 John 2:16 “”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
1. Lust of the flesh: Deal with passion, sensual
   sexual pleasures. That which excites and
   pleases old nature.
2. Lust of the eyes: Speaks of possessions,
3. Pride of life: Deals with pride, power, self.
The greatest command is to love God with all of
  your heart. (Matt. 22:34-37).
“Anything that cools my love for Christ is the
  world.” John Wesley.
The most important issue in life is our love for
  God! Satan uses the world to cool or steal that
Worldliness is a matter of the heart!
When we become a Christian we are in a sense
 Betrothed to Christ. In those days, betrothal
 was a yet to be consummated marriage. It
 could only be broken by divorce. As you may
 recall Mary was betrothed to Joseph, and the
 only way to break it was to divorce her.
Satan uses the world as a seductress. He sends
 her to us to cause us to love her and cool our
 love for God. He continues to use the world to
 begin to replace our love for God. His ultimate
 desire is to have us transfer our love for God
 into a love for the world.
We are the bride of Christ. The world is trying
 seduce us to be unfaithful to Christ, to love it
 above Him.

James 4:4 “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know
  ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity
  with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend
  of the world is the enemy of God.”
A group of First graders had just completed a tour
  of a hospital. The nurse who had directed them
  was asking for questions. Immediately a hand
  went up. “How come people who work here are
  always washing their hands?”, a little guy
  asked. After the giggling had subsided, the
  nurse gave a wise answer, “They are always
  washing their hands for two reasons; first,
  because they love health and second, because
  they hate germs.”
  The love that God hates
In many areas of life love and hate go together.
  A man who loves his family will hate what
  might harm them.
As a believe, we are told in Psalms 97:10 “Ye that
  love the LORD, hate evil….”
1John 2:15-17 We are confronted with a love
  which God hates. A love which is hated by God
  because it is against His nature and because it
  will harm us. 1John 2:15 commands us not to
  love the world.
  The Destiny of the World
1John 2:17 “And the world passeth away,
  and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the
  will of God abideth for ever.”
“Passeth way:” Means that it is temporal,
  eathly, short lived.
Moses said that there is pleasure in sin……
  yet only for a season. (Heb. 11:25)
A man married a beautiful, blond-haired,
  blue eye singer with dazzling white teeth.
  On their wedding night as they got to the
  hotel the first thing she did was pop out
  her teeth and drop them in a glass. Then
  she took off her blond wig. Next she
  popped out her blue eye contacts. The
  shaken man looked at her and cried, “Sing
  Woman. Sing!”
God sees us loving the world and asks, “Why
 love a faded beauty, when you can have one
 that will never fade or pass away?”
The world is like a seemingly attractive
 seductress who underneath is really a
 toothless, broken down, 90 year old, painted
 woman with a miniskirt and high heels. She
 says, “Come here Sonny, I’ll show you a good
 time.” God sees the world for what she really is
 and says, don’t go for it.
  The Dilemma of Christians in the
1. We are in this world.
John 17:11 “And now I am no more in the world,
   but these are in the world, and I come to
   thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own
   name those whom thou hast given me, that
   they may be one, as we are.
John 17:15 “I pray not that thou shouldest take
   them out of the world, but that thou shouldest
   keep them from the evil.”
2. We are not of this world.
John 17:14 “I have given them thy
 word; and the world hath hated them,
 because they are not of the world,
 even as I am not of the world.”
John 17:16 “They are not of the world,
 even as I am not of the world.”
3. We are to witness to the world.
John 17: 21-23 “That they all may be one; as
   thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they
   also may be one in us: that the world may
   believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given
   them; that they may be one, even as we are
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
   perfect in one; and that the world may know
   that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as
   thou hast love me.”
Not isolation but penetration, demonstration, and
 The Danger Christians Face from
          the World.
Worldliness: “anything in Christian’s life
 which causes him to lose his enjoyment of
 his Father’s love or desire for his Father’s
 will is worldly and needs to be avoided”
 Warren Wiersbe
Worldliness is more about attitude than
 action. Two people can do the same thing
 and one have a worldly heart and the
 other does not.
One eats to live, another lives to eat. One
 enjoys sports another misses church to
The key is “how does this affect my love for
 God?” Does it enhance it or deplete it?
  Disciplines to Defeat Worldliness
1. Evaluate your thoughts. Romans 12:2 “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.”
The idea behind conforming to the pattern of this
   world is allowing the world to fit you into its
   mold. Just because everyone else does
   something does not mean that I necessarily
   have to. Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?
   How will it strengthen my love for God? Will it
   detract from my love for God?”
2. Make up you mind.
Colossians 3:1-2 “If ye then be risen with Christ,
  seek those things which are above, where
  Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.”
Vs 2. “Set your affection on things above, not on
  things on the earth.”
   Thermometer or thermostat?
There are two special parts to every heating or ac unit.
  One is the thermometer and the other is the
  thermostat. Both measure temperature. Yet one is
  passive and the other is active.
The thermometer is passive, all it does is conform and
  measure the temperature around it.
The thermostat is active. It not only gauges what is
  going on around it, but acts to change the temperature
  around it. If it’s too hot it will tell the ac to cut on. If it’s
  too cold, it tells the heater to come on.
When it comes to this world too many Christians act like
  thermometers when they need to be thermostats. If we
  want our hearts to stay the right temperature we must
  set them.
3. Love Jesus more.
Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus said unto him, Thou
 shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
 and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”
Vs.38 “This is the first and great commandment.”
The easiest way to avoid loving the world is to
 emphasize loving Jesus. We need to love
 Jesus more than we do already, more than we
 love the world and more each day.

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