Spiritual Warfare 101 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 fiction • 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 does.” 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 God. 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 now. 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- 9) Angel Acts 1. Angels serve God (Rev. 22:8-9) 2. Angels serve God’s people (Hebrews 1:14) 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. 10:1-10) 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 realms(12) 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 Warfare 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. 14:12-14) 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 astray. 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 by: Deceiving the lost (2 Cor. 4:4; John 8:44; Th. 2:9-10) 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 6:70-71) 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 some. • Everything possible to keep the saved from being effective. Remember…….. * 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) THE WAR, THE WARRORS AND THE WARFARE II. THE WARRIORS A. The Good Guys: “US” 1. God: 2. Angels: 3. Believers: (vs. 10) II. THE WARRIORS A. The Bad Guys: “Them” 1. THE WORLD 2. The Flesh 3. The Devil 4. Demons THE WORLD 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. “THE WORLD” DEFINED: 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 THE “WORLD” DESCRIBED 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 influence. In 1 John 5:19 the KJV says, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 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. HOW DOES “THE WORLD” ATTACK CHRISTAINS? 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 4:4) 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 world.” 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, things. 3. Pride of life: Deals with pride, power, self. WHAT IS WORLDINESS? 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 love. Worldliness is a matter of the heart! WHAT IS WORLDLINESS? 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.” WHAT IS WORLDINESS? 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 world 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 one: 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 proclamation. 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 play. 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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