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Title: Spiritual Warfare 101


1
Spiritual Warfare 101
2
Winning the unseen Battle
What do you think?
  • The Devil is
  • A mythical being
  • A fallen angel
  • The symbol of evil

3
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.
4
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

5
Winning the unseen battle
  • If you dont take the Christian life
  • seriously, if you dont take ministry
  • seriously, the Devils going to. You may not
    mean business, but he does.
  • Rick Warren

6
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.

7
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.

8
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.

9
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.

10
The War,
  • The Warriors and the Warfare
  • THE WAR (Ephesians 612, 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.

11
  • 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.

12
  • 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.

13
  • 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.

14
  • God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your
    life.
  • Satan hates you and has a terrible plan for your
    life.

15
  • E. The purpose of the War is to advance or stop
    the preaching of the gospel. (Eph. 6 19,20).
  • Eph. 619 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.

16
  • Ephesians 3 1-10
  • This mystery of the gospel is that non-Jews may
    be fully saved (36). This is good news (37)
    which is to be preached by the church to the
    Jews, non-Jews and to demons! (310). 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.

17
  • 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.

18
The Warriors and the Warfare
  • II. The Warriors
  • 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)

19
Angel Facts
  • 1. Angels are real. They are over three hundred
    direct references to angels in the Bible.
  • Angels are spirit-beings.
  • (Hebrews 114)
  • 3. Angels exist to obey God and serve those who
    have been saved.
  • (Psalm 10320 Hebrews 114)

20
Angel Facts
  • 4. Angels were created by God, probably on the
    2nd day of creation. (Col. 116 Job 384,7
    Psalm 1044-5)
  • Angels are highly organized in a
    governmental/military structure. (Col. 116
    Ephesians 310)
  • 6. Angels are might creatures. (Psalm 10320
    Rev. 71, 1821)

21
Angel Facts
  • Angels probably number more than we are capable
    of counting. (Deut. 332 Heb. 1222 Daniel
    710 Rev. 511)
  • 8. Angels are immortal (Luke 2036)
  • 9. When not in a human-like form, angels are
    described as wind, fire and stars (Judges 520
    Job 387 Psalm 18104 Heb. 17 Rev. 912)

22
Angel Facts
  • Angels are only visible when God opens our eyes
    to see them (Dan. 10 Number 22 2 Kings 616,
    17)
  • 11. Angels do not compare with Jesus Christ (Heb.
    14-14 25-9 Phil. 29-11)
  • 12. Angels are not to be worshipped, but were
    created to lead us to worship God (Col. 218
    Revelation 1910 228-9)

23
Angel Acts
  • 1. Angels serve God (Rev. 228-9)
  • 2. Angels serve Gods people (Hebrews 114)
  • 3. Angels may take human form to accomplish their
    missions (Heb. 132 Judges 612-13 1316 Gen.
    191-3 Mark 165 Gen. 321 Dan. 105-6)

24
Angel Facts
  • Angels are agents of answered prayer (Dan. 1012)
  • Angels collect our prayers (Rev. 58 83-4)
  • 6. Angels deliver Gods messages (Gen. 2215-17
    Jud. 131-5 Dan. 413, 17 Luke 111-13, 26-31
    29-10 Matt. 2813-26 Acts 2713-26 Rev.
    146-7 Gen. 167-9 1915-17 3110-13 Ex.
    2320-21 2 Kings 1 1Chron. 21-18 Matt. 120
    213 Acts 103-33 Rev. 101-10)

25
Angel Acts
  • Angels deliver, defend and protect Gods people
    (Jos 513-65 2 Sam. 522-25 Psalm 347 Dan.
    313-30 619-22 Acts 126-11)
  • Angels give comfort and service (Gen. 2114-19 1
    Kings 193-7 Dan. 104-19 Matt. 410-11 Mark
    113 Luke 2243)
  • 9. Angels escort Christians to God when they die
    (Luke 1622)

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Angel Acts
  • 10. Angels strengthen Gods people in time of
    trial (Matt. 411 Luke 2241-43)
  • Angels prepare the way for us to receive
    blessings (Gen. 247 15-16)
  • Angels observe us (1 Tim. 521
  • 1 Cor. 1110 Luke 128-9)

27
Angel Acts
  • 13. Angels desire to look into salvation (1
    Peter 112 Eph. 310)
  • Angels rejoice with God over our salvation
    (Luke 157, 10)
  • 15. Angels war against Satan and the other
    fallen angels (Rev. 127-9, 11 Dan. 1012-21
    121 Eph. 612)

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The Warriors and the Warfare
  • II. The Warriors
  • The Good Guys US
  • 1. God
  • 2. Angels
  • 3. Believers (10)
  • Romans 837 Nay, in all these things we are more
    than conquerors through him that loves us.

29
The Warriors
  • B. The Baby guys THEM
  • The Devil the devil (11) the evil one(16)
  • Demons rulers, authorities, powers of this dark
    world, spiritual forces of evil in heavenly
    realms(12)
  • 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. 44
    Eph. 22-3 James 44 1 John 519)

30
18 Facts about our position of victory
  • 11 a saint 17 redeemed 26 elevated/
  • 12 a child of 17 forgiven seated in
  • God heavens
  • 13 blessed 18-9 wise 28 saved
  • 14 chosen 113 sealed 210 a master-
  • 15 adopted 21-5 alive piece
  • 16 rich in 26 a resurrected 222 indwelt by
  • grace one God

31
The Warriors and the Warfare
  • Who is the greatest angel?
  • Gabriel?
  • Michael?
  • Clarence?
  • Cupid?
  • Jesus?

32
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

33
Devil Facts
  • The Devil was once the highest ranked angel.
    (Ezekiel 2812-17 Isa. 1412-14)
  • The Devil fell from this position because of
    pride.
  • The Devil led a group of angels to follow him
    (rev. 121-9)

34
Devil Facts
  • 4. As Gods sworn enemies, they work to lead the
    whole world astray.
  • 5. The Devil wars to maintain His hold on this
    world. (1John 519 Hes called the god of this
    age. 2 Cor. 44 The prince of this world. John
    1231
  • The prince of the power of the air.
  • Eph. 22

35
Devil Facts
  • The Devil opposes God by using everything in his
    power.
  • He tries to lead the whole world astray
  • by
  • Deceiving the lost (2 Cor. 44 John 844 Th.
    29-10)
  • Counterfeiting the work of God with false
    teachers (2 Cor. 1113-15 1 John 41-3 Mt.
    244) and followers (Mt. 1338-39 John 670-71)
  • Stealing the truth (Luke 812)

36
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)

37
Demon Facts
  • Demons are not past memories, natural ailments,
    or not spirits of deceased humans.
  • Demons are fallen angels.
  • Demons rebelled against God with Satan. (2 Peter
    24 Jude 6. Rev. 124)

38
Demon Facts
  • Demons possibly number a third of the total
    number of angels created by God. (Rev. 12-3-4)
  • Demons appear as anything from the hideous to the
    angelic. (Rev. 97-10 13-21 1613, 2 Cor.
    1114)
  • 6. Demons do anything they can to keep people
    from God and Christians from being effective.

39
What do Demons do?
  • Join Satan to war against Gods purposes. (Rev.
    127 Dan. 1010-14)
  • Everything possible to keep the lost from being
    saved including lie (1 Tim. 41) steal (Mk.
    415) and even possess some.
  • Everything possible to keep the saved from being
    effective.

40
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)

41
THE WAR, THE WARRORS AND THE WARFARE
  • II. THE WARRIORS
  • The Good Guys US
  • God
  • Angels
  • Believers (vs. 10)

42
  • THE WARRIORS
  • The Bad Guys Them
  • 1. THE WORLD
  • 2. The Flesh
  • 3. The Devil
  • 4. Demons

43
THE WORLD
  • 1 John 2 15-17
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof
    but he that doeth the will of God abideth for
    ever.

44
THE WORLD DEFINED
  • It is describing the physical universe (Acts
    1724, Romans 819-22)
  • It is referring to the human world of people
    (John 316, Matt. 2239)
  • 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

45
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 519 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.

46
  • The NT describes the world as characterized by
    ignorance (1Cor. 121), marked by defilement
    (2Peter 220), distinguished by corruption
    (2Peter 14), and therefore set apart for
    judgment (1Cor. 1131). This Satanic system for
    opposing the work of Christ on earth caused
    people to fail to recognize who Jesus really was
    (John 110) and to hate Jesus Christ and all who
    join with him (John 1518)
  • Therefore we are warned that we must not love it
    (the world)(1John 215)

47
  • 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 its 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.

48
HOW DOES THE WORLD ATTACK CHRISTAINS?
  • Outwardly, it persecutes (John 1518-21).
  • Inwardly, it seduces us.
  • The world is used by Satan to
  • Pull us from God (2Tim. 410 James 44)
  • Pollute our spiritual lives (James 127)
  • Prohibit spiritual growth (matt. 1322)

49
Three avenues of inner attack
  • 1 John 216 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.
  • Lust of the flesh Deal with passion, sensual
    sexual pleasures. That which excites and pleases
    old nature.
  • Lust of the eyes Speaks of possessions, things.
  • Pride of life Deals with pride, power, self.

50
WHAT IS WORLDINESS?
  • The greatest command is to love God with all of
    your heart. (Matt. 2234-37).
  • 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!

51
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.

52
  • We are the bride of Christ. The world is trying
    seduce us to be unfaithful to Christ, to love it
    above Him.
  • James 44 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.

53
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.

54
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 9710 Ye
    that love the LORD, hate evil….
  • 1John 215-17 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 215 commands us not to love
    the world.

55
The Destiny of the World
  • 1John 217 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. 1125)

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  • 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!

57
  • 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, Ill show you a good time. God sees the
    world for what she really is and says, dont go
    for it.

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The Dilemma of Christians in the world
  • We are in this world.
  • John 1711 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 1715 I pray not that thou shouldest take
    them out of the world, but that thou shouldest
    keep them from the evil.

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  • 2. We are not of this world.
  • John 1714 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 1716 They are not of the world, even as I
    am not of the world.

60
  • 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.

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The Danger Christians Face from the World.
  • Worldliness anything in Christians life which
    causes him to lose his enjoyment of his Fathers
    love or desire for his Fathers will is worldly
    and needs to be avoided Warren Wiersbe

62
  • 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?

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Disciplines to Defeat Worldliness
  • Evaluate your thoughts. Romans 122 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?

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  • 2. Make up you mind.
  • Colossians 31-2 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.

65
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 its too hot it will
    tell the ac to cut on. If its 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.

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  • 3. Love Jesus more.
  • Matthew 2237-38 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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