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Title: Spiritual warfare


1
Spiritual warfare
  • 1John 41-6

2
Discernment
  • We need to be discerning
  • Dr. Sam talked about authentic I.D.s
  • Real Church
  • Real Believers
  • Real Teaching

3
Discernment
  • John has been exhorting the believers to be
    discerning
  • In the face of persecution
  • In the face of opposition
  • In the face of false teaching

4
Discernment
  • Bottom Line
  • We are responsible for our own relationship with
    God
  • We need to do our own homework
  • We need to view all things through the standard
    of the Word

5
Discernment
  • Warren taught last week
  • The final verse of his lesson spoke of the Holy
    Spirit
  • The Spirit that indwells us
  • The Spirit that gives us evidence of our
    salvation and faith

6
1 John 324
  • The one who keeps His commandments abides in
    Him, and He in him. We know by this that He
    abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given
    us.

7
Everyone!!!
  • How does the Holy Spirit give us evidence of our
    salvation and faith?

8
Let Us Read Our Text For Today
  • Notice how John transitions from the indwelling
    Spirit to testing spirits
  • Not every Spirit is from God
  • This is yet another warning
  • God reveals truth Satan counters with lies

9
Spiritual Warfare
  • Truth or Lie
  • We need to know
  • What is Spiritual Warfare???

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Spiritual Warfare
  • Its not chasing demons
  • Its the battle for the mind
  • The battle between truth and error
  • The objective of the Church is to bring truth to
    bear on people who live in damning error

12
2 Corinthians 104-6
  • for the weapons of our warfare are not of the
    flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction
    of fortresses. We are destroying speculations
    and every lofty thing raised up against the
    knowledge

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2 Corinthians 104-6
  • of God, and we are taking every thought captive
    to the obedience of Christ..

14
Spiritual Warfare
  • Anyone who discredits discernment or who objects
    to your questioning of their teaching and
    comparing it to scripture is probably a false
    teacher

15
The Strategy of Satan
  • Genesis 31-4
  • Indeed has God said
  • 1st attack the Word create doubt
  • Eve responds (Gen. 33)
  • 2nd distort Gods Word

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The Strategy of Satan
  • Satan responds (Gen. 34)
  • 3rd outright lies
  • Doubt
  • Distortion
  • Lies

17
Spiritual Warfare
  • 1 John 41 tells us that this is not a human
    strategydo not believe every spirit
  • Every religious idea has a spiritual source
  • There are only 2 spiritual worlds

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Spiritual Warfare
  • The Spirit of God
  • Then there are all the rest
  • These are the doctrines of demons

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Spiritual Warfare
  • This is a theme that is imbedded throughout
    scripture

20
Moses
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David Bathsheba -Solomon
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Matthew 244-5
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Acts 2028-30
24
Spiritual Warfare
  • Wherever you go in scripture Gods truth is
    under assault

25
1 Timothy 41
  • But the Spirit explicitly says that in later
    times some will fall away from the faith, paying
    attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of
    demons, 

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Spiritual Warfare
  • Men will pay attention to deceitful spirits
  • Behind all false doctrines are seducing spirits
  • And men whose consciences are seared preach lies
    without remorse

27
This Is Key!!!
  • No false teaching -
  • No attack on scripture
  • Is benign!

28
There Are Only Two Possibilities
  • Either teaching is from God through His Word
  • Or the teaching is demonic
  • Causing Doubt
  • Distortion
  • Denial of truth

29
James 315
  • This wisdom is not that which comes down from
    above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.
  • Any lofty view lifted up against Gods Word has
    but one source the demonic

30
Spiritual Warfare
  • Untruth is propagated by people who listen to
    deceitful and seducing spirits
  • They are tools of demons
  • Behind the human is the demonic

31
Spiritual Warfare
  • Demons have a powerful influence in the world
  • It has been a very successful strategy for Satan
  • Most of the world believes in demonic doctrines
    they have no place with God

32
Lets Look At 1 Corinthians 1018-21
  • In the context of this passage, Paul is talking
    about believers who still participated in Pagan
    rituals and sacrifices
  • Paul is not concerned with the practice or the
    false god

33
Spiritual Warfare
  • Its not the food eaten that has been sacrificed
    to idols
  • Paul is concerned that these people were
    participating in a demonic practice
  • There is nothing to gain by sharing in demons

34
Spiritual Warfare
  • We are not to play with fire
  • Do not maintain any connection with your former
    life
  • We cannot make a truce with error it is
    energized by the forces of hell

35
Old Testament Examples
  • Leviticus 177
  • Creating a goat god didnt make a god it
    opened the door to demons
  • Deuteronomy 3217
  • The Jews were sacrificing to demons

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Old Testament Examples
  • Psalm 10637
  • They had even sacrificed their children to
    demons

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Spiritual Warfare
  • Any form of religion is demonic
  • Any world religion
  • Any animist tribal religion
  • Pseudo Christianity

38
The Future
  • Revelation 1613-16
  • The dragon Satan
  • The Beast The Antichrist
  • The False Prophet the antichrists cohort

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The Future
  • Three unclean spirits like frogs come out of them
  • These spirits seduce the world into making war
    against their Creator
  • What insanity!

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Spiritual Warfare
  • Satan will use any world system to seduce man
    into turning against God
  • Atheism
  • Agnosticism

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Hinduism
42
Islam
43
Buddhism
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Animism
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Good Old USA!
46
2 Peter 21-3
  • The false prophets attack
  • The authority of scripture
  • The inerrancy of the Bible
  • The virgin birth
  • The sinless life of Jesus
  • The sovereignty of god

47
Spiritual Warfare
  • Some are blatant like Islam
  • Many are subtle working within the church
  • We are to stand for and defend the Truth
  • If we dont have the truth what do we have

48
Spiritual Warfare
  • It is the battle between truth and lies
  • The more truth you know
  • The more vital you are to the battle
  • You will be attacked for speaking the truth

49
Spiritual Warfare
  • In 1 John41 we have the command
  • Dont believe every spirit is the Holy Spirit
  • Dont believe everything you hear about faith
    (radio, news, TV, etc.)

50
Spiritual Warfare
  • Before you were a believer what benchmark for
    faith did you have
  • As believers we have a true foundation to hold
    onto
  • We have the Indwelling Spirit

51
Spiritual Warfare
  • Satan does not want to be the opposition to our
    church
  • He wants to be confused with the Christian Church
  • He wants to appear pro-Christ
  • There are many false Christs in the world

52
1 Thessalonians 519-22
  • We are not to ignore prophetic utterances..
  • We need to examine everything carefully
  • Many today are too lazy to do that

53
Spiritual Warfare
  • Today, with political correctness, no one wants
    to say that anyone is wrong
  • We are a Nation that is truly living in denial

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Im not talking about a river in Egypt!
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Spiritual Warfare
  • Most people try to hide from the truth
  • The realities of life today are overwhelming
  • Yet we wonder if Lindsey Lohan is going to jail

56
Spiritual Warfare
  • This is a scary time
  • People out of work
  • Losing their homes
  • Crawling out from under debris in Japan
  • Fighting in the Middle East

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Spiritual Warfare
  • But gosh darn it Ill be ticked if Lindsey
    doesnt go to jail

58
We Have Three Tests
  • 1 The confession of the divine Lord
  • 2 Possession of the divine life
  • 3 Commitment to the divine Law

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1 Confession of Christ
  • Demons will deny the deity of Christ
  • We can test any teacher by their Christology
  • This must include the whole package

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1 Confession of Christ
  • Jesus is God in the flesh
  • Jesus is part of the Trinity
  • Jesus is sinless
  • Jesus is our satisfaction for our sins
  • In rejecting Christ you reject God

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1 Confession of Christ
  • Some theologians say that other people groups may
    not know Jesus
  • But they know God and for what they know its the
    best they can do
  • They do not know God

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2 Possession of Divine Life
  • Look at their life
  • Are they regenerate?
  • Are they bearing fruit?
  • Do they hunger for the truth?
  • Do they have the protection of the Holy Spirit?

63
3 Honor Gods Law
  • Do they uphold Gods law?
  • Do they participate in the Christian community of
    ideas or do they parrot the world?

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In Conclusion
  • What do they say about Christ?
  • What is their life like?
  • Do they honor Gods Law?

65
Let Us Pray
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