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Understanding Spiritual Warfare
  • As Children of God, We must Understand that our
    Heavenly Father is GOOD
  • His chief Goal is to make us the BEST people we
    Can possibly be
  • Everything He does as he deals with our Christian
    lives is to develop our potential to the greatest
    degree possible

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Understanding spiritual warfare
  • As children of God, we must understand that Satan
    is totally EVIL
  • His Job description is revealed in John 1010
  • The thief comes only to steal and kill and
    destroy

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Understanding spiritual warfare
  • Attributes of God
  • ?Spirit ? Holy ? Eternal ? Infinite ? Everywhere
    at once ? All knowing ? All Might ? The Truth ?
    Just ? Righteous ? Life ? Unchangeable ?
    Sovereign ? Love ? Faithful ? Merciful ? Caring
  • Gods Attributes never get out of BALANCE with
    each other
  • He NEVER acts out of Character
  • For this reason we can trust and have confidence
    in Gods judgment concerning our lives
  • He will ALWAYS do what is best for us
  • His love is so great it is beyond understanding
    and he is absolutely trustworthy

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Understanding spiritual warfare
  • Attributes of Satan
  • ? A Liar ? A Murderer ? A sower of conflict ?
    An Adversary ? Cunning ? Wicked ? Malignant
    totally evil ? Cowardly ? Tempter ? A Thief ? No
    Principles ? Proud ? Deceitful ? cruel ? A
    destroyer
  • The Devil is NOT a negative God he is a Fallen
    Angel
  • As a result, he is not more POWERFUL than God
  • Sin always WEAKENS whatever it touches
  • But it doesnt nullify his power because the
    works of the Flesh are his area of experience
  • Some of the works of the devil are Sin, Sickness,
    Fear, Death, Depression, Murder, Temptation,
    deception, lust, and rebellion

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Understanding spiritual warfare
  • Jesus came to destroy the works of the Flesh 1
    John 38
  • He who does what is sinful is of the devil,
    because the devil has been sinning from the
    beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was
    to destroy the devils work.
  • In Christ, we have VICTORY and POWER of the works
    of the Flesh if we choose to USE that power
  • We can trust that God will NEVER use the works of
    the flesh to deal with his Children
  • God wouldnt have sent Jesus to destroy the works
    of the evil only to use them on those whom he
    loves

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Trust god in spiritual warfare
  • Many have unfairly attributed the devils acts to
    the works God
  • What can a person do if he believes it is God who
    sent the sickness into his life to teach him
    something?
  • It is possible, that because we LACK the trust in
    God in spiritual warfare, we fall into the works
    of the Flesh thus causing our current condition.

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Open doors in spiritual warfare
  • Paul says something very important concerning
    spiritual warfare Ephesians 427
  • Do not give the devil a open door/foothold
  • When we have OPEN DOORS in our spiritual lives,
    the Devil feels he has the right to take
    advantage of us
  • If we keep them closed, He cant do what he wants
    to do

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Open doors in spiritual warfare
  • Open Door principle introduced Gen. 47
  • If you do what is right, will you not be
    accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin
    is crouching at your door it desires to have
    you, but you must master it.
  • God told Cain sin was crouching at the door,
    waiting to leap into his life. Cain had the
    choice, but he chose to open the door to
    JEALOUSY, And Satan lead him to murder
  • Sin is PROGRESSIVE One things leads to another
    until we find ourselves in big trouble
  • For this reason, we must keep the doors closed
    before they develop into something harmful

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What are open doors?
  • Lineage Inherited weaknesses from our family
    lineage
  • Ex Our parents were Alcoholics so we are
    sensitive to Alcohol
  • Crisis An emotional or Physical Crises can
    cause us to leave open doors
  • Ignorance Ignorance of the word can leave Open
    doors that are DEVISTATING
  • Paul urged believers, Not to be ignorant of the
    word, six times!

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How to close open doors
  • Put on your ARMOR Ephesians 610-13
  • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his
    mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so
    that you can take your stand against the devils
    schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh
    and blood, but against the rulers, against the
    authorities, against the powers of this dark
    world and against the spiritual forces of evil in
    the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full
    armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes,
    you may be able to stand your ground, and after
    you have done everything, to stand
  • Recognize your enemy, put on the Armor, quit
    feeling sorry for yourself WE UNDERSTAND THE
    DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SIN!
  • James 47 Submit yourselves, then, to God.
    Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8
    Come near to God and he will come near to you.
  • 2 Timothy 215 Do your best to present yourself
    to God as one approved, a workman who does not
    need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the
    word of truth.
  • Hosea 46 - my people are destroyed from lack of
    knowledge

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How to close open doors
  • FAITH is the Key
  • Our Power source is faith in Christ that comes
    form the Word
  • Putting on the Armor of God (Which is the word)
    Ephesians 610-18
  • Matthew 41-11 Jesus resisted with the word
  • Not Just because he knew the word, but LIVED the
    word
  • Ephesians 617 the word is the Sword of the
    Spirit

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Our part
  • God doesnt do Everything He gives us the TOOLS
    There is a part we must do Romans 1312-14
  • The night is nearly over the day is almost
    here. So LET US put aside the deeds of darkness
    and put on the armor of light. 13 LET US BEHAVE
    DECENTLY, as in the daytime, not in orgies and
    drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and
    debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14
    Rather, CLOTHE YOURSELVES with the Lord Jesus
    Christ, and DO NOT THINK ABOUT how to gratify the
    desires of the sinful nature
  • Positive Action is required So be determined to
    ACT!!!!

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Strong man is his name
  • The Strong Man? - Luke 1121-22
  • When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own
    house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when
    someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he
    takes away the armor in which the man trusted and
    divides up the spoils.
  • Jesus calls the demonic presence a STRONG man.

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Strong man is his name
  • We have to take care of this problem strong
    man, or the problem will RETURN and even worse.
    Luke 1124-26
  • When an evil? spirit comes out of a man, it
    goes through different places seeking rest and
    does not find it. Then it says, I will return to
    the house I left. 25 When it arrives, it finds
    the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then
    it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked
    than itself, and they go in and live there. And
    the final condition of that man is worse than the
    first.

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Strong man is his name
  1. As we saw from the scriptures, it wasnt enough
    just bind the strongman and cast him out with all
    of his belongings
  2. FOLLOW-UP WORK is necessary. We must learn to
    maintain the freedom God has given to us, whether
    it is a case of harassment or possession

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Strong man is his name
  • Some people can get passed a certain point in
    their spiritual livesor they begin to fall
    behind.
  • Something seems to Kick their spiritual legs out
    from under them, and they land back at square one
    again
  • After the house is cleared by obedience to the
    Gospel, we must then feed on the word so that the
    house is transformed into the temple of God

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Can Christian be possessed
  1. Dont misunderstand, its not that demons are
    everywhere and in everybody Not everything is
    caused by Demons
  2. Here is the point - When an Evil influence is
    that is operating we can recognize it and deal
    with it according to scripture

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Can Christian be possessed
  1. Christians (true Christians with the H.S.)
    CANNOT be demon-possessed but we certainly can
    be attacked in our minds, wills, emotions, and
    bodies
  2. These parts of the Christian body can be
    troubled, pressed, buffeted, harassed, depressed,
    obsessed, in bondage, and bruised.

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Can Christian be possessed
  1. The people who are in a state of possession
    have long severed their relationship with God
    they may still hang onto a form of Godliness, but
    its only an empty shell camouflaging their true
    spiritual condition

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Can Christian be possessed
  • Some scriptures to Consider
  • Matthew 624 Luke 613
  • James 311-12
  • 1 Corinthians 316-17
  • 1 Corinthians 1021
  • 1 Corinthians 619
  • 1 John 44
  • 1 Corinthians 212
  • 1 John 518

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Concluding spiritual warfare
  1. We cant make the mistake that the works of the
    Flesh can be attributed to Demon possession (the
    flesh has some strong ideas how it wants to
    live).
  2. If we dont use the Power of the Holy Spirit to
    keep the FLESH subdued, it can raise Havoc
  3. We have to remain on the Altar of a Living
    sacrifice Romans 121 Be A living Sacrifice
  4. We are free of possession and Slavery if we have
    Christ John 836 The Son therefore shall make
    you free, ye shall be free indeed.

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Concluding spiritual warfare
  1. PAUL didnt beat around the bush, Put on the
    whole armor of God, they ye may be able to stand
    against the wiles of the Devil (Eph. 611)
  2. PETER said, Be Sober, be vigilant because you
    ADVERSARY the devil, was a roaring lion walks
    around, seeking whom he may devour Resist him by
    standing strong in the faith (1 Peter 58-9)
  3. JAMES said, Resist the Devil, and he will flee
    form you (James 47)

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Remember
  • For though we walk in the flesh, we are not
    waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the
    weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but
    have divine power ?to destroy strongholds. 5 We
    destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised
    against the knowledge of God, and take every
    thought captive to obey Christ
  • 2 Corinthians 103-5
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