Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

Baggage...we all carry it...God doesn't care what we've done, who we've been, as much as he cares about who we are and what we will be...PAUL CHIEF OF SINNERS.

Satan tries to entrench himself in every aspect of our life. -- I don't want to ascribe too much power to Satan...He can only do what God allows him to do.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Job...Have you considered my servant Job, there is none like him on the earth.1. don't touch him.

Ephesians 6:12 - For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Satan tries to entrench himself in every aspect of our life.

Individual - Work -- Grumbling, complaining, never enough, never satisfied... Stop and think what it would be like to be without a job...

THE WORLD DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO BE SATISFIED...

PERSPECTIVE - I have learned, in whatsoever state I am in, therewith to be content (Phil. 4:11) Paul was in a prison cell when he wrote this.

Sometimes our own worst enemy is SELF... We deceive ourselves, we JUSTIFY what we WANT to do. We play the comparison game...I'm not as bad as so and so... compare ourselves to Jesus.

Home - Pornography has grown into a $10 billion business — bigger than the NFL, the NBA and Major League Baseball combined. That figure represents an expenditure of about $30 per person in the United States. That's more than is spent annually on gambling!

(Friends struggling with marriage)...

Commitment -- The World has a commitment problem, and many times that is mirrored in the Home.

Church -- Corinth "Division" -- I am of Paul, I am of Apollos -- Following a man and not following THE MAN...

As goes the man, so goes the home. As goes the home, so goes the Church. As goes the Church so goes the nation.

John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."

(John 8:44) You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

(1 John 5:18-19) We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. {19} We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

(1 Peter 5:8) Be sober minded by vigilant for your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

How do we fight?

Eph 6:10-18 (NIV) Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armour 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

The belt of truth

You shall know the truth and the trust shall set you free.

2 Th 2:10 (NIV) ...They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.

The breastplate of righteousness

Php 3:9 (NRS) ...Not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.

Standing on The Gospel - feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace

1 Corinthians 15: 1-4 - Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,

The Helmet Of Salvation

The Sword of The Spirit - The Word of God

TEMPTATION OF JESUS

Praying at all times.

STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD:

• 1 Corinthians 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

• Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

• Romans 8:37-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

• Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.

• 1 John 4:4 - Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.