Spiritual Warfare
Robert D. Patton
Missionary to Suriname
Baptist World Mission
ENEMY #1 –
THE FLESH
Thus our weapons must not be
fleshly. The flesh will never cast out
the flesh
Temptation and the flesh
 James 1:13 Let no man say when he is
tempted, I am tempted of God; for God
cannot be tempted wi...
Our old nature, the flesh
 Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of
the flesh....
Our old nature, the flesh
 Gal. 5:19 Now the Works of the flesh
are manifest, which are these: Adultery,
fornication, unc...
Our old nature, the flesh
 Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is,
in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will
i...
Temptation: Ye shall be as
gods, knowing good and evil
 The pride of life - to direct our own
destiny.
 Don’t be under G...
Temptation – to replace these
with dependence on self
 The will of God - depend on God
 The Word of God - confidence in ...
Adam at Creation
 God met all his needs
 Body – God cared for everything – food,
water, temperature, oxygen, etc.
 Soul...
Satan’s temptation
 God does not really care for you
 God’s word cannot be trusted
 God can live independent of God and...
Satan’s temptations are lies
 God does care for us and meets all our
critical needs
 God is the one person who can be
to...
After the fall…
 Body – now he must work hard for food,
the body begins to age, sickness, pain,
sweat
 Soul
 Intellect ...
Our situation after the cross
 Body – God continues to meet our daily needs,
but we still have to deal with sickness, pai...
Christ meets our primary
needs in Himself
 For acceptance
 For security
 For significance
 But satan wants to tempt us...
Our flesh – our old nature
 The center of the flesh is SELF.
 We have worldly self-centered people
 We also have religi...
Our old nature
 When we were dead in trespasses and
sin, our entire focus was self-centered
 When we are saved, that sel...
Adam’s choice
 Adam tried to live without God and become
his own God
 But no one can live apart from God
 Since we are ...
Christians defeat the flesh by
 Recognizing the defeat of the sin nature
Rom. 6:[6] Knowing this, that our old
man is cru...
Christians defeat the flesh by
 Reckoning that we are dead to sin and alive to
God Rom. 6:[11] Likewise reckon ye also
yo...
Christians defeat the flesh by
 Relinquishing control to God as alive
from the dead: Rom. 6:[13] Neither
yield ye your me...
Christians defeat the flesh by
 Relinquishing control to God as alive
from the dead: Rom. 6:13
 Grace (not the law) will...
Now we are prepared to be
filled with the Spirit
 Eph. 5:18. [18] And be not drunk with
wine, wherein is excess; but be f...
Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in
your life
 Eph. 4:30[29] Let no corrupt
communication proceed out of your
mouth, but that ...
Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in
your life
 Eph. 4:30[31] Let all bitterness, and
wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil
s...
Don’t quench the Spirit
 I Thess. 5:[16] Rejoice evermore.[17]
Pray without ceasing.[18] In every thing
give thanks: for ...
True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27
 [24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after me, let him
deny himself...
True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27
 [26] For what is a man profited, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own
soul? or...
True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27
 Deny yourself.
 .This is not the same as self-denial like an
athlete, which is ultimately se...
True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27
 Take up your cross daily
 Follow Christ
 Self will never cast out self.
 We must be led to...
True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27
 Sacrifice the lower life to gain the higher life
 Don’t find your worth in positions, titles...
True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27
 Sacrifice the pleasure of things for the
pleasure of life:
 Love people and use things, not ...
We find His will in sacrifice:
Rom. 12:1-2
 [1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God, that ye present...
Remember who we are in
Christ
 .We are partakers of the divine nature: II Peter
1:[3] According as his divine power hath ...
Remember who we are in
Christ
 Eph. 5:[8] For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as
child...
Remember who we are in
Christ
 We can be victorious over the flesh and sin
 But you can choose to walk according to the
...
In Christ
 The flesh is crucified.
 We are dead to sins – The old nature is
not annihilated, but we are separated
(dead)...
Christians defeat the flesh by
 This is a constant battle, and we must
depend on Christ continually for the
victory and t...
Quenching & resisting the
Spirit
 Eph 4:[29] Let no corrupt
communication proceed out of your
mouth, but that which is go...
Quenching & resisting the
Spirit
 Eph 4:[31] Let all bitterness, and wrath,
and anger, and clamour, and evil
speaking, be...
Don’t quench the Spirit
 I Thess. 5:[16] Rejoice evermore.[17]
Pray without ceasing.[18] In every thing
give thanks: for ...
Live free in Christ
 We have already died to sin - note that
Rom. 6:1-11 has past tenses. They are
not things to do, but ...
Live free in Christ
 We have the responsibility to crucify the flesh and
walk by the spirit: Gal. 2:20, 5:16
 We have al...
Live free in Christ
 We must take our thoughts captive to Christ. The
battle is in the mind
 2 Cor. 10:[3] For though we...
The world system – kosmos
 The world - kosmos = the system which
satan has devised.
 Its basis is SELF – and corresponds...
Thank you for watching!
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Robert D. Patton
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New 21 free videos of the
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 Vimeo Channel 2 – Spiritual Warfare
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Extensive resource references
on my website
 Website is
http://teachingmissions.com/spiritual-
warfare/
Free e-book on Spiritual
Warfare
 Go to website:
http://teachingmissions.com/books/
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Our three great enemies spirirually are the flesh, the world system, and the devil. In Part I, we will explore the role of the old nature, the flesh

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  1. 1. Spiritual Warfare Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname Baptist World Mission
  2. 2. ENEMY #1 – THE FLESH Thus our weapons must not be fleshly. The flesh will never cast out the flesh
  3. 3. Temptation and the flesh  James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man; 14. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
  4. 4. Our old nature, the flesh  Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
  5. 5. Our old nature, the flesh  Gal. 5:19 Now the Works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and the like…
  6. 6. Our old nature, the flesh  Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present in me, but how to perform that which is good I find not.  Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit, 6. For to be carnally minded is death;but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
  7. 7. Temptation: Ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil  The pride of life - to direct our own destiny.  Don’t be under God when you can be like God  Don’t worship God...  Steer your own life - don’t be obedient to God
  8. 8. Temptation – to replace these with dependence on self  The will of God - depend on God  The Word of God - confidence in God  The worship of God - obedience to God
  9. 9. Adam at Creation  God met all his needs  Body – God cared for everything – food, water, temperature, oxygen, etc.  Soul  Intellect – Adam named all the animals  Emotions – love of God and Eve, peace, no fear or anger  Will – everything OK except to eat one fruit  Spirit – direct contact with God
  10. 10. Satan’s temptation  God does not really care for you  God’s word cannot be trusted  God can live independent of God and be your own God
  11. 11. Satan’s temptations are lies  God does care for us and meets all our critical needs  God is the one person who can be totally trusted  God created us to rule under Him, but not to be independent. No one can be independent ultimately
  12. 12. After the fall…  Body – now he must work hard for food, the body begins to age, sickness, pain, sweat  Soul  Intellect – confused – tries to hide from the God who is everywhere  Emotions – fear, anger, jealousy, etc  Will – to do what SELF wants, not God  Spirit – dead in sin, separated from God
  13. 13. Our situation after the cross  Body – God continues to meet our daily needs, but we still have to deal with sickness, pain and physical death though eventually a new body  Soul  Intelligence – we have the mind of Christ  Emotions – we must be under control of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, etc  Will – submit our will to God  Spirit - reunited – contact with God possible
  14. 14. Christ meets our primary needs in Himself  For acceptance  For security  For significance  But satan wants to tempt us away from our relationship with Christ
  15. 15. Our flesh – our old nature  The center of the flesh is SELF.  We have worldly self-centered people  We also have religious people who are also basically self-centered  Satan’s primary interest is to promote self-interest as the primary motivation of the world  But the center of the Christian view is from the CROSS
  16. 16. Our old nature  When we were dead in trespasses and sin, our entire focus was self-centered  When we are saved, that self-centered focus may persist through the flesh although we are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17)  We must choose to resist the devil and submit to God
  17. 17. Adam’s choice  Adam tried to live without God and become his own God  But no one can live apart from God  Since we are spiritually dead when apart from God, we seek meaning apart from God - pride; self-exaltation  Adam couldn’t be God before he sinned, and he certainly couldn’t be God with sin in his life
  18. 18. Christians defeat the flesh by  Recognizing the defeat of the sin nature Rom. 6:[6] Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. [7] For he that is dead is freed from sin.
  19. 19. Christians defeat the flesh by  Reckoning that we are dead to sin and alive to God Rom. 6:[11] Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Refusing to let sin rule us: Rom. 6:[12] Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
  20. 20. Christians defeat the flesh by  Relinquishing control to God as alive from the dead: Rom. 6:[13] Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
  21. 21. Christians defeat the flesh by  Relinquishing control to God as alive from the dead: Rom. 6:13  Grace (not the law) will give us the victory: Rom. 6:[14] For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
  22. 22. Now we are prepared to be filled with the Spirit  Eph. 5:18. [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  We must obey His Word: Col. 3: [16] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
  23. 23. Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in your life  Eph. 4:30[29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.[30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
  24. 24. Don’t limit the Holy Spirit in your life  Eph. 4:30[31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:[32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
  25. 25. Don’t quench the Spirit  I Thess. 5:[16] Rejoice evermore.[17] Pray without ceasing.[18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.[19] Quench not the Spirit.[20] Despise not prophesyings.
  26. 26. True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27  [24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.[25] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
  27. 27. True freedom – Mt. 16:24-27  [26] For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?[27] For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
  28. 28. True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27  Deny yourself.  .This is not the same as self-denial like an athlete, which is ultimately self-promotion.  .It means that we stop being “God” in our lives  .We are not designed to be independent of God  .We are not designed to be our own master - either God or satan will master us
  29. 29. True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27  Take up your cross daily  Follow Christ  Self will never cast out self.  We must be led to death of self
  30. 30. True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27  Sacrifice the lower life to gain the higher life  Don’t find your worth in positions, titles, possessions and accomplishments  If you struggle for earthly treasures, you will fail in all you can be in Christ  Try to win the world, and that is the most you will get, and only for a time  Shoot for the other world, and God gives you blessing in this one as a bonus
  31. 31. True freedom: Mt. 16:24-27  Sacrifice the pleasure of things for the pleasure of life:  Love people and use things, not the other way around  Sacrifice the temporal for the eternal:  The world’s solution is to inflate the ego and take God’s place - which is satan’s ultimate goal!
  32. 32. We find His will in sacrifice: Rom. 12:1-2  [1] I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.[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.
  33. 33. Remember who we are in Christ  .We are partakers of the divine nature: II Peter 1:[3] According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:[4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be par- takers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
  34. 34. Remember who we are in Christ  Eph. 5:[8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  2 Cor 5:[17] Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
  35. 35. Remember who we are in Christ  We can be victorious over the flesh and sin  But you can choose to walk according to the flesh.
  36. 36. In Christ  The flesh is crucified.  We are dead to sins – The old nature is not annihilated, but we are separated (dead) from its power in our lives so that we can choose to live for God, and not for self  This on-going conflict only Christ can conquer in our lives
  37. 37. Christians defeat the flesh by  This is a constant battle, and we must depend on Christ continually for the victory and the power to live for Christ, obeying the Word, not grieving Him through unconfessed sin or quenching Him by resisting His will:  Remember Eph. 4:30 & I Thess. 5:19
  38. 38. Quenching & resisting the Spirit  Eph 4:[29] Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.[30] And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. [
  39. 39. Quenching & resisting the Spirit  Eph 4:[31] Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:[32] And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
  40. 40. Don’t quench the Spirit  I Thess. 5:[16] Rejoice evermore.[17] Pray without ceasing.[18] In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.[19] Quench not the Spirit.[20] Despise not prophesyings.[21] Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.[22] Abstain from all appearance of evil
  41. 41. Live free in Christ  We have already died to sin - note that Rom. 6:1-11 has past tenses. They are not things to do, but facts to believe  This is what Jesus did for us on the cross.  But it is our responsibility to crucify the flesh and walk by the spirit: Gal. 2:20, 5:16
  42. 42. Live free in Christ  We have the responsibility to crucify the flesh and walk by the spirit: Gal. 2:20, 5:16  We have already died to sin - note that Rom. 6:1- 11 has past tenses. They are not things to do, but facts to believe  .Our belief must precede our feelings and experience  .We cannot remain neutral. If we do not actively give our bodies to be used by Christ, satan will take advantage of us
  43. 43. Live free in Christ  We must take our thoughts captive to Christ. The battle is in the mind  2 Cor. 10:[3] For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:[4] (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)[5] Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
  44. 44. The world system – kosmos  The world - kosmos = the system which satan has devised.  Its basis is SELF – and corresponds to our old fleshly nature, which came from satan himself
  45. 45. Thank you for watching! More FREE information on Spiritual Warfare Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname Baptist World Mission
  46. 46. Three other presentations on Slideshare  You can view each of the presentations in Slideshare
  47. 47. New 21 free videos of the material on Vimeo  Vimeo Channel 2 – Spiritual Warfare  Use this URL https://vimeo.com/channels/victoryovers atan
  48. 48. Extensive resource references on my website  Website is http://teachingmissions.com/spiritual- warfare/
  49. 49. Free e-book on Spiritual Warfare  Go to website: http://teachingmissions.com/books/  Find Issues in Missiology Volume II  Click on FREE BOOK!  This will take you to our publisher’s website. Scroll down to Issues in Missiology Volume II  Click on the right on Free books – it will take you to choose between epub, mobi, and PDF
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