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  • 1. Spiritual Warfare for Beginners There Really is a WarSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 2. Two Extremes s 1. We ignore the reality of evil and of the devil. s 2. We get all caught up in learning about the devil.Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 3. Finding the Balance s 1. Aware of the devil s 2. Not living in fear s 3. recognize the devils attempts to hinder and suppress the good news. s 4. Impressed with God – learn all you can about God – sit, walk, standSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 4. Sit , Walk, Stand s Sit – Ephesians 1-3 » who we are based on what God has done » “sealed in Him” » “saved by grace” » “no longer stranger...fellow-citizens” » emphasizes the finished work of JesusSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 5. Walk s Ephesians 4:1-9 – Walk in a manner worthy » daily conduct of our lives. » Lay off old self...put on new self » Once we have accepted Jesus Christ we • obey Him • walk in the lightSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 6. Stand s Ephesians 6:10-20 – the full armor – finally do all you can to standSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 7. Knowing the Enemy s Ephesians 6:12 – “for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the powers, against the world-forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 8. Knowing the Enemy (2) s SKAD List s Satan hates you s Satan desires to destroy you s Satan will use your weakness against you – Money -Pride – Sex -Drugs s Satan has no mercy--he kicks you when you are downSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 9. What Jesus Thought about Satan. s John 10:10 s Finding Yourself on the SKAD list: – Jesus said, “The thief comes to Steal, to Kill And to Destroy.”Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 10. Satan’s plan s Satan’s plan is to – steal--take away from you all the benefits of the Christian life--joy, peace, love What is he stealing now? – kill--to end your life and its meaning to get you to the place where you don’t want to live. – destroy--to make your life count for nothing to destroy relationships, possibilitiesSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 11. Knowing the Enemy (3) s Satan is a killer – Molech, Baal, Chemosh, Lucifer, Accuser, Slanderer, Serpent, angel of light » Abortion » Suicide » Drug overdose » Euthanasia » Mass murders » School violenceSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 12. Satan’s plan s Four Unspiritual Laws – #1 the devil hates God and all God’s creation and especially humankind. The Devil seeks to make all humans unfit for heaven, and thus spending eternity in hell.Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 13. Satan’s plan s Four Unspiritual Laws – #2 The devil searches out our basic character flaws and comes with a desire to ruin us. » sensual person--looks, nudity, » bold person--nerves, sensations, instincts » timid person--”play it safe” » intelligent person--”knowledge puffs up” » lazy person--he whispers “tomorrow”Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 14. Satan’s plan s Four Unspiritual Laws – #3 Deception at all costs to help us think of ourselves as “good” or deserving better. » Never need a Savior. » Any Religion is OKSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 15. Satan’s plan s Four Unspiritual Laws – #4 It is impossible to know God. » If you think you do--you can never meet God’s standards (condemnation) » If you think you don’t, you never will because you can’t trust anything.Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 16. Three Battlegrounds(1) s The Mind – Thought come from » God » self » devil – Birds fly over your head, don’t let them build a nest in your hair. – (Reclaiming lost ground tomorrow)Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 17. Three Battlegrounds(2) s The Heart – “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” Proverbs 4:23 – Emotions » Anger » worry – Choosing humility--1 Peter 5:6-9Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 18. Three Battlegrounds(3) s The flesh or body – Hands – Feet – Eyes – Keep your tongue from evil and lips from speaking lies James 3:10 – Private partsSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 19. Five Areas of Attack s II Corinthians 12:10 – “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, (infirmities), insults (reproaches), distresses, persecutions and with difficulties, for Christ sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 20. Five Areas of Attack s 1. Infirmities s 2. Reproaches s 3. Distresses s 4. Persecutions s 5. DifficultiesSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 21. Satan’s Battle Plan s Satan’s Hierarchy – Rulers-- » exert opinion and will over others, results in • godless government • neglectful parents • rebellion – Principalities » Geographic boundaries » DemographicsSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 22. Satan’s Battle Plan s Powers – evil and demons assigned to sins s Territorial Spirits – Geographically centered – Taste oriented » strife, racism, greed,Spiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 23. Satan’s Battle Plan s Forces of Darkness – Lying spirits – Hindering spiritsSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 24. Satan’s Battle Plan s Wicked spirits – Attack the Individual – Descent into bondage » habits of sinSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 25. God’s Plan s 1. Avoid the influence s 2. Pray Specifically against the spirit powers s 3. Live in the power of God’s love s 4. Know Jesus betterSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 26. God’s Plan s Practice the two things the devil hates – humility – effective evangelismSpiritual Warfare for Beginners
  • 27. Tomorrows Topics s Putting on the Full Armor of God s Reclaiming Lost GroundSpiritual Warfare for Beginners