Spiritual warfare part vi - parting thoughts

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Spiritual warfare part vi - parting thoughts

  1. 1. Spiritual Warfare Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname Baptist World Mission
  2. 2. Sin is not unavoidable  Sin is a temporary aberration of the universe. It is not permanent, although we find it virtually everywhere  Adam did not have sin in his life at first  Jesus never sins  So sin is not necessary, but at this time it is overall
  3. 3. Furthermore we do not need sin to experience grace  More sin does not mean more grace. God’s grace is adequate, but remember that Paul asked “should we sin that grace might abound? God forbid”  But sin is rebellion against the holy God of the universe, and deserves to be punished  Sin separates us from God
  4. 4. To overcome sin  Simple regret is not adequate  An offering is necessary, but one which God Himself chooses  That offering is the death of Jesus in our place, which can undo the negative effects of sin  Remember – sin is also in our thought- life and emotions
  5. 5. When we sin  We become a slave to sin  Our emotions and will are set against God, and we become rebels  Jesus death paid the penalty of our sin, but also broke the power of sin in our lives  Sin makes us unclean inside and outside
  6. 6. Our spiritual growth begins at the cross  A holy life comes out of that position  The cross is adequate for  Salvation – cleansing and pardon  Sanctification
  7. 7. Our spiritual life in Christ is the key  Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death  My life in the Spirit can take the trials and troubles of life to make me grow  This would take away the ground given to Satan if I respond correctly – victory over sin, death and the devil
  8. 8. I am now in Christ  By birth, I am in Adam, who fell into sin. God does not say: Well, try again. Maybe you will succeed where Adam failed  By the new birth, I am in Christ, who was victorious over sin and satan and death: Rom 8:1 There is therefore no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus
  9. 9. Christ died to make me free  He died to defeat sin –  Now we must remain in our position in Christ Jesus  In our fleshly life, we come under condemnation, but in the Spirit we have life and peace
  10. 10. Those in the fleshly life  They work in the flesh, think in the flesh, and react emotionally in the flesh  They can be  A new believer  A backslidden older believer  A believer who has never grown proper spiritually
  11. 11. Three things enter into my freedom in Christ  Substitution: Romans 5 Christ died for my sins  Identification: Romans 6 I am crucified with Christ – identified in His death and resurrection  Union: Romans 7: We are dead to the law and married to Christ
  12. 12. My power comes strictly from Jesus Christ  We cannot pay for our sins apart from Christ  We cannot become free from the power of sin apart from Christ  We cannot serve God acceptably apart from Christ
  13. 13. Before salvation  My spirit was “dead” – non-functional  I could not respond to God  But as I am now saved, God is busy changing me, especially as I look on Jesus Christ: 2 Cor. 3: [18] But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
  14. 14. Changed to resemble Christ  Eventually I will be transformed truly into His likeness: I Jn. 3:[1] Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is
  15. 15. After salvation  I am to think like Christ so that I can understand the spiritual blessings I have in Christ Phil. 2:[5] Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Then I am free to do His will, which is true freedom
  16. 16. As I show the fruit of the Spirit…  Love, joy peace – my emotions  Patience, long-suffering, gentleness - my life among others  Faith, meekness and self-control - my character
  17. 17. True freedom  My thoughts will be free as I accept and stay in the truth  My conscience will be free as I realize that I do not have to pay for my sins, and that I have been cleansed by the blood of Christ
  18. 18. Faith and love  Faith makes everything possible  But true love makes everything easier, because I will to do His will. And this love comes from God too.  Then we will find the truth of I Jn. 5:3, where we find that His commands are not burdensome – He carries them…
  19. 19. As we look to Jesus  We are transformed into His image  Remember that we have everything we need for our Christian life given to us – His nature, which meets every need  II Peter 1:[4] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
  20. 20. Characteristics of true surrender  We no longer argue with and fight against God  We no longer hold out on God or hold things back from Him  We no longer work in our own power
  21. 21. God puts is into Christ  Wwe are in Him through God’s power and not our own. And Jesus Christ is not only our wisdom and righteousness; He is also our sanctification and our redemption I Cor. 1:[30] But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
  22. 22. The work of the Holy Spirit  He puts Christ in our life to live there  He brings forth the fruit of the Spirit  We can change our outside, but we cannot change our inside  We make fruit for Him as well – but only as we stay in Him
  23. 23. Thus in Christ we have  Power for the Christian life  Sanctification  Fruit
  24. 24. What hold us back from this victory?  If we lack faith. Remember that Jesus could not do many miracles in Nazareth because of their lack of faith  Remember that life comes out of death. As we are one in His death, then we are one in His victorious life as well.
  25. 25. The cross  Where we lose our old fleshly life  Where we find our new spiritual life in Christ Jesus
  26. 26. Take up the cross daily  Keep our old life in the position of death to sin  We are separated from the kingdom of darkness  We are separated from our old self-life
  27. 27. We are in Christ  And He has all power and authority  We have all things in Him  We are complete in Him  Power for a good life  Power for a holy life  Power to serve God as is appropriate
  28. 28. How can our power increase? How can we do greater works?  Our power is limited by our faith  As our faith increases, so our power increases too  God wants to work through us – and show His strength in our lives  We must yield moment by moment to His desires for us
  29. 29. A clean heart to do His will  We must not try to hide things from God (though that is really impossible) but desire that He search our hearts  We must want Jesus Christ to be king of our whole lives
  30. 30. Total surrender is needed  God shows Himself powerful in our weakness  He is glorified in this way – and He will not give His glory to another!
  31. 31. What about fighting spiritually  Give yourself totally to the Lord  We are 100% safe in Christ  We are 100% in danger outside of Christ  Then stand against the devil using your spiritual armor  Remember that you cannot win the flesh in your own strength = Flesh does not cast out flesh
  32. 32. Winning spiritually  We need to be filled with the Spirit and then walk in the Spirit  Cast all our troubles and cares on the Lord  Seek His will for us at all times  Thirst for the filling of the Spirit
  33. 33. Filling with the Spirit  It is not us getting more of the Spirit, but emptying ourselves of self so that He can have all of us  As we stay in this condition, we will be attacked by the Evil One, but we will be in a position of victory

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