Spiritual WARfare vs Spiritual WELfare

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Today's American Christians typically fall into one of these two categories. Which side are you on? How can you make sure you're on the right side? Find out here!

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Spiritual WARfare vs Spiritual WELfare

  1. 1. The State of America’s Christian Church<br />SpiritualWELfare<br />SpiritualWARfare<br />vs<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Christians typically fall into one of these categories<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  3. 3. There’s a battle for your soul taking place daily<br />Ephesians 6:12<br />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.<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  4. 4. Spiritual WARfare means you are:<br />fighting for God’s Kingdom<br />doing your part in battle<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  5. 5. Spiritual WELfare means you:<br />rely primarily on others for your spiritual development<br />need others to fight your spiritual battles for you<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  6. 6. Typical Spiritual Warfare Soldiers:<br />Those involved in ministry<br />Those who meditate on scripture daily<br />Prayer warriors<br />People who:<br />Help others get to Heaven<br />Don’t give in to Satan<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  7. 7. Typical Spiritual Welfare Recipients:<br />“Sunday believers” <br />Those who rarely bond with/live for God outside of church<br />Those who don’t know or read (a lot of) scripture<br />Those not involved in any form of ministry<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  8. 8. There’s a battle for your soul<br />If you’re not fighting, you’re losing!<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  9. 9. Read the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-28)<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  10. 10. Read the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-28)<br />All three servants were given talents<br />2 worked hard with what they were given, earning more<br />Thelazy one did no work and earned no more<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  11. 11. Read the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-28)<br />Thehard workers wererewarded<br />Thelazy one was thrown outside, where there’s weeping and gnashing of teeth<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  12. 12. There’s a battle for your soul<br />If you’re not fighting, you’re losing!<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  13. 13. Put on the Armor of God <br />Be disciplined<br />Join the fight<br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />
  14. 14. Put on the Armor of God <br />(Recalling Ephesians 6:12 and adding verse 13)<br />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 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.<br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />
  15. 15. Put on the Armor of God <br />(Continuing with Eph. 6:14-17)<br />Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousnessin 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.<br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />
  16. 16. Put on the Armor of God<br />Live by TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS (not in sin)<br />Know the GOSPEL andalways be ready to spread it<br />Have a firm foundation of FAITH<br />Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)<br />Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17)<br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />
  17. 17. Put on the Armor of God<br />Make sure you have attained SALVATIONfor yourself<br />Know the Word of God aka the SWORD of the SPIRIT<br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />Note:Ephesians 6:18 also tells us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions and for other saints<br />
  18. 18. Be disciplined<br />Carry your cross daily (Luke 9:23)<br />Do what it takes not to fall to temptation<br />Discipline your body to avoid sin & do good (1 Cor. 9:27)<br />Read your Bible daily<br />To keep your faith high (Rom. 10:17) and your Sword Sharp<br />Pray daily<br />For you and others to stay faithful and minister effectively (Eph. 6:18-19)<br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />
  19. 19. Join the fight<br />Take up a ministry<br />Fulfill the great commission, make disciples (Matt. 28:16-20) <br />Be a hard worker, not a lazy one (Matthew 28:16-20) <br />How can I engage in Spiritual Warfare?<br />
  20. 20. There’s a battle for your soul<br />If you’re not fighting, you’re losing!<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  21. 21. Put on the Armor of God<br />Be disciplined<br />Join the fight<br />You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13)<br />Spiritual Warfare vs. Spiritual Welfare<br />
  22. 22. Ask us at SwordSharp.com<br />Neveruse a question to justify sin<br />Stay encouraged and rep Christ! <br />Questions?<br />

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