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for a Season Studies
on Spiritual Warfare
is the enemy?
Our enemy is not made of flesh
and blood but is the rulers, powers, world forces of darkness, and
spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
And Satan is the master behind every form and power that is against
us (Ephesians 6:12).
1 Peter 5:8
2 Corinthians 11:14/ Satan
will come to us in disguise
is the battleground?
The battleground is the mind
2 Corinthians 10:5
is under attack?
It is our relationship with
Christ that is under attack. Satan desires our worship above all.
and his host against God’s predestined plan for relationship with His
creation let the spiritual battle of the heavenlies.
Christ leads the battle with victory because He earned a position
of final and total authority at the cross.
chapters 1-3 and 42
Satan feeds upon the fear he tries to create in our
heart. We see from these
verses above that Job had fears concerning his family and their
relationship with God so much that he was offering sacrifices on their
behalf. He was trying to save
them from human effort (1:5). And in 3:25 Job says, “For what I fear comes upon me, and
what I dread befalls me.” Through
the events of Job’s life God disabled his fears because his thoughts
were not of faith (Romans 14:23). What
Satan meant for evil God used for good.
He did the same thing in Joseph’s life and Joseph came to this
same conclusion (Genesis 45:4-7, Genesis 50:20).
The same parallel may exist for us in some of the roles
we play like motherhood. Don’t
we have an attitude and concern for our children’s protection? This places us in a position of vulnerability before our
enemy. Satan is master at
finding our Achilles heel. What
is your fear?
is the enemy’s strategy?
As the targets of spiritual war in the heavenly places
we need to be aware of Satan‘s strategy, which is three-fold:
create unbelief (we are not talking about believing in
God but believing Him/
for study on the important differences see chapter 4).
is a powerful weapon against the enemy (Ephesians 6:16)
our faith is crippled we will not be able to extinguish every
missile no matter what
form it takes.
3. To push us to fall when tempted (this separates us
God until fellowship is
Satan comes in disguise, how will we recognize him and how will we know
when and what God is speaking to us?
29:11-14a (King James Version)/ God is not a God of confusion, but of peace.
We will have peace and not unrest about decisions that God is
directing us to.
14:27 (remember Job)
Corinthians 10:4 tells us that Satan defeats us through the building of
strongholds in our life and that we have been given weapons that have the
power to tear those strongholds down.
is a stronghold?
A stronghold is an idol or anything that we trust in
the place of Christ. Unconfessed
sin is another form that strongholds can take.
Also, a stronghold can come in the form of unforgiveness,
bitterness, and anger. Ephesians
4:27 specifically tells us that unresolved anger actually gives ground or
opportunity for Satan to defeat us. It
is Christ alone that must restore our soul when we have given control to
Satan through sin, anger, idolatry, etc. (Psalms 23:3, 5).
Ezekiel describes this work of Christ in chapter 36.
God sprinkles us with clean water and removes the idols from our
hearts. We must be
surrendered to Him for His work to be accomplished in our heart and mind.
It is important to believe God for His promises.
do we take to the battle?
If we are saved we are undefeated in this war.
won and it is
only a matter of time before His return.
Satan will make a lot of noise and
try to hurt us but in
the realm of eternity nothing can
be done once we
accept Christ as Lord and
Colossians 2:10-15/ The
authority of Christ is our most important protection as we put Him on and
are baptized in Him.
weapons of our warfare are found in Ephesians chapter 6.
They are spiritual weapons used to defend against the schemes
of the devil:
Righteousness/ verse 14
Gospel of Peace/ verse 15
Faith/ verse 16
Salvation/ verse 17
Word of God/ verse 17
for self and others you observe in the attack/ verse 18
for a Season Studies
on Godly Goals vs. Ungodly Goals
When we accept
Christ as Lord and choose to get serious about our relationship with Him
we enter into a more intense battle for the control of our minds.
Satan would like to lead us into temptation and entice us to sin.
Once we realize we have sinned, he will accuse us in an effort to
discourage us and crush our faith. He
wants us to be identified by our sin instead of our righteousness and
freedom in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21, 7:9-10, Jeremiah 15:19).
You may think that sin is an action, but in fact, by the time the
actions of our sin are seen it is the end of the event.
Confess your sin as soon as you become aware of it – don’t let
it own you!
1:13-15 / Sin is defined by James as being carried away and enticed by our
own lust so that when the lust is fulfilled it results in sin.
Sin begins with a thought.
It is not the thought that is the problem, however, but what we do
with it that is important. Our
thoughts should be concentrated on those things listed in Philippians 4:8.
think lots of thoughts on any given day.
Some of our thoughts lead to evil and some to good.
One thought leads to another and another.
If our thoughts are driven by fear we begin to imagine the worst.
Before we know it we are on what I like to refer to as the
“thought train.” Satan
who is the accuser of the saints and the father of lies controls the
does God have to say about thoughts?
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
our thoughts originate with God they will bring peace and they will be
consistent with His Word when measured by it.
It is when we don’t take our thoughts captive to the obedience of
Christ that we are “carried away” from the God center that we must
guard (Proverbs 4:23). The
heart is the will of man and the center of decision-making.
way we can be carried away and enticed is by the goals and expectations we
may set. Some of our
expectations may be godly ones and some may not.
Any decision you may make and act upon that you believe God
has directed you to. This
decision cannot depend on people or circumstances because it is outside of
your ability or right to control them.
You alone are the only one you have the ability (your will) and right to
control. You must separate
what you have control of from what they have control of. If your goal is God’s goal, nothing can block it.
In order to know what God’s goals are we must be driven to
reading and meditating on the Word and prayer.
We can always take it to the Lord and let Him handle it.
DON’T LET SOMEONE ELSE CHEW YOUR FOOD!
our thoughts are the beginning, what thoughts should we be looking to keep
anxiety, and depression (three degrees of the same thought problem)
is the signal for you that you have set an ungodly goal and someone or
something has blocked that goal.
realize that success is out of your hands.
4:26-27/ Do not give the devil an opportunity.
1:19-20/ Slow to anger.
to identify the goal and re-examine it.
not let someone else assign identity or character to you.
You are who you are in Christ and He has made that so.
No one by his or her words can change that truth.
to figure out what part of the goal you own and what someone else owns. It may be a goal not related to a person but a circumstance.
God is the one in control of our circumstances, so leave that with
Him or go to Him with your frustration.
You are unsure about the
You think you can control
some of the factors but not all of them.
You must let what you can
do be the only goal in the situation (what you cannot control you must
trust with God).
You will tend to ask the
question, “But what if it doesn’t turn out the way I want it to?”
Remember that it will always turn out the way God permits it to.
He is always in control.
success and contentment are based on an impossible goal.
that whatever is not from faith is sin (Romans 14:23b).
That means that you must be sure that you believe more than
that it is possible, but that it is God’s will and He has confirmed
to you that He will do it. If
God has not given you that confirmation, then set it down.
do we re-evaluate our goals?
what our part is in the goal.
may need to search God’s Word for His promise in a given situation
and set your focus on that.
Fear is a red flag telling us
we have given ground to the enemy. Set
is never from God/ Different than the fear of the Lord
is not omniscient but can use evil thoughts he puts into our mind.
will capitalize on our unhealthy goals or our ignorance about our
identity in Christ.
Take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ!
Watch what you entertain and meditate on and weigh it against
Make godly goals and leave
the rest with the Lord.
Story of Job reminds us
that everything is by God’s permission.
The state of lost courage; to deprive of confidence
Gideon/ Judges 6:12-13; for full story see Judges 6:11-Judges 8.
at verse 14 (We cannot fail if it is God’s plan).
knows the “power of temptation and sin is in the fainting of our own
hearts (will).” This may
goals and expectations.
our eyes off of God. Example:
Peter (Matthew 14:22-23).
of this depends on our deliberate will to choose. God has given us many weapons in this spiritual battle.
See Ephesians chapter six and spend some time in study about what
those weapons are and how we can use them and how they protect us.