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Spiritual Warfare (1 of 2)
Ephesians 6:10-13; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Romans 6:16-18; 1 John 1:6-9
Lets begin by looking at Ephesians 6:10-13 (read this passage):
Most of us have heard of spiritual warfare, but what does this mean and how does it apply to our daily lives as Christians? Often times the issue of spiritual warfare gets convoluted by sensationalism, superstition and now by the new wave of 'Jerry Springer' style spiritual programming carried on many religious cable TV stations today. These only serve to misguide believers and drive the world away from the true message of the gospel. Does Satan hold such great power that he can distribute to his followers and use to oppresses the Christians? My goal today is to take a no-nonsense approach to examining what the scriptures say about spiritual warfare and how we should equip ourselves to stand in the heat of battle. I want to expound on three principles of spiritual warfare as it affects our lives. 1) We have the power to stand through God's might. 2) What is Satan's power and how does he use it? 3) How do we stand?
1. We can stand through His might.
Verse 10, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might". The word in which we get 'be strong' literally means to receive strength. It is not your strength that equips you to stand; it is God's strength invested in us when we submit ourselves to God. That is why James 4:7-8 tells us that the power of resisting is found through submitting to God.
The devil does not flee from your resistance, but from God's power within us that overcomes him. We have the promise that when we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. Resistance is no longer measured by our strength, but the strength of God who draws us out of temptation as we grow close to Him. To make sure we don't miss the point, James 4:8 concludes with the instruction to "cleanse your hands you sinners; and purify your hearts you doubl ...
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