Spiritual Warfare Series: The Realm of Warfare…Spiritual
The Realm of Warfare…Spiritual
The realm of the Christian life is the heavenlies.
A. We are born there. John 3:3, Philippians 1:20-21
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
B. We are blessed there. Ephesians 1:3
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
C. We are battle there. Ephesians 6:12
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
1. We battle the Devil (the infernal enemy). I Peter 5:8-9
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
2. We battle the World (the external enemy). I John 2:15, James 4:4
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
– The world has a prince. Ephesians 2:2a
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to thcourse of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air
– The world has a philosophy. Ephesians 2:2b
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
– The world has a people. Ephesians 2:2-3
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
3. We battle the flesh (the internal enemy).
– The weakness of the flesh apart from sin. Matthew 26:41
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
– The wickedness of the flesh because of sin. Romans 7:18
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
My Next Step This Week Is to:
—- Memorize I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
—- Commit to read and pray for clarity on Spiritual warfare (Ephesians 6:10).
—- Commit to trying to see the spiritual reality behind our actions and attitudes.