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Spiritual Warfare--Lesson #1

As we begin this Series of Studies on Spiritual Warfare, it is absolutely imperative and essential that we each and every one understand that in order to be successful in our battle, we MUST turn our will and our life over completely to God. For some, this is a hard thing to do. Others can readily do this.

You see, a lot of times a person claims to have had a Spiritual rebirth--a 'born again' experience, when in all actuality, they were only 'baptized' or 'confirmed' by their church. THESE two things are NOT a 'born again' experience and it is not being 'saved'. Granted, some people have not been taught about the plan of salvation, and have only heard about man's rendition of how it is done. To be saved, we MUST believe that Jesus is the living Son of God, and that He died for our sins, and accept Him as our own personal Savior, and invite Him into our hearts, and give Him our life. THAT IS SALVATION!!!!

That is our first step in beginning to live a more peaceful, abundant life. Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give us life, and that more abundantly.

You see, some people think that when they are 'confirmed' or even
'saved' that is all there is to it, and they can go on and keep living for the devil as they were before. Not true! Folks Jesus is coming back for HIS bride (that is us) a bride without spot or wrinkle--overcoming Christians. To be an overcoming Christian, we must overcome those things that have up until then so easily beset us. Sometimes, a person just doesn't know HOW to turn everything over to God -- sometimes a person WANTS to, but just doesn't know HOW!! Other times, we have seen people who THOUGHT they had accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and they THINK that they are LIVING FOR HIM!!! A lot of times, that is not so!!!!

Before you go any further with this Study on Spiritual Warfare, take a good close personal look at yourself and your life, and ask yourself if your life is pleasing to God. Ask yourself if you could stand up in front of God and proclaim to be a Christian. Stand back and look at yourself as others see you, and more than that, how GOD sees you. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 that we shall know them (Christians) by their fruits.(paraphrased) You see, there is outward evidence that we have changed oud our lives show it -- Paul talks about how we should be in Romans 12:2, when he said that we shall be renewed by the transforming of our mind. You see, we THINK different - we ACT different because we HAVE BEEN CHANGED.

When we can look at ourselves objectively as others see us and as God sees us, and we find ourselves to be ''wholly acceptable unto God" (Romans 12:2), then and ONLY THEN may we proceed to learn how to fight this Spiritual battle called Spiritual Warfare, and WIN!!!! If you are not sure of your standing in God, or not totally sure of WHO you are in God, and that you are covered by the Blood of Jesus through your salvation experience, then by all means, stop right here, and get your life and your soul right before God. You cannot go into battle without your weapons!!!

Paul said in Ephesians 6:12 that we wrestle not with flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Remember that we must have the right weapons to fight and to keep the 'enemy' at bay; and in Ephesians 6:13, Paul tells us that we must have on the full armor of God -- go to Ephesians Chapter 6 and read the whole chapter -- it will tell you EXACTLY what the FULL ARMOR of GOD is!

Things that are being thrown our way, and are affecting our lives from a 'force' which is totally invisible to the naked eye, are being placed there by what is known as THE SPIRITUAL REALM, and the only way that they can be fought against is THROUGH THE SPIRITUAL REALM. There IS a force which is operating continually against all of us. Just because you cannot see it does not mean that it is not there. You can't see the wind either, but it is there and it is forceful. It is the same way with the spiritual realm.

There are a lot of people who CHOOSE to NOT BELIEVE there is a force in operation from the spiritual realm. That is dangerous!!! Totally dangerous!!! Some say that "some things are just better left alone". How ridiculous!!!! We cannot just close our eyes, and our ears, and totally reject this FACT!!!! If we start choosing the parts of the Bible we want to believe and the parts that we don't want to believe, then tear that page out, it wouldn't take long before we had just a very few pages left. We cannot take the words that we WANT TO HEAR and adjust them and move them around to FIT OUR LIFESTYLES!!

We have ALL been given the same set of principles, rules, and commandments---the INSPIRED WORD OF GOD in our Bible, and God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) What is commanded and set forth for one is set forth for ALL of God's people!!
Thanks for studying with us . . . . Please be sure to get things straight and right with God before going any further with this or ANY study that you do. It is the most IMPORTANT DECISION THAT YOU WILL EVER MAKE IN YOUR ENTIRE LIFE!!!
We will strive to post a lesson at least every two weeks on the Subject of Spiritual Warfare. If, at any time, you have any questions or comments about any of our messages or teachings, we encourage you to contact us through our e-mail or by telephone or by letter.
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