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Spiritual Warfare----Lesson #3
As you progress in this Study, you must understand and realize that there IS a spiritual realm, and accept the fact that it does exist. That is one of the main keys to understanding how to fight and win with your Spiritual Warfare.
There is a spiritual realm, and it is very powerful, though the evil powers of the enemy is not nearly as strong as the power that is in us through the Blood of Jesus. Remember, that the Bible tells us that “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” ( 1 John 4:4) We must get that down in us, and be of that mindset as we move into this spiritual battle.
The devil (whom we call ‘the enemy’) has many, many helpers who we sometimes call minions, but they are also called evil spirits—they are all one and the same. They are used of the devil ‘to steal, to kill, and to destroy’ (John 10:10) all that he can of God’s people. The enemy will use anything and everything that he can to cause us to fall or to harm us spiritually, and YES, also physically. Different things ‘work’ with different individuals. By ‘work’, we mean that some things that pull one person down would not necessarily pull another down. What would ‘work’ with one individual to tempt or convince him/her to do a certain thing would not necessarily affect another individual.
Now, with that being said, we need to stress here that we believe that when a person is born into this world, God assigns a guardian angel to that person. We also believe that since the devil has a ‘copy’ of everything that God has, he also assigns an evil spirit to that person. Remember, there is an all-out war going on between God and satan for our very souls. The guardian angel, of course, looks out for that person’s well being and protects that individual. On the other hand, the evil spirit which is assigned is there to observe and to get to know, or to be familiar with ALL of that person’s likes, dislikes, behavior, and so on---all about that person’s life. These evil ones are what we call ‘familiar spirits’, and these are the ones that are at satan’s disposal to compile information to be used against us in ways contrary to what God would have for us. Again, they are there to help accomplish satan’s plan ‘to steal, to kill, and to destroy’.
We don’t realize that ANY of these are there . . . . we can’t see them, but we don’t see the air that we breathe either, or the wind, but it is there just the same. We don’t see the guardian angels, but most of us will and can believe we each have one. Even with that being said, one of the biggest tricks of the devil to deceive God’s people is to convince them that since they cannot see them, or touch them, or hear them that they are not there!!! This is dangerous thinking!! Remember, as we have stated earlier, it ALL starts in the mind—through the thought process—that is where the “Battlefield” is in within each of us. The thought patterns that we allow to come in, and cause us to dwell on, begin to set up ‘strongholds’ within our minds and spirits, and it makes it increasingly hard for us to receive the things of God. We must learn to take each thought captive (2 Corinthians 10: 4 and 5 KJV) Verse 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds: 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
The fact that the devil will use anything at his disposal to get us off focus is a major reason for us to get our Bible out, and to read the Scriptures and study out God’s Word because this is what we are going to have to use, especially in these last days, to defeat satan and his minions. After all, Jesus defeated the devil when they were in the wilderness those 40 days—he defeated him with the WORD---He simply said, “it is written”.
We must KNOW who we are in God, and WHOSE we are!! If our lives are cleaned up and we are living holy lives that are totally acceptable unto God, we will be able to come against all that satan has to throw our way. It will not always be easy . . .it rarely is . . . .but we can take ‘a stand’, knowing that when the enemy comes in like a flood, God will lift up a standard! (Isaiah 59:19 KJV).
If the Bible says, it, it is true!! We can trust EVERYTHING that God has promised—everything!!! That is also one major point that we must get down within our spirits and learn to trust and to live by!
We have to learn to recognize the enemy when he is coming against us. We must learn to recognize his tactics and to know how he operates. There is definitely a chain of command in the spiritual realm much like that of a government as we know it here on the earth. Paul says in Ephesians 6:12( KJV), “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”.
All these Paul speaks of are ALL operating through the spiritual realm and there is a force in operation in each of our lives, that is totally ‘against’ us and it is intended to destroy us.
We intend to help you to recognize different ways that we are attacked by this evil part of the spiritual realm, and to show you how you can come against them and defeat them. It is not something that we can learn overnight, but can learn over a period of time by some of the experiences that each of us encounter. It takes time and it takes effort on our part, but it also takes discernment and wisdom and knowledge, and most of all it takes spiritual growth!! A lot of times, a person is totally unwilling to take responsibility for his own spiritual well-being, and will sometimes expect his/her Pastor or another spiritual leader to pray all these things away. We each are responsible for ourselves, and for feeding our spirits with the Word of God, and to keep ourselves walking uprightly and as close to God as possible. To win this battle for our souls, we MUST know the Word of God and to be able to act upon it.
There is a ‘strongman’ in the spiritual realm that the enemy uses to dispense different spirits to us as individuals to begin to tear up and to interrupt and to disrupt not only our lives, but even our spiritual walk with God. We will learn more about that ‘strongman’ and his workers in the future lessons. Mostly, though, we must know WHO we are in GOD, and remember that He is our source for EVERYTHING---even our ‘fortress’ in times of trouble.
“What shall we say to these things?. . . If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
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