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Spiritual/Psychological Warfare Part 5


  • Spiritual/Psychological Warfare Part 5

    Summary of Study

    It has been said that the greatest trick Satan ever did, was to convince man that he doesn't exist. It is true, that if we don't believe there are any consequences for our actions, then whatever it is we may be doing or want to do, we will do or continue doing. We were born with a sinful nature, with rebellion as a part of that nature. Just as Satan had a rebellious nature. He wanted to be like the Most High. (Isaiah 14:12-15) And this is the deception he used to deceive Eve in the garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:5) He knew that he had fallen for it and man could fall for it too. That was our downfall as mankind.

    I've mentioned Romans 6 in this study and I recommend a deeper study on this Chapter than I can offer in this study on Spiritual Warfare. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:24 that we cannot serve two masters, and Romans 6 further explains this concept. We either serve one or the other, but we can't serve both. As Jesus said, we will hold to the one and despise the other. If we're following our sinful nature we won't want to do what He is wanting us to do. It will come second to the sin we are wanting to commit. No matter what that sin is it will be what we serve first.

    Pride and power were Satan's downfall, and he uses those two things to tempt us. He tempts us in other ways as too, areas that we are weak in such as with alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. etc.. But he knows we are weak in these two areas of pride and power. Once we've crossed the line we sin, and he uses that sin to hold us down with. He holds us captive with the knowledge of this unrepentant sin. Unless we recognize that we have sinned and ask for forgiveness of that sin, he will continually make accusations about that unrepentant sin we've committed.

    Peter was allowed to be “sifted as wheat” by our Lord and Savior. (Luke 22:34) In the discourse of this conversation Peter showed pride above the other disciples. Jesus told Peter that before the cock crowed that day (as a rooster crows at daylight in the morning) he would deny Jesus three times. Jesus knew that is what it would take to humble Peter, to come to the revelation at that very moment he had denied Jesus the third time. Jesus didn't tempted Peter, Satan had. Satan had already tempted Peter with pride. God will allow us to be tested as Peter was tested, to strengthen our faith, not to weaken it. (James 1:2-4)

    Actions and words can go hand in hand. Jesus said that it's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man but what comes out of it. Mark 7:15 “There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.” Jesus, in the same conversation explained what He meant

    20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
    21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

    It's not just the words in our mouth, but the actions that are in our hearts as well. Look back over that list and see how many are actions. These are the things from our sinful nature that we have to bring captive in Christ.

    2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (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;

    Whether it is a word or an action it must be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

    “Capture their minds and their hearts and souls will follow.”
    Author Unknown

    If we allow Christ to capture our mind, our hearts and souls will follow.

    Battles are fought on a physical battlefield, that physical battlefield is our mind. We don't have to look any further than that, to find the battles we face. It is a struggle sometimes, but when we allow Christ to fight the battle for us, realizing He's already fought it and won. We gain a new perspective on Spiritual Warfare. We don't fight the battles, He does, and He fights them “from victory, not for victory”.

    What does “from victory” mean? It means He has already won. An illustration of this can be seen from this example. Lets say you are taping the Superbowl or the final World Series Baseball game because you have to work during that time frame. But your friend gets to watch the game. At the end of the game, your friend knows who won the game. But you haven't seen it yet, so you don't. As you watch the game your friend is comfortable knowing who is the victor of this match. He/she knows whether in the final seconds of the game an upset takes place, or if it was just a close game. But your friend knows where you don't.

    Satan on the other hand, wants you to believe that there is still a battle to be won. But the fact of the matter is, Jesus Christ has already won the war. And He has given us the power to tread on serpents and scorpions.

    Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

    The enemy, Satan has no power over you unless you allow him to have it. Unless you give it to him he has no power to hold you down with guilt, or any other manipulative action. Jesus set you free remember!?! Don't give the enemy any ground in your life. I once read this comment and don't know who might have originally said it, but it was simple, “give Satan an inch and he'll be a ruler”. Don't even give him that inch!

    In closing of this 5 part study on Spiritual/Psychological Warfare. I would just like to add. Unofficially (only meaning I don't have a college degree in psychology) I've been studying human behavior and animal behavior since 1984. Much of that understanding has gone into this study. Looking at this topic from a slightly different perspective than others who have done similar studies.

    In 1984 I began studying animal behavior for a job I had. I then started studying human behavior as well looking at the body language and what we do when we think no one is looking. I see a direct connection between our behaviors and sin. I once gave a sermon on Romans 1:26-32 and Galatians 5:19-21, and as I studied for this sermon and examined myself by these verses, it was a very humbling experience. Any one of us are capable of these behaviors, these manifestations of the flesh. Take a moment, if you would, and examine yourself by these same verses and you will see what I mean.

    For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
    (Rom 1:26-32)

    Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
    (Gal 5:19-21)

    The following is a warning.

    Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
    (Gal 6:7-10)

    We are encouraged to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith. (2 Corinthians 13:5) I encourage you to do that with these verses. Ask yourself, are you sowing to the flesh or to the Spirit?

    Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this study. May God bless you and keep you.

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      Very good explanation of the spiritual warfare we face.

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      This is a very great topic I have really enjoyed this series of articles and want to thank you for sharing them with us. I'm keeping copies of them, stapled together, for future reference.
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