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Things to Realize

Our Warfare

Weapons of Warfare

 


This section will be composed of the following:

 

1. The Holy Spirit

2. Our Full Armor

3. The Name of Jesus

4. Praise

5. God's Faithfulness


2 Corinthians 10:3-4 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;)

* Our weapons are not physical but spiritual, these weapons are mighty through God. For 
    weapons to be effective, they must be used.

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1. The Holy Spirit

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

* God has not left us alone in this world as orphans; He has sent his Holy Spirit to help us.

1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.


A. Helps us

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

 

B. Empowers Us

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

* Power in this case comes from the Greek word "Dunamis" from which we get our word dynamite.

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2. Our Full Armor

Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15. and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16. above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
18. praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints;

* If God has given to us armor, then itís apparent that we need it. He says above "to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" Like it or not, Christians are involved in a spiritual conflict.

 

A. Truth

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
32. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.''

John 17:17 "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth."

* Knowing the truths about Jesus is part of our armor

Only way of Salvation His death-burial-Resurrection Jesus was sinless

His Virgin birth His 2nd Coming His Headship

His Deity Our Advocate Etc.

* Accepting the truth of Godís Word, in the face of every circumstance and situation

 

B. Righteousness

* The righteousness of God, is all that God demands and approves, to be in good standing with him, and is ultimately found in Christ. By faith in Jesus Christ, the righteousness of Christ was imputed unto us.

Romans 3 :21-22 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is manifested, being witnessed by the prophets.
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference.

2 Corinthians 5: 17 For he hath made him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Philippians 3 :9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God b~ faith.

Abraham's Example:

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture, Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

* Our Righteousness ( in good standing with God) is not produced by self effort, our works, but is by faith in Jesus Christ. We do good works because we are righteous, not to gain righteousness.

* Holiness is a product of our right standing with God ( righteousness) It is the outliving of our position.

* God has made provision for us, that if we sin, we can be forgiven and cleansed. Thereby maintaining, our standing with God.

1 John 1 :9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

C. The Gospel

Matthew 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

* The Gospel is the Good News of Jesus Christ. All men everywhere need to hear the Gospel and be saved because all men everywhere are lost in sin.

"Shod our feet with the Gospel of peace" We must be rooted in the Gospel message.

Notice the following scripture.

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!''

* All Christians every where should share the Gospel message. Itís not just the responsibility of a few. You and I have the message of eternal life, all about us, people are perishing.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

D. Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

1 John 5:4-5 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

5. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

* In this present evil world that we live in, a Christianís faith is a shield that quenches every fiery dart ( trial-persecution-doubt ) that Satan throws at us.

* The Word of God gives birth to our faith: Our faith in Jesus Christ is based upon the Word of God not how we feel, nor our circumstance or situation, nor even what some may erroneously teach.

Romans 10: 8-10 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
 

E. Helment of Salvation

* Realizing that our salvation was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ, the work of His cross and not our own effort; is part of our armor: as a helmet it protects our minds from Satanís attacks, of suggesting that we must earn by our own merits, salvation

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9. Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

* Good works can not save us. Christians do good works because they are saved.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.


F. Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (NKJV)

The Sword in Action:

Matthew 4:1- And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
2. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
3. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
4. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
5. And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
6. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
7. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
8. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
9. And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence:
10. For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee:
11. And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
12. And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
13. And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

* The Word of God spoken is a sharp two edged sword.

* Christians must speak Godís Word in the face of Satanís temptations.

* If we stand firm in our resisting, Satan will flee.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

F. Prayer

In the Spirit

Ephesians 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

Jude Vs.20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

1 Corinthians 14:4 He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself;

* Praying in the Spirit edifies ( builds up ) self

Intercession Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-2 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2. for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Prayer of Agreement

Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

For Answered Prayer

1 John 5:14-15...And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desire of him.

( Hebrews 4:16..come boldly )

1 John 3:21-22...Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments. and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Jesus example:

John 8:29...I always do those things that please the Father

John 11:41-42...Thou hearest me always

John 14:13-14...And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

John 15:7...If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
it shall be done unto you.

John 16:23-24...And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto ( until now ) have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall
receive, that your joy may be full.

* Hindrances ...

1 Peter 3:1-7...that your prayers be not hindered

Mark 11: 22-26 and Matthew 18:21-35 ...unforgiveness

James 4:3...receive not..ask to consume on lusts

* Miscellaneous ..

James 5:16-20...prayer of righteous man availeth much

Mark 11:24, and Matthew 21:22...ask believing

Matthew 7:7-...ask and ye shall receive

James 1:5-8..ask in faith..donít be double minded..

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3. The Name of Jesus

1.. Above every Name

Philippians 2:9-10 Wherefore God also hath highly exhalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.
VS.10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.

2. His Name in Salvation

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

3. His Name in Prayer

John 16:23-24 ...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it to you.
VS.24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

4. Authority in His Name

Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
VS.18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power ( authority )
is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
VS.19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
VS.20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Examples:

Acts 3:6-7 Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
VS.7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength

Acts 16:16-18 And it came to pass, as they went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
VS.17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, these men are servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
VS.18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

5. His Name in Baptism

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

6. Anoint in His Name

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
VS.15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

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4. Praise

2 Chronicles 20:21-22 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
22. And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

* Praise brings God on to the scene.

1 Corinthians 1:25, 27 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
27. But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

* What the world considers weak and foolish, many times is the very things that God uses.

God is Worthy of Praise

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, honour, and glory, and blessing.

Luke 19:38-40  Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39. And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40.. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

* Even the stones give recognition to their creator.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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5. God's Faithfulness

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

* One must take the way of escape.

Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

Admonitions

1 Timothy 2:3-4 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

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