SPIRITUAL WARFARE
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THE WAR IS:

     MEMBERS, WARRING AGAINST…(the) MIND-Ro 7:23

     ENEMIES IN YOUR MIND-Col 1:21

     The DESIRES OF THE...MIND-Eph 2:3

     The VANITY OF THEIR MIND-Eph 4:17

     The FLESHLY MIND-Col 2:18

     The DOUBTFUL MIND-Lk 12:29

     The CARNAL MIND-Ro 8:7

     The SHAKEN...MIND-2 Thes 2:2

FOR OUR WEAPONS ARE:

     NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS-2 Cor 10:4.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

     BE YE TRANSFORMED-Ro 12:2

     CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS-2 Cor 10:5

     Bring INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST-2 Cor 10:5

     BE SPIRITUALLY MINDED-Ro 8:6

     PUT OFF...THE OLD MAN-Eph 4:22

     BE RENEWED IN...YOUR MIND-Eph 4:23

     PUT ON THE NEW MAN-Eph 4:24

     Let the mind of Christ be in you-ref Phili 2:5

     LET NO MAN BEGUILE YOU-Col 2:18

     Let no MAN SPOIL YOU-Col 2:8

     BE FULLY PERSUADED in your mind-ref Ro 14:5

     Do not have a DOUBTFUL MIND-Lk 12:29

     Do not be SOON SHAKEN IN MIND-2 Thes 2:2

     Do not BE TROUBLED-2 Thes 2:2

     GIRD UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND-1 Pe 1:13

     BE SOBER-1 Pe 1:13

     HOPE TO THE END FOR THE GRACE-1 Pe 1:13

THE RESULTS SHOULD BE

     A spiritual mind-ref Ro 8:6

     A mind without doubts-Lk 12:29

     A mind that IS NOT SOON SHAKEN-2 Thes 2:2

     A TRANSFORMED...MIND-Ro 12:2

     A RENEWED...MIND-Eph 4:23; Ro 12:2

     A FULLY PERSUADED...MIND-Ro 14:5

     A MIND...IN CHRIST-Phili 2:5

     A GIRD UP...MIND-1 Pe 1:13

     A NEW MAN-Eph 4:24

     Hoping TO THE END FOR THE GRACE-1 Pe 1:13

THE WAR OR BATTLE RAGES IN OUR FLESH

     Adultery is running rampant.  Homosexuality continues to increase.  Illicit sex is out of control.   Drunkenness, drugs, and wicked things to please the flesh seem to be what many desire.  They are ignorant that Satan is behind these.  He prompts us to sin.   Our flesh also lusts after material things.  Many people will lie, cheat, steal, and worse in order to get worldly possessions and money.

     The Scripture asks us, WHO DID HINDER YOU THAT YE SHOULD NOT OBEY THE TRUTH?-Gal 5:7.

     We are in a war.   Will we obey God?  Will we become a servant of righteousness or a servant of sin?

     The Bible asks us, FROM WHENCE COME WARS AND FIGHTINGS AMONG YOU?  COME THEY NOT HENCE, EVEN OF YOUR LUSTS THAT WAR IN YOUR MEMBERS?-Ja 4:1.   Note the words, "WAR IN YOUR MEMBERS" (in your body).  DEARLY BELOVED, I BESEECH YOU AS STRANGERS AND PILGRIMS, ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS, WHICH WAR AGAINST THE SOUL-1 Pe 2:11.  FOR THE FLESH LUSTETH AGAINST THE SPIRIT, AND THE SPIRIT AGAINST THE FLESH: AND THESE ARE CONTRARY THE ONE TO THE OTHER-Gal 5:17.  There is a war going on between the lusts of your flesh and your soul.  There may be a war going on between your flesh and mind.  There is a war going on between the flesh and the Spirit.  You may determine in your mind not to yield to your fleshly lusts.  The fleshly lusts then war against those thoughts.  The inner conflict continues.   It is a spiritual war.  It is a battle between doing God’s will and doing Satan’s will.

     As unbelievers, WE ALL HAD OUR CONVERSATION IN TIMES PAST IN THE LUSTS OF OUR FLESH, FULFILLING THE DESIRES OF THE "FLESH" AND OF THE "MIND"-Eph 2:3.

     God gives us a warning of judgment.  FOR IF YE LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, YE SHALL DIE-Ro 8:13.  FOR TO BE CARNALLY (or worldly) MINDED IS DEATH-Ro 8:6.  FOR HE THAT SOWETH TO HIS FLESH SHALL OF THE FLESH REAP CORRUPTION-Gal 6:8.

     So What Should We Do?  WATCH AND PRAY, THAT YE ENTER NOT INTO TEMPTATION: THE SPIRIT INDEED IS WILLING, BUT THE FLESH IS WEAK-Mt 26:41.  BUT PUT YE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, AND MAKE NOT PROVISION FOR THE FLESH, TO FULFILL THE LUSTS THEREOF-Ro 13:14.  For we should no longer live the rest of our time IN THE FLESH TO THE LUSTS OF MEN, BUT TO THE WILL OF GOD-1 Pe 4:2.  THIS I SAY THEN, WALK IN THE SPIRIT (or in the Word), AND YE SHALL NOT FULFILL THE LUST OF THE FLESH-Gal 5:16.  ABSTAIN FROM FLESHLY LUSTS-1 Pe 2:11.  Indeed, we should hate EVEN THE GARMENT SPOTTED BY THE FLESH-Jude 23.

     The good news is, THERE IS THEREFORE NOW NO CONDEMNATION TO THEM WHICH ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT-Ro 8:1.  THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS (or passions) AND LUSTS-Gal 5:24.  For HE THAT SOWETH TO THE SPIRIT SHALL OF THE SPIRIT REAP LIFE EVERLASTING-Gal 6:8.   FOR AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD-Ro 8:14.  The Spirit of God will never lead a person contrary to the Word of God.  Many say they are being led of the Spirit, but they do not obey God’s Word.  They are deceived.  To be led of the Spirit of God is to be led by the Word of God.  To be led by the Word of God is to "follow Jesus."

THE WAR OR BATTLE  RAGES IN OUR FEELINGS, OUR EMOTIONS

     It is written, ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH, WHEREWITH YE SHALL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE WICKED-Eph 6:16.  Thoughts trigger our emotions.  Often, we may get big knots in our stomach or mid-section.  It can feel like a big, flaming arrow inside or a fiery dart.  You may get ready to witness to someone about Jesus, and your emotions get tense.  Whenever you are about to do what God wants you to do, you may get fiery darts inside you.  Your emotions can get stirred.  You have a thought to give a person a tract.  Your emotions become stirred.  Satan uses fiery arrows to try to stop a person from obeying God.  The person that is ignorant of spiritual warfare does not understand these things, so when they "feel" through a fiery dart that something is wrong, they go by their emotions rather than God’s Word.   Nevertheless, the shield of faith can quench these fiery arrows.

    Beware when these knots, these feelings, these thoughts are not in harmony with the Scriptures.  It is God’s Word that will tell you if your thoughts and feelings are from God or Satan.  A person needs to study God’s Word, so he can discern what is right and wrong.  Examine everything by God’s Word.

     Paul witnessed to Felix. FELIX TREMBLED-Acts 24:25.  His emotions rose up.  He was uptight.

     Stephen testified of God.  And those that heard him CRIED OUT WITH A LOUD VOICE, AND STOPPED THEIR EARS-Acts 7:57.  Their emotions rose up.  They had fiery darts.  They were uptight.

     The unprofitable servant of God said, I WAS AFRAID-Mt 25:25.  He had fiery darts.  He was uptight.

     Jesus said, LET US GO INTO JUDEA AGAIN.  HIS DISCIPLES... said...MASTER, THE JEWS...SOUGHT TO STONE THEE; AND GOEST THOU THITHER AGAIN?  The disciples' emotions rose up.  They had fiery darts.  They were uptight.  Thomas said, LET US ALSO GO, THAT WE MAY DIE WITH HIM-Jn 11:7,8,16.  His emotions rose up.  He had fiery darts.  He was uptight.

     The fiery darts hindered Felix, those that heard Stephen, and the unprofitable servant.

     The disciples also had fiery darts and were afraid, but they did not turn back.

     Thomas also, it appears, had fiery darts and was afraid, but he did not turn back.

    Obey God’s Word, not your emotions.  For often your emotions will run contrary to God’s Word.  Wrong thinking can prompt your emotions to be in disagreement with the Word of God.

THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN

     Remember, as followers of Jesus, we are called soldiers.  We are in a war here on the earth.

     There is also war in heaven.  During the Tribulation, it is written, AND THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN: MICHAEL AND HIS ANGELS FOUGHT AGAINST THE DRAGON; AND THE DRAGON (Satan) FOUGHT AND HIS ANGELS-Rev 12:7.

     The Scriptures have shown us a war going on between God and Satan.  It is a war between light and darkness.  It is a war between spirituality and carnality.  It is a war between truth and error.  This war takes place in the heavens and inside you.

     During the Tribulation, it is written, AND IT WAS GIVEN UNTO HIM (the beast or Antichrist) TO MAKE WAR WITH THE SAINTS-Rev 13:7.  And THESE (the beast, who is called Antichrist, and the ten kings of the Tribulation period) SHALL MAKE WAR WITH THE LAMB (Jesus), AND THE LAMB SHALL OVERCOME THEM-Rev 17:14.  HE (the Antichrist) SHALL ALSO STAND UP AGAINST THE PRINCE OF PRINCES (Jesus); BUT HE SHALL BE BROKEN WITHOUT HAND-Dan 8:25.

WHAT IS SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS?

     One definition of "spiritual blindness" is this: not being able to examine yourself correctly by God’s Word.

 

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