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Friday, July 01, 2016

Spiritual Warfare Study Part One

I will be taking a little time from the subject of this blog to share from my Facebook discussion group, which at the end I will tie it to our workplace issues.

I have seen lately how Jesus spoke often of Satan, Demons and He actively delivered those oppressed by them. So I have started studying the practice of Spiritual Warfare. The Church I was part of taught and practiced this since the early 80s. We practiced it as we learned. Some things we did were way off base like believing that the little scrubbing pad frogs in our kitchens were demonic, but the Lord centered us. I have read many books on the subject, but have decided to start from scratch.
All post will be approved by me before posting. I will not allow off topic post or discussion of demonology, we know our enemy, we don't need to get in bed with him. And I will adjust rules as needed.
I will be marking each point as Step 1, Step 2, efc... so you can search the group to go back over the steps. REMEMBER that these are just guideline points. I do not presume to say I know what I am saying. I am letting you join in in my study of the practice. At any point in your spiritual develop, you need to Pray, Don;t wait on doing battle.

Here is the first post:
Step 1 in coming against an enemy is to be sure you have no allegiance to him.
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16:15
And Jesus said:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever." John 8:34-35
So if we are giving ourselves over to sin, than we are siding with the enemy.
We need to get free from this bondage first of all.
Read John 6

 ...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us... Hebrews 12:1
Can you think of anyone in the Bible (real person, not parable) that had a secret sin and it cost them everything?
 Hollywood portrays Judas as a poor misunderstood disciple. That he just wanted to help Jesus reveal Himself. That he had no choice in the matter, he had to fulfill prophecy.
Judas had a secret sin, he was a thief. See John 12:6. He spent three years hearing Jesus teach on being a giver and in that whole time he stayed a taker.
And when the time was right Satan entered him. See John 13:27 and Luke 22:3
So here is an example of someone following Jesus, but let the sin that ensnared him kept him bond to the enemy.
Can you think of a book, movie, TV show that illustrates this point?
In Steven King's movie, "Perfect Storm", an evil man/creature chooses a small island town to find his new replacement. He chooses the town because the residents can keep secrets. And he reveals the sins of all the residents as proof. The local minister has a deep secret and when the sheriff quotes scripture to try and get the people to resist the evil man, the minister is held back by unbelief and guilt and because of his sin was unable to combat the enemy. Because of sin evil was aloud it's way.