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Spiritual Warfare Part 3

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 (Ephesians 6:12, KJV).

Continuing with blessing versus cursing, here is something to address in relation to our warfare: is there ever a time when a believer should curse anyone or anything? As stated in the previous lesson, in order for something to be truly spiritual, it has to be scriptural. There is a practice in which some curse sickness, diseases, demons and the like. The first question to be raised on this issue is what verses of Scripture is this practice based upon? Here is another question, why would someone curse something that is already cursed or a product of the curse? This leads to an additional question: are we supposed to employ the weapons of darkness used by the enemy? Romans 12:21 plainly answers the last question: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (KJV). What part of, “Curse not” (Romans 12:14), is not understood?
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Spiritual Warfare Part 2

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 (Ephesians 6:12, KJV).

Here something to consider: just because something sounds spiritual, does not necessarily mean that it is spiritual. In order for something to be truly spiritual, it must line up with the Word of God. In other words, in order for something to be spiritual, it must be scriptural. It is important to spend time in the Word of God because there are things that may sound scriptural, but are not. Please understand that even when using a verse of Scripture in a teaching, it does not ensure that the principle that is being taught is sound. We cannot base a teaching on a single verse; there should be at least two or three verses of Scripture used in proper context. Everything taught must conform to the Word of God; we cannot seek to conform the Word to our teaching. This means all of us need to read and study our Bibles. Whether we are dealing with warfare as in this case, or any other principle, we must study things out while relying on the Holy Spirit to teach us. We must always remain teachable, regardless of how much we think we know. Dovetailing off the previous lesson, a very important tool in warfare is the written Word of God.
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Spiritual Warfare Part 1

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 (Ephesians 6:12, KJV). Ephesians 6:12 is a verse of Scripture that is commonly quoted by those who engage in “spiritual warfare.” The question is: what does it mean to wrestle, and what does that look like? What are the true weapons of the Christian, and how do they apply? Perhaps a clue may be that the phrase, “spiritual warfare,” is not in the Bible. That is to say, the word “spiritual” and the word “warfare” can be found, but they are not joined together. Perhaps the warfare is to stay spiritual, regardless of our circumstances. What does the word, “wrestle,” mean? In essence, it means just that, to struggle or to engage in hand-to-hand combat on an individual basis. However, we cannot approach the subject from a naturalistic approach. Our opening text plainly states, “We wrestle not against flesh and blood.” Our fight is not against people, which is very important to remember. It goes beyond flesh and blood; nevertheless, the way we deal with people goes hand in hand with the way we wrestle.
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Do Not Limit God Part Five

A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit (Proverbs 29:23, KJV). Without realizing it, pride plays a bigger role in limiting God in our lives than we would care to admit. Sadly, it also has been a major cause of a number non-believing people to face eternal judgment separated from God. Pride knows no boundaries, as everyone faces it in their life and on several occasions. What are some of the ways pride affects people and how do we combat it?

In the Lord’s Word against Edom, Obadiah three declares, “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground (emphasis added)?” Pride has a way of lurking behind self-deception to cover up its true identity, thus making it possible for people to walk in pride without realizing it. Pride gives people a false perception of who they are in their minds, and false assessments of their circumstances. Pride is self-exaltation in action, even in those actions that would appear to be humble on the surface. For example, as the joke speaks volumes: “we are proud of our humility.” Some will act humble, but underneath the surface, they are looking for the accolades attached to it –“he is so humble!” As strange as it may sound, they want the glory for being humble. They act humble while they are actually looking for affirmation. One of the reasons those new to the faith should not be placed in leadership is pride: “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Timothy 3:6, KJV). Pride was the devil’s downfall, and the downfall of many that followed. Pride gives an assessment of the self by the self.
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Do Not Limit God Part Four

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

Phil 2:12-15 (KJV)

One thing that would serve us well as believers is to remember that the best place to be is in the perfect will of God. Regardless of our understanding of the circumstances that we might find ourselves in, if we are in the Father’s will we are in the best place. It does not matter whether we like them or not. One of the best things we can do is embrace the moment we are in, and praise the Lord. The heart of worship always acknowledges Him for Who He is, and always rejoices in Him. Even in the most difficult situation, praise is one of our highest callings. That is why it is called the sacrifice of praise. As hard as it can be to grasp when we are overwhelmed emotionally, praise is one of our closest allies. We know that God inhabits the praises of His people (see Psalm 22:3), and in the presence of God is fullness of peace. Praise as an act of faith declares our victory found in the Lord! While praise invites the presence of the Lord, murmuring has the opposite affect.
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Do Not Limit God Part Three

In parts, one and two of this series we touched on four ways that people can limit God: unbelief, maintaining a hardened heart, rejecting the will of the Father, and living a double life. One more way that people limit God is by failing to walk in love. This is no small issue, as this is a major component in the Kingdom of God. Without love, it is virtually impossible to do the things of God. In truth, everything God does for us is based upon His love. If one is having difficulty with ascertaining whether he is truly walking with God, a simple way he can do this is by examining where he stands in relation to love.
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