Spiritual Warfare Part 4

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).

Titus 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work (KJV). It is interesting to note that in one verse of Scripture we find that we wrestle against principalities and powers, while another verse says that we are to be subject to them. “To be subject,” means to submit our self to, or to be subordinate. At the surface, it would appear that these verses are contradictory, but they are not. While one verse refers to evil authority, and the other refers to governmental authorities, they are still related. One of the ways we wrestle against evil principalities and powers is by submitting to God-given authority. A means to breaking rebellion is for us to walk in obedience, which requires submission. There is power in submission; in fact, if we are unsubmissive, we will have no power or authority.
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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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Suppressed Grief

Suppressed Grief
By Janice S Ramkissoon
12th May 2011
 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2nd Timothy 1:7, KJV).

My experience of the various unprocessed grief in my life (from childhood to adult pain) became ‘a thorn in my flesh’. Some of these losses included: The death of loved ones; Our miscarriages; My loss of employment and financial independence; The loss of friends and community support, through relocation (including schooling and places of fellowship) and also through misunderstanding. Facing the struggles of adult life with all that unprocessed grief added to the fact that I was also grieving the loss of my childhood was disaster waiting to happen.
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