“Spiritual Warfare”

Posted: February 12, 2016 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Devil / Satan, Salvation, Spiritual Warfare, Uncategorized

Do you ever struggle with disappointment (Job 3:3, 10), discouragement (Job 19:7-12), and doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1)? Are you tempted to act independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; Luke 4:1-13) and think you can handle things on your own? Think again (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Do you ever freeze up and get afraid or timid (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33) when you try to share your faith with others? Are you tempted to be proud (1 Timothy 3:6) of your own accomplishments rather than giving the credit to God (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you short with others who have wronged you? Do you ever have a bitter, unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11)? Are you tempted to take/steal (Ephesians 4:27, 28) from others what doesn’t belong to you? Do you ever lie or twist the truth (Acts 5:4-6)? Are you busy with the things that you want to do but when it comes to spiritual matters and doing God’s will, are you spiritually lazy? Do you ever gossip or engage in tale bearing? Are you a busy body (1 Timothy 5:13-15)? Are you tempted to use filthy, inappropriate speech from time to time ((Ephesians 4:29)?

All these temptations that come from the devil are designed to interrupt your relationship with God and keep you, as a Christian, from doing the things that God wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). But God has provided a defense against these fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16). The armor of God needs to be put on mentally each time we are attacked so that we don’t end up being defeated by the devil or his angels/demons (Ephesians 6:10-17). Do you know how to use these pieces of the armor to defend yourself? Could you share this information with other believers who may be struggling with a bad attitude that could lead to sinful conduct (2 Timothy 2:2)? What are you doing to bear other people’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-5)? Do you know the difference between the temptations that come from the devil/demons and those that come from your own sin nature (Galatians 5:21, 22) and the ones that come from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:16-26)? There are different ways to counteract these three sources of temptations.

Satan is God’s enemy and wants to destroy God’s people and Bible believing local churches. But your faithful attendance at such a church each week can enable you and others to be strengthened through the teaching of the Word of God. Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? Are you edifying others (1 Thessalonians 5:11)?

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Perhaps Today! Are you ready? If not, ask for help! We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). How much do you love God and His people?

If you live in our area, we invite you to join us on Wednesdays evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 as we study the God’s Word together. Call 805-238-3549 for more information.

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