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Ephesians 6 Spiritual Warfare Introductory Thoughts

04 Feb

Occasion:  Tuesday Bible Study 21st January 2014

Observation 1: While we cannot blame everything in our life on spiritual warfare, we need to recognize that there is a spiritual dimension to the battles we face on a daily basis.

  • Sickness
  • Persecution
  • Temptations
  • Prosperity
  • Poverty
  • Blasphemous thoughts
  • Doubts

Observation 2: Paul uses the analogy of warfare to describe the nature of the Christian life.

Observation 3: Many of the most common techniques described by pastors and confessions Christians when they are discussing spiritual warfare are not found in this text.

  • Binding demons
  • Casting out demons
  • Claiming the blood of Jesus
  • Rebuking Satan
  • Having a man of God pray over you or your things
  • Claiming various blessings or powers
  • Fasting and praying for a breakthrough
  • Deliverance services and techniques
  • Letting go and letting God
  • Laying all on the alter
  • Walking an isle to receive a pastoral prayer

Observation 4: The following items are the parts of the armor he mentions

  • Girding your waist with truth
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
  • Shield of faith
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit, the word of God
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Vigilance

Observation 5: Do not look for substitutes or secret hidden keys that no Christian throughout the history of the church has ever understood.  Take up the armor that God has provided and prepare yourself for battle every day, because substitutes are powerless to sanctify us.

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