Lesson 3 – Biblical Basis for Spiritual Conflict – Part 3


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Subjects to be Explored

What the enemy can do to us

The results of our disobedience

How to be obedient to the Lord

Establishing God’s kingdom on earth

Our authority

Struggling for our obedience

 

 

Related Objectives

  •  You will write out a definition for demonization and possession
  •  You will explain the physical, emotional and spiritual consequences of our disobedience
  •  You will be reminded of why and how through Christ we can walk in obedience to the Lord
  •  You will begin to understand that as we walk in obedience we help establish God’s kingdom here on earth
  •  You will learn how to struggle for obedience

 

Lesson Content

 

What the enemy can do to us – Biblical Evidence

“daimonizomai” – demonization

Write out Matt 4:24

 

Write out Matt 15:22

 

 

 

“Echo” –– possessed or to ‘had’ ‘having’ {a demon}

Write out Acts 8:7

 

Write out Acts 16:16

 

 

‘katadinasteuo’ – overpowered

Write out Acts 10:38 _

 

The Results of Our Disobedience

There are many ways in which we suffer that are the result of our sin and our ancestor’s sin. Following is a list of some of these.

 

Physical – blindness, seizures, spells of unconsciousness, amnesia, foaming at the mouth, excessive sexual activity or cravings, cuts on body, migraine headaches, choking, drugs, alcohol, and strangeness about the eyes.

 

Emotional and Psychological- moral depravity, deep melancholy, extreme ecstasy, violence, cursing, shame, extreme guilt, fear of going insane, sense of isolation, thoughts of violence towards others, suicidal suggestions, thoughts you hate, voices, fear, abnormal aggression, sudden fluctuations in moods, preoccupation with rock music. What about mental illness?

 

Spiritual – resistance to prayer, Bible study, worship, hatred of the cross, hatred of the blood of Christ, speaking in unlearned languages (sometimes), inability to write or say the name of Jesus, can’t act on Christian counsel, can’t renounce the works of the devil, fear that God has forsaken you, sensing threats from God, uncontrollable laughter at holy things.

 

Through Christ We Can Be Obedient

We are not left without help! Through Christ we can overcome what the enemy has done and is doing in our lives. We can do these through the power of Jesus Christ. In Him we have:

 

Perfect Acceptance-

Write Out Eph. 1:4-7

 

Perfect Access –

Write Out Eph. 2:5-7

 

Write Out I Peter 5:7-9

 

Perfect Authority

Write Out Colossians 2:15

 

We need to exercise our authority.

“Ps. 110:1 was the most frequently cited Old Testament passage by early Christian writers. It was commonly used to interpret God’s enthronement of Christ. The ‘enemies’ of this psalm were always identified with the invisible powers that Christ defeated and subjugated.” (Clinton Arnold)

 

Write Out I Cor. 2:6-8

 

“There are a number of good reasons for believing Paul intended his readers to think of demonic rulers when they read this passage.”(Clinton Arnold)

Write Out Rom. 8:38-39

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“It appears that Paul may have used the terms height and depth as a comprehensive way of referring to all the astral spirits who were commonly believed to control human destiny. In astronomical texts both terms appear technical. They were used to refer to the zenith and nadir of the stars, that is, the highest and lowest points reached by a heavenly body. It may be intentional that Paul’s very next expression is, literally, ‘nor any other creature.’ (Clinton Arnold)
 

We Are to Establish God’s Kingdom on Earth

For Jesus, healings and exorcisms clearly did not merely symbolize the kingdom of God—they were the kingdom of God.

 

In the opening of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus begins his ministry by announcing: “The Kingdom of God has come near: repent, and believe in the good news (Mark 1:15). This is the total content of what Mark tells us Jesus preached. But everything that follows informs us what this kingdom preaching means, and it does so by illustration. After calling his disciples, Jesus amazes the people with the authority of his teaching.

 

Immediately, however, a man demonized by an unclean spirit cries out, Jesus rebukes the demon, telling him to be silent. This is what the kingdom of God means.

 

This is what the rule of God is about, it is about vanquishing the rule of Satan, and thus about setting people free from demons and from the ungodly infirmities they inflict on people. (Luke 4:18-19)

 

What the kingdom of God means, therefore, is that the hostile alien kingdom of demonic captivity, oppression, poverty and blindness (physical and spiritual) is coming to an end through the ministry of Jesus. He is the bringer of the kingdom of God, for he is the vanquisher of the kingdom of Satan. (Matt 4:23-24)

 

…‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt 10:7-8). (Boyd, 186-190)

 

But it is hardly less puzzling that so many believing Christians today can read these same Gospels, while committing themselves to following the Lord, yet never seriously consider treating sickness and disease (to say nothing of demonized people) the way Jesus treated them. Far from considering such things as scourges of the devil, as Jesus did, we modern Christians are likely to attribute them to God’s “mysterious providence.” (Boyd, 191)

We have been given authority! – Luke 10:19

Expect a resistance to deliverance –

Write Out Matt 12:22-30 (See also Mark 3:20-27, Luke 11:14-23)

 

“I call this raising of controversy, against those who commit themselves to evangelism, healing and deliverance, the Beelzebub Syndrome, because when the church hierarchy of Jesus’ day, the Pharisees, heard that he had restored the eyesight and speech of a blind and dumb man through deliverance, they raised a controversy to try and discredit the ministry of Jesus.” (Peter Horrobin – The Beelzebub Syndrome)

Note: In Mark’s account his family declared Jesus had gone mad. Jesus’ response was “who are my brothers…” “In saying this, Jesus was not saying that families don’t matter, but he was placing a light priority on obedience to God rather than subjection of a God-given ministry to the wishes of his family. And in the context of the scripture the priority was, in that instance, on the ministry of healing and deliverance. By implication, therefore, the people who are ministering in this way to those in need are truly mother, brother and sister to Jesus. Jesus then says “he who is not with me is against me.”

 

We are To Come In Compassion

Toward the demonization, however, he never expressed anger; rather, he exhibited only compassion. As Langton notes, “Pity rather than anger characterizes the attitude of Jesus toward the possessed. . . He treats them as if they were the victims of an involuntary possession.” Indeed, he treats them as though they are casualties of war. For, in his view, this is precisely what they are.

 

. . . just as evil adults can and do sometimes victimize children against their will and God’s will, just as rapists victimize women against their will and against God’s will, and just as despotic political powers victimize their subjects against their will and against God’s will, so demonic spirits can apparently sometimes victimize people against their will and against God’s will.   (Boyd, 199-200)

 

How to Struggle for Obedience

 

NOTE; (Arnold) – “Protection from evil spirits was something of great concern to people living in the first century…. For Paul, only the one true God provides us with protection…. Although God provides us with protection, becoming a Christian does not mean that one gains an automatic immunity to the demonic realm. Believers need to learn about their position in Christ. This is precisely why the study of Scripture and theology is so important for Christian living…There is no nominal Christianity. Believers either resist the influence of the evil one who works through the flesh and the world, or they relinquish control of their lives to the powers of darkness.”

 

Renew allegiance to God

Write out Romans 12:1

 

Reject False World View

Write Out Romans 12:2

 

Remove False Ways- (Put away sinful practice)

Write Out Acts 8:18-24

 

Rely on the Armor of God

Write Out Ephesians 6:10-11

 

(Often the pieces of the armor are described as extravagant in nature, the very best.)-offensive weapons. PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT – Romans 13:12-14

 

Belt of Truth- Loins girded showed readiness for war. Lord Jesus is the Truth

Write Out John 10:10

 

The Word of God is Truth

Write out 2 Timothy 2:15

 

The Holy Spirit is Truth

Write Out I Cor 2:10

 

Breastplate of Righteousness- protects seat of emotions and feelings. It protects the front and back of the soldier. It gives us confidence and courage. It repudiates self-righteousness.

Shoes of peace- Shoes were very important to soldier. His very life depended on good shoes. Preparation is best translated firmness, solid foundation, solidly. Write Out Rom. 5:1

 

Write Out Phil 4:6-7 6

Shield of Faith- This shield was 2 1/2 feet wide by 4 1/2 feet high. The soldier who carried this was in the front lines. The shield was an offensive weapon. Arrows were wrapped in pieces of cloth, soaked in pitch and lit on fire. Fiery missiles would be discouragement, doubt, and temptations.

Write Out Ps. 5:12

 

See Ps. 91

 

Write Out I Pet. 5:8-9

 

Helmet of Salvation- It protects the mind

Write Out I Cor. 11:3

Write Out I Thess. 5:8

It is the Promise of eternal salvation

Write Out Phil. 1:6

or particular statements

Write Out 2 Tim. 2:15

It is an offensive weapon

Write Out Heb. 4:12-13

It is spiritual

Write Out 2 Tim. 3:16

 

Practice doctrinal praying

Write Out II Cor. 10:4-6

 

 

 

Write Out Ephesians 6:18

 

 

Resist Satan

Write Out I Peter 5:9

 

Write Out James 4:7-8

 

Respond to Godly Counsel

Write Out Proverbs 12:15

 

Be Filled With the Holy Spirit

Write Out Ephesians 5:18

 

Affirm Gods Greatness and Goodness

Write Out Ephesians 5:19,20

 

Be A Part of the Body of Believers

Write Out Ephesians 5:19

 

Forgive

Write Out Ephesians 4:26, 27

 

 

Appropriate the blood of Jesus

 

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