BIBLE STUDY NO. 42 (27 OCTOBER, 2016)
TOPIC: SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PART 1
TITLE: USING MY AUTHORITY IN CHRIST
Warfare is the activity of fighting a war using a particular method or weapon. Spiritual weapons are not carnal but they are mighty through God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). There are spiritual armours (weapons) and there is war itself. The spiritual war is against Satan and his demons, it is not war against a person. If a man or woman decides to trouble your life, peace or destiny, they are human agents of Satan, you do not go against them physically but spiritual. If you confront the devil’s human agent physically you will offend God and lose your battle.
WHY? Because our God rules by laws, principles and decrees. He said a BELIEVER IS TO LOVE HIS ENEMIES and treat them nicely. As the children of the kingdom, we operate a different law from the ones practiced in the world (read Matthew 5:43-48). God said do not avenge yourself; vengeance belongs to God. He will repay those who trouble you. If your enemy is hungry, feed him, if thirsty give him drink, by so doing, you heap coals of fire on his or her head. Do not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21). Fight the spirit operating in the person’s life.
The other war is the PRINCIPLE OF HOLINESS. To war against Satan, you must maintain your righteousness given to you by Christ Jesus. Those who are holy have the authority over Satan (Luke 10:19). Even if your enemies join forces, the enemy will be punished and the posterity of the righteous will be delivered (Proverbs 11:21). God hears the prayers of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29). The name of Jesus is a strong tower, the righteous is safe when they run into Jesus – Proverbs 18:10; and in Psalm 37:17-19, the word of God days that God will break the arms of the wicked. The righteous will not be ashamed in the times of evil, in times of recession, they shall be satisfied. The wicked will perish and varnish and be cut off. God loves the righteous – Psalm 146:8.
The other principle of spiritual warfare is PRAYER AND FASTING. Prayer and fasting will take care of every stubborn enemies or challenges in your live – Matthew 17:14-21). Queen Esther used it – Esther 4:16-3 day fast; King Jehoshaphat used it – 2 Chronicles 20: 3,13; the holy convocation before the Lord (One day prayer and fasting).
The most important thing in the spiritual warfare is the battle itself not the armour. Your FORGIVING SPIRIT, HOLINESS, PRAYER and FASTING is the battle itself. To war against Satan, you must understand who you are and your authority in Christ. We lost the authority when Adam fell in the Garden of Eden; but Jesus the second Adam according to the scriptures in 1 Corinthians 15:20-24; 45-48; Romans 8:14-15 collected the authority from Satan and gave it to us who believe in Him – Luke 10:19; Matthew 18:18-19. God rules in the kingdom of heaven and the earth – Daniel 14:17).
God is creator that was not created. He is the one who created everything including Satan (Ezekiel 28:14,15). God is all powerful, He gives power to whomever He pleases. Satan could not attack Job without God’s permission – Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7. God gave Nebuchadnezzar power to punish Israel but when pride set in into his heart, God turned him into a beast. If God allows Satan to attack you, it could be to warn you, prune you, prove you and bless you in the end. Do not worry about what the devil and his demons r his agents are doing to you, PREPARE FOR WAR. God is watching to see you win in the end. There are many warring angels ready to fight all your battles for you. Keep God’s principles and law and the Lord will fight your battles for you.
A) What do you learn from the following scriptures?
i. Psalm 62 :11
ii Psalm 82 :6
B) Are you facing challenges presently? What hope do you have?
i. Ecclesiastes 9 :4
ii 1 Peter 5 :10
C) Who is Satan and the demons? Revelation 12:3-4; 7-9 (Matthew 12:24)
D) Why does he have power over sinners and unbelievers? 2 Corinthians 4:4
E) Why do evil people fight against good Christians? John 15:19
F) Why do you think you will always win as a believer despite all odds? 1 John 4:4
G) Describe your weapon of warfare as a Christian? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
MEMORY VERSE: 2 CHRONICLES 7:14
“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”