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25 Sept 2017-3R’S OF BATTLE-Warfare Series-Rev. George Varughese

24/9/17 3.40 am Warfare Series. Resist the devil and he will flee. Focus on each pieces a day and release power. Lion image on logo. Satan prowls a like a lion

3R’S OF BATTLE Rise, Realise, Resist. the Devil. “We can’t fight unless we realise we are in battle.” Rev. George Varughese

Warfare Series

Ephesians 6:12

The Premise:

1. The nature of the battle of the spirit

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

What it is not?

  • Not a battle against flesh and blood

What it is?

  • Battle against spirits

2. Satan’s tactics

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

  • 3180. μεθοδεία. methodeia
  • schemes / wiles
  • (a way of search after something, an inquiry; a method), scheming, craftiness, deceit.
  • HELPS Word-studies

  • 3180 methodeía (the root of the English term, “method”) – properly, a predictable (pre-set) method used in organized evil-doing (well-crafted trickery).

  • [3180 (methodeía) comes from methodos, a “way of searching after something, an inquiry; a method), scheming, craftiness” (Souter).]

3. Believers posture of battle

  • In whom are we to be to be strong?
    • strong in the Lord
    • what does it mean?
      • we depend on the Lord
      • we depend on the personality of God
      • we depend on all that God says Himself to be
  • In what are we to be strong in?
    • to be strong in God’s might
    • what does it mean?
      • we are to be full of God
      • we are to be full of God’s power and strength

4. Modus Operandi of the battle

  • (a) against the the rulers
  • (b) against the powers
  • (c) against the world forces of this darkness
  • (d) against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places

12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly placesEphesians 6:12 (NASB)

  • (a) against the the rulers
    • 746. ἀρχή arché
    • (a) rule (kingly or magisterial), (b) plur: in a quasi-personal sense, almost: rulers, magistrates, (c) beginning.
    • 746 arxḗ – properly, from the beginning (temporal sense), i.e. the initial (starting) point”; (figuratively) what comes first and therefore is chief (foremost), i.e. has the priority because ahead of the rest (“preeminent”).
  • (b) against the powers
    • (a) power, authority, weight, especially: moral authority, influence, (b) in a quasi-personal sense, derived from later Judaism, of a spiritual power, and hence of an earthly power.
    • HELPS Word-studies. 1849 eksousía (from 1537 /ek, “out from,” which intensifies 1510/eimí, “to be, being as a right or privilege”) – authority, conferredpower; delegated empowerment (“authorization”), operating in a designated jurisdiction.
  • (c) against the world forces of this darkness
    • 2888. κοσμοκράτωρ kosmokratór
    • ruler of this world, that is, of the world as asserting its independence of God; used of the angelic or demonic powers controlling the sublunary world.
    • HELPS Word-studies 2888 kosmokrátōr (from 2889 /kósmos, “world” and 2902 /kratéō, “to rule”) – properly, world-ruler, referring to Satan (demons) influencing the lives of worldly people (used only in Eph 6:12).
  • (d) against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places
    • wickedness, iniquities.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20

 

 

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