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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


This week Pastor Ron Lewis continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” as we focus on Ephesians 6:16,”in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  Have you ever wondered how we are to extinguish the flaming arrows that the devil hurls against us?  How do we do that?

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c.  Exactly what are these flaming arrows…?

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d.  What is our defense against them…?

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Extinguish the Flaming Arrows!

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:14a.  This week Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” as we learn what it means to “stand firm,” when we face our battles.

Notes:                                                                                                             1corinthians15_58

B.  THE BELIEVER’S DEFENSIVE STRATEGY (V14-17)

1.  The essence of your responsibility as a spiritual soldier:_______________________

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2.  The goal of your responsibility as a spiritual soldier:__________________________

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Stand Firm!

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:12  This week as Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” we take a look at the struggle Christians have to deal with.  Do you know we are in a spiritual war?  here is an unseen world around us and we need to be aware of that.  Once we know what we are up against we can understand why things are the way they are, and learn how to deal with them.

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4.  The Struggle V12                                                                        ephesians-612

a.  The Reality of our Struggle…

b.  What our Struggle is not against…

c.  What our Struggle is against…

  1.  Rulers
  2.  Powers
  3. World forces of this darkness
  4. Spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places

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Our Struggle is Real!

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:11b  Pastor Ron Lewis continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” this week by talking about some of the devil’s schemes.  As Christians we are in a war with an enemy who would like to trip us up every chance he can.  We need to know where the battlefield is so that we can be victorious.

Notes:                                                                                                    1peter5_8

e.  His Schemes

1)  What are the devil’s goals and objectives…?

2)  Where does he wage this war…?

3)  What is his battle plan…?

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Battlefield of Your Mind

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Pastor Ron Lewis:  Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:11b  This week as Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” we find out what the Devil is up too.  He carries out many activities and we need to be aware of them so we can recognize them when they come our way.

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The Enemy’s Activities

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Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:11  This week Pastor Ron continues his series on “Spiritual Warfare.”  This time we take a good look at the enemy and find out where he came from.

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2.  The Provision V11a                                  ephesians6_11

a.  What God’s provision is…

b.  What that provision will do for us…

3.  The Enemy V11b

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The Devil’s Origin

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Satan011I happened across this very interesting video and thought I’d like to share it with you.

If you have ever had any questions about spiritual warfare I think as we listen to this series all of our questions will be answered.  I know for myself when I was a young Christian I was confused as to how we are to stand up against the enemy, and as I look back I too was lead down the wrong path many times.  Are we to bind Satan? Are we to rebuke Satan?  Are we to cast out demons?  Are we to take back territory held by the enemy?  We need to really understand what spiritual warfare is according to the Bible and how God wants us to handle it.  Let me know if you enjoy this series.

via A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare (Part One) | Worldview Weekend.

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We’ve looked at several things that Paul and Kim, the people in our examples had to understand to conquer fear and panic.  Remember that Paul was afraid to cross bridges and Kim was afraid to drive or ride in cars. We started to look at some important facts that Paul needed to understand and consider in order to conquer these problems.  They will help all of us.

1.  His fear was real.
2.  His fear was wrong and sinful.
3.  His fear was not of bridges; it was a fear that had become associated with bridges.
4.  Paul’s real fear was of the experiences.  (The cause of fear)
5.  Here is the key to becoming an overcomer.
6. There is not some mysterious thing going on.

Let’s move on to some other matters to consider:

7. “The devil made me do it.”

Many people think and have been taught that the devil gives us these fearful thoughts. So, we speak to the devil and rebuke him and tell him something like this:  “Devil, (or evil spirit, or spirit of fear,) I command you in the Name of Jesus to get away from me and leave me alone, you have no right over me as I am a Christian.  In the Name of Jesus, depart from me and go to where God sends you.” 

I’ve done this myself, and it seemed to me that it worked for the time being.  But those unwanted fearful thoughts did keep coming back and I’d have to rebuke the devil again. It was a never-ending battle.  When I wrote Panic Buster: Learn to Conquer Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia, I included something like that.  Now, I know that was an error.  At the time I thought it was good teaching, and even had support from a pastor about it, but since then I’ve learned differently.

I can not find anywhere in the Bible where it tells us to “rebuke” the devil.  It does tell us in James to “resist” the devil.  These are two different things.

James 4:7 NASB   Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

I do believe the devil can give us unwanted thoughts.  But, it is up to us to not entertain them.  We resist them and thereby resist the devil.  I believe blaming the devil for everything is overblown today.  It can get so we see the devil behind every bush.  I’m sure he has more important things to do then pick on me all the time.  He is not all powerful like God.  He cannot be everywhere at once like God, and he does not know everything like God.  So, he must be busy working on bigger things than myself.  Yes, he does have hordes of demons working for him and he can send them to pester us.  But, we know that God is greater then any of them and He is with us all the time to protect us.  So, we need not let them bother us any more. 

You will see by the scripture below that even Michael the archangel did not rail against the devil but turned him over to the Lord to rebuke.

Jude 1:8-9 NABS Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties. But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Note from John MacArthur Study Bible: “railing judgment: Rather than personally cursing such a powerful angel as Satan, Michael deferred to the ultimate, sovereign power of God following the example of the Angel of the Lord in Zec 3:2.  This is the supreme illustration of how Christians are to deal with Satan and demons.  Believers are not to address them, but rather to seek the Lord’s intervening power against them.”

We can pray to God and ask Him to rebuke the devil for us.  We can also ask God to help us control our thoughts and get them where they should be.

It is easy to blame someone or something else for our anxious thoughts.  When we say, “the devil made me do it,” we are skirting the real problem.  We need to take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions.  Actually, this may be a trap by the devil.  If we focus on him and not the real problem then we will not win in the end.  He will continue to have us in his grip of fear.

Eve blamed the devil in the Garden of Eden. 

Genesis 3:13 NASB Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

But, she was the one that made the decision to sin.  The responsibility fell on her and then God cursed us in allowing her sin to be carried down to each of us.

So, let’s not be like Eve and blame the enemy.  Let’s take a closer look at how we think.  I believe that most panic attacks can be stopped if we learn how to think correctly.  It is so important to realize our thoughts can control us and even effect us physically.  I pray you are seeing that.

Blessings,
Bonnie

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