Bible Study Notes
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|Praise the Lord! For His goodness endures forever!
Father we praise and exalt your Name tonight. We bless you Lord and are so grateful for all of your blessings to us. Even our "bad" days are wonderful compared to life without you.
Jesus we thank you for your awesome sacrifice on the cross, shedding your life's blood to redeem us from the dominion of the enemy. Thank you for your salvation, peace, forgiveness, healing, and all your gifts of love to us.
OlePappy - satan, I bind and rebuke you in my life and in the lives of all those gathered here tonight for this Study in the name of Jesus. satan, I cast you and all of your demons out of the web tonight in the name of Jesus, the Son of the living God.
satan we also bind you and rebuke you and cast you out of this room, all of our computers, cabling, phone lines, ISP's and all connections. We declare your plans to disrupt this study null and void, before, during and after the lesson, in Jesus Name AMEN
Jesus we plead your Blood shed for us over this room, all participants, the teachers and all equipment. We ask for your protection, inspiration and guidance.
OlePappy - satan, you cannot interfere with this Bible Study in the name of Jesus
Holy Spirit we invite you as our teacher. We ask that you open the eyes of our understanding and help us comprehend what is the height, depth, length and width of God's love for us. All these things we ask in Jesus mighty Name. AMEN and AMEN
Praise the Lord. God has blessed me so in doing this study on spiritual warfare. When we first began studying the armor of God, I thought maybe we'd spend 2 or 3 weeks on it. But God keeps opening my understanding and as long as He tells me to continue on the topic, I will!
OK, we've been discussing Spiritual Warfare for some weeks, and last time we started discussing our spiritual weapons. The Christian has an awesome arsenal, and every time I think I've completed the list, the Lord reveals more to me! First I had 5, then 7, then 10, and who knows when it will end?
Now having all this information may overwhelm you at first, but keep in mind that the notes will be posted on my web site, and as the Lord leads you, put them into practice.
Part of the training of any soldier is learning how to use the weapons available to him/her. So ask we go over these, ask the Lord to train you how to use them effectively.
We've already talked about Weapon #1: The Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit. Who can tell me how to use it as a defensive and an offensive weapon against satan? First of all, how do you use the Word of God to defend YOURSELF against satanic/demonic attacks? Remember last time we talked about the rhema word used in Ephesians 6:17, that is a specific word for a specific situation?
Right Pete, you have to read or hear the Word first, then receive it and put it into effect in your life. You use the Word of God as a defensive weapon when you pray scriptures that concern your specific situation.
For example, if you have a problem with anxiety about your life - how are you going to obtain food, clothing and shelter - then check out Matthew 6:25-34 to defend yourself against anxiety and worry. This is the passage where Jesus tells us to have no anxiety about your needs, because God will take care of you like He cares for the flowers and the birds.
You might pray: Father I confess that my life is more important than food and clothes, and I believe according to Your Word that you will take care of me as You do the birds of the air and the flowers in the field. I believe that You know what I need BEFORE I even ask for them, and have made preparations for me and my family. I WILL seek first your kingdom and righteousness, and believe that all the things I need will be given to me as well. Therefore, I set my heart against worry and anxiety, and trust you to take care of me today and tomorrow. In Jesus Name, AMEN.
The Word is forever settled in the heavens. There is no prayer more powerful than praying the Word back to God! OK, now how about using the Word as an OFFENSIVE weapon?
You use the Word as an offensive weapon when you pray scriptures that concern others, or in doing warfare against principalities and powers. For example, when "massage parlors" (which were really fronts for prostitution) and "adult" video stores invaded our city, every time I would pass one, I would curse it in the Name of Jesus and pray for its destruction.
Galatians 5:19-21 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
According to this verse those types of establishments that involve sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery are sinful and not a part of the kingdom of God. Also according to Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." Therefore to exalt our nation (or city, etc.) we must come against the sin in it. There were other believers I know praying against these establishments in our city, and finally the city council made a law against them and overnight they were gone!
I also had a similar experience concerning a fortune teller/palm reader whose home was on the highway near our church. Not only did she have "Palm Reader", etc in neon lights on the home, she had a greenhouse type bay window with a large idol of some kind in it. Every time we went to church, we rebuked satan and cursed that evil establishment. It wasn't too long after that the owner was arrested and convicted of fraud and sent to prison, and the evil establishment was turned into something else.
This is what we call victory! How about you???
Jesus cursed an unproductive fig tree in Mark 11 and it withered and died. Mark 11:20-23 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!"
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, `Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.
Proverbs 3:33 The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
Understand what I am saying. We are not to curse PEOPLE, but the evil establishments and the demonic powers behind them that are causing our cities and towns to become filthy. The people will come under the Lord's curse if they do not repent. For the people, we do spiritual warfare against the spirits that are blinding them, and ask the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin.
What happens if we DON'T do spiritual warfare in these areas?
Jeremiah 23:10 The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the desert are withered. The [prophets] follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. "Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness," declares the LORD. "Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished," declares the LORD.
So the first weapon we've talked about is the Word of God or Sword of the Spirit. Any questions about it before we go to weapon #2? By the way, these weapons are not "ranked" in importance, just as the Lord revealed them to me.
Weapon # 2 Prayer. Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. We've also talked some about prayer. How is this a spiritual weapon?
Prayer is how we communicate with our Commander-in-Chief, the Lord Jesus Christ, so that we can receive our marching orders and know how to proceed. It is also how we communicate orders in the spiritual world according to the Word of God. We are promised that whatever we ask for in prayer, believing, we will receive.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Remember when we talked about prayer, we discussed intercession at some length. This is going to the Lord on behalf of another.
Right peanut, and using it as a spiritual weapon involves interceding on the behalf of another, for their salvation, deliverance, healing, and so on. Why aren't prayers always answered?
Luke 11:4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one
Mark 11: 25-26 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your sins. "
Unforgiveness will block our prayers, and also keep us from being forgiven. Be quick to forgive! We talked about this some when we were discussing preparing our hearts for war.
Matthew 5:23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
If you have wronged someone else, you need to "make it right", so that that will not hinder your prayers as well. One reason our prayers are not answered is because we have unforgiveness in our hearts. First forgive those who have hurt you, or ask forgiveness of those you have hurt, then make your petition to the Father.
James 4:2 You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.
Another reason we don't receive is that we do not ask God for what we need. We try to obtain it in our own strength.
James 4:3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Another reason we don't receive is that we ask with the wrong motives - we are looking out only for our personal gain, not for the needs of others or to promote the Kingdom of God and do God's will. In the KJV, this is "asking amiss".
James 4:4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Another reason for not having your prayers answered, particularly in spiritual warfare, is being a friend of the world, or living a compromised life. James also calls this type of person "double-minded". Someone that is double minded is trying to go two different ways at one time. He is full of doubt and unstable.
James 1:6-8 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Being double-minded is believing some times, then changing your mind and doubting. The Christian soldier needs to be single-minded and trust the Lord totally.
So beware of the things that can hinder prayer: unforgiveness, doubt, unconfessed offenses, being worldly and double minded. It's like trying to use a RUSTY or broken weapon when you pray without dealing with those things.
What gives prayer more power? The disciples had a problem. They had tried to cast out a particular demon and could not do it. Jesus WAS able to do it. Why?
Mark 9:28-29 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" He replied, "This kind can come out only by prayer and fasting."
Prayer and fasting are called the "Power twins". If you are engaged in warfare, but feel your prayer is not being effective, ask the Lord if you need to fast to overcome that situation. Now if you are diabetic or have low blood sugar, use wisdom. The Lord will honor even giving up one favorite food to honor him. Other times he may call you to a total fast for a period of time. Seek His guidance in the matter of fasting. And remember if you do fast, "keep it to yourself". If you are doing it to brag about how spiritual you are, you've missed the whole point.
Now about praying for someone's salvation. First of all, ask for the Spirit to draw them to Christ and convict them of their sin.
Most sinners are blinded by satan and we have to pray away the blinding spirits so that they can receive the Gospel of Christ. We also need to come against the strongholds that satan has erected in their minds against the knowledge of Christ. One example of a stronghold is intellectualism, another is fear, another is doubt, and so on. You need to pray for wisdom in this area. God will show you how to pray.
Then ask God to bring people across their path that will lead them to Christ. Particularly if the one you are interceding for is a family member, because sometimes they will not listen to YOU.
Rebecca Brown, MD has written a series of books about spiritual warfare and in "Prepare for War", pages 142-146 , she gives four steps for spiritual warfare on behalf of another, particularly a member of your household. Dr. Brown has had a deliverance ministry for about 15 years and has done warfare on behalf of witches, warlocks, wiccans, etc.
"The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it: for it is a cursed thing." Deuteronomy 7:25-26
"What say I then? That the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in a sacrifice to idols is any thing? But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils." I Corinthians l0:19-20
If you have an idol in your home, say a Buddha that you bow down to, can you see how a demon would cling to that?? Since Buddha is a false god? And there are some objects that have been used in demon worship or that have been dedicated to satan that you might have even if you don't yourself worship demons?
Also there are symbols used in devil worship that people wear as jewelry - such as pentagrams - or crystal balls, tarot cards, etc, to which demons cling. What it means to you doesn't matter, nut, it's what that object means to satan or the demons. They will take any opportunity to harass/oppress you and use any excuse to gain access.
Dr. Brown continues:
(Note: abomination = disgusting, reprehensible, unclean, contaminated)
Continuing with Dr. Brown:
Are you guys familiar with Dungeons & Dragons?
These are the types of games that will lead kids (and older folk too) into demonic territory. D&D is only the tip of the iceberg. See the devil doesn't care about HOW he gets at ya, just THAT he gets at ya. I'm talking about ROCK - Metallica, Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, etc.
Dr. Brown continues:
"Scripture shows us that Satan comes before God and petitions Him for people. The account given in the first chapter of Job clearly demonstrates this. Also, Satan obviously petitioned God for Peter."
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou are converted, strengthen thy brethren." Luke 22:3l,32
This was before Peter denied Jesus three times. satan had asked God to cause Peter to fall through denying Jesus. BUT Jesus had counter-petitioned for Peter, and although Peter was tested, Jesus' petition was granted in the end.
This shows satan in heaven ACCUSING us day and night before God. In Isaiah, satan was thrown down from heaven as far as being an angel goes. But until the 12th chapter of Revelation, which hasn't happened yet according to most scholars, he still can go to God and make requests.
Dr. Brown again:
And this finishes up the quote from Dr. Rebecca Brown from "Prepare for War".
Intercession means to go to God's throne and plead on their behalf for salvation, deliverance, protection, healing, financial needs, etc. Intercession is on behalf of another - whether it is family, friend, or someone on the other side of the world.
We ask, and God ALWAYS answers - sometimes Yes, sometimes NO, sometimes WAIT. The Wait is the hardest for me. But at least we know God hears us! And that's awesome.
OK, let's not get hung up on the term "rock" music, OK? Ask God if what you are listening to promotes fellowship with Him? Or does it promote lust, violence, power, exaltation of self, etc? If it is not of God, don't take a chance with it - rock, country, soul, rap, blues, any of it!
OK, think about this: why is the music industry in business? TO MAKE MONEY any which way they can. Do they care what MESSAGE is in the music? NO! Do they care that some rock stars (like Marilyn Manson) have covenanted with the devil to be successful? NO!
So the music industry is trying to SELL records by appealing to your emotions, and they don't care if that emotion is real love or lust or anger or a spirit of suicide, or rage, or violence, or what. They just want to SELL, and don't care if in the process you lose your soul.
So YOU have to be the one to exercise wisdom about what you listen to. Music especially is VERY powerful for good or bad. You must be the one to review the lyrics AND lifestyles of the people you listen to. What you hear will either bring faith into your life or doubt.
It's hard to see that some things that APPEAR good to us really are not good at all. And in music, sweet sounds and honey words are not always beneficial to us. That's why I say look at the lyrics AND lifestyles - if a musician is living an immoral lifestyle, that will be reflected in his/her music no matter what type it is. Jeff Godwin has written several books about this subject, one of which "Dancing with Demons", is recommended by Dr. Brown and I'm reading myself now.
Take these thoughts, test them BY THE WORD, and ask God how to apply them to your life. It may be info you don't need until you have a teenager or two! LOL
So we've talked about using the Word as a defensive weapon when we pray it as a protection for ourselves and/or to come against some problem in our lives, such as anxiety, fear, doubt, sickness, etc. That is, to find a scripture that deals with the problem and pray the Word back to God and believe it.
We also talked about using the Word as an offensive weapon to come against the devil's schemes either in the lives of others, or against principalities and powers trying to gain a foothold in our community. Then we talked about using prayer as a weapon - especially in dealing with those who need salvation and are blinded by satan.
Now as I said when we first began this study, we aren't here to glorify the devil or attribute every bad thing to demons. We do have a will and can do wrong things without any prodding from the devil. There are two extremes: to deny that the devil and demons exist, OR to attribute every problem to them. We take the middle course, acknowledge that there is warfare going on, not cowering in fear, but being trained as a Christian soldier!
OlePappy - Lord, I lift us all for Your love , health and protection this week. Father, thank You for Your Son and the sacrifice He made for us. Thank You Lord for Your grace. Thank You for Your Word. Thank You Father for loving us. Lord, I ask for the wisdom to use the knowledge give to us through Your Holy Word. I pray all this in the sweet name of Jesus the Son. AMEN
Father God open our minds to your truth. Let us not hold on to our knowledge, but seek Your knowledge in Your Word. We want to please you Lord. In Jesus Name AMEN
Remember, whenever God
gives us a revelation, the devil tries to steal it from us. Guard your hearts and meditate
on what you've learned!
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