Spiritual Warfare

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      05/26/19
 
“Spiritual Warfare"
Matthew 4:1-11
 
INTRODUCTION: We daily face the struggle to do right and not do wrong.  We constantly face impulses and drives that pull us in the wrong direction.  We also recognize the inner voice that keeps us moving forward and rejoices when we overcome our temptations.  We are in a fight for our souls.  We are part of a larger battle between good and evil.  We are the ground troops in spiritual warfare.  We daily battle forces that try to keep us from doing God’s will.  We are in a struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil. Matthew 4:1-11, shows how Jesus faced the same struggle and how the Holy Spirit helped him to overcome temptation to sin. The Holy Spirit helps us in our spiritual battles as well. God gives us the grace to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
 
JESUS
 
Jesus faced the same struggles that we face (Hebrews 2:18).
 
Jesus was tested and tempted but never sinned (Hebrews 4:15).
 
Jesus was tempted in the flesh (Matthew 4:1-4).
 
Jesus was tempted with the world (4:5-7).
 
Jesus was tempted to follow the devil (4:8-11).
 
THE WORLD
 
You can love the world or love Jesus (Matthew 16:24-28).
 
The love of the world is defined as the illicit cravings of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the arrogant boasting about position and possessions (1 John 2:15-16).
 
Following the world is a dead end (1 John 2:17).
 
Following the world makes you an enemy of God (James 4:4).
 
We overcome the world through faith (1 John 5:1-5).
We overcome the world by placing our mind on the things of God (Romans 12:1-2).
 
THE FLESH
 
The flesh in biblical terms is the inner bent to sin and to do the things that do not please God (Romans 7:15-25).
 
The flesh is not our skin or body but rather the inward part of me that rebels against God (Galatians 5:19-21).
 
How do we overcome the lust of the flesh?
 
            -We depend upon the victory of Jesus Christ (Romans 7:25-8:4).
            -Jesus destroyed sin’s power on the cross and set us free to live for God (1 Peter 2:24).
            -Jesus gave us his Spirit so we can choose to say no to the flesh and yes to God (Romans 8:8-13).
            -We have the moment by moment choice to follow sin or to follow God (Romans 6:11-14).
 
THE DEVIL
 
Jesus destroyed the devil and his power (Hebrews 2:14-18 and 1 John 3:8).
 
We are to renounce the world, confess our sins, and resist the devil (James 4:1-10).
 
We are to put on the armor of God and stand against the devil (Ephesians 6:10-18).
 
We are to trust God and be alert (1 Peter 5:6-11).
 
We are not to continue to sin but rather to do right and love one another (1 John 3:7-11).
 
GOD GIVES US THE GRACE TO OVERCOME THE WORLD, THE FLESH, AND THE DEVIL.
 
 
 

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