Word of Life Study Series

Authority of the Believer: Spiritual Warfare

May 14, 2021 Brice C. Craig Season 1 Episode 4
Word of Life Study Series
Authority of the Believer: Spiritual Warfare
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Welcome to Word of Life Study Series- The Authority of the Believer! I trust that you’ve been enjoying this series. As we continue our journey through this vital subject, I can’t stress enough how vital it is for all Christians to obtain a solid grasp of these Biblical revelations in our spirits. In this episode we will go into the particulars of spiritual warfare, deliverance ministry and the operation of demons.  As always, God's Word is our source of truth- Acts 17:11.
 

1. The Mandate Continues- Setting the Captives free

God never intended that there should ever be any change in the methods of ministry down through the ages. Only as nations developed, should these methods be broadened, but the miraculous element enfolded in the Name of Jesus should be the means of opening closed doors to the Church everywhere; the sick should be healed; the power of Satan broken over lives and captives set free.

 

2. The Name of Jesus- Still Controversial

Jesus knew the place His Name would hold among humanity. People would love it enough to die for it; others would hate it enough to commit murder on account of it. This Name that makes demons tremble and saints rejoice. It’s no wonder that sinners use that Name in vain when they curse God. 

 

3. Enforcing Satan’s Defeat

Have you ever noticed how throughout the ministry of Jesus that He had regularly encountered the devil and evil spirits and put them in their place- casting them out of the lives and bodies of people! There are two extremes today- no devil or a devil behind every tree. The reality is that the Bible has a lot to say about demons, their habits, influence and power over people.

 

4. Our Place of Authority in Combat

Does the Church have authority that she has not recognized- yes, we have not even gotten into the edge of it. However, when Jesus returns, there will be a host of believers who will have raised up to this place. We as the Church have been given the authority that Jesus had obtained through conquest. His intent is that we exercise it on the earth today as His Body.

 

5. Another look at the Trichotomy

We are a three-fold being known as a Trichotomy- spirit, soul and body. I am a spirit being, I have a soul and I live in a body. Our development should encompass all three dimensions. To train only the physical is to make an athlete. To train only the mental is to make an intellectual academic. To train only the spiritual is to make a fanatic. God’s plan is for the development and training of the whole person.

 

6. What we need to know about demons

The theological subject of “demonology” is more relevant today in a western culture that ignores or denies the existence of the spirit realm. Satan prefers anonymity in order to afflict humanity without taking the blame. We will explore some basic concepts of how the demonic seek to influence people. 

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Introduction
The Mandate Continues- Setting the Captives free
The Name of Jesus- Still Controversial
Enforcing Satan’s Defeat
Our Place of Authority in Combat
Another look at the Trichotomy
What we need to know about demons