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CLP Training Talk 1 - Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare
Transcript of CLP Training Talk 1 - Evangelism and Spiritual Warfare
CLP Training - Talk 1
The Situation in the World Today
There are two kingdoms opposed to each other the kingdom of darkness under Satan and the kingdom of light under Jesus Christ.
1 John 5:19b
"We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one."
And his kingdom includes not only those who are evil, but also those who are uncommitted. By being such, they serve Satan's purpose.
JESUS' RESCUE OPERATION
It involves bringing people from darkness to light.
It is taking territory from Satan.
Satan does not stand still. His dominion and his power over people is threatened. He undertakes defensive action. This spiritual battle is continuing.
WE ARE BORN INTO THIS BATTLE
"For our struggle is not against 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 places." -
EVANGELISM = SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Being combatants, we need weapons and protection. We need means for offense and defense.
OUR SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. -
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NASB)
Commitment To Christ's Cause
In the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left
2 Corinthians 6:7 (NASB)
Commitment To Christ's Cause
We don't need to be saints as yet, but just have a passion for God's righteousness and a hatred of evil.
Have purity of motives and desires
We will be ineffective if we are not righteous
Single-mindedness of purpose.
Live Totally for the Lord
"and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf." -
2 Corinthians 5:15 (NASB)
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -
Ephesians 6:17 (NASB)
"Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of
through the Spirit, and to another the word of
according to the same Spirit; to another
by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of
by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of
, and to another
, and to another the
distinguishing of spirits
, to another various kinds of
, and to another the
interpretation of tongues
. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills." -
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NASB)
"Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 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. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints," -
Ephesians 6:13-18 (NASB)
OUR PROTECTION - THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD
lies and errors
BREAST PLATE OF
evil and sinful
FEET WITH THE
GOSPEL OF PEACE
an easy and lazy life
Protection for both physical and spiritual well-being
SWORD OF THE
Both a weapon and
Pray at every opportunity
Personal, Group, Intercessory, Fasting
Guard against 2 extremes:
(1) The view that there is no devil
(2) The view that all negative things or happenings are attributable to the devil
Remember, Jesus has won the victory in this fight against Satan.
The God who enlists us in His army also trains, equips and leads us
We have the power to rout the devil as long as we submit ourselves to God
As good soldiers, we are to bear and overcome our hardships and difficulties