is the spiritual warfare the Bible talks about?
Warfare is engaging in combat with
an enemy. The enemy here is you!
When God tells
us that we are righteous and that because of this, you are entitled to
all the promises Christ has, because He's
in you, the habitual mental patterns (many of which are negative) we
all have developed meet this.
6:12 talks about this spiritual warfare. It can be a fight -1Timothy
is persuading ourselves
that we believe what God says that
we are. If one doesn't believe that he is righteous, pure and holy and
equal with God (Philippians 2:5,6),
the power of God does not come to help one in what he may need.
have not a confident expectation of things (what hope
means in the original) good coming to them, but of life becoming worse
for them. God rewards hope -Zechariah
9:12; Romans 5:2.
If you expect
things to get better and you will, once you believe what God says about
you, then you have the hope that makes not ashamed -Romans
5:5. You are made righteous by faith and faith alone -Romans
5:1. One must believe that God approves of him -Romans
Jesus was a
man LIKE US yet never missed the mark -Hebrews
4:15. He was always sure what God thought of Him. He was one with the
Father. We, His brothers
and sisters should be the same, like Him -1Peter
If we keep this
hope alive (what you think) we won't ever miss
the mark either - in God's eyes, even though when you sin (missed the mark
of keeping Him in the forefront of your life), you'll have to struggle
with thoughts like "I must have displeased God"; but that's only because
the reality of the truth about Christ having wiped away all "mark missing"
for all time, is not yet a full, present and completely active reality
in your heart.
you think you are sinning (displeasing God), your mind is on this, and
not on Christ, and the 'ol devil is right there to take you down. This
thinking opens the way for the devil to get you
the beginning the devil was anti Christ, anti truth, anti grace -1John
3:10. When you sin, this-does
you from a relationship with the Father – not any more it doesn't. When
you sin, you no longer have to sheepishly withdraw from God's presence.
You can boldly-always-talk
to God -Hebrews
4:16 "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."
And when are you in need of more of God's favor upon you? God does not
want you going down in attitude and feeling guilty.
That's why He gave you His righteousness.
But, it's all of God. he's working amazing things in your life. He's the
master potter of your character and in charge of all that happening to
you and even engineers
things against you.
When are you
in need? When you're broke. When you're broken. When you're wrong. When
you're sad. When things have 'all gone to hell' for you -Philippians
you believe is what you bring into your experience. Believe not in sin,
but in Him. Believing you are still in sin gives it power in your mind
to affect your conscience and emotions when you do wrong. That's why the
devil wants you to always feel down, believing that you are a sinner, because
he knows that bad feelings about yourself negates your confidence in God's
grace. In this we become alienated
in our minds from God, even though God does not see it that way at
method is anti grace. The children of the devil look at what they still
may be doing wrong and conclude sin is in their life. The children of God
know their true identity – in Christ. And they know what they may do wrong
is covered by His blood! Their faith is in Him, not that within there is
sin -1John 2:22.
you get if you're into sin and what you get if you have Christ in you -Romans
in you and in Him is no sin -1John 3:5.
does the Bible talk about spiritual gifts?
The gifts of God are not just spiritual. God is able and
willing to give us all things, as long as He's sure that you are on the
correct spiritual track -Acts 17:25;
Once God gives you a gift (Luke
11:13; 1Corinthians 12:1,4,7-11;
5:20), He doesn't take it back -Romans
Each of us has an equal amount of
the gift of Christ, gifts according to the grace God -Ephesians
4:7,8. Thanks to and because of the grace of God, we have the ability
to develop spiritual gifts (Romans
12:6) according to how we apply ourselves to what we decide -1Corinthians
12:31. One gift mentioned here is prophecy.
Love is a much greater gift (1Corinthians
12:31 to 13:1-8) as it can build others up -1Corinthians
14:12. Love enables
us to understand God.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit
in one are...
are there so many differing religions with so many differing approaches
to doctrine, all claiming to get their stuff from the Bible? James
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Jesus' prayer was for oneness among believers -John
17:11,21,22. Paul too saw all believers in
unity -Galatians 3:28.
There are two approaches to anything:
One can attempt to fit Biblical information into what they already adhere
to as truth or one can accept
the word of God as true and experience its veracity (habitual truthfulness,
that which is true) through time and circumstances.