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Recognizing the Spiritual Battle
Establish Your Connection: Close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by light of Christ. Ask Holy Spirit to help you believe that there is a spiritual battle between light and darkness that affects your life. Ask for the faith and belief that through Christ you have the power to overcome anything.
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Intro: Journal Pg. 66
Read Ephesians 6:10-18
List the pieces of armor and what they are for.
Day 1: Journal Pg. 67
Commentary: Ellicott's Commentary says that putting on the whole armor reflects the believer's need to "grow up unto him in all things, as talked about in Ephesians 4:15. We are " to put on His image in all the harmony of “truth” and “righteousness,” of “peace” and “faith,” to receive and use His “salvation” and wield the spiritual energy of His “Word.” (Biblehub.org)
Thought: There is no contest between God and Satan. God is more powerful, than Satan, who is just an angel who rebelled against God. Ephesians 6 helps us understand that there is a spiritual battle going on with Christ followers and the evil spirits that serve Satan.
Question: How do we go about putting on the image of Christ?
Question: Describe a time when you had a battle within yourself, where you wanted to do something, but knew you shouldn't. Did you stand strong or did you cave in?
Day 2: Journal Pg. 68
Commentary: Barnes Notes explains that the phrase not against flesh and blood means "not with people." Dark angels have waged war with those who belong to the kingdom of light. The reference to authorities, cosmic powers, spiritual forces of evil refers to evil spirits (aka. dark angels or demons). " Like with good angels, dark angels, who serve Satan, are divided into ranks and orders (See Ephesians 1:21). (Biblehub.org)
Thought: Heavenly places in this verse refers to the unseen realm, not Heaven. No evil can reside in Heaven where God is.
Question: Why do you think dark angels target God's people and create spiritual battles in people's lives?
Question: How do you think it harms Christians who don't believe that the spiritual realms is real?
Day 3: Journal Pg. 69
Context: Matthew 17:14 begins the story of Jesus healing a demon-possessed boy. The disciples were not able to cast out the demon, so the father of the boy brought him to Jesus. In verse 18, Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed.
Commentary: Ellicott's Commentary states that various translations include the implication "Because of your little faith." This helps the reader understand that the mustard seed faith reference, implied the disciples didn't exercise faith when trying to heal the boy. (Biblehub.org)
Question: Describe your thoughts and beliefs on healing related to the body, emotions, and the spirit. (Restated) Do you believe God can and will heal the body, emotions, and the spirit?
Question: Ask Holy Spirit to bring to mind something you need to have more faith for. Write about the impression you got. Then ask him to give you more faith.
Day 4: Journal Pg. 70
Full Verse: "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13
Commentary: Matthew Henry's Commentary explains that carnal desires gain strength by indulging in them. God will not allow our temptation to be more than we can bear. He will make a way to escape. Note: God does not tempt human beings (James 1:13). If people sin, they are the only ones to blame because God has assured us he has provided a way out.
Question: When is the best time to take action, when you feel tempted?
Question: Know where you stand can disrupt the temptation to sin. Choose a sin struggle in your life. Then write out how you feel and what you plan to do next time you are faced with that temptation.
Day 5: Journal Pg. 71
Commentary: Barnes' Notes says, "Yield to what he has judged necessary for your welfare in the life that is, and your salvation in the life to come." We are called to yield to God in all things and to the devil in none. (Biblehub.org)
Thought: Faith, prayer, wisdom from God are some of the best ways to resist the devil.
Question: Where have you experience the truth of James 4:7 in your life?
Reflection: Draw a picture of submitting yourself to God to beat out a temptation in your life.
Option 1: No Helps
Option 2: Helps