A flower in the desert? Jesus, The Word of The Creator of ALL among Man as a Man.
Jesus IS The Answer!!! Jesus suffered and was tempted as we are…
The temptation of Christ is a biblical narrative detailed in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. During this time, Satan came to Jesus and tried to tempt him. Jesus having refused each temptation, Satan then departed and Jesus returned to Galilee to begin his ministry. During this entire time of spiritual battle, Jesus was fasting.
In Christian theology, the world, the flesh, and the devil (Latin: mundus, caro, et diabolus; Greek ό κοσμος, ή σαρξ, και ό διαβολος) are often traditionally described as the three enemies of the soul. As the sources of temptation, they are viewed as in opposition to the Trinity.
“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” Hebrews 4:15.
When we lay down our burdens, we are telling God that we surrender all to him. When we surrender all to Him, He will give us rest. … If we choose to go back and serve the God who allows us to lay it all down at His feet. If we do, we get to live this life to its fullest, glorifying God in all we do, think, and speak.
We exist on a plane at present. The physical! What is beyond the physical?
The concept may be found in religious and esoteric teachings—e.g. Vedanta (Advaita Vedanta), Ayyavazhi, shamanism, Hermeticism, Neoplatonism, Gnosticism, Kashmir Shaivism, Sant Mat/Surat Shabd Yoga, Sufism, Druze, Kabbalah, Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Rosicrucianism (Esoteric Christian), Eckankar, Ascended Master Teachings, etc.—which propound the idea of a whole series of subtle planes or worlds or dimensions which, from a center, interpenetrate themselves and the physical planet in which we live, the solar systems, and all the physical structures of the universe. This interpenetration of planes culminates in the universe itself as a physical structured, dynamic and evolutive expression emanated through a series of steadily denser stages, becoming progressively more material and embodied.
The emanation is conceived, according to esoteric teachings, to have originated, at the dawn of the universe’s manifestation, in The Supreme Being who sent out—from the unmanifested Absolute beyond comprehension—the dynamic force of creative energy, as sound-vibration (“the Word”), into the abyss of space. Alternatively, it states that this dynamic force is being sent forth, through the ages, framing all things that constitute and inhabit the universe.
The heaven where God is, the heaven where the stars are, and the sky on earth.
Demons are not in the third heaven where God is, they are in the blue sky,
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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places
Heavenly realms. Is used in Ephesians 20. 2:6. 3:10 6:12 and 1:3
It comes from Greek ephoranius or the sphere of spiritual activities.
heavenly realms can be about both heavenly and demonic activity.
our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against evil forces in the heavenly bodies.
The Bible teaches the existence of an immaterial, spiritual reality, unseen by human eyes. The physical reality is evident for all to see—although some doubt the existence of a material universe, too! The Bible says that the spiritual realm consists of both good—God and the holy angels—and evil—the devil and his demons. Demons are most likely fallen angels who rebelled against God and were thrown out of heaven (see Ezekiel 28:11–17; Isaiah 14:12–15; Revelation 12:7–9). The Bible also teaches that humans were created by God in His image, which means we have a spiritual component (Genesis 1:27). We are more than physical entities; we possess a soul/spirit destined for eternity. Even though the spiritual realm is invisible to the physical eye, we are connected to it, and what goes on in the spiritual realm directly affects our physical world.
In our culture, the most commonly accepted form of evidence for proving the existence of something is empirical evidence, which involves using the scientific method of observation and experimentation. Is there empirical evidence for a spiritual realm? It doesn’t take much research before one realizes there is “evidence” both for and against the existence of a spiritual realm. It comes down to which studies one wants to believe.
The best, and most prevalent, evidence available proving that there is a spiritual realm is testimonial evidence. We can look at the sheer number of religions around the world and the billions of people who focus their lives on the spiritual realm. Is it likely that so many people would report encounters with the spiritual and it not be real?
The best testimonial evidence for a spiritual realm is the Bible itself. Historians, both Christian and non-Christian, agree that the historical authenticity of the Bible is strong. Jesus claimed to be God’s Son, the One who came down from heaven. He made this fact quite clear: “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world” (John 8:23). The Bible recounts numerous encounters that people had with the spiritual realm. Jesus cast demons out of people regularly, healed the sick by speaking to them, miraculously fed thousands of people, and spoke with people who should be dead: Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1–3). These are all indicators that the spiritual realm is real.
In a culture where spiritual warfare is everywhere, it’s time to raise the shield of faith and fight the demonic forces at work in this world! Drawing on Ephesians 6:
How do we fight this spiritual war?
All around us there is a battle going on sometimes we do not always realize is occurring, and other times it is extremely obvious. How do we fight spiritual warfare when we don’t even understand what is going on? Scripture gives a glimpse at what is happening spiritually and what we can do about it.
How do you know you are in a spiritual warfare battle? Common signs you are in a spiritual warfare battle:
- You feel the presence of the devil or demons
- You have night terrors or bad dreams
- You feel like the devil is attacking you
- You feel discouraged or defeated often
When you believe in Jesus you can be sure you upset the devil and he will want to draw you away from Jesus. Christians know by looking throughout scripture that can combat the devil’s attacks on our life through the name of Jesus.
Idenitfying Spiritual Warfare In Your Life
Much of the time we go through life even as Christians and forget about the spiritual battle that is taking place all around us. We want to live for the glory of God, but do not realize that when problems arise they could have to do with the devil’s attack on our life.
The devil attacks to mess with God’s people, but sometimes it is difficult to determine if what troubles are going on within your life are simply a result of the fall or an attack from the enemy.
An attack from the enemy can look like many different things so it can be hard to discern, but looking at some common tactics of the devil, and reasons why may help you understand if you are facing spiritual warfare.
Satan likes to mess up the lives of Christians to draw them away from God and puts obstacles in place to keep those who don’t know God from knowing him.
One reason we commonly are not aware of the spiritual warfare that is going on is that our attention is on the physical world.
The world around us spends a lot of time worried about the physical and supposing everything has a physical explanation when there are other powers at work.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12
I have found in my own life that when something was happening with spiritual implications that it felt different than the day to day issues of life.
Many times the devil works in our minds making us doubt and question. Feeling discouraged or defeated can be the devil feeding you lies.
Less spiritual desire and even a doubting of God and his goodness could be the devil leading you down the wrong path.
Desiring your old way of life before you became a Christian, as well as pains of the past coming to mind and having to deal with them again.
Feelings that you know Christ has covered through his death on the cross like shame and guilt can occur when the devil is attacking you.
The spiritual warfare that is going on around you can also be manifested in dreams which steal sleep from you.
In addition to the way Satan works within our mind, he can tempt us by putting stumbling blocks in our way, or distractions that lead us away from our relationship with God.
If you feel as though what you are facing now is bigger than yourself, we hear in the scripture exactly how we can prevent and stand against spiritual warfare.
To identify spiritual warfare better, we should know what the Bible says about it.
Spiritual Warfare In The Bible
Throughout scripture we see spiritual warfare occurring, as well as many verses that tell us how to live in light of the spiritual warfare going on around us.
Jesus deals with spiritual warfare much throughout his ministry here on earth. Before he starts his ministry he fasted for forty days, Satan tempts Jesus and he resists.
And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.Mark 1:13
After starting his ministry is when he meets those who are demon-possessed and they recognize him as the Son of God and are afraid.
He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”Mark 5:7,8
Jesus has power over the demons and the demons recognized it, he could command demons to leave those they were oppressing and they did.
Jesus’ disciples because of the power in the name of Jesus also called out demons in the name of Jesus.
Thankfully throughout scripture, we are advised on how to deal with spiritual warfare.
Ephesians 6:10-20 gives us the armor of God which helps us stand against the schemes of the enemy, reminding us to be rooted in the truth of God’s word and to be vigilant in prayer.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.Ephesians 6:13
You can learn more about the armor of God by checking this blog post out.
James 4:7 simply reminds us what we are to do to stay out of the grasp of the devil.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.James 4:7
When we submit to God and are rooted in God’s word we do not give room for the devil to enter our life. We need to be vigilant in avoiding temptation and growing our relationship with God so when spiritual warfare does occur we will be ready and know how to respond.
Fighting Spiritual Warfare Through Worship and Scripture
We can come against and fight spiritual warfare because we know God and he is bigger than the devil and his schemes against us.
Three ways you can fight spiritual warfare:
- Sing / Worship
- Find a mentor or pastor to talk about what you experiencing.
As mentioned previously, the name of Jesus is very powerful, we saw the demons who cowered at the sight of Jesus.
Jesus’s disciples would use his name to cast demons out, and Paul did as well in the book of Acts.
Turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.Acts 16:18
Even today it is powerful to use the name of Jesus when facing spiritual warfare because Jesus’ name has power.
Prayer also is an extremely powerful weapon against the schemes of the enemy.
We see in scripture a passage where Jesus casts out a demon that his disciples could not cast out. when disciples asked why not Jesus said,
And he said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.’Mark 9:29
Looking again to Jesus as our example, we know that scripture can be used to stand against the evil one in spiritual warfare.
When Jesus was tempted in the desert after forty days of fasting, scripture was Jesus’ defense against Satan.
To use scripture against the devil and his lies means we need to know scripture. When the devil comes to us with lies about who we are in Christ we need to know that according to 2 Corinthians 5:17 we are a new creation, no longer our old selves.
Worship music can also be powerful when we are up against spiritual warfare. It gives us a chance to acknowledge who God is and his great power as well as who we are in Christ. Worship music helps us focus on God instead of the idols of this world.
We face spiritual warfare all the time, and hopefully, we will be ready to fight back against the devil and his plans to draw us away from God. We need to be in God’s word and remember Jesus’ example so we will not be lead astray.