4.1 Memorize: Galatians 5:19-21
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry, witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
1. What is Satan’s purpose according to John 10:10?
2. What are his most commonly used tools?
3. When does a curse take effect?
4. Can patience, tolerance and Christian graces become an aid for demonic activity?
5. How can a curse be thwarted?
Make a detailed list of the common methods the enemy uses to preempt the victory that is our rightful heritage. This would include such things as negative talk, worry, fear, etc.
“Our weapons do not arise out of our humanity, Paul is declaring. Even the most brilliant, resourceful, and strongest among us cannot overcome the enemy with whom we war. But our weapons are divine. Since they come from God, they are more powerful than anything the enemy brings against us. They are sufficient to destroy every fortress of evil we encounter. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. What is our responsibility in this matter? Paul tells us in verse 5. In one word, we are, by God’s power, to take control of our minds, our thought life … if we win the battle with our minds, we have won the war.”
– Dr. Ed Murphy
The basic issue in spiritual warfare is that of authority. Jesus under-scored His authority when he commissioned His disciples with these words; There exists powers, both in heaven and earth, which will oppose you as you seek to carry out my commission. Be encouraged! I have been given absolute authority in heaven and over all cosmic beings who seek to oppose you, and over their human agents on earth who will resist you. No power is greater than my authority! I am the Lord over heaven and earth. Because of this, you can go and make disciples of all people groups in the nations of the earth. – Matthew 28:18-20 (Paraphrased)