Three enemies of our soul and life that sabotage our peace
Deceptive ideas That play to disordered desires That are normalized in a sinful society
The devil Flesh The world
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— 2 I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
1 Corinthians 10:1-5
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?
Ways we walk
In the flesh
But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
1 Corinthians 3:1,2,3
In the Spirit
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. 6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
Proof of walking by the flesh
Impurity- Fits of Anger
Proof of walk in the spirit
Self control Gentleness
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.
2 Corinthians 10:3
Warring the wrong way
Waging war the wrong way
Warring in the flesh is a fight without a finish
Warring in the flesh is an unnecessary fight
Warring in the flesh will produce recycled resistance and increased tolerance.
Stronghold - High fortress, castle, a place that has been fortified against an attack
Stronghold- beliefs or lies that have taken root in our lives that are contrary to truth. These lies are inspired by the devil
How to defeat and destroy lies that have become strongholds
1.Ask God to show you the lies you have believed
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting!
2. Answer the door
3. Cut off its supply
3. Use weapons of warfare
Salvation The word
4.Establish new truth in your belief system