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THE INVISIBLE SPIRITUAL WAR (ADDENDUM)

Temptation: by seducing us from obedience to God into slavery to him (Gen 3:1-6); by enticing us to love for this world alone (I John 2:15-17; Matt 4:3-9; II Tim 4:10); by enticing us to go from spiritual life to spiritual death (James 1:13-15; II Sam 11:2-5; Numbs 25:1-3), by seducing us with sugar-coated poison (Prov 2:16-19, 5:1-6; 6:24-29; 7:10-23); by tempting us when we are weak (I Cor 7:5; I Tim 5:11-15; II Cor 2:6-11). by tempting us when we are strong (II Sam 11:1,2; I Chron 21:1-3; I Tim 3:6, 6:9); by using sorcery and the occult (Deut 18:9-13).

Genesis 3:1-6:  Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, 'Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?'  The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'  'You will not surely die,' the serpent said to the woman.  'For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.'  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it."

I John 21:15-17 – "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world--the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does--comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever."

Matthew 4:3-9 – "The tempter came to him and said, 'If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.  Jesus answered, 'It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'  Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.  If you are the Son of God,' he said, 'throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'  Jesus answered him, 'It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  'All this I will give you,' he said, 'if you will bow down and worship me.' "

II Timothy 4:10 – "for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia."

James 1:13-15 - When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."

II Samuel 11:2-5 – "One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, 'Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'  Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home.  The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, 'I am pregnant.' "

Numbers 25:1-3 – "While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods.  So Israel joined in worshiping the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them."

Proverbs 2:16-19 – "It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.  For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead.  None who go to her return or attain the paths of life."

Proverbs 5:1-6 - My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.  For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and her speech is smoother than oil; but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.  Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.  She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not."

Proverbs 6:24-29 – "keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.  Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.  Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?  Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?  So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished."

Proverbs 7:10-23 – "Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.  (She is loud and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.)  She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: 'I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.  So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you!  I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt.  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.  Come, let's drink deep of love till morning; let's enjoy ourselves with love!  My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey.  He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.'  With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.  All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life."

I Corinthians 7:5 – "Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control."

II Timothy 5:11-15 - As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.  Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.  Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.  So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.  Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan."

II Corinthians 2:6-11 – "The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him.  Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.  I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him.  The reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.  If you forgive anyone, I also forgive him. And what I have forgiven--if there was anything to forgive--I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes."

II Samuel 11:1,2 – "In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah.  But David remained in Jerusalem.  One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,"

I Chronicles 21:1-3 – "Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.  So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, 'Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.'  But Joab replied, "May the LORD multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord's subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?' "

I Timothy 3:6 – "He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil."

I Timothy 6:9 – "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction."

Deuteronomy 18:9-13 – "When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.  Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD , and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God."

Additional things to beware of:

10. The teaching that Christians can be demon-possessed.

11. The teaching that Satan can be bound.

12. The fighting of "territorial spirits."

Additional Discussion Questions:

6. Can Christians be demon-possessed? demonized? oppressed?

 

7. How much can Satan do and know?

 

8. Can Satan read our minds?