Summary: How do we as Christians prepare our hearts so we can accuragely discern what is happening in the unseen realm. (Material taken from The Three Battlegrounds by Francis Frangipane)
Discerning of Spirits- The Nature of the Enemy
Continue series on Discerning of Spirits.
1st week- The Gift of Discernment
Last week- Eliminating False Discernment
This week- The Nature of the Enemy
Discerning the Nature of the Enemy
Bible- names of people/places have significance and communicate something about that person/place.
What are some names for people/places/meaning?
*Gen 22:14 Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh)
* Gen 35:15 So Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel. (house of God)
*Esau->Edom- red- sold birthright for red stew
You can see this more clearly- look at names of God.
What are some names for God/meaning?
*Elohim- the Creator
*El Shaddai- the all Sufficient One
*Adonai- Lord, Master
*Jehovah Rapha- the Lord that heals
*Jehovah Shalom- the Lord is Peace
*Jehovah Raah- the Lord is My Shepherd
*Jehovah Jireh- the Lord will provide
*Jehovah- Nissi- the Lord is My Banner
*Jehovah Tsidkenu-the Lord our Righteousness
*Jehovah Shammah- the Lord is there
In the spiritual realm- good/evil spiritual entities.
In the spirit realm- the name of an entity also often corresponds to its nature/activity.
Many people seem bent on giving names to angels, demons, spiritual powers.
I have no doubts, from the Bible, that they have names- their name alone is not what is significant.
What is significant is the nature of the spiritual entity.
Once we uncover their nature- no longer a need for a name- because we know what we are dealing with.
In the Bible we find reference to unclean spirits.
Unclean spirits- general name that distinguishes demonic from angelic spirits.
To defend ourselves against- unclean spirit- helpful to understand its specific nature- spirit of lust/greed.
As we better understand the nature/tactics of our enemy, we can better defend ourselves.
How do we defeat the enemy?
Our victory always begins with the name that is above all names, and that is Jesus Christ.
Understanding the nature/significance of the crucified Christ is key to freedom from demonic oppression.
We asked ourselves- How do we defeat the enemy?
1. FOLLOW the LAMB!
Who is the lamb??
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne …
12 saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." NASU
We must understand the order of things before we run out and attack spiritual powers/principalities.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. NASU
The armies of heaven always- FOLLOWED the lamb.
We must be followers of Christ, understanding who we are in Christ and what He is doing in our lives.
2. Understand God’s Highest Purpose
What is the purpose of spiritual warfare?
Many times we approach spiritual warfare simply to relieve something that is stressing/oppressing us.
However, the purpose of all aspects of spirituality, warfare included, is to bring us into the image of Christ. (Francis Frangipane)