segunda-feira, 22 de agosto de 2011

The Devil Resist

James 4:7
The release did not demon appears out of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Acts. In this lesson we will consider only the salient highlights of the texts from Romans to Revelation, which refers to Satan, their attacks, threats and the type of slavery that he seeks to establish and how we can fight it.
1 - THE EPISTLES AND EVIL CircumstantialThe epistles abundantly focus the war on moral evil - the power of Satan to deceive us. In several passages, the letters relate to Satan and his demons to evil circumstantial, as sources of suffering, torment and death.
In Hebrews 2:14, the devil is mentioned as someone who had the power of death, but was rendered powerless by the cross and resurrection of Christ by those who live by faith. The ability of Satan to terrorize people as the supreme evil circumstance was annulled.
In two passages that deal with church discipline, Paul refers to people who are "delivered to Satan" (I Corinthians 5:5; Timothy 1:20). Far from being freed from his demons, the rebels are delivered to the devil.
Being expelled from the body of Christ a person subject to the terrors of death and the prosecution and exclusion from the congregation of light. Both passages indicate the corrective, a didactic purpose to free someone from Satan. Not so with punitive intentions, but discipline, "so that the spirit may be saved on the Day of the Lord" and "in order not to blaspheme."
But occasionally, the Bible presents punitive intentions in passages about the Final Judgement (Rev. 18). There is a passage where Paul speaks of Satan stop you from visiting the believers in Thessalonica (I Thess 2:18). From the context, it seems that Paul meant that Satan incited enemies of the gospel, which created difficulties, delaying his plans to advance the gospel.
Many argue that "the thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet" (2 Corinthians 12:7) Paul is an event of suffering induced by the devil. This thorn was probably an illness - perhaps the problem alluded to by Paul in Galatians 4:13-15.
This reinforces what has been said that the messengers of Satan are particularly associated with physical suffering, although in the case of Paul, this suffering has no association with any moral evil. In fact such suffering was used by God to protect the apostle of moral evil. Speaking of the messenger of Satan, the text has connotations of suffering, weakness, abuse, grief and the difficulty - not sin.
Satan attacked, but on no occasion Paul referred to the expulsion of demonic self. These troubles have kept him humble and dependent on God.
He prayed for God's power to heal it, God answered "no," Paul instructed about their major purposes. The letters always circumstantial approach evil without resorting to the MME.
2 - THE EPISTLES AND MORAL EVILThe epistles focus their attention on what we call spiritual warfare itself: our vulnerability to being, captivated by Satan to believe his lies and doing his will.
They have moral evil as a braid with three strands: the world, the flesh and the devil. Our social situation in entertaining a stream of mistakes and threats, our own heart is attracted by lies and lusts, the devil conspire to aggravate the sin and unbelief.
Moral evil is too monolithic. The Bible distinguish the three branches of evil monolithic without dividing them and never teaches that we have three different types of problems: a problem called the world, another called meat and another called "spiritual."
The EMA directs problems "spiritual" to a special category. For normal issues, the devil does almost nothing; supernatural problems for the world and the flesh almost do nothing. Then the problems "spiritual" call to expel demonic.
This is another problem that proponents argue the MME, that is, when it identified the presence of the invader, Satan, should be resorted to quickly expel the demon.
They defend the practice supported by the Gospels and the book of Acts, but do not see the subtle work of Satan in the world and through the flesh, who are always together. This teaching is clearly presented in the epistles, as well as the correct way of spiritual combat.
Not only the world, the flesh and the devil appear together, but the Bible presents it, always in balance, carefully crafted. Of the three, God focuses primarily meat: the human heart and its vulnerability to evil. Thus, we are called to a radical self before the gospel of the grace of Christ.
From this we know our corruption, deception and depravity of our hearts, hands and tongues. We are invited to know God, in communion with our brothers and sisters redeemed by the blood of Jesus. The Scriptures are addressed to people, not demons.
With humanity in charge at center stage, the world displays a supporting cast of villains, along with props and scenery. The world provides the situations that reveal and test the character of the protagonists.
The Scriptures focus on the false teachers who mislead others by word and example, and also enemies who oppress and hurt others. The world comprises material objects and people: idols materials, money and possessions, pictures and images, and countless types of technological creations.
When we take a look behind the scenes, we see the devil, who appears more frequently than in the Old Testament, but is still distinctly behind the scenes. Virtually every letter mentions once or twice.
He is the tempter, accuser and deceiver whose goal is the moral domain. He is the serial killer of all who can enlist in his service, he would kill the saints, if I could. To combat this enemy is to fight both the world and the flesh.
The malice of Satan animates the world and produces and seduces the heart, making less than men responsible for his iniquity. Tackling compliance and grace with the world is to fight Satan. Fight of the error lies and lust of the flesh is against Satan.
The epistles show methods of ministry and life dedicated to complementary aspects of evil: the pressures of the world, the lusts of the flesh and the activities of the enemy. We will examine three passages that reveal the presence of the devil:
a) In the face of lies, "Resist" (Ephesians 6.10-20)Ephesians emphasizes mainly attacks of disappointment that darken and harden people. Satan establishes his moral domain especially through lies. His appeal lies to old desires autonomy, pleasure, power, righteousness, knowledge, glory, love and thought.
The intensity of our moral slavery to the master in the field of the old nature can hardly be overstated. Every imagination of the thoughts of our heart is continually directed to evil, as shown in Ephesians 6.10-20.
First, Ephesians 6.10-20 does not introduce the subject of spiritual warfare in the letter Paul. Before, the sum and crystallizes in vivid image that Paul teaches through the whole letter to the Ephesians.
And the strengthening and protective power of God mentioned in verse 10, repeats the theme that is also woven throughout the book. Each piece of armor of God had already appeared in various forms and examples in the teachings of Paul.
We must resist the powers of darkness who plot against the people of God. These forces of evil spiritual powers are the same that Christ overwhelmed by its power (1.21) and you will witness the triumph of God's wisdom in the church (3.10). These powers are dominated by the prince of the power of the air (2.2) that acts on those who are disobedient. The devil seeks to use our sins to destroy God's work, to fragment the unity of the body of Christ.
The letter to the Ephesians gives no indication that the plans of the evil prince and his fiery darts involving "Demonization".Compared with other New Testament epistles, the letter rarely mentions suffering, instead focusing almost exclusively, our moral conflict and vulnerability to deception. This is the focus.
The plans of the devil seek to drag us into sin and falsehood, for the blind and harden and cause us to live in the flesh. Chapter 2 confirms this in his descriptions of the results of activity of the devil: transgression, sin, sons of disobedience, followers of desires and people under the wrath of God by sinning.
Also confirmed in Chapter 4, where the word "mistake" describes the falseness of the world to get away from the truth of Christ (Eph 4:14; 5.6). And it is confirmed by the complete discussion in Ephesians 4.17-6.9, when Paul speaks the truth in love to edify the body of Christ. These chapters are an extended meditation on the themes introduced in Ephesians 2:1-10.
Witness the devil's power to act within our soul when we bow to the flesh, we witness the power of God when we keep the faith and good deeds.
Paul exemplifies the spiritual battle going on in the book of Ephesians, gird yourself with the truth, he teaches the path of righteousness, preaching the gospel of peace to the nations, living by faith in the power of God, rejoices in salvation, wieldsthe sword of the Spirit and pray fervently for God's people to grow in the knowledge of Christ and his power. Paul destroys misleading works and works of darkness. He teaches the children of God to walk in the light of Jesus.
When some of the thoughts of the devil are successful and a fiery dart hits us, we do not twitch strange evil beings. Before we become similar to that being evil. Several aspects of sordid failure to endure are cited in almost every verse of Ephesians 4.17-6.9, descriptions of the paths experienced by the people and the flesh.
In contrast, resistance appears throughout the letter to the Ephesians, chapters 1-6, the positive descriptions of the Christian faith. What we learned from this armor is to be the armor of God, is God's own being coated. So, take the armor is simply living in Christ.
b) A means to suffer, "resist" (1 Peter 5:5-11)The letter of 1 Peter is addressed to the saints in a world of oppression. In 1 Peter 5:8 is the only mention of evil: "The devil, your adversary prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour." Then Peter warns: "Resist him, firm in faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brotherhood throughout the world."
Peter, like Paul, this passage deepens a central theme throughout the epistle. He writes about the suffering that purifies the faith and to glorify God in the midst of suffering. In Chapter 5 he reveals the spirit of the opponent who is behind the trials of persecution.
The lying and persecution are complementary strategies that seek to have the same result: unbelief and sin. The appeal lies false promises, while suffering the threat. The lion is devouring a common biblical metaphor, used for those who injure and oppress the church. But Peter shows how the evils of persecution and suffering.
Faith:• Hold the opportune time for God's deliverance (PSI 5.6)• If free from anxiety, seeking refuge in the tender care of God (5.7)• If vigilant when the lion roars (5.8)• Remains not surprised by persecution, placing their hope, firmly in the grace of Christ (5:9-10)• It takes us to worship God (5.11).
When we can not resist the perils that surround us and yield to temptation, then it means that we devoured in lust, in malignancy, the fraud, injury, fear, debauchery, anxiety and pride.
Being eaten is to repay evil with evil is to become like the devil in the way of acting, thinking and talking.
Conversely, if we resist, God will strengthen us, perfect, establish and justify. The devil is defeated and God is glorified. In a life of purity and holiness, fighting lies and deceit, we become like Jesus and victorious in spiritual warfare.
c) In the presence of the flesh, "resist" (James 3:13 to 4:12)James also says "resist". For him, the devil has a foothold for persuasion because of the congruence of our hearts with their intentions. Then James says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (4.7). We must resist Satan when he acts on our madness and moral appeals to our cravings. James 1:14-15 presents the problem.
We are tempted when our desires lead us away from themselves; desires generate sin, and sin results in death.James detailing our sins primary and the illusions of the heart. It shows that the "wisdom" of our proud and foolish heart is rooted in evil (3.15). From this point on, many spiritual battles are portrayed.
There are several ways to fail, he describes the Christian resistance: the incendiary language (3.1-12), in selfish ambition and envy in the heart (3:14-16), the ambitions and practice evil (4:1-3), and in spiritual adultery hostility towards God (4.4), pride (4.6), double minded, and unclean hands (4.8), playing with God (4:11-12) and forget, arrogantly, that he holds our lives in their hands (4.13-17) .
James is dealing with the moral conformity of our inner and outer life with the image of Satan. But unlike the gift of God makes wise people who are obedient, peaceful, indulgent, treatable, compassionate, resolute and capable of bringing peace to a world war (3.17-18).
The grace of God is greater than the presence of darkness, so James calls us to repent and resist the temptations (4.7-10).
James says that resisting the devil, "he will flee from us." This is a promise of victory, when the believer embraces the power of God. Spiritual warfare can be summed up in blood, sweat and tears for dying to yourself and listen to God.
CONCLUSIONThe guidelines found in the passage from James have many implications and applications. The ministry model described in James 5 applies to any culture, it is superstitious, interpreting it as action demon, she is skeptical, ignoring the existence of evil spirits.
The spiritual battle is imminent and constant in the Christian life, but victory for those who choose to live for the glory of God in holiness and righteousness.
APPLICATIONWhen Satan whipping with a rod of pain, resist. Those who approach God in faith and repentance are the power that enables them to live in obedience.

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