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The Nature of the Battle

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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December 21, 2020 7:00 am

The Nature of the Battle

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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December 21, 2020 7:00 am

Most believers know that the Christian life is a battle zone, but we often forget who the real enemy is! Join Dr. Tony Evans as he offers insights about the strategies of Satan and explains how you can avoid getting caught with your defenses down.


Dr. Tony Evans. This victory comes when believers realize who's doing the real fighting against me. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker and pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative driven, says the success or failure you experience in this world is determined by what goes on in a different world disjointed as he explains there is no battle that you could conceive that can match that could compete with the battle that you and I are engaged in which we going to be discussing every area of your life. Every individual in your life. There is not one boy one girl one man or woman who can extricate themselves from the battle of the ages spiritual warfare is no place to run.

No place.there is no foxhole but you can get in to that will alleviate you from the repercussions of this battle. This is a battle like none you've ever thought about conceive dog heard of or interface with the worst battle in human history and its peanuts next to the battle that we will be discussing this battle called spiritual warfare. Many of you know what it's all about. Even though you may not know that it's a warfare because you are 100 casualty. Perhaps you are an emotional casualty of this wall miscarriage meant depression, downtrodden nests, perhaps a sense of even split personality has by this war really about the benefit of marriages by divorce conflict. Being bruised and battered as children growing up in insensitive homes. You thought it was simply a problem of a bad mom and a bad dad not with the problem of band and you and I are in the midst of that warfare affects us morally. It affects our ability to control our passions, or to yield those passions.

Many of us did not know about our financial situation is directly related to losing the war.

We just thought it was related to the credit cards when it is intricately tied to a battle that is raging beyond the scope of what you naturally think of this battle affects us in our relationships, our friends, coworkers, no matter where you run when you are recipient of the battle of the ages about life simply call spiritual warfare. First of all, let me clarify the essence of this let me state this is all about what you must understand understand that this battle is cool in its center spiritual, physical, 1st that you understand understand and relate to it on a spiritual level to the degree that we commit to be prepared for mission will help spiritual law that conflict in middle ground in the context of the reset again when I use the term spiritual play. I am referring to conflict occurring in the realm that is being flushed out in the very way is something you can you are fighting in the context of battle that involves being taking it out on you and you can see much you can see this battle is something you can see verse 12. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood rulers and powers of the world. This again spiritual forces of wickedness lay places away in a battle fighting beings we can see we can see Paul the apostle said, you make a grand mistake.

If you think people are your problem not against flesh and blood means people as bad as people conduits of another battle, what Mickey successfully got enough people calling people to be the people that they thought about submitting situations. The change people not doing right. Maybe not understanding the people who are not doing right BIOS lobby on the control of a person that they can control until you I understand what the right the wrong thing. The people but what happens to people through you made two people upon us all something that is much grandiose than they and that is a whole spiritual battle.

Now let me try to make sense of this because today I want to set a foundation say this again physical because all something spiritual that has nothing that your five senses, being that is not generated and influenced by Matt which your five senses and partake which may six cents something beyond the use of allergy every obvious use of your well-being before 26 states that is what takes place on earth.

Everything takes place on what David something that took place in an tell you I miss it now can address the spiritual cause. We will open this series will save you some because you'll perhaps stop spending money on solutions that don't start with a solution. I'll save you some time to spend time on man-made solutions. With the spirit realm and get back to take care of the physical realm. Perhaps the result of its original site starting with the wrong people you thought wrong, but the spirit of the people doing wrong when we understand that this is virtually provoked. It affects our worldview. That worldview has to do with the little booth by which you perceive reality worldview would have to do with the veterans that determine what you believe you mean how you look at life. Now the only real worldview is a naturalistic worldview materialistic it sometime call in today America. We can even call it scientific worldview, worldview, naturalistic, materialistic, scientific, that simply says that man by reason can figure out how the world works and so if you can put in a test to look at it that way manifests itself becomes a hot Assistance, you reduce it to a thesis begin to work on it that's all you need is natural and materialism of all scientific orientation that have led to agnosticism and atheism. That is, you don't need God. As long as you have a test to naturalistic worldview and the tragedy is that many of us as Christians have been lowered into this world that we know not the other worldview.

We just don't live on the other worldview and when I talk about worldview. What you say in thought about what you think about how your living because you determine the worldview by present behavior, not by persons talk I can say all day long. I believe in God but my walk doesn't want like I believe in God. I don't really believe in God's theological terminology used. To make everybody else think that I believe in God you worldview is always determined by your foot never bite your tongue on the other side is the spiritual worldview, spiritual worldview says that there is a row that sits outside of this realm like some of the TV show says another dimension world that this world reflects, but that is not applicable what this world is now most people believe in some form of spiritual worldview.

You know a person believes this worldview when I pick up a newspaper and turn to the horoscope section.

What they're looking for is something outside of this world. I doubt that will make some spiritual principle that will govern their decision-making today. People reflect a spiritual worldview. When I go to the local palm reader to get somebody to look at the physical and come up with a spiritual way of determining how they going to be blessed going America to meet next week to get in touch with the dead, you can't get beyond the physical environment in which we live and make a contact out there and be sought to reach out to some twilight zone sort of place and make contact with the other world. The problem with the spiritual worldview that you can have a spiritual disconnect with the wrong spirit until your spiritual worldview.

The management degree would not sufficient because it doesn't answer really requested we all off when you came from and the answer to the first cause. What got all the start of the naturalistic scientific worldview is limited science today is beginning to realize that scientific test to solve the ball crisis of the day they don't keep teenagers from killing each other. They don't deal with the La Plata man that has to be addressed why because this world is tied to another world that you can't see the hundreds will be right back with more insights about the spiritual battle. We are involved in with us. I think we can all agree. This year has been one for the ages 2020 has been full of challenges God has remained faithful through every storm help you remember my faithfulness as we step into a new year. We went to send you Dr. Evans 20 most popular messages from 2020. Along with this devotional book, for a purpose. These resources are our thanks for your gift to help finish the year strong and reach more people in 2021 visit Tony for details in the lesson. Your hearing today is part of the best of Tony Evans 2020 is our gift to you will send this giant collection of 20 full-length audio messages classes called for the purpose devotional book to help support Tony's ministry with the year-end contribution. This is a limited time offers so make the arrangements today by visiting Tony or call our resource Center at one 800 832, 22 team members are standing by to help you with your resource request, day or night.

Again, that's 1-800-800-3222. I love all of that contact information for you, once again, after part two of today's message. Here's Tony which is essentially spiritual.

However, spiritual call, and I stayed in a moment ago. In other words, the reason you know spiritual law is you are bleeding the bladder Israel you may not assume the moment, but the blood Israel and we are seeing it in for life. Many of us are singing in personalized permitting personalize our disaster you out there doing some real bad. It just could be that you have uncontrolled the relationship between your emotional.

This emotion called anger and the spiritual walk just by clipping back one page to chapter 4 verses 25, 26. Therefore, Magnus also speak truth, each one of you with your neighbor, for we are members of one another.

Be angry, and yet do not sin.

Do not let the sun go down on your anger, why, and do not give the devil an opportunity. Please note, if you make the correlation between the uncontrolled got and be granted, the devil took take over a compartment of your life. Many of us are suffering today because of the unresolved got I got dealt with yesterday. Well you did me wrong when really Satan has gotten a hold of my motions destroy our ability to function because the spiritual opportunity that was granted by the many about something family live with anything at all the way back to Adam and Eve, you know, the first family was something about the devil. The Bible even regulates the devil to the sexual relationship between a husband and wife. He says in first Corinthians chapter 7 verse five stop depriving one another except by agreement for time that you may devote yourselves to prayer and come together again.

Let Satan you become your lack of self-control. He talked about the fact that when a husband and wife don't have a dynamic light. The devil is looking at that as an opportunity to come in and to bring about moral deterioration in the joy gets down to the wrong everyday aspects of life. It affects the charge vault ultimately in first the chapter 4 verse one he says. Watch out for doctrines of demons that will trace the church and a person is being led down the defeat in the spiritual warfare because the teachers are teaching doctrine. Just because somebody quotes the Bible does make him okay but you gotta be able to reinvent and check this stuff out and see if these things be so. Sometimes people say amen the stop is not even the Bible simply because the person saying it with the Bible is the best thing about the church and even affect the culture to see if we go along.

Daniel chapter 10 whole nations were being influenced by this biblical battle among the right now you and I are in the midst of a war and the head of this call, the Prince of the power of the brave and the stuff every compartment that you live in, and nowhere to run. When you find that you want to know where to run but you better learn how to fight convincingly when you survive. So the key essence is simply this is your ability to control and influence the spiritual realm that will determine or defeat in the physical realm. It is your ability to control or influence the spiritual realm that will determine or defeat in the physical realm. If you are to be deal with the spiritual realm control or when the corral and somewhat Satan's jobsite job is to get you to not take the spiritual realm seriously because the victim from the spiritual realm only place where solution while it's cold from the absence of the battle spiritual to the location of the battle.

Verse 12 said verse 12 said that this battle is raging in a certain place is called in heavenly places.

In heavenly places in the Bible is spoken up on three levels. One of the atmospheric Place where you and I live a place of oxygen where we breathe when we fly airplanes off the atmospheric Event that embellishes this or we move from the Atlas. Have until it's evident that is where the stars exist. That's called the second heaven that is also where the Angels reside, angels are called stars. Stars at night. That is to remind you of something, but just starts God made stars because he created spiritual beings name was dollars.

So what God it was great spiritual being angels spiritual stars and gave you reality to remind you of them. But when we think*spiritual*angels saw with a cup spiritual stars, you know, walk. I stars all over the place and that is precisely what we face will replace the spa that heaven will be angels of God will be hell to said to take place in heavenly places the throne room of God where God's law offices chapter 1 verse three Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing where in the heavenly places that his verse is to think of God the father, the heavenly places, but knows what else is it says your blessings.

I am happily place that if you and I will and we need blessing when the war and the blessing that we made the window with the father of the war and the blessings that we made out with the father and happily places if you don't know how to get the heavenly places you don't know how to get to the blasting when the wall place of the fathers in heavenly places. Blessings on heavenly places in heavenly places in heavenly places in heavenly places in heavenly places. Chapter 6 runs well for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but ruler the power of the world, against spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places were and how long in your life have been called by state the is rating in the same place where God is your blessings where you where Jesus is webby and jet angels and everything it didn't happen replacing everything and happily played and learn to take a trip.

That's where the accident is that women have businesses find me stand with me stay with me because as you see as we go through this.

You can take a trip to heaven, while good to know you already there. You are seated with him in heaven.

It might not like you gotta pull out a roadmap waking up way to go. You already been because all in heavenly places. Dr. Tony Evans giving you a new perspective on the spiritual battle around you and you'll be right back with a final thought for today so stay with us today's message.

The nature of the battle is available free to request on CD or download. In fact, the full-length version contains more material than we were able to present on the year, but you can also get this lesson is a part of our special year-end compilation the best of Tony Evans 2020. As I mentioned earlier, this giant collection is available for a limited time is our gift when you help support Tony's ministry with a generous year and contribution. In addition to the 20 audio messages. If you contact us right away will also include a copy of this powerful book called for a purpose containing devotions I can help you overcome feelings of anxiousness, aloneness and uncertainty as you gain a better understanding of the calling God has just for you, simply visit Tony today to get the details and make the arrangements or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 were team members are ready to help you anytime day or night. Again, that's 1-800-800-3222 we've all learned this year how easily our idea of normal can be turned upside down. Dr. Evan says God is using the pandemic for his purposes. Tomorrow will help us make sure we don't miss the point of this divine disruption, but right now he's back with a quick challenge to wrap up today's program. Since the church like satellites is too much for me to go around talking to rebuke you devil in the name of Jesus devil don't go anywhere you know nothing like my type rebuke you in the name of so what can handle that well. But the Bible says June when Michael came up against Satan, Michael wouldn't even fight Satan 10 wants to stalk Michael said do not Jesus Christ this week is that you can now begin a large string dealing with the alternative with Dr. Tony is made possible by the general fusion

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