|Series Theme: Spiritual Warfare|
Title: 16. Corporate Aspects: a) Not Alone
The series on Spiritual Warfare concludes with two aspects of warfare - the recognition that we are not alone in the fight, and that there are others with different gifts to help us in it.
The Christian is rarely called to fight the enemy alone. Satan will often try to isolate us so that we appear to stand alone and are thus weak and vulnerable.
1. The Dangers of being Alone
1.1 Signs of Isolation
Common expressions of having given way to Satan's lies are:
From these we can see that Satan seeks to whisper things into our mind that isolate us from others.
1.2 Missing Ingredient in Isolation
When Satan has managed to isolate us we lack someone to:
1.3 Results of isolation
When we are isolated, therefore, we experience the following:
1.4 Countering Isolation
The following may be some things we can do to overcome it:
2. The Wonder of Fellowship
2.1 The meaning of “Fellowship”
Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to… the fellowship”
Gk. “koinonia” = communion or intimate sharing
It is an opening up one to another at the spiritual level, i.e. a meeting of spirit with spirit.
Because we are Christians with the Holy Spirit within us, when we share “heart to heart” we share at the Spirit level and the Holy Spirit communes between us.
It is a far deeper communication than mere talking together.
2.2 Requirements for Fellowship
For this sort of communion to take place, the following must occur:
a) Willingness to Give
b) Willingness to Receive
2.3 The Problems (or Security?) of Fellowship
When we start to take note of these things, we see that Fellowship, or rather the absence of it, when two Christians come together, can act as a spiritual warning (like a spiritual barometer) that all is not well with the brother or sister.
If we are seeking to carry one another's burdens (see Gal 6:2), this means we will be put on the alert to pray for the other and enquire more fully after their well being.
2.4 The Strength of Fellowship
When we are STANDING TOGETHER or PRAYING TOGETHER there comes a harmony in the flow of fellowship which releases revelation by the gifts of the Spirit and which brings about mutual upbuilding.
The Bible encourages corporate life by instructing us to:
• love one another, build up one another, warn and encourage one another
• help and be kind to one another
• be compassionate and forgiving to one another, pray for one another
• teach admonish and restore one another
When we “submit to one another” (Eph 5:21) there comes a great strength and mutual feeling of support and security. When we are loved that enables us to love. When we love selflessly we are also blessed.