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Spiritual Warfare – the Super and the Natural gives you tools for faithful participation in spiritual battle. This activity is one element from the CIT Next online course Spiritual Warfare. Understanding some basic concepts of how the spiritual world functions will instruct and embolden us

The Christian life is a wartime life. Spiritual battles are waged every day, all around us, whether we live and minister in the land of our birth or in a new place that is unfamiliar and disorienting. As you venture into your new place, the reality of this war often becomes more evident. Now that you see it, will you take up your part in the battle and serve as faithfully and bravely as you can? Spiritual Warfare might be the course for you!

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Understanding some basic concepts of how the spiritual world functions will instruct and embolden us. This and the next two readings will contribute to that.

In one of the most well-known passages in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, where Paul clarifies some important realities of spiritual gifts, one very important verse is often overlooked.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 1 Corinthians 12:7 New King James Version (NKJV)

The word manifestation, when clearly understood, can bring an often missing clarity to understanding spiritual gifts. Understanding the nature and pattern of how God’s manifests himself on earth among people will help in understanding the deceptive manifestations of the Devil and his minions which are meant to mimic and oppose God and His ways.

Examine this list of 18 occurrences of the English word manifestation in 13 Bible translations:   

The word itself, manifestation, is not uncommon in non-religious contexts and is fairly straightforward in its definition:




noun: manifestation; plural noun: manifestations

  1. an event, action, or object that clearly shows or embodies something, especially a theory or an abstract idea. “the first obvious manifestations of global warming”
    • the action or fact of showing an abstract idea. “the manifestation of anxiety over the upcoming exams”
  • synonyms:
      • display, demonstration, show, exhibition, presentation
      • “the manifestation of anxiety”
    • a symptom or sign of an ailment.
“a characteristic manifestation of Lyme disease”
  • synonyms:
      • sign, indication, evidence, token, symptom, testimony, proof, substantiation, mark, reflection, example, instance
      • “manifestations of global warming”
    • a version or incarnation of something or someone. “Purity and Innocence and Young Love in all their gentle manifestations”
    • an appearance of a ghost or spirit.
  • synonyms:
      • apparition, appearance, materialization, visitation
      • “a supernatural manifestation”

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Reflect on the following question: How does a clearer understanding of the Biblical use of the word manifestation bring clarity for you to the demonic aspects of spiritual warfare?


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