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1. The Domain of Darkness ● Teachings about Demonic Powers → Names - Titles: Satan…; Demons…; Rulers & authorities… → Origin: angelic rebellion → Actions (what they do): Rule this world; Tempt/Cause us to sin; Oppose the gospel/our salvation; Destroy our faith & lives; & the will of God → Power: Directly connected to sin & death; Dangerous & Global; Limited, Temporary, & Defeated ● Examples of Demonic Attack/Battles tempting & waiting: Lk 4:1-13; demon-possession: Lk 22:3; Mk 5; disabling spirit (sickness): Lk 13:11; opposing the gospel: Ac 13:4; divination/fortune-telling: Ac 16:16; thru false teachers/prophets: 2Co 11:12; Rev 13:14; thorn in the flesh: 2Co 12:7; hindering fellowship: 1Th 2:18; thru anti-christs: 1Jn 2:18; 2Th 2:3; “conquering” the saints: Rev 13:7; thru idolatry, sexual immorality, love of money & slavery: Rev 17-18 2. The Kingdom of Christ ● Christ conquered Satan → because He is Lord & thru the Cross: Col 1:15ff; 2:13-15 → Has the Father transferred you into His kingdom? ● Submit to God & Resist the Devil → thru humility & prayer: Jm 4:6-10; 1Pe 5:5-11; Eph 6:18; Col 1:9 → thru a Christ-centered faith, love, and power: Col 1:4-11
1. Know that Christ is Victorious ● Our triune-God reigns (Hallelujah!): in sovereignty, Lordship, & power ● the devil is a formidable foe: but nevertheless a defeated enemy ● Christ has won the victory: over Satan, sin, and death 2. Walk in Christ’s Victory ● Abide in Christ who abides in us: (thru faith, righteousness, & love) ● Put on the full armor of God & pray: to stand against the devil’s schemes ● Proclaim the gospel of Christ’s victory & salvation: for sinners and from Satan’s power
Not only is Jesus exalted (Hebrews 1:5-14), he is empathetic (2:5-18). He lived in our world of flesh and bone, fear and pain, hunger and feasting. His incarnation was the path to exaltation. Not only did He humble himself to the point of death, but he stripped the devil of his power and freed us from fear. This sermon encourages us to look to Jesus -- our better king who empathizes with our weaknesses. Not only does He know how we feel, but He can do something about it.
Have you ever found it hard to talk to the Lord and especially hard to talk out loud to Him with another believer? We inherited this from the fall. We find in the following passage that Adam and Eve did not want to talk to God. They were trying to deal with the effects of sin which included not talking to the Lord. And as we look into this passage and the James passage to follow we find that pride is a big part of it. We say we feel uncomfortable or we are shy but the real root is pride that needs to be dealt with. W need to realize that as we resist praying we might find God opposing us. Wow… that is what makes it extra hard. We need to do as James 1 tells us: 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. I have become painfully aware how many believing couples who are married do not pray out loud together. As with Adam and Eve, how can you get close to the Lord and communicate to Him without talking out loud together with Him? This is serious business. Be willing to recognize it and pursue praying out loud together with those key people in your life. Experience Him giving His grace to the Humble.
1. The Chief Shepherd & His Flock ● Peter’s Exhortation to the Elders: shepherd the flock of God among you (vs1-4) ● Clothe ourselves with humility: and follow godly leadership (v5) 2. Faith & the Fiery Trials of Life ● Humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand: that He may exalt us (vs6-7) ● Be sober-minded & watchful: the devil seeks to devour us (v8) ● Resist the devil: standing firm in our faith (v9) ● the God of all grace will bless us: so we entrust our souls to God who reigns sovereign (vs10-11) 3. Stand Firm in the Grace of God (vs12-14) ● What is the true grace of God? - we are His chosen people - we are His protected witnesses - we will share in His eternal glory ● as chosen exiles: rejoicing now as we await the Second Coming ● witnessing for Christ thru suffering: with humble submission and gospel proclamation