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we will concentrate on verses 10-13, which direct our attention to the war itself. we will then proceed to examine in more detail each of the weapons Paul mentions, and the offensive strategy of Satan which they imply. May God provided for our defense It should come as no surprise to the Christian to that we are engaged in a great spiritual battle. From the early chapters of the Old Testament it is apparent that Satan is the enemy of God, and that he actively seeks to oppose God, His purposes, and His people. the evidence for the spiritual war in the Old Testament, and New Testament. We would probably turn first to the third chapter of the Book of Genesis to find Satan striking what appears to be the first blow of the spiritual war. the battle began long before the creation of Adam and Eve. Satan’s rebellion against God is described in two Old Testament prophecies:
I sure you have seen those true murder mysteries on TV where they take you step by step in how they solve them. The ones I find most eerie are those ones where the murderer had been stalking their victim for some time. This is part of Satan is on the hunt for us. He studies us well… always on the look for any opportunity to undercut, confuse, and steer us away from God’s truth. For us, how well do we know our foe, the devil? And more than that how well do we know our weapons to war against him? We need to remember that “thinking positively, being nice, or even just going to church” are not weapons to defeat him. Our focus here is on “Meet your foe and meet the weapons” we need to know to deal with him. We must begin where the Scripture first shows his method in leading man into destruction. Please get out your Bible and let us begin to equip ourselves for victory and next week we will look at some of the most common ways the enemy tries to attack us and how to see it coming and defeat it!
We all thirst. The question is, what are we quenching it with?
Have you deprived yourself of something because you refused it as sinful according to God’s word? Or have you failed a test? In a moment of weakness, did you listen to the devil? Have you allowed Sin to get the better of you in the conflict? Then take heart – all is not lost – the Word of God is still your weapon.
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
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.