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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
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