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Know Your Enemy — Ephesians 6:10-11

12 Aug

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. {11} Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

The Devil

A murderer from the beginning. There is no truth in him—father of lies. (John 8:44 NIV)  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

He does not have horns and carry a fork, but probably is in a gray suit and very charismatic. He uses different approaches and looks for our weak places.

Our enemy is not flesh and blood but spiritual forces of evil: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

The devil in action. He goes after everyone.

  1. Temptation of Adam and Eve (“We shall be as God”).
  2. Jesus’ three temptations (Matthew 4).
  3. Satan entered into Judas before his betrayal (John 13:2).
  4. “Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31).
  5. “Satan has filled your heart” (Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5:3).
  6. The devil attacks all of us.

Overcoming the devil

Resisting the devil (James 4:7). Resist the devil and he will flee from you James 4:7: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  1. Submit yourselves to God.
  2. Come near to God and He will come near to you.
  3. Wash your hands, purify your hearts.
  4. Grieve, mourn, and wail. Know your unworthiness because of sin.
  5. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Overcoming this roaring lion

(1 Peter 5:6-9 NIV)  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. {7} Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. {8} Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. {9} Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

(Romans 16:20 NIV)  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Ephesians 4:27 NIV)  and do not give the devil a foothold.

 
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Posted by on August 12, 2017 in Small groups

 

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