Knowing Your Enemies

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Knowing Your Enemy

Ephesians 6:10–13 KJV 1900
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

What does this text say about this life?

We are in a Spiritual Warfare

What is meant by Spiritual Warfare?

In a war
++There are opposing Forces
++Each person must choose a side

What happens when you become a follower of Christ?

Choosing Christ
++Is acceptance a revealed truth
++Is embracing a knew life
++Is a fresh start
++Means taking a side
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV 1900
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

What has changed since you chose to follow Jesus?

The Old Testament is full of battles.

Name two battle that you remember

Through these battles we learn about the battles we face

In each Battle
++Out Numbered
++Out Sized

Somehow they were victorious

What do you see in this picture?

David Verses Goliath

The life of the believer is marked by the battles we face.

1 Timothy 1:18–19 KJV 1900
18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
There is an expectation
++That we will win each battle
++That God is with us
++That we are with Him
Exodus 32:26 KJV 1900
26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.
Why is it important to know your enemy?
++Know the right fight
++Engage in the right fight

In what way can we be guilty of fighting the wrong enemy?

We will fight wrong when we
++fight in the flesh
++fight with the flesh
2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV 1900
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Our Enemy

What are the three main Enemies that we face?
++Satan 1 Peter 5:8
1 Peter 5:8 KJV 1900
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
What are the three main Enemies that we face?
Satan 1 Peter 5:8
++The World 1 John 2:15-17
1 John 2:15–17 KJV 1900
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
What are the three main Enemies that we face?
Satan 1 Peter 5:8
The World 1 John 2:15-17
++The Flesh Gal 5:16-17
Galatians 5:16–17 KJV 1900
16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

How does Satan attack the believer?

He attacks believers
++ Deception John 8:44
John 8:44 KJV 1900
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
He attacks believers
Deception John 8:44
++Accusation Rev 12:9-10
Revelation 12:9–10 KJV 1900
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

How does Satan attack the church?

He attacks the church
++Offense 2 Cor 2:6-11
2 Corinthians 2:6–11 KJV 1900
6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. 7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
He attacks the church
Offense 2 Cor 2:6-11
++ False Teaching 1 Tim 4:1
1 Timothy 4:1 KJV 1900
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

What Power does satan have over Christians?

Colossians 1:13 KJV 1900
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
1 John 4:4 KJV 1900
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
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