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Will Russell : Strategies Of Darkness Part 2

Unseen · 42:32 · Recorded November 13, 2022

Strategies of Darkness, Part 2

Ephesians 6:10-14 (NIV84)  10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then…

The enemy distorts your belief system.

John 8:44 (ESV)  He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding 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.

2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV  But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

•          One of the ways to stand firm against the devil is through repentance.

Two Strategies of Satan:

•          Accusation and Temptation.

Psalm 25:5 (NAB)  Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior, for you I wait all the day long.

Ephesians 6:11 (ESV)  Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Two ways he’ll attack you:

1. Through tempting you to take sin too lightly.

2. Through thoughtful, and well laid out accusations.

Revelation 12:10 (NKJV)  Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

How does he accuse you?

•          Your past.

•          Your regrets.

•          Your shortcomings.

Seeing through the accusation with God’s word.

Colossians 2:15 (NLT)  In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Is Jesus your shepherd?

Psalm 23:1-3 ESV  The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

How to stand firm:

Matthew 16:13-18 (NIV)  13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14they replied. “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15”But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Romans 8:37 (NIV)  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

2 Peter 2:6 (ESV)  For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

 

Talk It Over

Share some of the ways the enemy has distorted your belief system.

Share some experiences of when you were able to see through the enemy’s accusations with God’s word.

Ephesians 6 talks about the “armor of God” and “standing firm.” After this message series do you have a new outlook on spiritual warfare?

In Psalm 23:1-3, King David uses possessive language in saying the Lord is “his Shepherd.” Do you need to renew your relationship with the Lord and humbly invite him back into your life?

Maybe you are brand new to church or exploring a relationship with Jesus. Share some of your honest observations about what you are thinking / feeling.

Parents: Read Psalm 23:1-3 together as a family. A shepherd is someone who takes care of sheep. A shepherd watches over the sheep to make sure they have food, water, and that they stay safe. If one sheep gets lost, he looks until he finds it. God is like a shepherd. There is not a minute that he is not watching over you. God makes sure you have everything you need. Nothing happens to you that God does not see. How amazing is that?

  • Goodness Of God

  • Awake My Soul

  • Gratitude

  • All Hail King Jesus

  • That's The Power

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