(Inspired by Pastor Dave Bowman of New Horizon Church)
Scriptures references: 2 Corinthians 10:3-4; 11:14; Ephesians 6:10-12; John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8; Acts 19:13-16; 1 John 4:4; Mark 5:1-6; James 1:13; 4:7-8; Matthew 4:1-5
Sometimes we get into physical fights. We win some, and we lose some, right?
But we must also know that we are in a spiritual fight.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
*1 What is spiritual warfare?
It’s the battle between good and evil.
Where does evil come from?
Could it be from psychological issues?
Could it be from socio-economical issues?
Or could it be from the spiritual realm? From the devil.
The Greek word for struggle, “agónizomai” (a verb), which comes from the word “agón” (a noun), means to engage in hand-to-hand combat.
We are at war with satan and his demons.
God and satan are not on the same playing field (“satan” is not to be capitalized if it is not the first word in a sentence since that is not his name, but is merely a title. “Satan” means “the accuser,” according to the texts of the Abrahamic religions. Lucifer is his name.)
So how are God and satan different?
-God is not a created being. Satan is a created being.
-God is omnipotent (all-powerful). Satan does not have all power.
-God is omniscient (all-knowing). Satan does not know everything. And he cannot read minds. But satan can “read us” in the sense that he knows how we think in general.
-God is omnipresent (everywhere at once). Satan can only be at one place at a time. So if you’re being attacked it’s probably just one of satan’s demons.
*2 Why should I care?
See John 10:10
God has a plan for your life and so does satan.
You should care if someone is planning to attack you.
Satan wants to burn your life down and kill you.
1 Peter 5:8
God wants to take great care us, and He does!
*3 Should I be scared?
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior you should be.
You’ve got to know Jesus Christ intimately for yourself and know that you have His power available to walk in victory over the enemy.
1 John 4:4
Christ followers have nothing to be afraid of.
1 John 5:4-5
Submission to God is key to walking in victory.
Do what God tells you to do and don’t do what satan tells you to do.
Jesus is fully God and fully man.
During the time of His temptation in the wilderness, satan was attacking Jesus’ identity.
Your life flows out of your identity.
How you live your life is based on who you think you are.
Satan attacks believers’ identities with this: “You did this sin and that sin. Are you sure you’re still a Christian?”
Matthew 4:5-7 shows that satan knows Scripture too. He just twists it around for his own evil use.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (Satan is in charge of this fallen world until Christ returns.)
Believers in Christ don’t need to keep asking for victory. We simply need to walk in the victory we already have.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.