Insidious Part 4

October 31, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

Insidious Part 4 – Weapons For War

 

Insidiousproceeding in a gradual, subtle way, but with HARMFUL effects. || treacherous; crafty.

 

Ephesians 6:10-18 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. 12 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. 13 Therefore 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

 

2Corinthians 10:3-4 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

The WEAPONS of our warfare:

 

  1. Our Free WILL. (Ephesians 6:17; 1Thessalonians 5:8; 1Peter 5:8)

 

We NEVER have to say, “yes” or cooperate with the devil. However, saying “NO” to God is saying “YES” to the devil.

 

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

 

You are VICTOR not a VICTIM! Start living like one! (Luke 10:19; Romans 8:37; 1John 5:4)

 

Submission starts in the spirit, then the MIND (thought life), then the body (behavior).

 

We cannot overemphasize the importance of RENEWING your mind (Romans 12:2).

 

2Corinthians 10:3-5 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

 

  1. The authority of the WORD of God. (John 6:63; Ephesians 6:17; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 1John 2:14)

 

Word (rhema) – utterance, a thing said; a SPECIFIC word for specific moment; a revelatory spoken word.

 

Hosea 4:6 my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

 

Jesus is the living WORD; they are one. (John 1:1-3, 14; 1Peter 1:23; 1John 1:1; Revelation 19:13)

 

  1. The authority of the NAME of Jesus. (Matthew 28:18; Philippians 2:9-11)

 

Jesus delegated the AUTHORITY of His name to us for spiritual warfare.

 

Jesus empowers the 12 to cast out demons (Luke 9:1-2; Matthew 10:1)

 

Jesus empowers the 72 to cast out demons (Luke 10:1-7, 17-20)

 

Jesus empowers ALL Christians to cast out demons (Mark 16:17-18; Acts 1:8)

 

We are powerful because HE is powerful. (Ephesians 6:10)

 

Even NON-Christians can use the name of Jesus to cast out demons (Luke 9:49)

 

Word of warning, this can be DANGEROUS (Acts 19:13-16)

 

  1. PRAYER (Ephesians 6:; 1Corinthians 14:2; Romans 8:26-27; 1Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2)

 

James 5:16 The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

 

RIGHTEOUS – the state of being in right standing, of being all one ought to be.

 

  1. The CHARACTER / NATURE of God.

 

Delegated authority is only effective/powerful inasmuch as the individual is in alignment/ PROPERLY represents the authority.

 

1Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

 

Faith (confidence) comes when one is in RIGHT standing with the one they are approaching and/or representing.

 

  1. The COMMUNITY of faith.

 

We are stronger and smarter TOGETHER. (Ecclesiastes 4:9)

 

We are to pray FOR God’s people WITH God’s people. (Romans 8:26-27; Ephesians 6:18; 1Timothy 2:1-4, 8; James 5:13-16)

 

We are to ENCOURAGE, strengthen, support, CORRECT, rebuke, and cover one another. (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:13, 16; 1Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25; 1Peter 4:9, 5:5; 1John 1:7; 4:11)

 

Community helps MATURE us in godliness.

 

The strategy of the armor is this, that every area is protected except the BACK.

1) You NEVER turn your back on your enemy.  

 

2) Soldiers were trained to fight BACK TO BACK.

 

  1. COMPASSION – Love moving through us.

 

Through sin, satan wants to jade (HARDEN our heart) toward God and our fellow man and steal the source of our power, LOVE. (Hebrews 3:12-15; Matthew 24:12)