Know Your Enemy
Know your Enemy – Part 1/3
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Eph 6:10-12 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[a] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
1. How bad is he?
a. Most spiritual warfare is won in our awareness of the enemy
b. Satan hates you and has a horrible plan for your life!
John 10: 10 “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
The Devil is a Thief, a Killer and a Destroyer!
2. Spiritual radar
1 Peter 5: 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
3. Three Battlegrounds
a. The Mind - most spiritual warfare takes place in the mind.
2 Corinthians 10: 3–5 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 [a]We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
Strongholds, A Mental Sentry
b. The Heart - evil attitudes and emotions take root
Anger, Bitterness, Rebellion, Independence, Pride or Unbelief
Emotions are God-given, therefore we must humble ourselves and not worry (Opposite of worry: fear and unbelief).
1 Peter 5:6-9 So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honour. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers[a] all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
c. The Mouth - life or death with our words
James 3: 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!