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Part 1: The Deceiver

When The Devil Knocks  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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He’s a liar—and he is really, really good at it. What lies has the devil tried to tell you? This weekend, we’ll take a good look at how the devil’s deceit tries to bring us down, and how we can stand strong against him. Are you coming to Week 1 of When the Devil Knocks? Let us know in the comments! #devilknocks!

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Introduction:
He’s mastered shame and trademarked embarrassment. His lies wound, and his accusations sting. He’ll build up your pride just to throw you down. Yes, the devil is strong, but there’s one power he can’t beat—and it’s on your side. Learn how to answer “When the Devil Knocks”!
In this series, we’re going to prepare to fight the daily battles we often don’t even know exist: the attempts by Satan to attack our mind with lies, our hearts with pride, and our souls with accusations. By the end of this series, I pray we will have two main takeaways: 1) awareness that we have an enemy looking to take us out every day, and 2) confidence that we have the tools to fight from victory instead of for it.
WHEN THE DEVIL KNOCKS—1 THE DECEIVER
He’s mastered shame and trademarked embarrassment. His lies wound, and his accusations sting. He’ll build up your pride just to throw you down. Yes, the devil is strong, but there’s one power he can’t beat—and it’s on your side. Learn how to answer When the Devil Knocks.!
In this series, we’re going to prepare people to fight the daily battles they often don’t even know exist: the attempts by Satan to attack our mind with lies, our hearts with pride, and our souls with accusations. By the end of this series, attenders will have two main takeaways: awareness that we have an enemy looking to take us out every day, and confidence that we have the tools to fight from victory instead of for it.! ! Topics include seeing Satan as The Deceiver, The Destroyer, and The Accuser.!
Topics include seeing Satan as The Deceiver, The Destroyer, and The Accuser.!
WHEN THE DEVIL KNOCKS—1 THE DECEIVER
THE DECEIVER
Greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince world he doesn’t exist.
Devil is real—Not some little red man: horns, tail, pitchfork. Battle.
God Light—Prince Darkness, Truth—Father of Lie, Jesus Life—Death
Body:
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Lucifer was 1 of 3 arch-angels created by God: Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer.
Angel of worship—Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty
Into himself—Wanted to worshipped—Like God.
God cast him down—1/3 of angels with him—Demons
Because ur made in image of God—Satan hates everything about you.
There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” C.S. Lewis
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The Strategy of Satan—Warren Wiersbe
Satan is the deceiver who attacks your mind with lies. Satan is the accuser who attacks your heart with accusations. Satan is the destroyer who attacks your will with pride.
Not IF you are under attack—You ARE under attack.
Series designed to equip and arm you for battle—Keep you from hearing.
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DECEIVER
44 …He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to 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.
John 8:44 NLT
44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.
(Lying/Lips)
(Lying/Lips)
Satan attacks minds with lies (Some story)
Every time you sin against God it’s because you were believing a lie!
HOW DID THE DEVIL LIE TO EVE?
First attack was completely directed at God’s Word.
Could have tried to lots of approaches—Adam doesn’t love you.
Sick and tired of talking about feelings—Man cave.
Liked it better before you were here—Just him and monkeys
Jealous—Afraid—Hate her life—Instead—he attacked God’s Word.
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I. THE DECEIVER QUESTIONED GOD’S WORD.

He [the serpent] said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"
Genesis 3:1 NLT
1 The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
Didn’t deny that God had spoken—Questioned it!
Didn’t deny that God had spoken—Questioned it!
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Bible true? God? Surely not what God meant—Now for you? (2017)
If God really loved you—Let you have what you want.
Did God really say you can’t? You aren’t hurting anyone? Your life.
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Eve started to question God.
God said you may eat freely from any tree in the garden—Except one.
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden…
Genesis 3:2 NLT
2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.
(Word—teaches goodness)
(Word—teaches goodness)
She omits the word freely—Implying God was holding back.
Moment Satan started question God’s Word—Eve questioned goodness.
When you start to question the goodness of God
easier disobey will of God.

II. THE DECEIVER TWISTED GOD’S WORD.

Eve says, “We can eat from any but one or we will die.”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 
Genesis 3:4–5 NLT
4 “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
Eve already made in image of God—Like God
Eve already made in image of God—Like God
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God will understand if you do it—Besides—No one has right to judge u
Doesn’t matter what you do—Loves you—Forgive you anyway—Happy.
Sthhhtssst—Smoke it. Pop it. Watch it. Touch it. You deserve it—Sthhtsst
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Under attack: Family. Marriage. Finances. Children
Breaking in—Battle.
Not letting the devil lead my kids astray!
Not going to let the enemy steal my marriage!
Not letting you rob me of what matters most.
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We have defensive armor (Helmet, breastplate, shield, belt)
Our only offensive weapon—Inspired Word of God!
17 …the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 NLT
17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
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Bible isn’t book about how to be nice and good.
Your greatest spiritual weapon wielded against the devil in spiritual war.
2 types of swords—Big, heavy (swung with two hands) (WORD)
Shorter—Sharp on both edges—(Gladiius) Hand to hand combat.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
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Turn rocks into bread—Written—Man shall not live bread—word.Throw yourself down—Written—Do not put Lord to test.Bow down worship—Away—Written—Worship Lord God.
Matthew 4:1–11 NLT
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. 2 For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. 3 During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’ ” 7 Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” 8 Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” 10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” 11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.
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Psalm 119:11 NLT
11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
(I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin.)
(I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin.)
Before the word comes from your mouth it must be hidden in your heart.
Must be hidden in your heart.
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Post it note on my mirror
Print-out on my wall
Wallpaper on my phone or computer
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When you are discouraged
Why am I so downcast oh my soul—I put my hope in God.
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Family under attack
No weapon formed against us will prosper—As for me and my house…
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Don’t know if I can make it another day
Not grow weary in doing good.
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
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The diagnosis is not good.
Believe with all my heart—all things are possible with God.
Stripes of Jesus—Healed.
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Not sure what to do.
Trust in the Lord with all my heart—Lean not on my own understanding.
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After what you did…
No condemnation for those who are in Christ.
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Relationship in trouble
Love is patient…
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See the devil as a harmless Halloween costume
Jesus as soft, gentle guy wearing sandals and carrying a lamb.
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Conclusion:
14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance. 
Revelation 1:14–16 NLT
14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
NLT
Circus trick
Spoken Word—God created the World
In the beginning was the WORD.
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