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Introduction - Review
There are six types of spiritual warfare.
1. Territorial - Warfare in the unseen realm between Satan and his followers and God and His angels.
Deut.
32:1-8; Dan 10:12-13, 20
2. Blinding - Satan prevents non-Christians from seeing the truth of the Gospel. 2 Corinthians 4:4; Mark 4:3-25, 15
3. Teaching - False religious teaching initiated by demons to prevent people from knowing the truth of the true God. 1 Timothy 4:1
4. Enticing - The attacks on the minds of people to confuse and lead them to turn away from God and commit sin. 2 Corinthians 11:2; 1 Chronicles 21:1
5. Interfering - Manipulating circumstances and inflicting physical health problems on people.
Luke 13:10-17; 1 Thess.
2:17-18
6. Demonizing - Demonic tormenting of people, at times controlling some physically to lead to sin and destroy them.
Mk 5:1-20; 9:14-29
There are five elements of defeating enticing warfare.
1.
Our preparation: Be strong in the Lord.
2. Our opponent: Satan and his followers.
3. Our concern: Struggling with his various schemes.
4. Our role: Put on the armor.
5. Our goal: To stand.
In part one of this message we covered the first three.
Today we’re going to cover aspects four and five.
4. Our role when facing an enticing attack: Put on the armor.
We made a list of the different things people do to try to defeat Satan.
Here is our list.
Pray.
Rebuke Satan.
Bind Satan and cast him out.
Quote Scripture.
Flee from him.
Ask him to leave you.
Resist him.
Turn your eyes on Jesus.
Plead the blood.
Put on the armor of God.
How do we figure out what is right?
This isn’t that hard.
What does the Bible say?
The only way we are taught is to resist Satan with the armor of God, which includes quoting Scripture.
We see this in James 4:7 and Ephesians 6:11, 13, 14.
James tells us to resist the devil but doesn’t say how.
Paul tells us how.
There are no verses that teach us to do the other things on that list.
It really is that simple.
When people ask if it’s okay to use any of those other methods I say, “Use the armor of God first.
Then do whatever you want.”
I say that because if you put on the armor first, you won’t need to do any of the other things.
Satan will flee!
I guess we should turn our attention to the armor of God.
First, let’s think about armor in general.
Armor is designed to protect against specific types of attacks.
For example,
Kevlar Vests protect you from . . .
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Bullets
A robot and this kind of protective clothing protects you from . .
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A bomb
This kind of air tight clothing and mask protest you from . .
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Biological or chemical weapons.
If you are given armor, you can figure out pretty easily what problems to expect.
If on your first day at a job you’re given a hard hat, there’s a pretty good chance something may hit you in the head.
The armor of God works in the same way.
The problem is that it isn’t physical armor.
When we see the parts of the armor of God we get that deer in the headlights look in our eyes.
Why?
Because the armor of God isn’t physical.
The armor of God is mental and spiritual, designed to protect us from mental and spiritual attacks.
Let’s look at the armor.
Before we do, if you are someone who underlines things in your Bible this is a good time to do that, but not yet.
Don’t underline until I tell you, okay?
First I’m going to point out an error people make with the armor.
Here is what many people mistakenly think the armor of God is.
People say the armor is a belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet, and sword.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard messages that go into great detail describing these.
That isn’t the armor of God.
That’s Roman armor.
Paul uses Roman armor as a memory tool, an object lesson.
That’s all.
There is nothing about the Roman shield that has anything to do with the armor of God.
This is the armor of God: truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, the word of God.
There is a big difference between a belt and truth.
Here’s a belt.
I can put it on.
Somebody hand me some truth, would you?
How about some righteousness?
Hmm, see the problem?
We can’t touch or hold the armor of God.
That’s because the armor of God includes principles, concepts, perspectives and attitudes.
They aren’t tangible but we can still put them on.
First, let’s define each one.
Each of you have card.
It’s pocket armor to carry with you in your pocket or purse.
Let’s look at it and see the definitions of each piece of armor.
The armor defined.
Truth: Reality, facts, what has happened, what you know
Righteousness: What is right in God’s eyes
Readiness: Being ready to do something for God
Faith: Godly conviction and determination in the face of uncertainty and the unknown
Salvation: Knowing one is saved, not alone, of worth to God, delivered from the penalty and power of sin
Sayings of God: What God’s Word says about your thoughts, feelings and situation
Let’s use each piece of armor to identify Satan’s tactics.
There are opposites to each of these.
In your notes is a list with the armor on one side and a list of attacks on the other.
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