Darrin Miller continued in our sermon series, Freedom in Christ, equipping us to withstand the spiritual battle going on around us. To walk in Jesus’ victory, we must know our enemy and his schemes, as well as the weapons we must use to overcome him.

2 Corinthians 2:11 ESV
tells us to “not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.” The enemy, the world and the flesh work as three cords to strangle and keep us in bondage, however, the more we surrender to Christ the more we can overcome the enemy because of Christ’s victory.

John 10:10
“The thief come to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Eph 6:10-12
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over.”

Darrin shared four C.S. Lewis quotes imploring us to get in the battle:

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”

“If it doesn’t seem like the enemy is against you, then what does that say about you as a Christian?”
“If he is against you what are you doing to prepare?”

“It is impossible to live in the manner that Ephesians outlines without having conflict with Satan–it’s impossible.”

Anchor passage:

Ephesians 6:10-20
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, or which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Knowing your enemy

Satan (whose name means “accuser”) is the enemy of God and his people, and the ruler of a host of fallen angels (Matthew 25:41). Once under the leadership and service of God as an archangel, Satan (and his minions) rebelled and now seek to hinder the work of God. By examining some of the ways the Bible describes the enemy we can gain greater insight into his character and intentions.

Bible’s description of the enemy:

  1. Lawless one, the evil one- 1 John 5:19
  2. Father of lies (his nature, deception)- John 8:44
  3. Tempter- Matt. 4:3
  4. Deceiver- Revelation 20:10; 12:19
  5. Angel of light- 2 Cor. 11:14
  6. The accuser- Revelation 12:10
  7. Murderer- John 8:24
  8. Destroyer- Revelation 9:11
  9. Roaring lion- 1 Peter 5:8
  10. The ruler of this world, and kingdom of the air- John 12:31; 14:30; Ephesians 2:2, 2 Corinthians 4:4
  11. Thief- John 10:10

The weapons the enemy uses against us:

  1. Lies and deception- Gen. 3:1-5, 2 Cor. 11:3-4
  2. Temptation- James 1:13-15, Matt .4:1-3
  3. Accusation- Zechariah, 3:1-4, Rev. 12:10-11
  4. Suffering- Mark 9, Mark 5, Luke 13, Job 1

Knowing our victory weapons

Jesus and his finished work on the Cross

  1. Humility- 1 Peter 5:5-9
  2. Prayer- 1 Corinthians 10:3-5
  3. Helmet of Salvation- Ephesians 6:17
  4. The word of God- Ephesians 6:14, 17
  5. Faith- Ephesians 6:16
  6. Acting on the truth- James 1:22

Truth to Cement in our heart and mind

  1. We are overcomers- Revelation 12:11
  2. Our fight is not against flesh and blood- Ephesians 6:12
  3. God cancelled our debt and made a public spectacle of the enemy- Colossians 2:9-15
  4. We are more than conquerors- Romans 8:37-39

Discussion Questions:

  1. Are there areas in your life where the enemy has tried to steal, kill or destroy?
  2. What would taking a stand against the enemy look like in your particular situation? From the list Darrin shared, are there specific weapons given to the Believer that would be especially helpful in your situation?
  3. Darrin mentioned that we can have victory in an area and yet the enemy will continue to come against us. This is not failure or defeat rather we are getting stronger as we keep on fighting. Is there an area in your life you know you have victory but need help to continue fighting? Share and ask your Life Group for prayer!

Application Questions:

  1. Read Revelation 12:11 again. Think of a personal testimony in which God overcame something on your behalf or is bringing breakthrough. Spend time thanking the Lord!! Then, share this testimony with someone; it will blessing the other person and solidify this victory in your own heart!