Friday, March 2, 2007

Sermon 25feb: Know Your Enemy & SIT-WALK-STAND!

For those of you who missed it, please go to FCBC Sermons Online to hear/view it. I forked out time yesterday for it, and was thankful that Ps Khong painted a clearer picture of our enemy for me, and prepared me to put on every piece of my Armor in the coming weeks.

Some of my key learning points (which i think it's important for you to know & be prepared, soldiers!) from
'Know Your Enemy - Living Bold in Spiritual Battle'
Key Verses: Ephesians 6:10-13

1. Three Truths about satan
a. Satan is Alive.
Our greatest problems are in the Supernatural. But the devil tries to deceive us that our problem is in the natural, while he deals with us in the supernatural. Really crafty.

b. Satan is Active.
He is actively looking for opportunities to attack/destroy us and rob us of God's blessing for our lives. Sometimes he does this by giving us the GOOD things to distract us from the BEST. Ephesians 5:15-16 tells us that our days are filled with the evil plots of the devil.

c. Satan is Able and Powerful. (He is no pussycat)
1 Peter 5:8 he 'prowls around like a roaring lion'.
If the devil cannot lead us to destruction, the Bible will not warn us.

How powerful?
> he is not omnipotent (all-powerful); only God is.
BUT he is more powerful than us because he moves in the spiritual realm.

> he is not omniscient (knows everything); only God is.
BUT he knows more than us; he's been around since Adam was created!
We cannot rely on our understanding and wisdom to fight him.

> he is not omnipresent (exists everywhere concurrently); only God is.
BUT he has many different little demons to be all over the place, reporting to him about us.
And he still has more freedom than us, because he moves in the spiritual realm.

2. Thus, in order to overcome the devil, we need the spiritual means
- Actively put on EVERY piece of the Armor of God.
-Not one piece can be missing!

Firstly we must
a. SIT tight - Rest in Christ's victory, know our position in Christ (We are seated with Christ in heaven - Ephesians 2:1-6)

b. WALK Right
Ephesians 4:25-32 When we walk right, the devil has no opportunity.
- Every sin is an open invitation to the devil. And he will come.
- Whereas A righteous man/woman is a powerful weapon.

We can Sit tight and Walk right, but the devil will still attack us. That's his calling. Heh. Therefore,

c. STAND and Fight him. RESIST the devil and he will flee from us.
We are covered by the blood of Jesus.
If we do not walk in devious ways, we can resist him and stand against every accusation and opposition from him, and tell him to go.

[Full sermon online]

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