– Brother Bern’s Sunday Bible Study Series –
- How to fight back the power of darkness.
Key Theme: Christians are to always be alert and aware of Satan’s devices.
Good morning everyone. Welcome to Sunday School. We are still on the lesson titled “Know the Enemy”. As Christians, the Bible warns us to be alert and aware of Satan’s devices.
God is real. So is Satan! The Bible tells us that Satan once was angelic being, powerful, and magnificent. The Bible calls him the Anointed Cherub [Ezekiel 28:14]. Satan’s original name is Lucifer [Isaiah 14:12].
Satan claimed, “to be like the most high” [Isaiah 14:14]. It is the sin. With that, God judged him with a final destiny in hell! However, he is not there yet!
The Devil is no joke! He is real, and he is dangerous.
Our key scripture for this lesson is from 1 Peter 5:8. Let us read together aloud.
(1 Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
For the past two months, we have learned practical applications of how the whole armor of God works.
You need to understand that knowing the Biblical truth but not applying it to your lives would not do any good!
Today we will learn a practical and Biblical application of how to fight back the power of darkness.
I remembered 1 month ago I have prescribed you strong Biblical antibiotics verses to deal with the Devil!
One of them is from [Ephesians 4:27].
Have you been taking it? OK, then let us go to [Ephesians 4:27].
(Ephesians 4:27) Neither give place to the devil.
Amen. The Bible tells us that we are not to give place to the Devil.
The next questions we need to ask are
- What do we mean by …to give place to the Devil…?
- Can Christians give place to the Devil?
- How can we not give place to the Devil?
We will try to answer these three questions comparing Scriptures with Scriptures.
A “place” means a “spot” or “location” by occupancy.
Let me put this way. A house or an apartment is where we live. Right?
A house has a wall to protect itself from strangers. A modern apartment has a smart door protected by password from robbers.
We need to take care of it regularly otherwise the wall can break.
Or the battery embedded in the smart door can expire.
As believers, we have the same responsibility. We need to have a regular spiritual check-up! We need to check our lives.
I invite all of us to read [James 1:13-15].
(James 1:13) Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
(James 1:14) But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
(James 1:15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Oftentimes, when Christians sin, they blame it to the Devil.
They said “the devil tempted me to do this and that”.
Did you notice this is the same symptom affected to us since what has happened in the Garden of Eden?
Adam blamed Eve [whom God has given to be with him]. Then Eve blamed the serpent.
We always blamed someone else!
We are ignorant to take our own responsibility.
The Word of God from [James 1:13-15] has made it so clear to us.
God cannot tempt anyone to sin. Because God hates sin.
You decide to follow your own lust. And you do not care of what the Word of God said.
Then you sin. And sins have consequences.
So, do not blame God. Stop always blaming the Devil. But yourselves.
We give place to the Devil when we yield ourselves to our own lust. Even saved Christians can still give place to the devil.
We need to understand that saved Christians will have 2 natures. One is a flesh nature. Another one is a Spiritual nature. These 2 natures are in constant battles.
When will the battle end?
Either when you die. Or when the rapture of the Church happens.
Oh no! Are we hopeless then?
Not at all.
Do you remember what the Lord Jesus Christ promised to give all believers before He ascended to heaven?
“The Holy Spirit”. Let us go to [John 16:7-8].
(John 16:7) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
(John 16:8) And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The Holy Spirit plays a strong role in the lives of believers. He convicts us of sin.
Before we are saved, our conscience of right and wrong is not so clear. We tend to justify our own lustful actions for good reasons.
But when we are saved, the Holy Spirit alerts us and helps us to see this world clearer. Combined with the Word of God, we can know what is right and wrong.
We must cooperate with the Holy Spirit. This is our responsibility.
Let us read [Galatians 5:16].
(Galatians 5:16) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
We are also to walk in the spirit.
Observe this verse carefully and you will see that it is conditional. There is a certain thing that you must do first.
If you walk in the Spirit, then you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Then you will give no place to the Devil.
But if you do not walk in the Spirit, then you will fulfil the lust of the flesh. Then you will give place to the Devil.
Now let us do a quick exercise. I will read out several daily activities.
Then please tell me whether it is “the walk in the Spirit” or not.
It is a “Yes” or “No” exercise.
Reading the Bible, Praying, Fasting, Singing hymns
Participating in the Bible Study, Soulwinning
Confessing sins right away
Listening to sound Bible doctrine preaching Memorizing scriptures
Attending Bible-believing church
As you might notice, they are all “Yes”.
And it is my intention for you to remember these “Yes” activities.
As you start to walk in the Spirit through these activities, you will see that your flesh will fight you back!
The Devil hates these activities. He will hinder you!
But remember, prayer is your powerful weapon.
Use it! Ask God to help you as you develop the Spiritual walk through these activities.
Full teaching script is adapted from The ABC’s of Christians Growth. “Study #5 E – Enemy (Satan)”, Robert J. Sargent.