Know the Enemy [Part VII]

Know the Enemy [Part VII]

– Brother Bern’s Sunday Bible Study Series –

  • The “sword of the Spirit”

Key Theme: Christians are to always be alert and aware of Satan’s devices.

Good morning everyone. Today we are still under the lesson titled “Know the Enemy”.  We have been on this topic since April. I realized that time just flies so fast.

We learned that Satan exists. He is a created angelic being and powerful. The Bible calls him the Anointed Cherub [Ezekiel 28:14]. He is a high-ranking angle! We also learned his original name as “Lucifer” [Isaiah 14:12].

Sin was found in him. He claimed, “to be like the Most High” [Isaiah 14:14]. 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:

***Prayer***

Today we will continue with how we deal with the Devil. Let us do a quick review.

Step #1 We are to remember that Satan is a defeated foe [Hebrews 2:14 and John 16:11]

(Hebrews 2:14)  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

(John 16:11)  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Step #2 We are to remember we are on the winning side [1 John 4:4]

(1 John 4:4)  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Step #3 We are to remember to Put On The Whole Armor of God

God has designed a spiritual armor just for you. Let us go to [Ephesians 6:10-18]

(Ephesians 6:10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

(Ephesians 6:11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

(Ephesians 6:12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

(Ephesians 6:13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Ephesians 6:14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

(Ephesians 6:15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

(Ephesians 6:16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

(Ephesians 6:17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

(Ephesians 6:18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

We will cover the “sword of the Spirit” which is the Word of God today.

Sword of the Spirit [Ephesians 6:17]

(Ephesians 6:17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

In fact, the Word of God can also be both defensive and offensive weapon in our spiritual lives. We learned from [Revelation 12:10] that Satan always accuses us before God day and night!

(Revelation 12:10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Now we need to understand that even saved Christians can still have a tendency to sin.

Let us go to [1 John 1:8]

(1 John 1:8)  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Right now, our physical and sinful body has not yet been glorified. So, Christians will continue with the struggles between the flesh and the Spirit until the day they die or when the Rapture happens.

Did you know that Apostle Paul also have this same problem too?

Let us go to the Word of God in [Romans 7:18-19].

(Romans 7:18)  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

(Romans 7:19)  For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

When we know the Word of God and the truth from the Bible, it protects us from the attack of Satan’s lie and accusation.

Satan will say “this sin you have done is so bad”. Satan will lie that “God cannot forgive you from such and such sins”.

One of the powerful verses in the Bible, defending us when saved Christians sin is in [1 John 1:9].

(1 John 1:9)  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

You would not want to grieve the Holy Spirit.

The Word of God tells us that sins will grieve the Holy Spirit. When this happens in our daily walk with the Lord, then our fellowship with God is hindered.

There is a blockage.

You would not want that. Right?

I personally think the Lord keeps this promise of [1 John 1:9] for Christians because He knows that we, despite our effort, can fail and sin.

That is why this verse is recorded here in the Bible.

Based on this scripture, when Christians sin, we should we do?

We are to confess our sins to God and can be sure that it will be forgiven!

Satan will convince you not to confess such and such sins. He will give you reasons to justify them.

Do not listen to Satan!

Frankly speaking, we are so good at spotting the sins in other Christians!

But we are so very bad at checking our own sins!

The Word of God says in [Psalms 119:11].

(Psalms 119:11)  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

When Christians have a close relationship with God through prayer, studying the Word of God or even memorizing it, this can help them from sinning.

If you feed yourself with the Word of God regularly, then you can easily detect when the Holy Spirit convicts you.

We all want a spiritual growth. Right?

For our body to grow, we need to feed it with good nutrient every day.

We even need to exercise our body. Running, jogging and weight-lifting you can name it.

For the spirit to grow, we need to feed it too!

You cannot feed the spirit with the things of the world and expect it to grow!

Good nutrient for the spirit would not come from a television drama, Hollywood movie, and social media.

How have you been feeding the spirit recently?

The Word of God is also an offensive weapon.

We see this when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by the Devil. Jesus quoted and responded by the perfect Word of God [Matthew 4: 4, 7, 10].

(Matthew 4:4)  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

(Matthew 4:7)  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

(Matthew 4:10)  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

How well do you know the Word of God?

Also, we can trust that the Word of God is powerful! [Hebrews 4:12].

(Hebrews 4:12)  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

If you ignore the Word of God, you have a serious risk eventually leading to sin!

Let us go to the Word of God in [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.

We can see that God will never tempt anyone to sin because He is holy.

He cannot be associated with sins because it contradicts His attribute of holiness.

We all can be tempted. There is no doubt about that. It is the lusts inside of us.

If we check our own lives honestly, we can see that we all have sinful desires and tendencies to go against God!

Satan knows this truth and he uses it at his own advantage. Satan will lure you with sinful things and desires of the word.

You must encounter this with the Word of God.

Now you should know already why the pastors always encourage you to memorize the scriptures.

It is for your own good!

Before we end the lesson today, let us memorize [1 Thessalonians 5:22] and [Ephesians 4:27] together.

It has only 6 words each. Now let us try together. You can do it!

(1 Thessalonians 5:22)  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

(Ephesians 4:27)  Neither give place to the devil.

***Prayer***


Full teaching script is adapted from The ABC’s of Christians Growth. “Study #5 E – Enemy (Satan)”, Robert J. Sargent.

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