- Original Teaching: Spiritual Warfare
- Date: April 18, 2001
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
- By: Jason Felton
In last weeks post we began to take a look at the fact that we are involved in a daily spiritual warfare for our soul. Satan is coming to steal, kill, and destroy and we need to be ready. This week we want to look at some of the tactics the enemy uses and how we can begin to combat them!
One of the first things we need to realize is that the war you are involved in today is a war for the truth that is in your heart. The enemy is trying to destroy you and one of the biggest things he is doing is to get you to move off of the truth of God’s Word. The devil doesn’t have any new tactics. He’s been using the same ones for thousands of years. Everything you battle with hinges on this one question, “Has God said?” Do you recognize that question? It’s the question the serpent asked eve, it’s the question he used to tempt Jesus with, and it’s the question he uses on us today! The devil is going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour! Beloved, that scripture is as sure as any other promise we hold onto that’s mentioned in the Bible. Did you wake up with that on your mind this morning? The enemy will do anything to keep you from doing the will of God!
So what about you? What do you do when your will comes in conflict with the will of God? “Well the Word of God says!” No, I’m not asking what the Word says, I’m asking what do you do! What is your track record? You see, where we get into trouble is not our doctrine (we know that very well). Where we get into trouble is the application of the doctrine in the immediate circumstances that are adverse to our comfort zone. Simply put, a lot of times we choose not to apply God’s word because it’s going to cost us something. If you are going to stand in these last days, there is going to have to be a habitual obedience in your life! You will need to be spiritually minded in how you approach these daily decisions.
“The enemy sounds pretty powerful? How do I combat this?” Well, how did Jesus respond when he was tempted by the devil? He responded, “It is written”. You need to know the Word of God! Satan will devour people who can’t say, “It is written”! Do you know God’s Word? Have you already made decisions in your life that I’m going to do that Word no matter what the circumstances? Or do you have to think about every situation? You can’t wait for the circumstances to arrive. Our minds need to already be made up! Now, I’m not saying the thought of “what should I do?” won’t pop up in your mind. What I’m saying is when it does we pull it down immediately because we already know what to do. We do the Word of God!
How are you contending with the wiles of the devil? In every situation you face it comes down to are you going to do the Word of God or not? That’s the bottom line. In every situation Satan wants you to believe that this situation is just a little bit different. Maybe this situation doesn’t require you to do the Word of God entirely. Oh, you’ll still do the Word, but just not quite to the degree that God requires. After all if I do it will cost me my job, my spouse, my children, my reputation… Surely God wouldn’t want me to be lose these things. Surely God wouldn’t want me to be uncomfortable. “Has God said?” YES!!! “It is written!” We need to set out against the devil with the sword of the spirit (God’s word) in hand.
So as we wind down for today we need to realize that we can’t let the enemy win these daily battles we are involved in! Satan is not going to come out and blatantly oppose you. He’s just going to try to put little doubts and fears in your mind. He won’t tempt you (most likely) with gross sins! He knows we are too smart for that. What he will do is try to trip you up with the daily decisions. You know the ones I’m talking about! It’s the little headache that pops up before church. The boss who wants you to work late everyday. The decision to share the gospel or prefer self. The choice to love your wife or compromise to keep the peace. How you respond in these daily decisions habitually will determine where you’ll end up. Satan knows it, do you? Friends, we need the wisdom of God to protect us from the fiery darts of the enemy that are so appealing to the flesh! Make the decision now to choose God’s word in every situation! Having done all to stand, STAND!
That’s what we are going to talk about next week! How we can stand! We know we need God’s Word, but that’s only part of it. In this warfare we are in we need to have the armor of God on as well. I hope you’ll join me for part 3 on this series on spiritual warfare!