A summary of the message given at the Flame Meeting November 20th, 2012
The story of the battle of King Jehoshaphat (2Chronicles:20)
Women, we may not fight an enemy army…but our enemy is just as real! His name is Satan. In Ephesians 6:12, it says “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”.
We call this Spiritual Warfare.
Satan is God’s enemy, and He hates God and everything that belongs to God…so if we belong to God, He hates us.
“The devil came to steal, kill, and destroy”, John 10:10. That’s what Satan wants to do in our lives.
First of all, He wants to steal anything from us He can, but mainly our eternal significance-meaning anything useful we can do for God of eternal value. He will get us too busy, with good things, but not the best things that God gives us to do. We get so wrapped up in our problems that we just focus on ourselves. He steals the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and our confidence, sense of security, and hope.
Second, He’d like to kill us…but He can’t do that because we are in God, but He will try to get us to do that ourselves. He tells us our situation is hopeless, and it will never get better. He tells us that we are of no value to God, and we’ll never be able to be used by God. So we might as well give up.
And last, He tries to destroy…anything in our lives He can. His favorite is relationships… marriages, families, and friendships. He especially targets churches, Pastors and distracts them by destroying their families.
Now that’s what Satan wants to do…but what can He really do? What power does the devil really have in our lives?
Let’s go back to the beginning… Satan was originally an angel of God. He was once the most beautiful angel in Heaven. In His pride, He rebelled against God because He wanted God’s power. God threw Him out of Heaven, and when He left He took with Him 1/3 of the angels…those are the demons. Satan became evil, grew to hate God and everything that is God’s. So if we belong to God…He hates us.
But let’s not forget…He and the other demons are angelic beings- they were created by God. They are still under the power of God! They are accountable to God! Anything created by God is under His control. He can do nothing without God’s permission. If you are a child of God, in the will of God, you are under God’s protection. Satan has to go through God to get at you in any way!
Here is what else we know about Satan from the Scriptures:
· Because He is accountable to God, God puts limits on what He can do.
· He can’t be in more than one place at a time. His demons help Him because He is limited in this way.
· He doesn’t have the ability to be creative like Jesus does. He has to use the same tricks over and over again.
· Can Satan read my mind? No, He is a spirit of influence only. Can He see the future? No, He cannot. If He could… He would have tried to stop the crucifixion.
Satan is a defeated enemy… Satan and His demons were defeated once and for all at the cross. Jesus’ death on the cross, the shedding of His perfect blood, broke the power of sin and darkness in our lives forever. Colossians 2:15, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them at the cross.”
So why is Satan still able to cause so much trouble in the world? Because Jesus’ death took away His power in the lives of Christians, but not His presence in the world. And “He continues to prowl around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour!” 1Peter 5:8. But He is a toothless lion. His power is a lie. His power is in the deception.
Satan is a defeated, but defiant enemy of God!
Satan attacks each of us in different ways, and the ways He attacks me, will not be the same as He attacks you. Spiritual warfare looks different for each of us.
We know that the battle is eminent, let’s get prepared to fight!
Remember, we fight from a position of victory. We may have to fight the battle, but the war has already been won! We know how this one ends!
Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, that He did not leave us unprotected. He gives us the protection to stand firm in battle…to take our positions and to stand! Our protection is found in Ephesians 6:10-18. Our protection is the mighty Armor of God. We are going to look at each piece.
Belt of Truth We buckle the belt of truth around our waist. The armor talked about in this context is the armor of a Roman soldier, back in the times of the Bible. They would tuck their toga in their belt to keep them from tripping when they ran. And God’s truth keeps us from tripping over Satan’s lies, so we can run this race set before us. We fight Satan’s lies with the truth of God’s Word.
Breastplate of Righteousness The breastplate of the Roman armor was affixed to the soldier, to keep it in place, to protect the soldier. We are talking about Jesus’ righteousness here. The righteousness of Jesus is fixed on me. Nothing I do or don’t do will take Jesus’ righteousness from me. God approves of us because he loves us and sent his Son to die for us. Satan can never accuse us of not being good enough. Our reply is…“You are right! I’m not, but I have Jesus’ righteousness on me…and He IS good enough!
Feet fitted with the Gospel of Peace Wherever I go, whatever I walk into, I can be at peace and have serenity, because I take God’s peace with me. The peace that defies understanding. Put on the shoes of God’s peace.
Shield of Faith
We have to take it up. What we see are Satan’s attacks in the form of insults, lies, tough circumstances, and temptations. Our shield of faith will protect us from Satan’s flaming arrows…but we have to hold it up. Sometimes when I get hammered over and over…I get tired, my shield gets too heavy, and I drop it. My husband or a friend will put their shield up to cover me and protect me until I can regain my strength. In ancient times, the Roman shields were made to hook together to make a strong line of defense, or around a fellow soldier like a turtle shell. We aren’t always strong enough to protect ourselves…let’s be that turtle shell for each other!
Helmet of Salvation Take up the helmet of salvation and place it on your head. It protects our minds and our emotions. This is the hope of our salvation and God’s deliverance in any situation. Satan wants us to doubt God, Jesus, and our salvation. This piece of armor protects us from the lies of Satan that our situation is hopeless, and there is no way out.
Sword of the Spirit We are told to take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. This is the only weapon given to us to fight Satan. We are to take the offensive with Satan and use the Word of God as our weapon to fight. Satan cannot stand against the mighty Word of God!
I’m going to remind you of a few other battle strategies.
· Actively resist the Devil ( James 4:7)
· Come against Satan in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:9-11)
Revelation 12:11 (Referring to the saints) “They overcame Him by the blood of The Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” A testimony declares what Christ has done for you.
So we can say…Satan, in the name, the power, and by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command you now to leave me alone, and go where ever the Lord Jesus Christ sends you! Satan, I am a child of God. I am protected by the blood of Jesus. You have been defeated! I’m going to run to the cross where I know I am safe. Satan will not follow you to the cross!
· Pray a hedge around yourself and your family. (Job 1)
Praise God! 2Chronicles 20 Remember Jehoshaphat and his people. They sent the singers out before the army. Their praises to God defeated their enemy. Satan hates it when we praise God… He knows the victory is in the praise of His people.
When we out there serving our God, we are on the battle field…but we fight from a position of victory. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get tired of fighting the battle. I get tired of dealing with my fears, my lack of confidence, and Satan telling me I’m stupid. And I’ll ask God, is this worth it? And I hear Him say, “No, it’s not worth it”…”but the question is …am I worth it?”
So my question is to you…Is He Worth It…Is He Worth It?