The Invisible War 

THE INVISIBLE WAR

Part 2 – Living In Enemy Territory
Ephesians 6:10-11

October 14, 2018
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

INTRODUCTION

Ephesians 6:10-11 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  (NIV)

“There are two equal and opposite dangers. One is to deny the existence of the devil and the other is to become preoccupied with him”  (C.S. Lewis)

1. WHO IS SATAN?

A. The Bible teaches that Satan is a real being.

B. Jesus believed that Satan is real.

Matthew 4:1-4  Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

C. Never in the Bible anywhere does the Bible treat Satan as just a personification of evil.

2. WHAT ARE SATAN’S GOALS?   

A. Satan obviously desires to keep as many people from a relationship with God as possible.

2 Corinthians 4:4  The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the Glory of Christ, who is the Image of God.

B. Satan has a desire to destroy those who accept Christ as Savior.  (1 Peter 5:8)

1. 1 Peter 5:8  Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

2. John 10:10  The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life.

C. Satan has set of objectives in his attack against us.

1. He attacks through deception.

a. John 8:44  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

b. Revelation 12:9  The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.

2. Satan attacks through perversion.

The word perversion means to change something from its intended purpose.

3. He attacks through oppression.

a. A Christ follower cannot be possessed by Satan because we are already possessed by the Holy Spirit.

1 John 4:4 …greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.

b. Christ followers can be oppressed by the enemy.

Satan’s oppression to a Christian is the repeated pressure that he brings to discourage us, worry us, to bring us fear and depression.

 

3. WHAT IS SATAN’S STRATEGY FOR CONQUERING US?

A. Satan centers his attack against our mind.

1. Proverbs 4:23  Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

2. James 1:14  But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

3. Passing thoughts about wrong are not sin, but those thoughts we grab on to and we welcome into our hearts become sin.

B. Satan desires is to diminish our moral convictions.

1. James 1:14  But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust.

2. The word lust means any good thing that oversteps the limits God approves.

C. Satan’s desire is to compromise our surrendered will to God.

1. James 1:15  Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin

2. Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

D. Satan’s ultimate prize is when our sin becomes a stronghold in our heart.

1. A stronghold is a habit in a part of your life in which you have lost control.

2. James 1:15  …and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.  (NASB)

 

4. HOW CAN WE REGAIN AND LIVE IN FREEDOM?

A. Come to know Christ as our Savior.

B. Realize Satan’s objectives and strategy.

C. Surrender our thought life back over to God, let Him clean us up and regain holiness from within.

The Action Steps I Will Take This Week Are…

  •   I will go to the Next Step Center after the service to talk with a minister about receiving Christ as Savior.
  •   Knowing that Satan’s chief center of attack in my life is with my thought life, this week I will guard what I bring into my mind and what I allow myself to dwell upon.
  •  This week, if I see that I am allowing a sin to begin to grow within me, I will immediately take it to God and repent of it.