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Summary: This is the 4thof a 5 part series on basic bible doctrines for our new congregation. (New Church Plant as of 4-6-03) {This message was preached by our Family Pastor- Scott Park}

“Our Adversary – Satan”

Bible Boot Camp Series – Week 4

January 23, 2005

INTRO:

Illustration: “In the Dark”

A young soldier and his commanding officer got on a train together. The only available seats were across from an attractive young lady who was traveling with her grandmother. As the four engaged in conversation, the soldier and the young lady kept eyeing one another, as there was an obvious mutual attraction.

Suddenly the train went into a tunnel, sending the train car into darkness. Immediately two sounds were heard: the smack of a kiss, followed by the whack of a slap across someone’s face.

As the four came back into the light:

The grandmother thought, “I can’t believe he kissed my granddaughter, but I’m glad she gave him the slap he deserved.”

The commanding officer thought, “I don’t blame the boy for kissing the girl, but I wish her aim was better and that she’d slapped him instead of me.”

The young girl thought, “I’m glad he kissed me, but I wish my grandmother hadn’t slapped him for doing it.”

And as the young soldier sat in his seat smiling, he thought, “Wow, I can’t believe I got to lay one on such a hot girl, slap my commanding officer, and get away with both!

The Point:

It’s easier to get away with certain things in the dark. That’s why the Bible (John 3:19) tells us that many people love the dark because of how it hides their evil ways.

Today, we’re going to talk about something dark, something that I don’t particularly enjoy talking about, but something that we all need to have a certain level of understanding of. It is the concept of evil as embodied by our adversary, who is most commonly known as the Devil or Satan. The Bible also refers to him as: Lucifer, Beelzebub, the ruler of this world, the accuser, the deceiver, a roaring Lion, the father of lies, and our enemy.

Some Christians might initially think that the unbeliever or non-Christian is our enemy. But they’re not. That’s not to say that you won’t occasionally meet or hear of someone so full of rebellion toward God that they might seem to be an enemy of Christ.

The secular media and many of the world’s governments work relentlessly to undermine God’s truth, but they are not the enemy either – they may very well be some of the enemy’s favorite tools that he gladly uses for his purposes, but again, they are not our enemy. Our enemy is Satan and the spiritual forces of evil.

Ephesians 6:11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. 12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.

Our adversary is very real and the Bible tells us that he means business.

1 Peter 5:8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.

While this topic may not be as touchy/feely or warm and fuzzy as some, there are reasons we need to discuss it.

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