Summary: While preaching this series, I found more and more people beggining to step out and find they had some spiritual authority in Jesus Christ. And they degan to deal with the issues in their lives.
Dealing with the enemy! Part 3
By: Pastor Ron Crandall
Ephesians 6:11 .... stand against the wiles of the devil.
The word ¡§wiles¡¨ in the Greek is ¡§methodia¡¨ - ¡§ To follow up and investigate by methods and a settled plan, plan crafty tricks, schemes.¡¨
Ephesians 4: 18-
18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.
21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;
23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;
24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.
*29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
The enemy has several methods of attack against Individual Christians here is just twelve of them:
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
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.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
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.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Three times here Jesus spoke the WORD! ¡§ IT IS WRITTEN!¡¨
We need to follow Jesus¡¦ example and speak the word of God to Circumstances, to our Health, to our Spirit Man and To the Lives of our Children!
Satan tempted Jesus with things he had no right to give him in the first place.
1.) He spoke to Jesus¡¦ psychical need for nourishment.
Yet the word proclaims that he is the ¡§Bread of Life¡¨
The Word also says he is Jehovah Jireh the God that Provides.
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
2.) He spoke to Jesus¡¦ trust in the Father
2 Cor 1:10
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
2 Cor 3:4-6
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
3.) He spoke to Jesus claiming he could give Him what the Father could not.
1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
1 Tim 6:17
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
11 The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.
1 Cor 10:26
26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.