Summary: We must gain an understanding of who the enemy is and how he works.
Recognizing the Works of the Enemy.
I. Review of our enemy.
A. Why does the enemy oppose you?
1.You are a source of pleasure to God.
Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. KJV
2. His real enemy is God. But because he is powerless against God, he attacks that which is closest to the heart of God, you and me.
3. His main purpose is to pain the heart of God…to insult Him….to frustrate His purpose in your life.
4. He wants to grieve God’s Heart by doubting God’s integrity.
Num 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? KJV
B. What are Satan’s Favorite weapons?
Satan tries to delay God’s miracle in your life. But having done all to stand, we stand therefore.
Daniel had a 21 day delay.
The devil is a liar.
The reason men fail is broken focus.
Turn not to the right hand or the left. Proverbs 4:27
With your self or others. Do not reply the guilt of previous mistakes…nor become preoccupied with past losses…nor magnify the weakness of others.
C. How to predict your seasons of attack.
1. When you become physically exhausted.
When fatigue walks in, faith walks out.
2. When you face a major decision.
Crisis always occurs on the point of promotion.
3. The birth of a child destined to become a great leader.
All Great Men Attract Satanic attention.
4. When a miracle has just left the hand of God.
Satan always attacks those he fears the most.
Hell only reacts to your future, not your past.
**Start here Sunday night.
5. When you make an effort to start a new ministry.
Jesus faced His wilderness experience just prior to His healing ministry.
6. When you are next in line for a promotion.
When Joseph in the old testament, announced the dream that God had given him, his own brothers, in bitterness, sold him into slavery.
His reputation of honor was stripped because of one lie from Potiphars’s wife.
II. Your Most Effective weapons.
You will never win over our enemy through our own strength or wisdom.
Zech 4:1-7 Amplified
4:1 AND THE angel who talked with me came again and awakened me, like a man who is wakened out of his sleep.
2 And said to me, What do you see? I said, I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl [for oil] on the top of it and its seven lamps on it, and [there are] seven pipes to each of the seven lamps which are upon the top of it. [Matt 5:14,16; Luke 12:35; Phil 2:15; Rev 1:20.]
3 And there are two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side of it [feeding it continuously with oil]. [Rev 11:4-13.]
4 So I asked the angel who talked with me, What are these, my lord?
5 Then the angel who talked with me answered me, Do you not know what these are? And I said, No, my lord.
6 Then he said to me, This [addition of the bowl to the candlestick, causing it to yield a ceaseless supply of oil from the olive trees] is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [of Whom the oil is a symbol], says the Lord of hosts.
7 For who are you, O great mountain [of human obstacles]? Before Zerubbabel [who with Joshua had led the return of the exiles from Babylon and was undertaking the rebuilding of the temple, before him] you shall become a plain [a mere molehill]! And he shall bring forth the finishing gable stone [of the new temple] with loud shoutings of the people, crying, Grace, grace to it! AMP
2 Cor 10:4
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
You will never win a Spiritual battle logically.
1. You must know how to speak the Word of God.
Heb 4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.