Summary: Satan attacks all of us. . . what can we do to fight back against him? *HANDOUT INCLUDED*
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What to do when Satan attacks you. “Saul made havoc of the church...”
Observation: When God is working, you can expect Satan to attack.
There’s no doubt that Satan attacks, and he doesn’t care how many people he hurts in the process! He fights by his own rules.
- When you’re making progress, he’ll start fighting.
- When you’re down he’ll kick you.
- When our church is making progress, he’ll do something to fight back.
When Satan attacks, we have to fight back. When he is fighting, it is not time to circle the wagons!
Ways in which he attacked in Acts:
1. Opposition from the outside of the church. (Don’t preach that any more.) - Acts 4
- Counterattack: They prayed for the power of the Spirit.
2. Corruption on the inside of the church. (Acts 5)
- Counterattack: They exposed the corruption.
3. Complaining on the inside of the church. (Acts 6)
- Counterattack: They restructured the church.
4. Persecution and martyrdom. (Stephen) - Acts 7
- Counterattack: They scattered, preaching anyway.
It what ways can we fight back?
1. Keep doing God’s will.
Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
John Rucyahana, the Anglican bishop of Shyira, Rwanda, served as a pastor in Uganda during the brutal reign of dictator Idi Amin.
Amin targeted 200,000 political opponents, Christian leaders, and members of certain ethnic groups for extermination. One day the government soldiers came for John.
He remembers, "One put the cold barrel of a gun against my ear and held his finger on the trigger. They put me in a vehicle and made me sit on a sack of explosives. As we began moving, I thought, Even the slightest jolt, and I’m dead."
The soldiers finally released John, figuring they had successfully intimidated him and that he would no longer speak out.
What the oppressors (and Satan) meant for evil, though, God used for good. Two days after John’s harrowing brush with death was Sunday.
That day, John walked into the cathedral to find it packed—people were standing in the aisles. People had heard what happened and had come to find out what he would say. Would he speak out for Christ?
John did speak for Christ, only this time to a larger group than he could ever have gathered on his own.
SOURCE: sermoncentral.com [God Turns Persecution into Opportunity, Citation: Kevin A. Miller, vice president of resources, Christianity Today International]
2. Keep depending on the Holy Spirit’s power.
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them,