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Lesson: I am Fighting

Icebreaker

What places have you visited so far this summer?

Prayer

Thank You, Holy Spirit, for refilling us today.

Key Scripture

Ephesians 6:10–12 New Living Translation NLT: “A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

The Big Idea

Have you ever been in a fight? The above scripture declares that we are in a battle, and it is not even against flesh and blood. We are in a life-or-death battle with evil rulers and authorities. The enemy is after us, he is after our families, and he wants to destroy us. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy.

How are we going to fight against such forces? We would not stand a chance if we were to battle in our own strength. However, the Lord has made a way that we can fight the forces of darkness and emerge victorious. Let’s look at the armor the Lord has provided for His children to do just that.

Discussion

Have you ever been in a fistfight? What caused it, and what was the result?

The battle is spiritual.

The battle is not a natural battle, but a rebellious spiritual war against God. Furthermore, it is not an isolated battle, but rather a series of campaigns taking place through the centuries.

The enemy seeks to destroy God’s purposes and God’s children. The devil cannot defeat God, so he comes after you and me. However, this war has already been won, even though the fighting from the enemy continues: “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven” (Revelation 12:7–8 NIV). Jesus expressed it like this: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18 NLT).

Discussion

Have you ever mistaken a spiritual battle for a natural battle and thus tried to fight it in the natural? What happened?

Our weapons are mighty in God.

Ephesians 6:13–14 (NIV) says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.” Truth and transparency will keep you from embarrassment. “… and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (verse 17). Reading the Bible will renew your mind. The praises of God are another powerful weapon. Acts 16:25 (NIV) says, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Their praises led to freedom and salvation for others!

Discussion

Which of these weapons do you feel like you are taking advantage of? Which do you need to use more? Share with the group.

Application

Each of us on earth is engaged in a spiritual battle against the enemy. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. Those of us in Christ are well equipped to wage spiritual warfare, but we have to stand and use the weapons of God.

Action Point

Put on the whole armor of God in a regular fashion. Use the weapons of prayer, the Word, and praise to win spiritual battles. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV).

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