In the first two sections, we have discussed two reasons why you were in the condition you were in when we began the Small Group. We are all greatly affected by both our own sin—the choices we have made—and what other people have done to us. While we have already covered these two factors, there is a third we must address: There is an enemy of your soul who has a plan for your life. We must acknowledge the fact that demons are real and they want to destroy us; however, demons respond to higher authority: the Name of Jesus, the Word of God, and the blood of the cross. In order to engage in spiritual warfare and ensure we are fighting the enemy proactively, we must submit ourselves to God, close any open doors, and confront our enemy daily.
Have you seen a pattern in how the enemy attacks you? What do his attacks typically look like in your life?
What doors are open in your life right now that you might need to close so that you can stand strong against the enemy?
What are some practical ways you can engage in spiritual warfare to fight the enemy?
**Application Encourage your participants to put on the Armor of God every day by praying through each piece of armor.
Prayer Focus Pray that your participants are aware of the enemy’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy their lives. Pray for them to realize that they have the power to fight the enemy and that they are fighting from >victory, not for victory!
“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good >and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.” ACTS 10:38 NIV
1. Demons are.
“Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And >the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the >ancient serpent called the devil, or satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the >earth with all his angels.” REVELATION 12:7–9
2. Demons want to.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for >someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” 1 PETER 5:8–9 NIV
“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” EPHESIANS 5:11 NIV
3. Demons respond to a.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can >take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against >the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of >evil in the heavenly realms.” EPHESIANS 6:10–12 NIV
“…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” JOHN 4:4 NIV
1. The highest authority is…
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He >replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes >and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” LUKE 10:17–19 NIV
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” PHILIPPIANS 2:10 NIV
**2. The authority of …”
Matthew 4 and Luke 4… “It is written…”
**3. The authority of the …”
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…” REVELATION 12:11 NIV
“Jesus called his twelve disciples to Him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” MATTHEW 10:1 NIV
”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons…will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ROMANS 8:37–39 NIV
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he >will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” JAMES 4:7–8 NIV
“Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.” CORINTHIANS 2:10–11 NIV
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” EPHESIANS 4:26–27 NIV
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are >not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We >demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take >captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 CORINTHIANS 10:3–5 NIV
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