How do we defeat our enemies? This is a very thought provoking question. Nevertheless, there is a great promise in God's Word found in Deuteronomy 28:7 that assures us God will allow our enemies to be defeated and how they will come at us from one direction but flee in seven! We need to be reminded of that promise from time to time. We need the assurance every now and then that our enemies will be defeated and will flee from us. Each and every one of us should be encouraged and hold on to that promise but each of us is combating and confronting some kind of enemy in our lives at this very moment.
For someone, the enemy may be finances, for someone else the enemy maybe health issues. For someone, the enemy maybe an addiction, for someone else the enemy maybe sadness or sorrow. For someone, the enemy maybe a challenge in our marriage, for someone else the enemy maybe loneliness. The fact is, each of us is engaging some kind of enemy in our lives.
Some would suggest, why aren't we addressing the social issues and ills that are plaguing our nation and the world such as: the economy, health care, the conflicts in the Middle East, the conflict with Libya and other important issues. While these issues are critical, our focus through this blog is on us and the enemies we are facing and fighting in our personal lives. Yes, we all need to be aware of and doing our part in the larger battles we fight together, but we know for many of us, the most important thing happening is not what is on the news, but the enemies we are dealing with in our personal lives even at this moment.
The good news that we should also be aware of is that we are not fighting our enemies alone. The Bible teaches us that the "Battle is not our; it's the Lord's" (2 Chronicles 20:15). We should never forget for a moment that our God is fighting for us and with us. And please know this, that whatever battles and enemies each of us is engaging somebody, somewhere is praying and believing God for the victory in that situation. Therefore, the words for today is rise up, fight up and win up in the strength of our God because our enemies are defeated and shall flee from us in seven directions.
Suggested sermonic outline:
Text: "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds" ( 2 Corinthians 10:4).
Title: How to Defeat Your Enemies
Introduction: Each and every day, as soldiers of the cross, we have to confront, combat and counter forces that seek to discourage and destroy us. Down through the halls of heavenly history, every born again and baptized believer has had to go through hell while on their way to Heaven. No one has been exempt or excused from the battlefield of faith...What are the weapons of warfare for a believer while on this battlefield of life?
I. The weapon of PRAYER.
a. Daniel 10:12 - Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.
b. Ephesians 6:18 - Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
II. The weapon of PRAISE.
a. Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
b. Psalm 34:1 - I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.
III. The weapon of PREACHING.
a. Romans 10:17 - So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
b. 2 Timothy 4:2 - Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.
Conclusion: Remember it is not about the size of the saint in the fight; it’s about the size of the fight in the saint. Romans 8:37 teaches us “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” You don’t have to wait until the battle is over, you can shout now because you know in the end you are going to win!
1. What are your thoughts regarding unseen evil forces oppressing believers?
2. How do you know there are angles fighting for us and with us in our struggles?
3. What examples do you have in your personal spiritual conflicts that God showed up and showed out and you got the victory?