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Teach Me to Fight the Right Enemy
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Introduction: Week before last, we preached the introduction message to this series out of our text verse: Psalms 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
- The Power – is in the Lord
- The Process – which teacheth my hands… and my fingers…
- The Priority – to war…to fight
Tonight we are going to stress the importance of fighting the right enemy.
Many of God’s people are being defeated simply because they are fighting the wrong enemy.
They spend their time fighting their family, their co-worker, their boss, their neighbor, their spouse.
The Bible is very clear – we wrestle not against flesh and blood.
If Satan can get you busy fighting the wrong enemy, he will win.
People spend hours arguing and debating online.
How much time do Christians spend reading and replying to stupidity on Facebook/Twitter?
I do not have Facebook, and I do not follow anyone on Twitter.
I do not respond to questions. I do not reply to people that poke at me.
I block people that annoy me, antagonize me, irritate me, try to argue with me. I don’t have time.
They are not my enemy, and I refuse to get into a fight or argument with people.
Forums, websites, group chats, etc. are a complete waste of time.
QUOTE: General James “Mad Dog” Mattis said: “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears. You are part of the world’s most feared and trusted force. Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.”
Stop firing your weapon at the wrong enemy!
Don’t waste your ammunition on fleas and gnats.
NOTE: Debate is a sin.
- Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
DEBATE: contention, strife, wrangling
Notice Paul’s counsel to Timothy.
- Titus 3:9, 10 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
I. Teach Me to Identify the Threat
Rule one in warfare: Identify the enemy.
- 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
A. The Threat is Personal
- Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against…
Understand this warfare – it involves YOU!
We are wrestling; we are fighting; that includes you if you are a child of God!
Your enemy is not other people. Do not every lose sight of that.
Notice the Apostle Paul’s awareness of the source of his adversity:
- 2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
B. The Threat is Powerful
- “…but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places
This power is described as:
- rulers of this world
- wickedness in high places
Satan is the one behind the persecution from your family.
Satan is behind the adversity on your job.
Satan is the brains behind unbiblical and ungodly legislation that inhibits the local church
Satan is the guilty party that uses whatever means necessary to assail the child of God.
C. The Threat is Perpetual
Satan is a continual threat.
Satan does not take vacations or days off.
NOTE: David took a day off, Satan didn’t:
- II Samuel 11:2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
You and I cannot have a warfare mentality and spend all our time spiritually in a hammock!
We cannot be serious in our efforts to overcome Satan if our mind is in park.
We will never be victorious if we fail to engage the enemy CONTINUALLY.
- II Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.