Paul says that the Christian life is a struggle, or a battle, or a fight. So, if we're going to fight, we need to know who we're fighting. We must start by identifying the enemy. Our enemy is not people, it's Satan.
This Week's Action Step:
Read through Eph. 1:3-14 and underline/highlight all of the specific things Christ has done for us. When you're feeling attacked by the enemy, read over the underlined/highlighted statements and be reminded of your position in Christ.
Small Group Questions:
1. Right or wrong, what are some popular beliefs about Satan and demons (maybe from pop-culture, movies, books, etc…)?
2. Have you ever felt attacked by Satan in some way? If so, how? In what way?
3. Read I John 5:4-5 & 19. What are some ways Satan operates through the “systems of this world” to temp, attack, and hinder believers?
4. Read Eph. 6:10. What does it mean to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might? How do we do that?
5. I mentioned that many Christians wrongly war/battle/fight against people. Why is it so hard to remember that people, or particular groups of people, are not our enemy? What can we do to stay focused on the real enemy… Satan?
6. Read Eph. 1:13-14. How does knowing the truth, that Christ has already won the ultimate victory over Satan through his death and resurrection, help us in our spiritual fight?
Songs from Today
You Make Me Brave by Amanda Cook
This Is Amazing Grace by Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham
Heroes by Amanda Cook, Jason Ingram, and Paul Mabury
My Heart Is Overwhelmed by Dylan Thomas
What A Beautiful Name by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood