Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.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.
Today, I want to call your attention to verse 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.
It is easy to blame people when difficult times come. It is easy to make excuses and try to figure out why me. The fact of the matter is “why not me”. You see, this life is a war against a very strong enemy. Satan and all his demons are hard at work to defeat you and to ultimately destroy you. So today we will look at three things.
- Who is this enemy we face?
- Who is this God that we serve?
- What will be the conclusion of this matter?
1 Peter 5:8-9 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
He is very powerful
II Thessalonians 2:7-11 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Note: Satan in the last day will display power, signs and lying wonders
Man will take credit when this ordeal is past (only God can remove this from us)
Satan deceives men into believing that they have power
God will permit men to believe Satan’s lies
As true believers we must hold on to the hope that is within us
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15 (kjv)
We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; Colossians 1:3-5 l
The God that we serve
He is the God of all Gods
Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:
Psalms 136:3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.He is the true healer of all disease – Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
He is the Great Physician
- He is the true healer of all disease – Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
- He is the healer of the broken hearted – Psalms 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.