Powerpoint - Apr. 13, 2011

Overcoming Satan’s evil schemes

April 13, 2011

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

There are many people today, even some in the church, who doubt Satan exists. They look at the devil as some kind of medieval superstition that’s equivalent with monsters or the bogeyman. But the fact that Jesus believed and taught that there is a devil should be all the information we need to know that the devil is real.

Now, I have no doubt the devil loves it when people deny his existence. His greatest strategy is to pull the cloak of darkness over his activity because if you don’t recognize him, you can’t do battle with him!

Here in today’s passage, the apostle Paul tells us that Satan has a kingdom and rulers in that kingdom. Now, the kingdom of Satan is all around us. It’s the world’s system that’s diametrically opposed to Christ.

Jesus called the devil the prince of this world. So while Jesus is the rightful heir to the throne of the world, he’s given Satan dominion over the world in its fallen state until he comes back to defeat the devil and rule forever.

But in the meantime, God has given you all the tools you need to do battle against Satan’s kingdom—against the rulers, authorities, and the cosmic powers who rule in it. But to adequately do battle, you must rely on God’s Spirit inside of you who gives you the strength to resist Satan and have victory in Christ!


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