The Journey to defeating the Enemy
Bible Study Notes | July 1, 2020
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)
All around us every day is a spiritual realm we can’t fully see. Sometimes I wonder that if we could, maybe we’d choose to live our lives very differently. We might be more aware, in tune, alert to the battles surrounding us and to the evil seeking to take control.
The enemy’s schemes are ruthless and cunning. The Bible reminds us that his main aim is to steal, kill, and destroy. If you’re a child of the living King, don’t ever believe for a second that the enemy hasn’t planned your demise. He will do everything he can to bring every believer down. That’s his goal, and he will stop at nothing to accomplish it.
- “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Satan Will Not Win
Yet as we know from God’s Word, Satan is not in full control. He’d want you to believe that he is. He will lie and lure and even try to deceive you by masking himself as an angel of light or twisting God’s truth. But the Bible is clear. He’s not to be trusted or believed. Not ever.
God’s given us everything we need to resist and defeat the enemy’s plots and schemes. The Bible never instructs us to fight the devil in our own strength, or to be afraid of him and his attacks. But it does tell us how to live strong and alert, knowing that God is the One who holds us secure.
Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
Though the enemy’s power is never a match for God’s strength and might, he is very deceptive and dark. God knows how much we need His miraculous covering of power and protection in our lives. So, He’s given us special instructions to know how to stand strong against the enemy’s attacks.
First, He tells us to “submit to God” and come under His authority, for it’s the only way we can discern the ruthless schemes of evil. We need to stay close to God and within the covering of His protection and care.
Then, reminding us to stand firm in our faith, He tells us to “resist” the devil and that the enemy will have to run. That’s how powerful He is within us. That’s how incredible His truth and light are, shining through us. By God’s power the enemy will run! We don’t have to run after him to fight him. We don’t have to battle in our own strength.
We must simply live a life of submission to God’s authority and continually resist his attacks and lies.
Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
One way to resist the enemy’s attacks is to continually fill our minds with God’s truth and to prepare our lives for battle every day. He arms us with the sword, the Word of God, to stand against Satan’s lies. It is the only offensive weapon we have and is powerful enough to crush the devil’s schemes and silence his accusing attacks.
God also reminds us to put on the “full armor,” to stay prepared for the fight every day. Every piece is important and necessary. Just as a soldier would never go out to the battlefield unprepared, we should never choose to live so carelessly. We’re a moving target if we live that way. Studying God’s Word and knowing His truth will give us wisdom and discernment to quickly notice when spiritual forces are in play. The more we know what is real, and what His word says, the more we understand what is false or a trap. And we are stronger to stand against the lies and schemes in the powerful name of Jesus.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18-19)
Never underestimate the power of our prayers. Praying God’s words back to Him, is a strong and mighty weapon against the forces of evil. It is truth and light going out, piercing holes in the darkness.
- It reminds us that God is in control, and that He knows our way and understands what we face today.
- It builds our faith and our trust in Him. It guards our hearts and focuses our minds back on Him.
- It wins the battle.
Prayer + God’s Word = Power
Pray in the name of Jesus. His Name holds power over the dark spiritual forces we face. If all the words you can find to speak in a troubling scenario is, “Lord Jesus, help me!” you have come to the One who is able, more than any other, to save.
“And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” (Revelation 12:11)
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Know that in Christ:
- We are forgiven.
- We are set free.
- We have His mighty power working within us.
- We are more than conquerors through Christ.
- We are overcomers in this life because He has overcome, and our lives are hidden in Christ with God.
No enemy or obstacle can touch our souls. When we have been set free by the blood of Christ and the power of His sacrifice by death on the Cross:
- We have a new identity in Him.
- We’ve been bought with a price – we are not our own.
- We are covered by the grace and forgiveness of Jesus.
- We live victorious, and no demon or darkness can ever separate us from the love of God which is in Christ our Lord.
There is power in the name of Jesus.