Emphasis of The Church Spiritual –Purpose of assemblies –Look forward to them –Satan before God (Text) –Why?
Seeks To Distract Our Minds Minds wander sometimes –Is it a habit? –Can be changed
Seeks To Distract Our Minds Purpose of assembling –Glorify God (1 Corinthians 11:26-30) –Distracted by sleeping, daydreaming, whispering, texting, passing notes, etc. –Plan for worship (John 4:23, 24) –Are you allowing him to distract you?
Seeks To Close Our Minds Powerful Gospel –Can be shut out –God’s “surgical instrument” (Hebrews 4:12) –Must be implanted (Luke 8:11, 12; James 1:22-25)
Seeks To Close Our Minds Do you reject the Word? –Blinded (2 Corinthians 11:3, 4) –Open up! (Acts 16:14)
Seeks To Stir Up Strife Makes his job easier –Binding human opinions (Romans 14:1-4, 13) –Alienation –God hates discord (Proverbs 6:16-19)
Seeks To Stir Up Strife Sign of weakness –Corinthians (1 Corinthians 3:1-5) –Leads to devouring one another (Galatians 5:13-15) –Must agree on matters of faith
Seeks To Corrupt Our Minds He can do it –Seeks to convince us that the Gospel is complicated –Used it on Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3) –Begin to judge God’s motive
Seeks To Corrupt Our Minds Think they are above the Word –Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:16-18; 28-35) –Be humble (Matthew 11:25) –Receive with meekness (James 1:21)
Conclusion Don’t be his “tool” Stand up and fight him