Week One: discover who Jesus is and why He came Week Two: engaging with Gods assignment for us Week Three: learning the enemys strategies to take us out of the game Week Four: standing strong and overcoming together
Review: There are two kingdoms in conflict. At His baptism, the Father identified Jesus as both the warrior king and the suffering servant His assignment was to bring the future age, into the age of the present The Kingdom of God is at hand… Our strategy should be the same as Jesus - He proclaimed it and demonstrated it At His resurrection, victory was assured, but not complete. We live in the in between times (the already and the not yet) One of the strategies of the enemy is to distort reality (of God, ourselves, our assignment) so we become discouraged.
The Battle inside you: FLESH The Battle around you: WORLD The Battle inside you: DEVIL As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. Eph 2:1-3
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the worldthe lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of lifecomes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17
The Battle inside you: FLESH The Battle around you: WORLD The Battle inside you: DEVIL
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lords people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Eph 6:10-20
HOW DO WE STAND TOGETHER? We are cautious with our behavior (Eph 5:15-18) We are connected in our worship (Eph 5:19-20) We are careful with our words (Eph 4:25-27, 1 Cor 16:13) We are consistent with our prayers (Eph 6:18-20)