Satan’s Kingdom and Power

September 16, 2018

Summary

Sermon: Satan’s Kingdom and Power  Ephesians 6:12
 
Today we will consider what we do not wrestle against, flesh and blood and what we do wrestle against rulers, authorities, cosmic powers, spiritual forces.  a.  Their domain – this present darkness. b.  Their absolute rule over the darkness. and  c.  Our comfort and security.  Several quotes read from, The Christian in Complete Armour, Gurnall, William
 
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 9/16/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 9/30/2018
 
Sermon Notes
 
SERMON
 
Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV  
 
Last week, 2 THINGS
 
    1. Examined the schemes or wiles of the devil
    2. The standing of the saints
 
Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
 
This week
 
Everything is focused on two words, wrestle against
    1. Negative, not against flesh and blood
    2. Positive, against, rulers, authorities, cosmic powers, spiritual forces
        1. Their domain – this present darkness
        2. Their absolute rule over the darkness
        3. Our comfort and security
 
    • Wrestling– has anyone wrestled before?
        • Exhausting!!!
            • War, there can be pauses – wrestling constant contact
                • Our opponent clings to us!
                    • But we have a second, Christ
    • Our wrestling is not against flesh and blood
        • What does this mean?
        • Does it mean we never wrestle against flesh and blood?
            • We know we wrestle against our flesh, Romans 7:23
                • The Spirit is at war with our flesh
 
Galatians 5:17 ESV  
 
    • MEANING: Our chief wrestling is not against the flesh and blood but Satan
        • Luke 14:12 it says do not invite your friends to dinner but the poor.  
            • Should we never have dinner with our friends?  
            • No, we must not neglect the poor and wretched
    • What is meant by not against flesh and blood
        • Our flesh is the weapon but the devil triggers it
        • Our flesh is the bait but the devil is the fisherman
        • Do we war against the horse or its rider?
            • Take out the horse and you slow the rider
            • Take out the rider and you won the battle
    • As God’s children, our chief enemy is spiritual – Satan and his devils
        • Look at Eve, Genesis 3:13 ESV “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
            • Eve is responsible for eating but take out the rider and she does not
            • She ate!! Consider our SINFUL STATE
    • not against flesh and blood – Highlights the strength of our enemy against the weakness of our flesh – spiritual is eternal
 
David Psalms 56:4 ESV  …I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Mat 10:26  “So have no fear of them
Mat 10:28  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul
Mat 10:31  Fear not
 
    • The flesh is weak but the Lord has compassion on our weak flesh
 
Psalms 103:13-15 ESV  
 
Matthew 26:41 ESV  
 
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(12)  …against the rulers, against the authorities
 
The kingdom and office of Satan
 
    • Satan is the ruler of this world John 14:30
    • Satan sits on his throne in this world Rev 2:13
    • He is worshiped by his followers  Rev 13:4
    • He has many servants 2nd Cor 11:15
 
Either your heart belongs to Christ or Satan there is no in-between.  Either you serve the law of sin and death Romans 8:2 Or the Law of holiness Romans 7:12
    • All sons of Adam are born in bondage to Satan
        • Those born from above belong to God
            • If we have become free through Christ, what are we free from?
                • Each one seeks to please their master
                    • Who is your master?  Christ or Satan
                    • Child of God or child of the devil
        • Do we despise God’s lordship when things go wrong?
            • Look how David dealt with discipline from God
 
2 Samuel 15:26 ESV  
 
    • Not what is good for me but what is good to Him
    • Not, railing against God [which is sin] but submissive humbleness
        • This is not so with the children of the Devil
            • It’s all about them and their desires
 
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers
 
    • The devil is called the strong man Luke 11:21
    • A roaring lion 1 Peter 5:8
    • He captures his prey in snares 2 Timothy 2:26
    • The great dragon Revelation 12:9
    • The prince of the power of the air Ephesians 2:2
    • The god of this world 2nd Corinthians 4:4
    • Are you stronger than the strong man, the great dragon?
        • Only a stronger strong man can bind the strong man
    • The number of the enemy is GREAT
 
Mark 5:9 ESV  
 
    • A legion is many thousand
        • This number was devoted to ONE man!!!
        • Would you as a single person go up against several thousand?
    • The great leviathan???
 
Isaiah 27:1 ESV  
 
    • If you consider this raw power Satan without God it can be very terrifying
    • We are the chief object of Satan’s wrath
    • If you consider how great your enemy is with all of this power and who protects you from his schemes, we would never cease to praise God
        • His power and scope is limited by God
            • He cannot command you to sin against your will
            • He cannot hinder or stop any of God’s purposes
        • He has the power to control all of his subjects
            • Not one of them crosses him without Christ’s power
 
Ephesians 2:2-3 ESV  
 
over this present darkness
 
    • Satan is not lord over all but lord over the darkness
        • You are not in darkness but in light
    • This world is his dominion and domain
            • Satan cannot blot your name from the book of life
    • Darkness is sin and ALSO ignorance of truth
        • The world is in a state of ignorance
    • Satan’s army is loyal
        • All roads lead to God?
        • No, only the road of Christ leads to God
        • Stop and ask directions, would anyone point out Christ’s road?
        • Show me one person who would tell you to have faith in the Biblical Jesus, the only way, the only mediator, — This is loyalty
        • If you are on any road other than Christ’s then you are on Satan’s highway
 
1 John 3:10 ESV  
 
    • You belong to one parent or the other
 
Mat 12:44  Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.
 
        • This verse shows ownership:
 
Exodus 8:28 ESV  
Later he says only the men shall go, leave the women and children
        • Satan may yield a little but wants to retain ownership
 
COMPARE CHRISTIANITY TO GARDENING
    • A garden needs to be tilled, planted and watered
    • Weeds grow naturally without tilling, planting or watering
        • During the summer drought, only weeds grow
            • Consider the ease weeds grow
            • Consider the care and nurturing a good plant needs
                • Satan, need no special care; arise naturally
                • To be a Christian is an un-natural, MIRACLE
 
Darkness Continued:
Hosea 4:6 ESV  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
 
    • Pastors are called to feed God’s sheep
        • If they are NOT fed, the GREATER sin is on the pastors
        • If food is before them and they don’t eat, the FULL sin is on them
 
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 ESV  
 
Tempted with Complacency and Laziness
    • Today Bibles are un-read???
    • The churches are not full???
        • There was a time where you couldn’t afford a Bible
            • One page of God’s word would have brought a man joy!!!
        • There was a time when you could not attend church
            • People met in fields, forests, basements and barns
                • Oh, how they will judge this generation.
 
Lawyers have their clients, and physicians their patients; these are sought after, and called up at midnight for counsel; but alas! the soul, which is more worth than [the clothing of the body], is neglected, and the minister seldom thought on, till both these be sent away.   Perhaps, when the physician gives them over for dead, then we must come and close up those eyes with comfort, which were never opened to see Christ in his truth,  Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
 
Darkness Cont…
 
James 1:5 ESV  
 
Since man was turned out of paradise, he can do nothing without labour except sin (this follows his hand indeed), but this treasure of knowledge calls for spade and mattock.   We are bid ‘search the Scriptures.’ Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
 
    • Reading the word is good but it’s not the same as studying it
        • Waving hello to a friend, is like reading the Bible, sitting down for a meal with a friend, is like studying the Bible – Do both
 
against the spiritual forces of evil
 
One will hear a noise in the night, they cry, ‘The devil! the devil!’ and are ready to run out of their wits for fear; but they carry him in their hearts, and walk all the day long in his company, and fear him not.  Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
 
    • Ask yourself who do I sin against?
        • Examine yourself today
    • Sin is adultery against God and the one we are in bed with is the devil
    • What would your spouse do if they saw you in the arms of another?
    • We must continue to wrestle
    • Could we call to God for help?
    • Christ is our great high priest at the right hand of God in power
    • He answered the cries of Egypt, have you cried out to Him?
 
Psalms 37:22-24 ESV  
 
Satan servants may look good on the outside [Pride and lust + more]
    • The humble man is resisted by Satan but the proud man is resisted by God
    • A prideful beggar is one who would rather starve than take mana from God’s hand
    • Israel had to collect it every day, from God’s hand to their mouth
    • We live each day needing new provisions from the Lord
        • Satan’s servants do not accept God’s hand
    • Satan’s kingdom is here and now, ours, heavily and not of this world
        • We are NOT of this world, we are born from above
    • Your kingdom is where your treasures are
    • Satan’s followers are only concerned with earthly things
        • The health of this body is everything to them
        • Gaining wealth, riches, things, status and promotions
        • Pride in friends, family and world perceptions of them
        • They grow increasingly fearful as they grow older
            • They suppress the truth, eating and drinking for tomorrow they die
    • Our faith is not in our flesh but God
        • When we lose our health we have a new body waiting
        • We consider what we have a blessing, naked we came, naked we will go
        • We are more concerned on God’s perception of us
        • We have hope and life when death comes
 
Hebrews 12:1 ESV  
 
    • If you serve Christ lay aside the temptations of the devil
    • If you are cut to the heart today, KNOW
 
John 6:37 ESV  
 
Direction to get on the less worn road, which is Christ’s

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