READ

Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.  12For 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.

Ephesians 4:25-27 NIV
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.  26"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  27and do not give the devil a foothold.

1 John 4:4-5 NIV
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  5They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.

James 4:7-8 NIV
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.


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CONSIDER

• We are in a spiritual battle against an enemy who opposes God’s work in our lives, families andchurch.  The more God is at work doing good things for His glory in and through us, the more of a threat we are to the enemy. In light of this, how much of a threat is our church to the enemy?   What evidence is there that God is at work in and through us?

• What does this mean about what we can expect from the enemy? How can we prepare for this?  

• What are some ways that Satan and his demons might attack a church to hinder or even stop God’s work in and through it?  (Look at Ephesians 4 for starters).

• What happens when we forget that our “struggle is not against flesh and blood” (that is, our fight is not against one another)?

• What power are we given over our enemy?

• What are you personally responsible to do to help guard the church from being crippled by the enemy’s attacks? 


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PRAY

1. Pray for yourself and our church – that God would protect us from the attacks of the enemy. Pray for His hedge of protection to surround our families, our leadership and our church.  (Job 1:10)

2. Pray that we would each have wisdom to recognize and pray against the attacks of the enemy, and never treat one another as the enemy.

3. Pray that God’s Spirit would help us (you) to always respond to one another with grace, humility and understanding.  

4. Pray that all attacks and conflict would be resolved in a way that defeats Satan, honors Christ and builds our church stronger.

5. Satan often attacks a church by attacking its leaders – morally, spiritually and physically.  Pray for God’s protection upon our leaders and their families. 
(See list from last week).

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