He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A Handbook Of Enemy Strategies by John Piper





This article is right on time for me tonight. So much warfare happening within and around us. So important to know WHO your enemy is..for we do not wrestle with flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places....

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A wartime mindset must include shrewd knowledge of enemy tactics: Ephesians 5:11, "Take no part in unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them." Christianity stands or falls with the reality of Satan and demons. Why? Because Jesus spent his whole ministry fighting them. If they are not real he is reduced to a comic figure.
What is Satan's aim and his strategies?

1. He is the Father of lies. John 8:44His nature is falsehood! He only speaks the truth in order to deceive.
2.Therefore, his chief enemy is truth - he opposes God's word. Genesis 3:1-5
3.He casts doubt on God's goodness. Genesis 3:1-5
He destroys the obedience of faith.
4.He hinders missions strategy. 1 Thess. 2:18He opposes the truth reaching and converting people.
5.He distorts and prevents effective Gospel ministry. Acts 13:8-9
6.He avoids inner need by removing external trouble. 1 John 3:12
7.He uses the fear of death to hold men in bondage. Hebrews 2:15
The fear of death doesn't lead them to God because it leads them to get as many kicks here as possible.
8.He causes people to stumble over bad Christian attitudes. 2 Tim. 2:24-26
9.He blinds the minds of unbelievers. 2 Cor. 4:4
10.He exploits a lack of understanding. Mt. 13:19
11.He suggests ways that don't involve suffering. Mt. 16:23; Mt. 4:1-11
12.He imitates religious roles. 2 Cor. 11:14-15; Mt.13:28,30; Rev. 2:9
13.He misuses Scripture. Mt. 4:6
14.He imitates signs and wonders. 2 Thess. 2:9; Mk. 13:22
15.He offers exotic occult alternatives. Rev. 2:19-24
16.He attacks faith. 1 Thess. 3:5; 2 Cor. 11:3
17.He brings persecution. Rev. 2:9; 1 Pt. 5:8; Lk. 22:31
18.He brings sickness. Job 1:11; 2:5; Lk. 13:16.
19.He causes dissension over doctrine and causes rifts. Rom. 16:17-20
20.He tempts saints with sexual allurements. 1 Cor. 7:5; 1 Tim. 5:15
21.He takes advantage of unresolved anger. 2 Cor. 2:11; Eph. 4:27
22.He promotes pride. 1 Tim. 3:6We began with liar and end with pride.
Connection: the truth is that God is God and we are not. It is humbling. The only way to rebel against the lowliness of creaturehood is to be a liar. Therefore humility under God is the great devil resistance (James 4:6-7).