Weapons For Victory

“WEAPONS FOR VICTORY”

INTRO: (2Cor. 10:3-5 NASB) To be a Christian is to be at war. There are two kingdoms; light and darkness that are at war. So, the main issue is being an effective warrior.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY (2Cor. 2:11).

  • Paul knew the schemes of the evil one.
  • Foundational texts for enemy (Isa. 14; Ezek. 28; Gen. 3).

Schemes of the Enemy:

  1. Pride is the tap root for all demonic characteristics. Pride tempts us to be like God, take the place of God -antichrist spirit (Genesis 3).
  2. Accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10).
  3. Religion and carnality – Satan uses both (2 Cor. 3; 1Cor.).
  4. Fear — deception (Hebrews 2:15).
  5. Trap of no forgiveness — unresolved hurts – bitterness (Mathew 18, Hebrews 12:15).
  6. The leaven of Jezebel (Rev. 2, Proverbs 7).
  7. Persecution (Revelation 12:11).
  8. Idolatry- the trap of the demonic exchange (Romans 1).

Weapons for Victory:

  1. The Blood of Jesus Christ (Acts 20:28; Rev. 5:9; 1:5; Rom. 3:25; 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:22; Col. 1:20; 1 Jn. 1:7; Ex. 12:13; 1Thess. 5:9-10).
  2. The Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; 16:18; 3:6; 19:13; Phil. 2:9-11; Mk. 16:17; Rom. 10:13; Rev. 22:4 [Ezek. 9]).
  3. The Word of God (2Tim. 3:16; Mk. 4:1-10; 2Tim. 2:15; Heb. 4:16; Jn. 8:32).
  4. The Holy Spirit (Lk. 12:49; Acts 1:8; 11:13; 2:37-38; Lk. 24:49; 11:13; 3:16; Zech. 4:6; Rom. 8:15; Gal. 5:17; 1Cor. 12, 14).
  5. Worship- both defense and offense (Jn. 4:23-24; Ps. 27; 91; Acts 16; 2Chron. 20; Jude 1:20).
  6. Divine placement in the Body of Christ (1Cor. 12:13; Eph. 5:18-21; Heb. 13:7, 17; 10:25; Rom. 8:37-39).
  7. Believers Baptism (Col. 2:8-15; Rom. 6:1-14; Eph. 1:18).
  8. Throne of Grace (Heb. 4:16; Rom. 5:20–6:2; Jn. 1; 2Cor. 12; Heb. 12:15).
  9. The Sovereignty of God (Rom. 8:28; Eph. 1:11; Dan. 3, 6; Acts 27; Rev. 12:11).

Summary: We are all in the battle, let us embrace all the provision for victory, so we can echo Paul’s parting words (2Timothy 4:6-8 NASB) as part of our testimony.

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