OK we just finished up a series of Spiritual Weapons of Warfare. In that series we read about different weapons God gives us to fight satan with. The next two weeks we are switching gears a little bit and looking at the weapons satan uses against us. We NEED to be alert and aware of his plans. 1 Peter 5:8. So let’s dig in.
Phil 4:8-9, Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. NIV
Heb 10:24-25, And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
1 Kings 19:3-5, Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which
belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness
and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now,
O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”
Matt 4:1-2, Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. ESV
Ps 37:8, Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
Prov 14:29, Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts
Eph 4:31-32, Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you,
along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in
Christ forgave you.
Eph 4:26-28, Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no
opportunity to the devil.
Prov 16:32, Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who
takes a city.
Phil 2:14-16, Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and
innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among
whom you shine as lights in the world…
Eph 4:29-31, Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for
building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve
the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. NIV
James 5:9-10, Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold,
the Judge is standing at the door. ESV
1 Cor 10:9-10, We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by
serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.
Ex 16:6-8, So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the
Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against
us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him— what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.” ESV
Num 21:5-6, And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” 6 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. ESV
Prov 16:5, Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
Prov 11:2, When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Prov 29:23, One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Prov 16:18, Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
James 4:6-8, But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to
the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
2 Tim 3:1-5, But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people
will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving
good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5
having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.
Ezekiel 28:17-19, Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. 18 By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. 19 All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”
Job 7:13-16, When I think my bed will comfort me and my couch will ease my complaint, 14 even then
you frighten me with dreams and terrify me with visions, 15 so that I prefer strangling and death,
rather than this body of mine. 16 I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days
have no meaning. NIV
Jer 20:14-15, Cursed be the day on which I was born! The day when my mother bore me, let it not be
blessed! Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father, “A son is born to you,” making him very glad.Why did I come out from the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame?
Matt 11:28-30, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my
yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
James 1:2-4, Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that
the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you
may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Rom 5:3-5, More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4
and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
OK, now that we’ve gone through this list IF there are any here the Lord put His finger on, your best weapon is to REPENT and RENOUNCE.
Here is a prayer you can pray: Dear Father God, I Repent of this sin (name it) and I renounce any and all demonic influence that has gained access to my life as a result of this sin. In the name of Jesus, you must flee and go wherever Jesus sends you. Father, please forgive me and cleanse me from all my unrighteousness and fill me in the vacant places with your mighty Holy Spirit. Amen.