SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

COSMIC CONFLICT (3 OF 3)

by Kerry Shook


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Cosmic Conflict (3 of 3)
Series: Fighting Fair: Resolving Conflict without Tapping Out
Pastor Kerry Shook
Ephesians 6:10-12


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

AWARENESS

- Aware of the Enemy

''How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.'' - Isaiah 14:12-15 (NIV)

- Aware of the Battle

''I don't want Satan to outwit us. After all, we are not ignorant about Satan's scheming.'' - 2 Corinthians 2:11 (GW)

The Devil's Battle Plan

1. Deception

''From the very beginning (the devil) was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies.'' - John 8:44b (TEV)

2. Distraction

''For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace ....''- 1 Corinthians 14:33 (KJV)

3. Disconnection

''Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.'' - 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)

4. Destruction

''The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy ....''- Joh ...

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