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Spoiling Satan's Strategies (6 of 10)
Series: From Ruin to Renewal
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
October 12, 2003
a. Siegfried and Roy were a duo that headlined a famous act in Las Vegas at the Mirage Hotel. Roy Horn was famous for his work with animals. On Friday, October 3, Roy was attacked by a 600 pound tiger.
b. After more than 5,000 shows he was finally and severely injured. The tiger drug him offstage by the neck. Roy is fighting for his life.
c. The Bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion. 1 Peter 5:8, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
d. We are not to be ignorant of his schemes. 2 Cor. 2:11, "in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware (KJV, "ignorant") of his schemes."
e. Today we are going to pull back the curtain and let the bright light of God's word reveal his schemes and how we might spoil them.
f. Stand with me as we read Nehemiah 6:1-9 and 15.
2. THE SCHEDULE OF HIS STRATEGIES
a. Before a good work (2:10)
i. Satan attacks us at every turn. We've met the unholy triumvirate of Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem before in the book of Nehemiah. They were there at the beginning of Nehemiah's work (2:10).
b. During a good work (6:1)
i. Now Nehemiah is nearing the end. Everything is in place. The gaps are closed. Only the doors need to be hung.
ii. How many races have been lost in the last 10 meters? You may run well only to lose at the end. When did Joseph receive that temptation from Mrs. Potiphar? Soon after he had been promoted under Mr. Potiphar's leadership and had been granted free run of the house. Moses struck the rock after leading the children of Israel to freedom. David committed adultery with Bathsheba. Solomon asked for wisdom. Judas. Demas.
c. After a good work (6:19b the last words of the chapter: "And Tobiah sent letters to intimidate me.")
i. When is ...
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