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How To Experience Victory In Spiritual Warfare - Part 1 (5 of 6)
Series: Angels and Demons
Dr. Brad Whitt
1 Peter 5:8
INTRO: Take your Bibles now this morning and be finding your place at 1 Peter chapter 5 if you would. 1 Peter chapter 5, and verse 8 this morning as we continue a few extra weeks in our series of studies for this summer that we've entitled, "Angels and Demons: What The Bible Really Teaches.
So far in this study we've looked at:
• The presence of angels - they're real. They exist.
• The personality of angels - they're powerful. They're protective.
• Your personal angel - What many people refer to as your "guardian angel." Jesus said in Matthew 18:10, "Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven."
Then last week we looked at:
The perverted angel - And we saw that the devil is our adversary, the demons are his emissaries and His defeat is our opportunity.
Now, I shared with you last week that I felt led to extend this series for a few more weeks so that we could go a little deeper, discover a little more about how to experience victory in spiritual warfare.
So, this morning what I want us to do is to get to know our enemy.
Look there in 1 Peter 5:8 - "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
The Bible teaches that we have an adversary. We have an opponent. His name is Satan. He is the Devil and the Bible teaches that He is real. 2
You say, "But Pastor, my professor - my pastor when I was growing up - said that there's not a real Devil. He's just a figment of our imagination. He's just a myth. He's just a fairy tale."
Are you listening? Peter says he's real. He's a roaring, pacing, seeking lion who's out to destroy you.
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