In this second lesson in a three part series on The Armor of God, we examine the schemes of the devil.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:11
All of satan’s schemes (Greek: methodeia) or methods, are built on his main weapon: The Lie – and when a little truth is mingled with the lie it becomes a more powerful lie.
In this lesson we examine 2 main methods of attack:
1. Attack by Temptation, 2. Attack by Accusation.
Both methods of attack have the same intended purpose: To get you to give up on God.
Viktor Frankl survived the NAZI concentration camps of WW2 and described the effects it had on himself and the prisoners he suffered with. He discovered that between a trial and your response to that trial there is a space – and in that space is your ability to choose your attitude in any circumstance.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms— to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” – Viktor Frankl
It is in this space, between a trial and your response to it, that James says we must have wisdom. For James tells us that…
To Overcome Trials We Must Have Wisdom in Trials
Wisdom to See Through Trials,
Wisdom to Learn From Trials,
Wisdom to Turn to God in Trials
and Grow Stronger From Trials
“When we are no longer able to change a situation,
we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor Frankl
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18
God’s Written Revelation is God Breathed and Indestructible (1 Peter 1:24-25)
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Mt 24:35 NIV
“having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because
“All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 6But theword of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:23-25 NKJ)
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16 ESV
Who are you? So often we define our identity in the things of the world, such as our job, or interests or our social status. But what happens when these are taken from us?
Jesus Came to Give us a New Life…
2 Cor 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away – and all things have become new.”
For the Christian we have been given a new life and new identity in Christ.
Who You Are In Christ…
1. YOU ARE SONS OF GOD(Gal 3:26-27)
2. YOU ARE HEIRS OF GOD (Romans 8:17)
3. YOU ARE CHILDREN OF GOD (1 Jn 3:1)
4. YOU ARE A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (1 Cor. 6:19)
5. YOU ARE A SAINT (2 Corinthians 1:2)
6. YOUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN (Philippians 3:20)
7. YOU ARE A NEW CREATION (2 Corinthians 5:17)
If you have been baptized into Christ, you have a new life in Christ, adopted into the family of God with an inheritance in Christ.
(Gal. 3:26-29) “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
(Gal. 4:6) “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”