Spiritual Warfare // Part 2
Bible Text: 1 John 4:4 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Spiritual Warfare | Last week, we began a series on Spiritual Warfare. In our introduction, we looked at what happens when the church neglects its call to intercede. Today, we take a look at what we’ll call, “How Big is Your God?”
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. /// 1 John 4:4 (NKJV)
We’re talking to the people of God now. The Spirit of God that is in you is greater than the spirit that controls the world. Let me give you some words translated from the Greek word used here:
These words describe the ability of the Spirit within you! A lot of people see Satan and Jesus as two equals fighting it out for victory.
Because of this image, many are afraid of enemy when in reality, this image is a false representation of reality. After speaking of Lucifer’s fall in Isaiah 14, the Word of God records this regarding those who will see Satan’s end:
“Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ /// Isaiah 14:16-17 (NKJV)
Satan and Jesus are not equals – far from it. Therefore, the Spirit that lives in you is much greater in power and authority then the spirit of the enemy.
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. /// Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
Everyone say, “Authority over the power!” The Bible tells us:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. /// 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
Before this is said, the Bible tells us that we should be submitted to God – humbled under His mighty hand. If not, we have reason to be concerned. If we are submitted, we have nothing to fear. The Bible tells us:
Resist him, steadfast in the faith… /// 1 Peter 5:9a
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. /// James 4:7
Again, a key to victory is listed: submission. But, notice what is said to the submitted child of God: he WILL flee!
Satan is a rabid dog but he is on a leash! He cannot release the full reign of the Antichrist until the church is removed! The church has power and authority over the enemy:
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. /// Ephesians 1:18-23 (NIV)
As part of His church of which He is the head, you have Satan under your feet! Next time, we’ll look at the weaponry given to us by God.
1 John 4:4 (NKJV)
Isaiah 14:16-17 (NKJV)
Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
1 Peter 5:8-9a (NIV)
Ephesians 1:18-23 (NIV)
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