Job How is Job described (Job 1:1, 8)?
Why did Satan think that Job was this way (Job 1:9-11)?
What did God allow Satan to do to Job (Job 1:12-19)?
What was Job’s response (Job 1:20-22)?
What did God tell Satan about Job (Job 2:3)?
What was Satan’s response (Job 2:4-5)?
What did God grant Satan to do (Job 2:6-7)?
What was Job’s wife’s attitude (Job 2:9)?
What was Job’s outcome for persevering through his sufferings (due to spiritual warfare) without cursing God (Job 42:10)?
Of what value are Old Testament events to us Christians today (1 Cor. 10:11)?
Lk. 22:31-32 What must Satan do before he can touch a disciple (committed follower) of Christ’s?
[The Gk. word “exeitesato” means “demanded” or “to beg or obtain by asking”.].
How does knowing this make you feel, how should it make you feel, and why (Rom. 8:28)?
Has Satan ever sifted you like wheat?
If so, what happened?
What was the outcome of it all?
1 Jn. 4:4; Eph. 2:2 Who is greater than whom?
What does knowing this do for you, and why?
2 Cor. 2:6-11 When or what is one way that Satan takes advantage of us?
And what is Paul’s suggestion in foiling Satan’s scheme?
Is there anyone whom you haven’t completely and honestly forgiven, and whom you do not genuinely love?
If so, how can you do so (Eph. 5:18; 1 Jn. 5:14-15; Gal. 5:22-23; Col. 3:12-13)?
Jas. 4:7 When will Satan flee from the Christian?
[“submit” – means “to yield to the authority and will of God”].
[“resist” – means “to exert force in opposition”].
What’s involved in submitting to God (Jas. 4:6; Rom. 6:16; Lk. 11:28)?
When resisting demonic forces, quote Scripture out loud and tell the demon to leave in the authority of Jesus Christ.
2 Cor. 10:3-5 What kind of war are Christians in?
[“the flesh” – means “human standards or human ways”.].
What does it say about the weapons of our warfare?
[“divinely” – means “spiritually or God-like”].
[We will specifically see later what the weapons of our warfare are in Ephesians 6.].
What should we be seeking to destroy?
[The strongholds which the Christian assails and overthrows with his spiritual weapons are now more precisely defined, and it is noticeable that they belong to the realm of the will and mind/thoughts. This we know to be diagnostically/analytically sound, in respect of human psychology and physiology as well as of the religious life, for a man’s inner motives are the fount/source of his action; mind and will determine his conduct; and his attitudes are the effect of the presuppositions of his philosophy of things.
Hence it is that the Christian warfare is aimed at the casting down of the reasonings (rationalizations of self-centered man), which are the strongholds whereby the unbelieving mind seeks to fortify itself against the truths of human depravity and divine grace, and at the casting down also of every proud bulwark (wall-like structure) raised high against the knowledge of God. This metaphor emphasizes the defiant and mutinous nature of sin – Hughes’ Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, pp. 351, 352.
The prisoners taken captive are the thoughts of man’s mind. The Christian is to consistently submit his thinking to the obedience of Christ so that the world’s values, thoughts, and knowledge don’t capture our regenerated (renewed) mind. And also that our emotions stirred by demon forces don’t cause us to be fogged in our thinking.].
What does knowing all this mean to you?
How will your approach to decisions that are contrary to what you once believed to be the will of God and the truth of God change?
[For example, you once believed in evangelism and building up spiritually and training believers or coming to this Bible study group, but now you stop because it’s too hard on you emotionally due to: a girl/boyfriend who doesn’t want you to do these things; rejection from people; conflicts with others; a lack of interest on the part of people you talk to; pressure from family, friends, and church people; etc. Or, your doctrinal beliefs change due to a desire to have a certain girl/boyfriend whose views are different or whose parent’s or church’s views are different, and they won’t allow the relationship to continue unless you change your doctrine (e.g., from believing in predestination to believing that people have a free will; or from Jesus being God to His just being a prophet; or from speaking in tongues not being for today to that they are still for today; or from complete forgiveness and salvation in heaven being acquired just by trusting in the gospel that Jesus died to pay for all our sins to believing that you also have to be baptized or turn from your sins in order to be saved; etc.)].
How will you deal with spiritual warfare, specifically?
Below are listed some of the speculations and lofty things raised up against the knowledge of God:
Reincarnation (you’ll live again here on earth in some other form); materialism (the highest value, goal, and objective is in material well-being); naturalism (scientific laws account for all phenomena and denies any object or event having a supernatural significance); communism (everyone should be equal materially by having all goods owned and controlled by the state and dispersed equitably); existentialism (only what you experience is real); Epicureanism (“eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die”); agnosticism (you don’t or can’t know if there is a God); atheism (there is no God); New Age (man contains divinity), evolution (man progressively evolved from nothing over a long period of time; we’re just a higher level of animal); humanism (rejects supernaturalism and focuses on man being the highest good and the center of the universe); situational ethics (there are no absolutes; right and wrong are subjective, depending upon the circumstances); nihilism (traditional values and beliefs are unfounded; denies moral truths; existence is senseless and useless).
Some sayings that are expressions of speculations and loftiness raised up against the knowledge of God are:
“It’s OK to lie if you’re helping or protecting someone.” “Be a success at any price.” “It’s OK to step on the next guy to get ahead.” “I’m just acting like the animal I am.” “I can’t help myself, after all, I’m only human.” “God is too good to send anyone to hell.” “If you don’t make it this time, you’ll get another chance in the next life.” “All religions are basically the same and lead to heaven.” “You only go around once in life, so get all the gusto you can.” “You owe it to yourself.” “If it feels good, do it.” “The end justifies the means.” “It’s OK to rob the rich to give to the poor.” “Since there are no absolutes, do what you think is best.” “The majority is always right.” “Do unto others before they do unto you, and then split.” “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” “I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.” “Don’t let anyone tell you what to do.” “Be independent, don’t submit to anyone.” “If we love each other and don’t plan to hurt each other, it’s OK to have premarital sex.” “Since we’re soul mates and plan to eventually get married, it’s okay to have sex now.” “God doesn’t expect you to live so sacrificially and so disciplined; that’s legalism.” “You should become friends with someone first and earn their respect/trust before you witness to them.” “Unless God opens the door for me to witness to someone, I don’t.” “You should share or evangelize only when you feel led to share.” “I don’t use a gospel booklet to evangelize because it’s too impersonal, cold, canned, mechanical, and stifling to the Holy Spirit.” “God doesn’t want me to waste my talents by getting involved in a full-time evangelizing and discipleship training ministry.” “I can’t serve the Lord effectively if I don’t get a degree from college.” “I don’t evangelize because it’s not my spiritual gift.” “I don’t need to say anything about God or Jesus because I witness by how I live.” “I haven’t been called into ministry work.” “I don’t know enough of the Bible yet to witness for God.” “Just invite someone to church and let the pastor witness to them; after all, that’s what he gets paid to do.” “If God knows who will and won’t be saved, and since it’s all predestined anyway, I don’t need to evangelize.” “Because nothing dramatic has happened in my life, my testimony is dull, and no one will want to hear it.”
Eph. 6:10-20 In whose strength are we to be strong?
[A Christian is strong in the Lord when he submits to God in making Christ the Master of his life, being Spirit-filled, humble, God-dependent, and using the authority of God’s Word, the Bible, when confronting demonic forces.].
Why put on the full armor of God?
Who is our struggle against?
What are we told to do because of who our enemy is (Eph. 6:13)?
The parts of our armor are (Eph. 6:14-17): belt (truth – honesty; inspires confidence); breastplate (righteousness – protects from guilt); shod (gospel of peace – ready to battle and advance because of peace with God); shield (faith – trust in God and His Word, which protects against wrong thinking and caving in to temptations); helmet (salvation – assurance of being saved from Satan and hell and, therefore, inspires courage/boldness).
[Notice there’s no protection for the Christian’s back because we are not to retreat.].
What is our only offensive weapon (Eph. 6:17)?
[God’s Word, the Bible, is the only offensive weapon because it’s the authority of God, which is the only thing more powerful than these demonic forces.].
What should accompany all this armor (Eph. 6:18)?
[The reason prayer is so important is because it’s an expression of our dependency upon God to do battle through us.].
1 Pet. 5:8-9 What are we told to do, and why?
[“of sober spirit” – not intoxicated with alcohol or drugs; not hypnotized].
How are we to resist (exert force in opposition to) him (see also 1 Cor. 16:13; 1 Thes. 5:6)?
How can you practically do this?
Do you know the Bible well enough to be able to audibly quote appropriate Bible verses to any and every type of temptation or evil you might be confronted with?
If not, what will you start doing so that you are prepared for battle?
Beside yourself, who else is included in this experience of suffering?
What promise accompanies this warning (1 Pet. 5:10)?
Matt. 4:1-11 How did Jesus resist Satan all three times that He was tempted?
When demon forces tempt you, do you quote appropriate-to-the-temptation Scripture out loud?
Or, what do you do?
[Since demons cannot read our minds, it’s important that you quote appropriate Scripture to them audibly.].
To be able to quote Scripture related to each different kind of temptation implies what?
Do you have a Scripture memory program?
If not, when, and how will you start one?
Here’s a good start!
If Satan suggests: then quote:
Fear 2 Tim. 1:7 __
Lust Rom. 13:14 __
Drugs 1 Jn. 2:15-16 __
Worry Phil. 4:6-7
Lying Col. 3:9
Gossip Prov. 13:3
Selfishness Phil. 2:4
Procrastination Eph. 5:16
Coveting Col. 3:2
Pride Jas. 4:6
Pornography Phil. 4:8
Sarcasm Eph. 4:29
Alcohol Eph. 5:18
Jn. 8:44-45 How is the devil described?
Why is this description of the devil important for us to know?
When God is telling you to do something, but in the back of your mind something/someone (the devil) is saying to you that it’s not right, don’t do it, what do you do, and why?
Or, when something in your mind tells you not to do something, but the Bible says you should do it, what should you do, and why?
2 Cor. 11:3, 14-15 How is Satan described?
What did he do to Eve?
How do Satan’s servants disguise themselves?
Does this imply that you need to be careful as to whom and to what you listen to and to whom you follow, even if they seem nice or religious?
How do you deal with a situation where someone (used by Satan) tells you to do something that sounds good, but you know from the Bible that it is not the will of God?
Do you ever compromise and give in when pressure is on you and do things that you know are not God’s will or biblical, and why?
Eph. 4:26-27 When could the devil have an opportunity to use us?
Is there anyone that you have been angry with for longer than a day?
Does the devil have a hold on your emotions and, thereby, use you for his own ends?
If so, how can you change this (1 Jn. 1:9; Eph. 5:18; Jas. 4:7; Rom. 8:28)?
What should this caution you about?
Do you ever feel like you just have to do something that’s not right? Like you’re a puppet, a slave, or in bondage to something or someone?
- Have you ever felt forced to drink alcohol?
- Have you ever felt coerced to take drugs?
- Do you ever feel drawn to being deceitful or scheming?
- Have you ever felt strongly moved to lie or cheat?
- Do you feel driven to look at pornography?
- Have you ever felt enslaved to lustful masturbation?
- Do you feel compelled to sexually lust?
- Have you ever felt constrained to commit sexual immorality?
- Do you feel strong urgings to lose your temper and lash out?
- Have you ever sensed being in bondage to a negative, complaining, grumbling attitude?
- Do you feel pushed to gossip?
- Have you ever felt driven to jealousy or envy?
- Do you feel compelled to compete or flaunt your talents/abilities/skills or superiority?
- Have you ever felt strongly moved to steal?
- Do you feel driven to gambling?
If so, it may very well be because you are demonically-controlled in that area. And if that’s the case, then rebuke and resist the demonic spirit(s) by commanding it/them to leave (and not return) in the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ (Jas. 4:7).