Monday, August 22, 2011

Wrestling With The Devil (Sunday August 21, 2011)

Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
1. The Devil Wants to Keep You From God's Blessings

Satan doesn't want us to experience God's blessings for us, that's why he wants to wrestle with us with temptation. He wants us to give in, and to sin, and sometimes he fights us with sickness and disease.

The boy we learned about today knew exactly what this was about. He couldn't experience God's blessings in his life because the demons were in control of him.  He wrestled with the devil EVERY DAY!

In Mark 9, his father brought him to Jesus and tells Jesus about his fight with the demons. The father was discouraged, but asked Jesus, "If you can do anything to help us, please have pity on us."  

2. Wrestling With The Devil Can Be Discouraging

Sometimes wrestling with the devil can discourage us, and make us sad.  Some of us may have members of our family that are sick, and have been for a long time. We've been praying for them for a while, but they are still sick.  Some of us wrestle with the devil over friends who are unsaved, or family members who are unsaved.  It can discourage us when we pray and don't see the answers right when we ask for them. 

The boy's father says to Jesus "IF you can do anything..."  Jesus replies to him, "If I can do anything?   ANYTHING is possible for those who believe!" 

3. There Are No IFs With God!

We should never seek God with "If..." We should seek Him with full knowledge that He CAN do anything and will help us defeat the devil every time.   Jesus healed that little boy from the demons he fought with for his entire life. He transformed the little boys life!   

God can do the same thing for you and me!!!  We get discouraged when we wrestle with the devil, and we may even feel defeated because we have been wrestling for so long, but God wants to TRANSFORM us into mighty warriors for HIS glory!

Memory Verse :

"...with God everything is possible."  Matthew 19:26

Big Idea :
Everything is possible with G-O-D!


Join us next week for REVIVAL!! We will be having service Friday, Saturday, & Sunday night, and service as usual on Sunday Morning at 10:30!!

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