Exposing The Seven Favorite Weapons Of The Enemy - Outline

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1.       Deception

Genesis 3:13

“Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

2 Corinthians 4:4 AMPC

“For the god of this world has blinded the unbelievers' minds [that they should not discern the truth], preventing them from seeing the illuminating light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (the Messiah), Who is the Image and Likeness of God.”

Jeremah 9:6 NIV

“You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.”

1 Corinthians 6:9 AMPC

“Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality.”

James 1:22 AMPC

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].”

Revelation 20:10 AMPC

“Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).”

2.       Distractions

Mark 4:19 AMPC

“Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.”

Mark 4:19 also warns us about “…the pleasure and delight and false glamour… the craving and passionate desire for other things…”

Mark 4:19 gives us a real warning when it says:  “. . . the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.

Mark 4:18-19 MSG

“The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.”

Being consumed by the glamour of this world instead of God . . . means we’re committing mental suicide by choking the very life out of the full benefits God wants for us.

As the verse says: “The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.”

3.       Delays                     

Daniel 10:12 AMPC

Then he said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.”

First, fear not.

Second, from the first day.

Third, purpose in your mind.

The word purpose is defined in part as:

“to set as an aim, intention, or goal for oneself.”

1 Corinthians 2:16 AMPC

“For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.”

Fourth, purposed in your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Fifth, humble yourself.

James 4:6 NIV

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

Sixth, your words are heard.

Psalm 145:19 KJV

“He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.”

The words you speak to Him are not only heard but acted on.

Psalm 86:5-7 KJV

“In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.”

Seventh, I have come as a consequence.

Daniel 10:12 AMPC

“. . . I have come as a consequence of [and in response to] your words.”

Your words have consequences . . . you decide what they are.

Proverbs 18:20 GNT

“You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say.”

4.       Disappointment

Genesis 40:14 KJV

“But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house.”

Genesis 40:23 KJV

“But [even after all that] the chief butler gave no thought to Joseph, but forgot [all about] him.”

Here are some promises God has made us for dealing with disappointment:

Psalm 34:18 ERV

“The Lord is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged.”

Psalm 119:116 GNT

“Help me God, as you promised, so that I may live. Do not turn my hope into disappointment.”

5.       Discouragement

Here are several ways to deal with discouragement.

Get your attitude right.

Philippians 2:5 NLT

“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

Ephesians 4:23 AMPC

“And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude].”

Get pride out of the way. 

Proverbs 16:18 KJV

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Thinking happy thoughts is a choice.  Proverbs 23:7 says:

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. . .”

Philippians 4:8 TLB

“And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”

Ephesians 4:26 KJV

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

Proverbs 13:20 NLT

“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.”

Jeremiah 32:17 AMPC

“Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You”

6.       Depression

Psalm 56:8 NLT

“You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.”

Psalm 103:13 AMPC

“As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].”

1 Corinthians 1:3-4 AMPC

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),

“4 Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.”

Psalm 55:22 AMPC

“Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).”

Mark 9:23 AMPC

“And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things can be (are possible) to him who believes!”

7.       Debt

Psalm 97:10 KJV

“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.”

I vividly remember reading Psalm 97:10 one morning several years ago when the Lord gave me a very clear word.


Debt is bad.

Debt is unpleasant.

Debt definitely gives pain.

Debt positively brings unhappiness.

Misery is debt’s closest friend.

Psalm 97:10 KJV

“. . .he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.”