Defeating The Enemy At His Own Game - Outline

Written by Harold Herring on .

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First, the devil is a defeated foe.

John 12:31 AMPC

“Now the judgment (crisis) of this world is coming on [sentence is now being passed on this world]. Now the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world shall be cast out (expelled).”

John 16:11 AMPC

“About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.”

Second, the devil is a liar.

John 8:44 AMPC

“You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.”

Third, the devil only has three weapons he can use against you. . .the ability to deceive, tempt and accuse.

John 8:44 TLB

“. . . there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for he is the father of liars.”

Revelation 12:10 KJV

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

1.         Grudges that embitter us.

Leviticus 19:18 HCSB

“Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am Yahweh.”

The Collins English Dictionary defines grudge as:

“a persistent feeling of resentment, esp one due to some cause, such as an insult or injury; to feel resentful or envious about (someone else's success, possessions)”

Jeremiah 3:5 HCSB

“Will He bear a grudge forever? Will He be endlessly infuriated?” This is what you have said, but you have done the evil things you are capable of.”

Ephesians 4:31 AMPC

“Let all bitterness and indignation and wrath (passion, rage, bad temper) and resentment (anger, animosity) and quarreling (brawling, clamor, contention) and slander (evil-speaking, abusive or blasphemous language) be banished from you, with all malice (spite, ill will, or baseness of any kind).”

Ephesians 4:32 AMPC

“And become useful and helpful and kind to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted), forgiving one another [readily and freely], as God in Christ forgave you.”

2.         Jealousy that robs us.

Proverbs 14:30 NLT

“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.”

Psalm 75:6-7 KJV

“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”

Psalm 139:3-4 NIV

“You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.”

Proverbs 27:4 KJV

“Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, But who is able to stand before jealousy?”

Proverbs 24:17 NIV

“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.”

Proverbs 14:30 AMPC

“A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.”

Romans 12:15 AMPC

“Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief].”

3.         Loneliness that isolates us.

Genesis 2:18 AMPC

“Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him.”

Matthew 28:20 AMPC

“Teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age. Amen (so let it be).”

Seven ways to deal with loneliness.

First, understand the problem.

Second, accept what cannot be changed….death of spouse, moving away from friend or a change of personnel in your workplace.

Third, change what can be changed….reach out…beyond your own needs to help someone else.

Fourth, create new habits.  A new routine or approach to life creates a freshness.

Fifth, make an effort to meet new friends….one person each Sunday…common interests…go slowly in the new friendship. . .don’t smother the person.

Sixth, get a pet, maybe…I realize this may not be for everyone especially, if you’re having trouble making ends meet…the last thing you need is to increase your expenses.

Seventh, spend more time with your best friend and I’m not talking about the person you’ve known all your life. . .or the one you go shopping with.  I’m talking about the friend who will never leave you nor forsake you. 

Jeremiah 33:3 KJV

“Call to me, and I will answer you. . .”

4.         Sorrows that discourage us.

First, does anyone know what I’m going through?

Exodus 3:7 AMPC

“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters and oppressors; for I know their sorrows and sufferings and trials.”

Isaiah 53:4-5 AMPC

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”

Second, why do my sorrows make me feel so broken?

Psalm 51:17 KJV

“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

Isaiah 66:2 KJV

“…but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite (smitten; dejected) spirit, and trembleth at my word.”

Third, is there anything I can do to be delivered of these sorrows?

Acts 17:27 KJV

“That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:”

Fourth, is there any way for the sorrows I’ve experienced to bless another?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 MSG

“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”

Fifth, finances that stress us.

Psalm 119:14 NLT

“As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.”

6.         Sickness that wears us down.

First, the very name of God Jehovah-Rapha reveals He is Lord, our healer.

Exodus 15:26 KJV

“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.”

Second, Jesus Paid A Price For Our Healing.

Isaiah 53:4-5 AMPC

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

Third, Is It God's Will To Heal?

1 John 5:14-15 KJV

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Fourth, will the enemy try to steal our healing?

Acts 10:38 KJV

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” As Believers we need not accept anything but God’s ability to bring healing and restoration no matter what the enemy throws at us!”

Fifth, what can I do if someone close to me is sick?

Mark 16:17 NLT

“These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages.”

7.         Tragedy that transforms us.

Acts 3:6-7 AMPC

“A certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily

at the gate of the temple. . .to ask alms of them that entered in. . .Who seeing

Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

Acts 3:4 AMPC

“And Peter directed his gaze intently at him, and so did John, and said, Look at us!”.

Acts 3:5 AMPC

“And he [the beggar] gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.”

Acts 3:6 AMPC

“But Peter said, Silver and gold (money) I do not have; but what I do have, that I give to you: in [the [a]use of] the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”

Acts 3:7-8 TLB

“Then Peter took the lame man by the hand and pulled him to his feet. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankle bones were healed and strengthened so that he came up with a leap, stood there a moment and began walking! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.”