Level 8: How Do I Keep My Fruit (Testimony) from Being Stolen (Spiritual Warfare)?
Part A: Knowing the Enemy
Memory Verse: I Peter 5:8
If Satan kills you he only creates a martyr who enters into the hall of faith (Hebrews 11) and becomes one of the great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) but if robs you of your testimony he discredits you and your faith before others (I Corinthians 9:27, II Corinthians 13:5-7). Protect your testimony from being robbed or killed!
1. Before fall from grace, name was Lucifer (light-bearer, Isaiah 14:12) Downfall was due to pride and the desire to be ruler of heaven (Isaiah 14:12-20) thus we are admonished to beware of Satan who transforms himself into an angel of light. (II Corinthians 11:14)
Devil means \u201cslanderer\u201d or also \u201cadversary of God\u201d (Hebrew word)
(Matthew 4:1-11, Ephesians 6:11, John 13:2, 27, Revelation 12:7-9)
I Peter 5:8-9
\u201cBe sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion
seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same
sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.\u201d
Satan is like a lion seeking ways to devour your testimony (I Corinthians 9:24-27, II
Corinthians 13:5-7) or kill you (John 10:10). A lion searches for those separated from the
protection of the herd (church) or those who are young, old, weak, injured or are not
watchful and therefore easy prey. (Ephesians 6:10-13).
If we stand alone (I Corinthians 10:12) apart from the herd (Hebrews 10:25) because
of pride (James 10:4-7) or confidence in our own strength (Isaiah 40:30-31) or our
own wisdom (Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 27:17) we will surely fall prey to the enemy.
Jesus will never leave or forsake us and is our Helper in our time of need (Hebrews 13:5-6).
We have authority through faith in the name of Jesus over Satan and his demons (Philippians 2:9-
11) but this authority can not be used by non-believers (Acts 19:13-17). We have no reason to fear
if we walk in the power of God. (II Timothy 1:7)
1/3 of the angels in heaven were cast down in rebellion.
Rulers of the darkness of this age
Spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places
Daniel prayed and fasted for 24 days before angel appeared because the angel was
opposed by the prince of the kingdom of Persia (not an earthly king) who withstood
him for 21 days until God sent Michael one of the chief princes (Jude 9) to overcome
the kings of Persia the angel faced alone. Prince fought against prince or principality
against principality. The angel was not able to enter the enemy\u2019s territory until the
enemy had been overcome. Angels were sent on the basis of prayer and fasting.
II Kings 6:13-23, II Chronicles 20:1-24
\u201cDo not fear greater are those who are with us than those who are with
Epileptic son possessed by evil spirit
Matthew 17: 14-21
Protect our testimony by being sober, steadfast, and vigilant. Satan is looking for the weak
and unprotected so he may devour them. If Satan takes our life he loses and a martyr is
added to the hall of faithful (Hebrews 11) but if he succeeds in robbing our testimony then
our faith is made to look false before men. (I Peter5:8-9). Satan wants to steal our testimony
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