Bible Study Series: The Believer’s Authority

Teacher: FL Staley

The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan

The very fact that you are "in no way alarmed" by your adversary is a sign that you have authority over him.

The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour.• The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan Care. has in it the nature of sin. if carried to excess. it is reiterated by the apostles. and it is one which cannot be neglected without involving transgression: . even though exercised upon legitimate objects. again and again.

The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan • for the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God. • . and the thrusting ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has undertaken to do for us. Anxious care often leads to acts of sin.

. This sin leads to a forsaking of God as our counselor.• • The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God's hand. and resorting instead to human wisdom." a sin which was laid against Israel of old. but will carry his own burden. This is going to the "broken cistern" instead of to the "fountain. is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself.

we feel mistrust. so that our prayers become hindered. our consistent example marred. and thus grieve the Spirit of God. and our life one of self-seeking. and thus our love to him grows cold. .The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan • Anxiety makes us doubt God's lovingkindness.

but if through simple faith in his promises. • "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. it will keep us close to him. ~Is 26:3 . because he trusteth in thee”.The God Of Peace Will Crush Satan • A lack of confidence in God leads us to wander far from him. and are "careful for nothing". we cast each burden as it comes upon him. and strengthen us against much temptation.

A peacemaker is not merely someone who protests against war. . and when you are walking in peace.• Peacemakers Are Sons Of God Peace is spirit power. you are walking in power. Peace is an attribute of the Holy Spirit. he is one who is inwardly so yielded to Christ in spirit and purpose that he can be called a son of God (Matthew 5:9).

Peacemakers Are Sons Of God • Where he goes. calm and bold. Peace emanates from him the way light and heat radiate from fire. . where God goes. God goes and • He is fearless. he goes.

Peacemakers Are Sons Of God • In the battles of life. • Indeed. our confidence declares that we are not falling for the lies of the devil. . the first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. your peace is actually a weapon. You see.

His authority then shattered the lie.Peacemakers Are Sons Of God • When Jesus confronted the devil. Knowing that the devil was a liar. His peace overwhelmed Satan. He simply refused to be influenced by any other voice than God's. He did not confront Satan with His emotions or in fear. Luke 9:35-47 . which sent demons fleeing.

These demons recognized Jesus and his authority immediately.Peacemakers Are Sons Of God • • Jesus confronted demons with absolute authority. • They knew who Jesus was and what his great power could do to them. .

" . David declared. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. 4).Rest Before Rule • In the 23rd Psalm. for You are with me" (v. I fear no evil. • There is a place of walking with God where you simply • "fear no evil.

Rest Before Rule • During his lifetime. yet he feared no evil. In this psalm he stood in the "shadow of death" itself. He said. David faced many enemies including a lion. "You are with me. David's trust was in the Lord. a bear and a giant." .

"You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies" (v. an experience that will nourish and build you up spiritually. every adversity you face will unfold in victory as you maintain your faith in God. . The battle you are in will soon become a meal to you.Rest Before Rule • • Because God is with you. David continued. 5).

(Rev. and round about the throne. Indeed. 4:6).Rest Before Rule • Only God's peace will quench your fleshly reactions in battle. • • The source of God's peace is God Himself. "6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne. .

• . never in a hurry nor without an answer.Rest Before Rule • • The glass sea is a symbol: there are no ripples. no anxieties troubling God. no waves. The Lord is never worried. All our victories flow out from being seated here with Him. The sea around Him is perfectly still and totally calm.

and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: James Version) .Rest Before Rule • Ephesians 2:6 (King • And hath raised us up together.

it is Christ in you! . "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet" (Ps. He says.Rest Before Rule • • • Ephesians 2:6 And hath raised us up together. and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: To those who have been born again from above. Before you go into warfare. recognize that it is not you that the devil is afraid of. 110:1).

in the knowledge that Christ has already made your enemies the footstool for your feet. From a position of rest.Rest Before Rule • • Sit at rest. the Word of the Lord continues. ‘Rule in the midst of Your enemies' " (Ps. saying. 110:2). "The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion. .

Rest Before Rule • • Rest precedes rule. Peace precedes power. The focal point of all victory comes from seeking God until you find Him. Do not seek to rule or exort authority over the devil until you are submitting to God's rule over you. . and having found Him. allowing His presence to fill your spirit with His peace.

Rest Before Rule • As you rest in His victory. . • so will you rule in the midst of your enemies.

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