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Enemy - Questions

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PART 1 - KNOW YOUR ENEMY

What is your name, rank and serial number?

  • Name = Name
  • Rank = Birth order (youngest, oldest, cutest, etc.)
  • Serial number = Hometown area code (helps us out - where's that?)

What is your favorite warfare movie and why?

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Ephesians 6:10-12
 
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

What makes it difficult for you to believe in spiritual warfare? What makes it easy for you to believe in spiritual warfare?

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The Art of War by Sun Tzu
 
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

 

According to Paul, our enemy is ...

1. Spiritual not Human

What is your tendency? To see a demon behind every bush? To blame other people? To blame yourself? Share a story where you suspected the spiritual was at work behind the human actors?

 2. One yet Many

Paul mentions the devil and then a list of the devil's allies - rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. What does this list suggest about our enemy?

3. Evil & Dark

If Satan had a mission statement, what would it be? What is his goal in life?

4. Personal, Cultural & Global

How have you seen the influence of evil personally, culturally and globally? 

5. Cunning & Smart

What should our attitude be to the intelligence of Satan and his allies? 

     6. Powerful not All-Powerful

    Why is it important to not give Satan godlike qualities?

    Let the words of 2 Kings 6:15-17 encourage you. Have 3 people read it. A narrator, the servant and the prophet Elisha.

    NARRATOR: When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 
    SERVANT:  “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”.
    PROPHET ELISHA: “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. (Then in a prayer mood) Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”
    NARRATOR: Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

    How does this story encourage you?

    This may be a good time to divide the group up with men meeting with men and women meeting with women.

    Satan knows your family history, he knows your strengths and weaknesses and he knows your buttons. Where are you particularly susceptible to spiritual attack? What are you doing to protect yourself and to stand firm in the strength of the Lord?

    How can your group pray for you?

    Karl House