(Message 5) “I just have to learn the hard way. I have to experience it for myself.” Really? That’s stupid. We can avoid the pain of giving in to temptation and the schemes of the devil. Join us as we learn how to win while fighting our daily battle. #angelsanddemons
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
We often sin because we want more freedom. Can you name a time when you specifically went against your parent’s rules?
Share a time when the consequences of your rebellion led you to an understanding of the protective purposes of rules.
Start thinking. Ask a question to get your group thinking.
Troy shared 5 specific areas of weakness that can lead to sin that Satan tempts us to embrace or to lead us into obsession. What are they?
Start sharing. Choose a question to create openness.
Read 2 Thessalonians 3:3. As you reflect on the enemy’s goals discussed in the past few weeks, what has he done recently to draw you away from obedience to your Protector?
Discuss the three strategies Troy mentioned that we can use to “fight the fight every”
Read Ephesians 6:10-13. Why do you think Paul used the parts of a Roman soldier’s armor to explain spiritual warfare?
Read Ephesians 6:14-18. Read Ephesians 6:14-18. Each piece of the armor is descriptive of what Christ has already accomplished for us. In your own words, describe the truth represented by each piece of armor.
How does the armor of God line up with Troy’s strategies? Are you missing any of the pieces of armor?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
How can you practically employ the armor on a daily basis?
Commit to the prayer challenge below.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Have someone in your group pray through the requests in your prayer journal.
Reread Ephesians 6:11-18. As a group, commit to start each day by spending time with the Lord, putting on each piece of armor. (See an example on the back.) As you think through the significance of each truth, agree with God. By doing this you are renewing your mind and standing firm in your faith; faith in what God has done and what He promises to do for you and through you.
Read 2 Kings 6:15-18. Describe a time when you realized God was doing something, spiritually, that you couldn’t see with your natural eyes. (Maybe God was warning you, or speaking to you, or prompting you to do something.