Before Christians face spiritual battle, they should know something about the Enemy. Who is the Devil, and how should we think about him? Though more power is sometimes attributed to him than he actually possesses, more often he is not taken seriously enough. The truth is that the more we understand our enemy, the better equipped we are to fight him and defend ourselves against his schemes.
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SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:1–7; Matthew 4:1–11, 6:13, 13:13, 19, 24–30, 36–43; John 8:44, 12:31, 14:30, 16:11; Romans 8:28–30; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:11; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 2:13; Revelation 20:10
• The Issue
How much power does the Devil have in our world? How does Satan work in our lives?
Why should Christians hate the Devil?
• The Scriptures
Read the account of the Fall in Genesis 3:1–7 and see how the serpent (identified as the Devil in Jewish and Christian tradition) deceived our first parents.
Compare this with the Devil's temptation of Jesus as described in Matthew 4:1–11.
• The Application
Sample application questions:
What evidences do you see of the Devil's control and power in personal relationships?
What are our best resources against the work of the Devil in our lives?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• The Devil's Dossier, by J.I. Packer (CHRISTIANITY TODAY, August 1993, 7 printed pages)
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