John 10:10 NLT
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
Ephesians 6:10-12 NIV
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Strategy 1: Keep us ignorant
Hosea 4:6a NIV
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge . . .”
Strategy 2: Get us distracted
Mark 4:18-19 NIV
18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
1. Acknowledge the battle.
2. Identify and close the open doors!
James 4:7 NIV
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
3. Engage the enemy!