We can win spiritual battles against Satan by knowing the weapons he will use against us.
Where do you enjoy seeing people use strategy in the world? Football? Politics? Business?
This week Pastor Matt Grimes finished our End Game series with a message warning us about the strategy of our opponent Satan. If we know our enemy’s game plan, we can predict and defend against his attacks. Three weapons Satan uses against humans are doubt, fear, and offense.
Weapon #1 is Doubt. Read Genesis 3:1-5.
1. What doubt does Satan sow in Eve’s mind? When are you tempted to doubt God’s word? When are you tempted to doubt that God is who He says He is? Can you get to the root of your doubt?
Weapon #2 is Fear. Read Matthew 25:24-25.
2. How is the servant’s fear of his master in these verses fueled by doubt? How are fear and doubt related?
Weapon #3 is Offense. Read Colossians 3:12-14.
3. When is the last time you were offended by someone? How many times today were you offended by someone? Is your heart like the heart described in these verses?
4. Do you feel like Satan preys more on doubt, fear, or offense in your life?
Read Matthew 4:1-10.
5. What is Jesus’ strategy against Satan? Do you have memory verses that you use as your sword of the the Spirit?
Look at the verses below. Choose one verse to memorize as a group. Hold each other accountable and check to see if you remember next week!
Psalm 56:3 HCSB
When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
Philippians 4:6-7 HCSB
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7 HCSB
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
Psalm 55:22 HCSB
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Proverbs 3:5-6 HCSB
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
Romans 8:28 HCSB
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Psalm 46:10 HCSB
“Stop your fighting—and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
Psalm 9:10 HCSB
Those who know Your name trust in You because You have not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh.
Psalm 112:7 HCSB
He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.
Isaiah 26:3 HCSB
You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.
Proverbs 18:19 HCSB
An offended brother is harder to reach than a fortified city, and quarrels are like the bars of a fortress.
Proverbs 19:11 HCSB
A person’s insight gives him patience, and his virtue is to overlook an offense.
Matthew 6:14-15 HCSB
For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.
Colossians 3:13 HCSB
…accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive.
Ephesians 4:31-32 HCSB
All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
How does the verse you chose encourage you in your fight against the enemy’s attacks? How can you share this verse and encouragement with someone this week? Pray for our upcoming Storytellers alignment which begins next week!
We encourage groups to try the Discovery Bible Method as an alternative to these discussion questions. You will find details for this Bible study method here. For this week, please study Matthew 4 (the temptation of Jesus).