Closed To The Enemy
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood , but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 (NASB) “Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity .” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NASB) “…The Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. For the sons of Ammon and Moab rose up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir destroying them completely; and when they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped to destroy one another .” 2 Chronicles 20: 22-23 (NASB) HAVE GOD’S CHILDREN KILL ONE ANOTHER 1. USE THE WEAPON OF GOSSIP “In which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air , of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:2 (NASB) “A perverse person stirs up conflict , and a gossip separates close friends .” Proverbs 16:28 (NIV) “With his mouth the godless man destroys his neighbor …” Proverbs 11:9 (NASB) CLOSE YOUR EARS AND EYES TO GOSSIP “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip.” Proverbs 20:19 (NASB) SPEAKING WELL ABOUT A PERSON WHEN THEY ARE NOT PRESENT “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” Proverbs 11:13 (NIV) “Whoever…spreads slander is a fool.” Proverbs 10:18 WHAT YOU SAY, OR TYPE ABOUT SOMEONE, WHEN THEY ARE NOT PRESENT IS A SIGN OF INTEGRITY 2. CLOSE, AND LOCK THE DOOR OF “ ENMITY ” “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed…” Genesis 3:15 (NASB) TREAT EACH OTHER AS THEIR ENEMY “… they assembled in the valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore they have named that place ‘The Valley of Beracah’ until today…for the Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies.” 2 Chronicles. 20:26-27 (NASB) Victory Group Questions: 1. Do you recognize the enemy’s spiritual strategies? Give an example. 2. What action steps will you take to close, and lock spiritual doors to the enemy. 3. What does the Bible say you should do when someone says something negative about someone who is not present? 4. What stood out to you in this message, and why? How will you live differently from what you’ve learned?