Even though Adam and Eve lost their war on earth, God won His war in Heaven and Jesus won your war. In this sermon from the “Win Your War” series, Pastor Mark gives four reasons why you can win your war against a defeated enemy as you’re empowered by your victorious King.
Your Savior is a Dragon Slayer (ch 3-6)
God creates, Satan counterfeits
· North Korea like a demonic cult under control of a godlike leader
· Everyone born into country brainwashed from early age in gov’t schools.
· Study dictator, sing to him, pledge allegiance, memorize 10 principles of regime
· Schoolchildren shown propaganda paintings of American soldiers killing Korean kids, play game at recess stab & beat dummies dressed like US soldiers
· Children born into this world are captives in war and do not know it
· 2 Cor. 4:4 the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God
· Our culture – entertainment, education = captives in war
God won His War in Heaven
Revelation 12:7-9 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
- Everyone of us was born into a battlefield on the Enemy’s side
- Your battles part of the Great War that God Won & keeps winning
Adam and Eve lost our war on earth
Genesis 2:24-3:1 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made…
- Satan showed up at the place of Divine Council meeting on earth (cherubim)
- Satan recruited angels in heaven & is recruiting people on earth
- Satan wants us to follow him in living independently of God
- Satan tries to overthrow singular headship & plural leadership
- Satan lies that God is holding out something better for us
- Satan tries to deceive women into thinking they are biblical and helpful
- Satan will lead a family if the man won’t
- This world cannot fix the Problem behind the problems (Gen. 3:15)
Someone human but more to enter into our world from another realm to deliver from doom. Wolverine rapidly heals from injury. Invisible Woman becomes invisible at will. Nitro reforms his own body after it explodes. Superman can fly. The Hulk has superhuman power. Aquaman can breathe underwater. Spiderman can climb walls. Wonder Woman understands any language. Infinity is all-knowing. The Silver Surfer manipulates gravity. Doomsday can resurrect from death. Kitty Pryde passes through solid matter. Flash superhuman speed.
We have something greater – not mythical but actual – Sin Forgiving Kingdom Ruling Dragon Slaying Jesus Christ! (Rev. 19)
Jesus won your war
1 Corinthians 2:7-10 we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
Backdrop of Jesus life on earth is spiritual warfare
- Angels showed up to tell Mary & Joseph & name Jesus
- Angels showed up to worship at Jesus birth, and invited shepherds to join them
- Angels warned family to flee (Egypt) genocide from Herod (Edomites)
- Tempted by Satan, led by Spirit, ministered to by angels (pleasure or pain path)
- Satan got Judas, tried to get Peter to help kill Jesus
- CROSS – Jesus turned the greatest evil into the greatest good
- Fallen divine beings cannot be saved. Only fallen human beings can be saved
- Why war continues? WWII 50 million died, Hitler suicide, Karl Donitz surrender, some soldiers kept fighting 1. Did not believe the truth 2. Wanted to inflict harm
4 Reasons You can win your war
1. You have moved from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light
Colossians 1:10-14 walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
- Generational sins
- Invisible friends
- Night terrors – trauma/PTSD “stay alert” & “resist the devil & he will flee from you”
Job 4:13-16 “Amid thoughts from visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, dread came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones shake. A spirit glided past my face; the hair of my flesh stood up. It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes; there was silence, then I heard a voice”
2. Demonic attack is not uncommon.
1). World 2). Flesh 3). Devil
Baal & other demons – Baals/the host of heaven; Ashtaroth/Asherah; Chemosh; Molech; Artemis; Legion; Hermes; Zeus; Dike/Justice; Castor & Pollux, the twin gods; Kiyyun, the star-god; the queen of heaven; & Lilith/the night creature or screech owl. Prince Persia & Greece at spiritual war with the Lord’s angels, & “unknown gods”. Bible speaks Satan/demons dangerous beasts, Satan as a serpent/dragon and a lion, and other demons – python spirit, goat demons, & wild animals including ostriches, bulls, hyenas, birds, and scorpions. Bible also refers to evil people as vipers, serpents, goats, cows, dogs, wolves, leeches, donkeys, & evil beasts
- Choice, pride, spectrum, tolerance–powerful slogans may have powerful spirits
3. Your defeated enemy has to surrender to your victorious King
1 John 4:4-6 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist…Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Cessationism vs Sensationalism – Biblical Supernaturalism TEST
Kids game – uncle or mercy
- They do not share in our human limitations
- The only way to defeat an unholy spirit is by the power of the Holy Spirit
- History Channel vs News Channel
4. You come with your King’s authority
Ephesians 1:19-22 the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church
- Cops – willingly or unwillingly
- Demons do not need to surrender to you, but they must surrender to Jesus Christ
Ephesians 2:4-7 God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
- When Satan reminds you of your past, you remind yourself of your future
- King is coming w/Kingdom & you will be perfect, ruling over angels, on throne!