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BEHIND ENEMY LINES

Summary:

We need to understand the tactics that the enemy uses to take us away from God. If we are not vigilant and aware of his methods, we can fall out of His purpose and end up ‘behind enemy lines’.


Key Scriptures:

John 10:10 NKJV

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.


1 John 2:15-17 NKJV

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

(Bible References: Genesis 3:6)


  • Satan’s vision (if he had one) is to steal, kill, and destroy us.


  • Satan’s mission (how he attempts to fulfill his vision) is to tempt us in these three areas in our lives and in our community: Lust of the Flesh, Lust of the Eyes, and the Pride of Life.

#1) LUST OF THE FLESH

(Bible References: Galatians 5:17; Romans 13:14; Romans 7:18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-13; 1 Corinthians 5)


  • Lust of the flesh: sexual sins, cravings, gossip, physical violence, addictions


  • Don’t let the flesh take you back to your old self before Jesus came to your life.


  • You can get full of Jesus or get full of things that sooner or later will enslave you.


  • Sin ruins lives, relationships, communities.

#2) LUST OF THE EYES

(Bible References: Joshua 7:1-26; Ecclesiastes 1:8; Psalm 16:8; Psalm 121:1-3; Hebrews 12:2)


  • Lust of the eyes: external attractions, coveting


  • If not careful, this lust can become about consuming and not contributing.


  • The key to overcoming the ‘Lust of the Eyes’ is to know the Will of God and abide in it. The will of God for your life is to set your eyes on Him.

#3) PRIDE OF LIFE

(Bible Reference: Acts 4:32-5:11)


  • Pride of life: Appealing to pride; arrogance; recognition; personal achievements to produce self sufficient attitude; ambitions; seeking praise, power; unrighteous judgement.


  • If we are not bringing authenticity we are bringing religion!

CONCLUSION

(Bible References: Matthew 4:3-4; Luke 11:34-36; Matthew 4:8-11; Matthew 4:5-7; Romans 12:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)


  • The enemy’s plan is to steal, kill, destroy the very essence of who you are by going after the same thing he tried with Adam and Eve, all of humanity... and even Jesus. He is going after the core of your identity.


  • Lust of the flesh is our B____________.


  • Lust of the eyes is our S____________. (Mind, will, emotions)


  • Pride of life is our S____________. (Source of life, breath, disposition/attitude)