Sermon on Sunday August 5, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate
The Real Enemy
- “I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. “I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.” They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.
- “But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. “You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.” Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.
- “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. “But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.
- “Which one of you convicts Me of sin? If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me? “He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” The Jews answered and said to Him, “Do we not say rightly that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?”
- Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me. “But I do not seek My glory; there is One who seeks and judges. “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.”
- “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
- Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.” But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
- Jesus then answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. After the morsel, Satan then entered into him. Therefore Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
- Satan Is A Liar
- “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
- Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’ ”
- The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
- The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
- 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, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
Sermon-based Bible Study Questions
1. Read John 8:30-51. Have someone read the narration, someone read Jesus part and someone read the Jews response. Observe how Jesus talks to “believers”. Have you ever noticed this kind of strong, tough, language from Jesus before? What do you think about how He talked to these “believers”?
2. If Jesus is our example why do you think so any Churches today only preach the “loving” Jesus who wants you to “succeed” in life and why are those churches filling up?
3. How do you respond to the fact that so many “Christians” were upset by Chick-Fil-A’s owners stance on Biblical marriage and the Christians that rallied to the stores to support him? What do you think the proper response should be by the Christian world to the challenge of who marriage should be between? How do we show love and still stand for truth?
4. Have you ever felt attacked when you know you were doing the right things? Have you ever felt a satanic attack? What kind of Christian do you think the devil attacks? Who does Jesus say the father was of the Jews that He was talking to? (John 8:44)? How is the devil described?
5. Read Ephesians 6:10-13. Who are our battles really with, people or the devil? If we recognize this when feeling attacked unjustly how can we better deal with that person attacking?
6. Read Matthew 16:22-23. How does it strike you that even true believers can be an instrument for the devil? What was Peter’s big mistake according to Jesus? How do true believers today get their mind set on their own or other peoples interest instead of what God’s interest are and become an instrument for the devil?
7. Read Genesis 2:16-17 then read Genesis 3:1-6. What are some of the doubts and questions concerning God’s words that the devil tells Eve? What errors does she make when talking to the devil? What can we learn from this today?
8. It can often feel overwhelming when facing all the attacks on our faith and doing the right thing. What hope can we find in 1 John 4:2-4?