20. AN EFFECTIVE DEFENSE

"Satan presented this inducement to Christ, knowing that if He accepted it, the world would never be ransomed. And under different guises he presents the same temptation to God's ministers today, knowing that those who are beguiled by it will be false to their trust."

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Defense-- resistance against attack; protection against opposition; tactics used to defend oneself or one's goal against attack; actions and attitudes to preserve and maintain one's standing against the enemy.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Ephesians 6 offers the ultimate and only defense against Satan. Here is outlined the equipment and strategy to use to maintain and advance in the great controversy raging in your life, church, and community.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I continue warfare against the devil in the church and wherever he may appear in my life.
  • I take the offensive by being prepared and watchful for every sinful inclination or negative tendency.

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, we say the words and make the commitments, but they are nothing without You and the power of Your Holy Spirit. You've encountered the devil, and each time You were successful. On the other hand, I've encountered the devil, and too often I haven't been successful. The strategy for victory is clear, but the human factor is what is unnerving. I look to You for success and excellence, Lord. Greater is He who is with us than he who is in the world. My trust is in You."

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