“Radical Obedience” Mark 3:20-35
Part 11 of Series “The Gospel of Mark” May 6, 2012
Key Verse: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11, NIV).
Opposition to God (spiritual warfare) comes from at least three areas:
1. The WORLD—it is external in nature (see 1 John 2:15-17).
2. The FLESH—it is internal in nature (see Rom. 7:15-25; Gal. 5:17).
3. The DEVIL—attacks can be both external or internal (see Acts 5:3; 2 Cor. 11:3; Luke 13:10-11). The Devil’s attacks are represented as “flaming arrows” (Eph. 6:16) or “accusations” (Rev. 12:10-11).
Today we experience spiritual warfare as STRONGHOLDS (see 2 Sam. 5:7; 2 Cor. 10:3-5).
Our Response to Spiritual Warfare is radical obedience through PRAYER and GOD’S WORD (see James 4:7-10; 1 Peter 5:8-10; Ephesians 6:10-18).
•When Satan whispers, “Can God really forgive you?” claim Romans 8:1-2.
•When the devil says, “Your situation is hopeless” claim Romans 8:8-9.
•When Satan says that grace and freedom justify our worldly license, claim Romans 8:13.
•When the enemy points to our suffering and says, “God cannot be trusted” we claim Romans 8:18.
•When Satan tempts us to believe that God is singling us out, claim Romans 8:22.
•If Satan says our trials are the end of us, we will claim Romans 8:28.
•When he shows us our weaknesses and throws the weapons of the world, we claim Romans 8:37-39.