The Upper Hand | Message 2: Devil (Lies) | Pastor Chad Dingess | 3/19/2023

March 19, 2023   /   Bethesda Church

2 Corinthians 2:11 (GNT)
…in order to keep Satan from getting the upper hand over us; for we know what his plans are.

Genesis 3:1-5
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:6-7
When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked

Genesis 3:10
(Adam) answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so, I hid.” 11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked?

1. UNDERSTAND THE MIND IS THE BATTLEFIELD.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. 4 We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

John 19:17-18
Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.

2. UNDERSTAND THE WORD OF GOD IS A SPIRITUAL WEAPON.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword

3. UNDERSTAND BIBLICAL MEDITATION PROVIDES THE UPPER HAND.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 

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