Mar. 03, 2019
1) Temptation -
Matthew 4:3: The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
Hebrews 2:18: Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
James 1:13-15: When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
- DQ 1) What makes temptation effective in humans?
- DQ 2) In what areas are you most prone to temptation?
2) Conflict -
- Daniel 10:12-13: Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia."
- DQ 3) Daniel 10:12-13 gives us a glimpse of heavenly conflict. How do spirits of evil bring about conflict in the physical, visible world?
3) Destruction -
1 Peter 5:8-9: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
- DQ 4) How have you witnessed demonic destruction in your personal life, your family, or in the lives of other people you have known?
- DQ 5) How do we avoid demonic destruction in our lives?