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Satan Strikes Out

We mustn't fear Satan; we must overcome him.

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In the second half of Mark's sermon, he shares that C. S. Lewis once wrote that we often fall prey to two equal yet opposite errors concerning the Devil. Sometimes we take him far too seriously. Other times we do not take him seriously enough. Whether we're thinking about him all day long or thinking about him on only the rare occasion, we're setting ourselves up for possible defeat. And defeat is a shame, given the victory one for us in Christ. Here's a sermon that takes very seriously the havoc Satan can bring to our lives. But what I love most is that it takes even more seriously the victory that Christ brings. Mark's message is a sobering one, but ultimately an encouraging, celebrative one. Click here to listen to the audio.

Introduction

Scott Peck begins his book The Road Less Traveled with these memorable words:

Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult—once we truly understand and accept it—then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

What's interesting about this quote is that as followers of Jesus Christ, we know life is difficult. Jesus told us it would be in John 16:33: "In this world you will have tribulation." Paul agreed in Acts 14:22: "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." And we know that at the end of the age, the church will go through the most intense persecution of her history. In Matthew 24:21, Jesus spoke of "a great tribulation" which "has not been seen from the beginning of the world until now, and never will be." Throughout Scripture it is ...

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Mark Mitchell is pastor of Central Peninsula Church in Foster City, California.

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Sermon Outline:

Introduction

Revelation 12 addresses the difficulty of life and how we can overcome them in Christ.

I. The defeat of Satan, the victory of Christ, and the persecution of the church

II. Though the crucial battle has been won through the work of Christ, Satan continues to harass the people of God.

Conclusion

As followers of Christ, we mustn't fear Satan. We must overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, by the word of our testimony, and by not loving our lives, even unto death.