An Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Their Weaponry Is Carnal
A. We cannot forget that we are always engaged in a spiritual war (I Timothy 6:12).
1. Our battlefield and weapons are spiritual (Romans 13:12 and Ephesians 6:10-18).
2. We recognize that our enemies are those whom are enemies to our Lord (Philippians 3:16-19 and Jude 3-4; cf. James 4:4).
3. We better realize that our carnal, impenitent enemies will never understand the Lord or our work for Him (John 3:1-12, Romans 8:5-8, I Corinthians 3:1-3, and Hebrews 5:11-12).
B. While we are at war, we have rules of engagement to follow (II Corinthians 10:3-5).
1. We are expected to war a good warfare (I Timothy 1:18-20).
2. We are expected to be good soldiers who do not entangle ourselves in carnal matters (II Timothy 2:3-4).
3. We always must make sure that we are tools in God’s work, not the work of evil (Romans 6:13).
II. Body: While we war a good warfare, we need to expect the enemy to deploy all manner of carnal tactics (Matthew 22:15-16, Matthew 26:1-5, Matthew 26:14-16, Matthew 26:57-68, Matthew 27:62-66, and Matthew 28:11-15; cf. John 15:18-21).
A. For one, we need to understand that our enemies will turn and rend us for trying to help save their souls (II Chronicles 36:14-16 and Matthew 7:6).
1. Sometimes those who turn and rend us may have been with us in times past (Matthew 24:9-10 and II Timothy 4:14-15).
2. We all try to help save our families, but sometimes our enemies come from within our families (Matthew 10:34-37).
3. We must never turn against anyone who is trying to teach us the truth (Proverbs 6:23, Proverbs 10:17, Proverbs 15:31-32, and Acts 18:24-19:7).
4. Though we’ll be hated for trying to teach some (I Thessalonians 2:14-16), we cannot take vengeful mindsets in wanting them to be lost (Romans 9:1-3).
B. Secondly, we can expect our enemies to lie about us (Matthew 5:10-12 and Romans 3:8).
1. Our enemies will reward our good works by lying about us (Psalms 35:11-12).
2. Sadly, people will not investigate these false reports (cf. Proverbs 18:13), but will rather just believe them (Acts 21:27-31).
3. We’d better never stoop to dishonesty in anything we do (Proverbs 8:7, Romans 12:17, Romans 13:13, Ephesians 4:25, and I Peter 2:11-12).
C. Thirdly, our enemies will employ the old “enemy of my enemy is my friend” tactic even when their new “buddies” are at odds with them over other matters (Luke 23:6-12).
1. Notice how the Pharisees all of a sudden defended Paul when they found out “he’s one of us” (Acts 23:6-9).
2. We’d better never employ this tactic as those whom we stand with in battle need to be unified with us in God’s will (Philippians 1:27).
III. Conclusion: Let’s be aware, lest our enemies have the upper hand (II Corinthians 2:11)!
© 2010 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager