Think about what comes to mind when you hear the term “spiritual warfare” or someone says “it is the devil at work.” Talk to your group about your thoughts and any experiences you want to share.
Read Ephesians 6:10. Describe a time in your life when you have been strong in the Lord through a challenging season of your life.
- Read Ephesians 6:11. What might it look like for you to have a daily routine where you “put on the full armor of God so you can take your stand against the devil’s scheme”?
Ephesians 6:12 says “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood." Why is it important to remember that our battle is not with people?
Read Ephesians 6:13-17. The first and last part of the armor of God points toward reading the Bible (“….belt of truth” and “…sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”). Discuss with your group what practices make (or will make) it an easier practice for you to read the Bible more consistently.
Jim mentions that in the C.S. Lewis book “The Screwtape Letters” the senior devil says to his young devil in training not to worry if a person does not believe in him, the longer that goes on the more free he is to do his work. Why is it important that we recognize there is an enemy?
The last verses in Chapter 6 point toward prayer. How might you pray differently understanding there is a spiritual battle and our struggle is not against people?
Finish your study of Ephesians the way we asked you to start it. Take 22 minutes and read from the beginning to the end of Ephesians this week and reflect back on what has impacted you the most within the book of Ephesians this summer.