Sermon Recap: OUR ADVERSARY based on John 8:44; Isaiah 14:12-14; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 4:4; and James 4:7

It is easier to win a game when you know the playbook used by your opponent. Once you can diagnose the play, you can defend it and emerge victorious. The same concept is true in our spiritual lives. We are more likely to live successfully for God if we can recognize the strategies used by our opponent and adversary, the devil. Thankfully, the Bible reveals Satan’s tactics! What should we watch out for and pay attention to?

  1. Pride (Isaiah 14:12-14). It was the devil’s pride that made him pursue the throne that rightfully belongs only to God. And it is that same spirit of pride that the devil passed along to humanity–the notion that we do not need God. Pride is the root of every sin and form of evil. Pride removes God from the throne of our hearts in favor of ourselves. Pride refuses to receive correction or submit to the true authority in God alone. Therefore, if you see pride, you know the enemy is near.*Note: English is a limited language. The Greek and Hebrew concepts of pride referred to here is the exaltation of self or someone else above God. A different word is used when describing taking pleasure in the success of another or one you love. We can be proud of a family member without falling into the trap of pride. It becomes a dangerous pride when we begin to worship that individual over God.
  1. Murder (John 8:44). The devil is a murderer. He himself might not be holding the weapon, but the influence of his words brings about the murder of the soul. The devil’s trickery cost Adam and Eve their lives. The goal of the enemy is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). That can include our hopes, dreams, futures, and reputation. The primary tools the enemy uses to murder are anger, slander, and gossip. Watch these three things carefully, for if you see it at work, the enemy is near.
  1. Deceitfulness (John 8:44). Lying is the native language of the devil. He works to fill our heads with lies so we cannot possibly find the truth. The more we listen to a lie without countering it with the truth, the more likely the lie will eventually become reality. The devil seeks to take our focus away from God’s Word and believe the lie so we can be trapped in a life of bondage instead of freedom. In a day and time when the truth and the Word of God are silenced, let us seek God’s Word like never before!
  1. Attacks our vulnerabilities (1 Peter 5:8). The devil is described as a roaring lion. The lion does not attack its prey head-on; rather, it stalks, watches, observes, and studies the potential prey until it wanders from the group or demonstrates weakness. Once the lion finds weakness, the lion springs its attack. The devil is the same way. He develops a tailor-made plan against us. He looks to see what boundaries are not strong in our lives and attacks us there. He looks to see where we might compromise and then gives us our own apple to munch on. He is not all-powerful like God, but he is intelligent and masterful at destruction.
  1. He blinds hearts and eyes to the truth (2 Corinthians 4:4). The devil is described as the god of this age. He wants to stop people from turning to God, so he poisons the minds of unbelievers to the truth. He gets people to believe alternate realities, so they lose sight of the truth. Right is now wrong; wrong is now right. Any form of truth is “hatred.”

These five tactics the enemy has utilized from the Garden and will continue to use them. Now that we know them, we need to recognize them and respond.

  1. Submit yourselves to God (James 4:7). If we allow God to be on the throne and order every aspect of our living under God’s authority and leadership, we cut off the tool of pride and can more clearly see the tactics of the enemy. God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
  1. Resist him (1 Peter 5:9; James 4:7). We can stand up and push away the devil. Jesus did so by utilizing the truth to cut through the deception. After all, the Word of God as the Sword of the Spirit is one of the pieces of the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:12-19). We can shut down murder by encouraging one another and speaking the life of God with our tongues (James 3). We can resist by fortifying our defenses, recognizing our own weaknesses, and drawing firm boundaries. And we can resist by immersing ourselves in the truth, even if it is unpopular!
  1. Stand firm in the faith (1 Peter 5:9). When an army wanted to ensure they would stand firm in that day, they would dig small holes for the feet so their feet were anchored. We should do the same thing spiritually. We need to dig in our heels to the Word of God, anchoring and immersing our lives in His Spirit. Then, when the seasons of trouble arrive, we can stand, for we are already standing.

Questions for Reflection

1) Which of the five tactics of the enemy do you see most at work in the world right now? In what ways?

2) Which of the five tactics of the enemy do you most often fall victim to? Why?

3) What boundary lines do you need to fortify in your life?

4) The greatest way to resist and stand firm is to have a steady diet of the Word. What would help you grow in your knowledge of the Word?

5) Are you fully submitted to God? If not, what is keeping you from being fully submitted?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Sin and Salvation with the sermon titled “Fall of Humanity” based on Genesis 3:1-24. What temptations did Adam and Eve face? How do we face the same temptations today? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for June 4 – 10

June 4: Psalm 55:16-23 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 5: Psalm 61:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 6: Psalm 62:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 7: Psalm 66:1-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 8: Psalm 68:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 9: Psalm 68:19-20 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 10: Psalm 69:13-18 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Reminder: Sunday School is at 9:15, Worship at 10:30!

Sunday, June 9–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, June 15–Father/Son Breakfast @ 8 am

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship & Communion

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm w/ special guest group Ava Care

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of June is Isaiah 59:1:

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

Announcements:

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

AVA CARE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN

If you did not yet pick up a baby bottle, there are still a few left available in the church narthex. Fill the baby bottle with change and/or dollars. Bring back for the final Sunday of June (June 30). We will have service of dedication and pray over them for the women who will be blessed by the ministry.

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office ASAP. We will recognize our graduates this Sunday.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is in the process of coming up with a trip proposal to see Noah at Sight & Sound in 2025. Please stay tuned for the information once the trip is planned!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Sharon Botkin (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Savannah Cox (comfort and peace)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meda McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Norma Suter (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–June 4, 2024