Sunday, February 4th, 2018:  “KNOW YOUR ENEMY” • Pastor David R. Stokes


Read: I Peter 5:8-9


READ: Devotional


If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

- Sun Tzu, “The Art of War”


During February and March at Expectation Church we’ll be looking in-depth at the issue of SPIRITUAL WARFARE. The purpose of this emphasis is not to give the work of the enemy undue attention, but rather to remind us that life is a battle and when we choose to follow Jesus, we are joining a very real army. To mix the metaphor bit, while many think of a church as a “cruise ship,” complete with activities, fun, and games. It is really a “battleship,” and always to be on alert.

The sooner Christians figure this out, the better equipped they are when it comes to things like conflict, struggle, misunderstanding, and disappointment. When the Apostle Paul, near the end of his life, talked about how he had “fought a good fight,” he was reminding us that there is a GOOD FIGHT.


Over the course of this seven-part series, we’ll look at how SPIRITUAL WARFARE relates to the world, our flesh, the local church, the family, and how we can become effective soldiers for Jesus.  

The devil is our enemy: A Personal Enemy—A Common Enemy—A Busy Enemy—and A Resistible Enemy.



  • How can I discern what to blame on the devil and what to blame on myself?
  • How does the devil destroy people?
  • Can he destroy believers?
  • What are some of his “tactics”