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The best decision we ever made was to follow Jesus.  We’re regular people moved by God’s extraordinary grace.  

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When the Devil Knocks
 
In this series, we’re going to prepare people to fight the daily battles they often don’t know exist: the attempts by Satan to attack our mind with lies, our hearts with pride, and our souls with accusations. By the end of this series, attenders will have two main takeaways: awareness that we have an enemy looking to take us out every day, and confidence that we have the tools to fight from victory instead of for it.
 
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When the Devil Knocks… The Accuser

Week #2: The Accuser
 
Key Points:
-Satan is the destroyer who attacks your will with pride.
-Satan is the deceiver who attacks your mind with lies.
-Satan is the accuser who attacks your heart with accusations.
 
BIG IDEA: Don’t let the devil accuse you if Jesus has forgiven you
-We don’t fight for victory. We fight from victory.
-Learn the difference: Satan’s Accusations vs Spirit’s Conviction
-The devil knows your name but calls you by your sin.
-God knows your sin but calls you by your name.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Have you ever been wrongly accused of something you didn’t do? How’d you feel?
2. Read Revelation 12:10-11a. What do you think the devil wants you to think …about God? …about himself? …about you?
3. “We don’t fight for victory. We fight from victory.” What does this statement mean to you? How can you remember it in battle?
4. Read Zechariah 3:1-7. What do you think was going through Jeshua’s mind during this whole scene?
5. Jeshua received new clothes to replace his filthy ones. What has God done like this in your life?
6. Read Romans 8:1-2. How have you experienced the difference between Satan’s Accusations & the Spirit’s Conviction?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What next steps you can take to protect yourself against the devil’s accusations?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Revelation 12:7-12
We can not forget the score! Sometimes, in the midst of temptation or struggle…when we do battle with the spiritual forces of evil…we take our eyes of the scoreboard. In those moments, the power of the evil one feels unstoppable. But we must remember the score…and that Satan lost! I love the last line “for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” The ferocity of Satan’s attacks should remind us of their futility. He has already lost. We fight these spiritual forces from a position of victory. Christ has won the day! Commit yourself to Christ this week, remembering His victory!
Pray: LORD Jesus, you have conquered Satan and death. You live in victory forever! Thank you for inviting me into your victory!
 
Tuesday – Job 1:6-22
God asks Satan, “Where did you come from?” As if the God of the Universe who knows all things doesn’t know where Satan came from. I believe it is a brutal reminder to Satan that he knows his defeat and he wanders the earth taking in his failure. Satan picks out a faithful man, Job, only to hurl unsubstantiated accusations. Why does God give in? God already knows the outcome…Job will remain faithful and be blessed. God allows Satan the opportunity to see that his accusations fail…to lose once more. Do you fear Satan’s accusations? Remember to trust in the one who knows all things and can keep you secure!
Pray: Loving LORD, please hold might tight when Satan throws his accusations. Help me trust in you.
 
Wednesday – Job 2:1-10, 42:1-17
Round One was a clear victory for the LORD. Satan comes back hoping to steal a victory. This battle is much more difficult for Job. He lost everything but endured. He kept faith. But now the constant pain will bring Job to his knees. Job will question God and lose. But even as Job finally questions God, Job doesn’t lose. Job repents. Job seeks forgiveness and walks forward in obedience. Everything is restored and Satan loses again. Do you feel you are failing? Seek God. Ask forgiveness. Trust and obey.
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, some times the battle is too much. Forgive me my failures. May my next step glorify you!
 
Thursday – 1 John 2:1-6
I’m a huge Law & Order fan. I love a good courtroom drama. Lawyers passionately fighting for justice for their client, sacrificing everything so that their client can win. These courtroom drama’s mirror the heavenly drama played out through the pages of Scripture. Jesus is our advocate, our lawyer, willing to give his life to win our case. Our challenge is to trust our advocate. Our duty is to obey our lawyer. When we go off script and attempt to create our own testimony, we jeopardize the case. The saying holds true, “a person who represents himself has a fool for a client.” How about you? Have you committed yourself to Jesus? Have you sought his forgiveness and given him authority to advocate on your behalf? Or are you hoping to represent yourself?
Pray: Almighty God, please appoint your Son, Jesus, to be my advocate. I will trust and obey him!
 
Friday – Romans 8:1-2
My son is becoming a hide & seek champ. This week he hid motionless for nearly 25 minutes. He couldn’t be found. Because of shame, many of us have become master hiders. We waste our lives hiding motionless instead of risking exposure. We don’t want to be found, as if that was the purpose in life. But life is meant to be lived out in the open. Through Jesus, shame loses because there is no condemnation for those who belong to him. Shame’s power is condemnation. Since Jesus cleanses us, we need not fear. We are freed! Are you still hiding in shame, hoping you will not be seen? Or are you free, living a life full of purpose!
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you that I am set free of shame and guilt because of Jesus Christ. I am his! I belong to Jesus!
 
Saturday – Isaiah 54:17
Its hard to ignore the voices. We are not perfect. We will have failures. We will make selfish, sinful decisions sometimes. And we will regret it mightily. In those moments, the voices will be loud, accusing us. We will want to hide. But we must remember the victory we have in Jesus. On that day of the LORD, the voices will be silenced. We will know freedom. If we belong to the LORD, God promises our vindication. Repent and trust in the LORD!
Pray: LORD Jesus, you will vindicate the broken and accused. I repent and confess my sin, trusting your to save and secure me.

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When the Devil Knocks…The Deceiver

Week #1: The Deceiver
 
He’s mastered shame and trademarked embarrassment. His lies wound and his accusations sting. He’ll build up your pride just to throw you down. Yes, the devil is strong, but there’s one power he can’t beat—and it’s on your side. Learn how to answer When the Devil Knocks.
 
Key Points:
-Satan is the destroyer who attacks your will with pride.
-Satan is the accuser who attacks your heart with accusations.
-Satan is the deceiver who attacks your mind with lies. 
 
BIG IDEA: Don’t let the devil’s deceit lead to your defeat.
-The deceiver questions the word of God…making it easier for us to dismiss the love of God.
-The deceiver twists the word of God…making it easier for us to disobey the will of God.
-Knowing the word of God makes it easier to defeat the deceiver.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Growing up, what did you believe about the devil?
2. Read Genesis 3:1-6 What underlying schemes was the devil up too? Why do you think Eve (and Adam) gave in so easily?
3. “When you start to question the goodness of God, it’s easier to disobey the will of God.” How can you relate to the statement?
4. What are some ways the enemy tries to lie to you and your family? When are you most vulnerable to these attacks?
5. Read Ephesians 6:10-17 What biblical truths can you use, or do you use, to combat the enemy’s lies?
6. Read Revelation 1:14-16 What might change about your faith if you started seeing Jesus this way?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What are some next steps you can take to arm yourself against the devil’s deceit? Who will you ask to help you with this next step?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 8:31-59
Honestly, its not surprising that the religious authorities wanted to kill Jesus. Jesus challenged them boldly. He literally called them all satan’s kids. Look at vs 44. They saw themselves as children of God. Genetically, they descended from Abraham so therefore, the were God’s chosen people…God’s kids. But Jesus turns that family tree upside down. Jesus insists that we do the will of our father. That our true father (the one we follow) is easily recognizable by how we chose to live. Jesus threw genetics out and emphasized action. What we do shows whose we are. So, who is your father? Look at your actions. What might Jesus say?
Pray: LORD Jesus, I want to truly be a child of God. I want my actions to speak of my allegiance and commitment to you!
 
Tuesday – John 8:44
Everyone recognizes a thick accent. It reveals where we are from. Linguists have named the Pittsburgh accent as one of the most unique across the globe. (Haha, My wife just thought I had a speech impediment.) Satan also has an equally identifiable accent. Satan speaks in lies. A lie is his native language. But the challenge with a lie is that it always carries enough truth to sow confusion. So, its not always easy to pick out Satan’s lies in someone else. But it is easy to see it in yourself. When you lie you speak his language. Are you holding onto lies…and Satan?
Pray: Loving LORD, please forgive me when I speak Satan’s native language of lies. May my mouth and heart be pure!
 
Wednesday – Ephesians 6:10-17
Our image of a well-equipped solider has changed over the centuries. Today, we picture body armor, camo, and machine guns. But Paul paints a word picture of a well-prepared soldier for the first century. Using that uniform, he reminds us that we too are in a battle. Work your way through the Christian solider’s equipment. Notice how truth holds it all together (the belt). But also notice the only offensive weapon. We are sitting ducks with our the sword. How well do you swing the sword of the Spirit, Gods word? Have you put it in your heart (memorized it)?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, don’t let me ignore the battle that wages in the spiritual realm. Help me prepare!
 
Thursday – Matthew 4:1-4
I can’t wait until August when football and training camp begin. Im a huge fan. Training camp is the right of passage every player must go through to prepare them for the grueling seas that lies ahead. Jesus went through a similar experience. Before starting his ministry, he went into the wilderness to be tempted. 40 days he went without food. He pushed himself physically. And at his lowest, weakest point, Satan comes to try and trick Jesus into quitting before his ministry even began. Look at how Satan moved…he used Jesus’ hunger and weakness against him But how did Jesus respond? He fought back Satan with the word of God. No matter how weak we may be, the word of God can defeat you agains the enemy’s attacks. How are you handling the bible?
Pray: Almighty God, remind me through your word how desperately I need every word that flows from your mouth!
 
Friday – Matthew 4:5-7
Satan sure is crafty. Jesus bested Satan in round one. But Jesus is still weak.  In this moment of weakness Satan offers Jesus a test. Twisting God’s word, Satan encourages Jesus to verify his faith. How often do we wish we had tangible proof. But verified faith is really no faith. Faith requires uncertainty and trust. Jesus sees the deceit of Satan and refuses to be defeated. How about you? How are you exercising faith without requiring proof? How is God’s word protecting you?
Pray: Heavenly Father, please keep me from temptation and protect me from the evil one.
 
Saturday – Matthew 4:8-11
At last, Satan reveals his ultimate goal and his final plan. Satan turns to God incarnate and says “worship me.” Satan wanted God to worship him. Isn’t that our greatest guilt…we want to be God rather than worship God. We wouldn’t even mind is God maybe started coming to us for advice as we guide the universe. This is Satan’s ploy…get us to worship the wrong God…be it him, ourselves or someone else. May we not worship the created but only the creator.
Pray: LORD Jesus, help me devote myself fully to you and your truth. You are God, and I am not! May I never get those wrong!

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Family at its Best…Tell Better Stories

Week #5: Better Stories
 
Key Points:
-Conflict continues because brokenness is inherited.
-We measure life by what (we think) meets our need and calms our fear.
-My Legacy is my story, passed on, of how “we” measure life.
 
BIG IDEA: Family at its best passes on better stories!
-Measure life not by what I add but by what we prioritize
-Measure life not by what I endure but by how we forgive.
-Measure life not by what I control but who we serve.
 
Further Conversation
1. Who are some people you admire? Why? What is it you value?
2. Read Luke 12:13-21 How do you think the “rich man” and the person questioning Jesus measure life? What might they fear?
3. What legacy did I receive about how “we” meet our needs and calm our fears? How has this added to my own brokenness?
4. Read Luke 12:29-31 How could our need & fear be influenced by our priorities? How is Jesus suggesting we measure life?
5. Read Mark 11:25 How does forgiveness move us from being a victim to a survivor? How does being a victim hold us back?
6. Read Joshua 24:15b How is my desire for control really about serving myself? Why does who I serve matter?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. Its not how a story begins, but how it ends. What do you want your story to be? How can you begin to create that story this week?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – John 10:7-10
What makes your life satisfying? Its an important question to consider. We place great value and put in great effort to find satisfaction and security. Or to state it another way, we measure life by what we think will meet our need and calm our fear. Jesus makes a bold proclamation in verse 10. He says that a rich & satisfying (abundant in some translations) is only found in him. This means that everything else will eventually leave us lacking. Everything else will eventually cause us worry. But not Jesus. Jesus will richly satisfy. How did you try to meet your needs and calm your fears yesterday? How can you trust Jesus today?
Pray: LORD Jesus, only you can satisfy the longing within my heart and soul. Help me trust and rely fully on you today!
 
Tuesday – Exodus 20:4-6
Brokenness is often inherited. Many of us know the pain of generational brokenness…be it a family history of addictions, anger, abuse, poverty, etc. This commandment warns us about how sin & brokenness carries forward into the next several generations. But the passage also shares hope. If we choose a different path forward (no matter the legacy we received), we can change the trajectory for a thousand generations. Its not how our story begins but how it ends. What brokenness did you inherit? How can you worship only God and write a better family story?
Pray: Loving LORD, you promise unfailing love to those who seek, serve, and worship only you. Help that be my family story!
 
Wednesday – 1 Corinthians 15:20-34
“Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” Many live life by this motto. They only seek to satisfy their base needs. Maybe their right. The Apostle Paul challenges us that if Jesus did not raise from the dead, if there is no hope of resurrection for us, then what does any of it matter. Martyrs for the faith who died confessing Jesus died pointless lives. But if its true…If Jesus rose from the dead as the first of many…then our lives do matter for eternity. Do you live your life for eternity or only for today? Are you seeking to satisfy base needs or eternal your ones? How?
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, because you rose from the dead, I can.. with you. May my focus always be eternal!
 
Thursday – Psalm 39:6-7
We live in a culture that hides death. Many of us never witness our food paying the price for our hunger. We only buy neatly packaged remains. I know that sounds morbid…but have you ever considered the consequences of what we don’t see. Would it change our attitude towards eating? We hide death in funeral homes. Families used to care for their own dead and host funerals in their homes. Ironically, hiding death actually causes us to devalue life. We don’t consider how short, how violent, how delicate life really is. But death causes us to seek hope. It challenges us to value life. The Psalmist reminds us that our only hope is in the LORD. How do you value life? Where is your hope?
Pray: Almighty God, when I remember how fleeting life is I am reminded of how desperate I am for you. You are my only hope!
 
Friday – Mark 11:25
Forgiveness is the gift of freedom you give yourself. When I hold onto my hurt, I become a prisoner to its pain. Bitterness and anger begin to eat at my heart. By extending forgiveness, I free myself from the hurt and can finally move onto healing. In much the same way, we can’t open ourselves to receive God’s forgiveness until we extend forgiveness to others. Holding our hurt closes our hands from receiving healing and love. That is why bitterness and anger grow. They find fertile soil in clinched fists. Who do you need to forgive? What hurt do you need to free yourself from? How can you begin to heal and be forgiven?
Pray: Heavenly Father, help me let go of my hurt and forgive others. I need to find freedom, healing, and forgiveness!
 
Saturday – Joshua 24:14-15
We all worship something. We all serve someone. In ancient times many worshiped idols and served lessor gods. Today, many worship freedom and individual achievement. We serve ourselves. Joshua challenged his people to be honest and acknowledge what the truly worship…what really matters to them. Can we do the same? Can we spend time in honest and deep consideration towhead matters most to us? What might we see? Maybe we need to recommit today that we will serve the LORD.
Pray: LORD Jesus, help me be honest with myself and you. I commit that “as for me and my family…we will serve the LORD.”
 

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