Legion - Week 1 – Consider the Source
We have a real enemy that comes with all kinds of different names, however the name of Jesus is greater than any foe we face. Jesus is Lord over all.
BREAKING THE ICE
Being the first meeting of the semester, make sure you take the time for everyone to introduce themselves. Maybe ask everyone to share 1 interesting fact about themselves people may not know? Another option would be to share one big takeaway and application from The Art of Rest series.
1 Peter 5:8
1 John 3:8*
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EXPLORE AND DISCUSS
Read Ephesians 6:12
How does this verse change the way you approach life? What are some names of “enemies” we face in this life?
Read John 8:44 and John 10:10
Have you ever thought about the phrase “consider the source” when it comes to certain difficulties in your life? What is the supply of our enemy according to these passages? What about the supply of Jesus? Whether it is bad decisions we make ourselves, bad things that have happened to us at no fault of our own, or seemingly happenstance events how does knowing the source/nature of them help us?
Read 1 Peter 5:8
This scripture was written to believers. So why does the enemy continue to work at harming your life?
The Greek word for devour is katapiein, literally meaning to "swallow," or to "drown."
Deeper Insight: If you are believer, your source is Jesus, and your place with God is secure.
The devil cannot take that away from you, but he does seek to weaken and damage your faith. He wants fear to cause us to not trust the faithfulness of God. He wants to intimidate us. He looks to cause dissension among believers to weaken our testimony. He speaks his “native tongue” and lies to us in order to cause us to doubt the goodness of God and the potential of God’s people. If your heart belongs to Jesus nothing can change that, but Satan is seeking to leave us as weak and ineffective for the kingdom of God, so he keeps trying to “devour.”
COMBAT AND CUT-OFF THE SOURCE
Read 1 John 3:8
Since we know the enemy is at work in the world today and that he also opposes believers, how does this verse bring comfort and confidence? How does this verse encourage us to deal with sin in our lives?
The Greek word for “destroy” is, “to loose.”
Deeper Insight: John is saying it’s as if we were bound by sin’s chains, but Jesus freed us.
He came to pay the penalty for sin that we justly deserved. By so doing, He broke Satan’s power to accuse us before God (Rev. 12:10), and He broke sin’s power in the lives of believers (Rom. 6:10-13). Therefore when we consider the source we can choose victory in Jesus name.
EXPLORE AND DISCUSS
Read Mark 5:1-7
Describe how the demoniac’s location and condition is a picture of sin.
Pastor Brent mentioned that Jesus asked the name of the demon for His own purposes and the benefit of His disciples (then and now). How does this interaction between Jesus and Legion help us today?
When Jesus said, “What is your name,” He was literally asking what is the nature or source of the evil that is enslaving you? It’s like Jesus was saying, “Ok, everybody hear that? He said Legion, which means many. So the source of this evil is big and powerful and intimidating to you, but not to me, and not to those who call on my name, not to those who I have come to set free. What you are powerless to do I am more than able to do by my name!” – Pastor Brent Garrard
Specific attacks call for a specific response.
Jesus specific response was to identify the source of this man’s torment by name and set him free by the power of His greater name. Our specific response is the same today, to call on the name of Jesus and specifically call out that which is coming against us so we can be free.
Take the time to specifically name some things that are coming against you (fear, envy, shame, calamity, intimidation, bitterness, greed, etc.) In accordance with Luke 9:1-2 and Acts 4:12 take some time to pray for Jesus to set you free from the enemy’s attacks that may be affecting your life.
Read Mark 5:15-20
Describe how this is a picture of discipleship. What is our mandate as those who have been set free? We used a written declaration/confession at the end of Sunday’s service. Try writing your own and saying it out loud each day this week or every time you need to cut off the enemy. Much like the confession we used Sunday, be careful to spend more time declaring the truth of God’s Word than just “coming against” the tactic of the enemy.
Use the SOAP method this week with Ephesians 6:12 and 1 Peter 5:8 (do more if you’d like).
Scripture Write out the scripture in a journal or notebook, or even type it out on your computer.
Observation What did you observe about the scripture that struck you. This can be one sentence or longer.
Application How can you apply the observation so that it affects your life today?
Prayer Write out a prayer to God based on what you just learned and ask him to help you apply this truth in your life.