The History of the War on Satan's Terrorism

Feb 17, 2002
Pastor Wayne C Eichstadt
Hymns: 39; 369; 446; 376; 50
Pre-Service Prayer:

Dear Jesus, when I rightly consider the enemies of my soul I grow afraid. I know how easily I am distracted by the allurements of this world and how quickly I follow the desires of my flesh. I know how weak I am against the doubts that are temptations in my heart. I know how I can be deceived into believing Satan’s lies and half-truths. Help me! Strengthen me! Teach me to watch and pray lest I fall into temptation. Clothe me with the armor of Your salvation, arm me with the sword of Your Word, fight for me, and by Your grace give me the victory! Amen.

Pre-Service Devotion: 

Psalm 91

Adam and Eve were created in God’s image—in righteousness and holiness. Their children were, however, born in Adam’s image—in sinfulness. Sin brought death into the world and thus, Adam DIED. Although the genealogy of Adam to Noah (in the verses following the reading) includes death at every entry (except Enoch), it is a genealogy leading to life because it is the family line leading to our Savior, Jesus.

Sin came into the world through Adam and each new generation has inherited the "disease." Similarly, one Man—JESUS—has brought life and salvation to all sinners through His redeeming work on our behalf.

Second Reading: 

Matthew 4:1-11

Satan’s motives and methods haven’t changed. He tempted Jesus with the same "tools of the trade" with which he tempted Eve and with which he now tempts us. Jesus demonstrated that we have the weapon to defeat EVERY SINGLE ONE of Satan’s attacks—the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God (cf: Ephesians 6:11ff).