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Talking Points: Conflict Resolution & the devil
June 13, 2018, 9:19 AM
  • The title is a contradiction in terms because the devil does not want resolution in our lives.
  • Remember that the word resolution is the word solution with the prefix “re”
  • The devil does not want any solution to anything in our lives.
  • Let us first lay a biblical foundation before addressing this topic.
  • Who and what is the devil?
  • Revelation 12:9 shows us that the devil is the dragon, the serpent and satan.
  • Both Isaiah and Ezekiel tell us about Lucifer and his fall.
  • Isaiah 14:12-15 tells us that Lucifer fell and became satan, the devil, the dragon and the serpent.
  • Ezekiel 28:12-15 describes Lucifer before he became satan
  • Ezekiel 28:16-19 shows us how Lucifer became satan and how Lucifer is no more and will never be again.
  • From the moment that Lucifer became the devil he has sinned.
  • What we clearly see from scripture is that the devil is a fallen angel.
  • We see from scriptures that Jesus defeated the devil.
  • Biblically speaking the devil was Lucifer the anointed cherub who sinned and became satan the devil who Jesus defeated making him a defeated fallen angel.
  • Jesus has given to every believer power and authority over the devil and all his cohorts.
  • How does a defeated fallen angel who is under our feet become an issue in conflict resolution? He becomes an issue when we give him place or give him permission.
  • With this biblical knowledge we can clearly see that the devil can only have place in our lives, including conflict when we give it to him.
  • The armor is not given to us to war with flesh and blood but to stand against the devil and his strategies.
  • What is this wonderful armor? Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation (sozo) and the word of God.
  • What if the real conflict in life is not with other people or the devil?
  • What if our conflict is with God and His word?
  • Then the people said, “Let us make god in the image we want, according to our preferences; let him have dominion when and where we decide.