Don't Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
By Louie Giglio
Fall 2021 Connect Group Study
Session 1 - The Table Before Us
The enemy wants to crush you. He wants to steal from you everything you value. He wants to kill everything in your life that’s good. He wants to destroy you. If he can claim the victory over your life. But you don’t have to let him get a foothold. For you have been invited to an intimate relationship with the Almighty. Your Good Shepherd has set a table before you...and the enemy has not been invited to join.
Louie Giglio - From Chapter 1 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
- What image or description stands out the most to you in this psalm? Why?
- What is it about Psalm 23 that people find so comforting and reassuring? How did it make you feel when you heard it just now?
Play the video segment for session one, and record any thoughts or concepts that stand out to you.
- According to Psalm 23, what are the attributes of your Good Shepherd? What does He promise to provide? How have you seen these traits in the way that Jesus leads you?
- What are some of the “bad” shepherds in your life? Why is it often so tempting to follow after them? In what ways are you tempted to be your own shepherd?
- How does your Good Shepherd make you lie down in green pastures? What does this look like in your life? Are you allowing Him to lead you in this area?
- What comes to mind when you imagine the Good Shepherd preparing a table for you in the presence of your enemies? What does your “battlefield” look like at the moment? Why is it important that your enemies are present but not invited to sit at your table?
End your session by sharing any requests to be prayed for. Thank God for bringing you together for this study so you can draw closer to Him and win the battle for your mind. Ask your Good Shepherd to help you recognize his voice in your life and focus on his ways instead of your own - and definitely not the enemy’s ways.
Session 2 - The Tactics of the Enemy
The devil’s goals are always the same. He wants to gain access to your mind so he can destroy you. He wants to get inside your head so he can plant harmful thoughts within you. He wants to steal everything valuable from you. He wants to kill your relationship with God. He wants to cause division between you and the people who care for you. It is up to you to keep him from sitting at your table. You have the power to exercise faith to defy the devil’s whisper.
Louie Giglio - From Chapter 3 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
Read Luke 4:1-13
What surprises you most in this interaction between Jesus and Satan? Why?
What tactics did Satan try to use against Jesus? Why do you think he chose this approach?
How did Jesus respond to each of Satan’s temptations? What is the implication for you?
Play the video segment for session two, and record any thoughts or concepts that stand out to you.
What are some ways you have experienced the enemy inviting himself to sit at your table? What are some of the lies he has tried to plant in your thinking to undermine your faith, joy, and peace?
How often do you compare yourself or aspects of your life to that of other people? Are there things you tend to compare more than others? What is the cumulative impact of thinking the “grass is always greener on the other side”?
What are some areas in your life where you feel that you are not good enough or don’t measure up to expectations? How do these represent lies from the enemy?
Can you think of a time in your life when it seemed like people were against you? Did this prove to be the reality of the situation? What did you learn as a result?
End your session by sharing any requests that the group can lift up in prayer. Thank God for His presence in your life, and ask Him to remind you often of His truth so you may see and clearly identify any ways that you’ve allowed the devil to sit at your table. Pray for power to combat the devil’s deceptions as you focus on drawing closer to the love of Christ.
Session 3 - The Battle for Our Mind
You were created in the image of God. You were called to greatness. You are God’s child, and He wants to set you free from anything that’s holding you back. God wants you to live in the fullest potential that He has for your life. It’s time you got serious about victory now that God has given you the opportunity to ask, “How is the opposition coming against me? What adjustments can be made?” You can win the battle for your mind.
Louie Giglio - From Chapter 5 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
What does it mean to “live in the world” but to not “ wage war as the world does?”
What are some of the weapons that Paul says are available to us to use in the fight?
Play the video segment for session three, and record any thoughts or key points that stand out to you.
Why is it so critical to win the battle over your thoughts? How do you respond to the idea that regardless of what has happened in your past, you have the ability to make “halftime adjustments” that will help you secure the victory?
What strategies did Satan use against Adam and Eve to convince them to sin? How does he use those same tactics today to exploit any “cracks” that he can find?
What strategies did Jesus employ to fight against the enemy in the wilderness? What does this reveal about the importance of knowing God’s Word?
As this session comes to a close, let the group share any personal prayer requests. As you pray for one another, ask God to protect you and empower you against the schemes and snares of the enemy. Thank Him for the ways that you are learning to identify and eliminate the devil’s presence at your table as you complete this study. Praise Him for the gift of His Son, Jesus, and the spiritual freedom you have to defeat the enemy and enjoy intimacy with the Good Shepherd for all of eternity.
Session 4 - The Path To Victory
Winning the battle for your mind requires you to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. When a thought is obedient to Christ, it either aligns with Him or is rejected by Him and by God’s teaching found in Scripture. If a thought is not taken captive by you in Jesus’ name, that thought will take you captive. You will bind the thought, or the thought will, in time, bind you. So use the name of Jesus with authority. Bind the thoughts that don’t come from God and that don’t match the Word of God.
Louie Giglio - From Chapter 7 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
How does Paul describe the battle that is taking place for your heart and mind
Which piece of armor do you need most in your life right now? Why?
Play the video segment for session four, and record any thoughts or key points that stand out to you.
“For as [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV). What is the connection between your thoughts and your actions? How have you seen the truth of this verse play out in your life or the life of someone close to you?
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Corinthians 15:57). What does it mean to fight the enemy from a place of victory? How does this change your mindset regarding the spiritual battles you face?
Think about how your life has changed since you accepted Jesus as your Good Shepherd. What are some ways that you are now “joined” with Christ in His death and resurrection?
End your session by sharing requests that the group can lift up in prayer. Thank God for providing you with the spiritual resources that you need to defeat the enemy’s assaults. Praise Him for being your Good Shepherd and for protecting you. Ask Him to continually make you aware that you are operating from a place of victory rather than defeat. Pray that He will guide you on how to counter any lies the enemy tries to plant in your mind.
Session 5 - God’s Invitation Always Stands
The enemy wants to define you by your scars. But Jesus wants to define you by His scars. The grace of Jesus Christ removes your old identity and replaces it with a brand-new identity. You are a son or daughter of God. You are a child of the King. You are written into God’s will. You are a beneficiary of the lavish love of God, which has changed you from failure to family. Grace not only cancels guilt and shame - grace also redefines you. You are a beloved family member of God, and because of that you are given a seat at the table with Almighty God.
Louie Giglio - From Chapter 8 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
What are the benefits of being in community with other members of God’s family?
Why does James instruct you to confess your sins to others?
Play the video segment for session five, and record any thoughts or key points that stand out to you.
God has given us the victory over the enemy through the death and resurrection of Christ. So how does the enemy still gain access to our table?
Paul writes, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind” (I Corinthians 10:13). Why does the enemy want us to think that our situation is unique? What is the danger of thinking that our situation is “special” or that we are an “exception”?
What are some of the “doors'' that God provides to give us a way out when we are tempted? What happens if we pass by those doors?
Conviction comes from the Holy Spirit. What are some of the ways the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin? What typically happens as a result of that conviction?
Condemnation comes from the enemy. What are some of the results of giving in to feelings of condemnation? What is the remedy to breaking that cycle?
End your session by sharing any prayer requests. Thank your Good Shepherd for the invitation that He extends - in spite of your past - to dine with Him at His table. Ask that He would make you aware of the enemy’s tactics so that you do not fall into condemnation. Thank the Lord that He always provides a way out when you are being tempted. Choose today to go through those doors of escape when He offers them.
Session 6 - In The Presence Of Our Enemies
You can win the battle for your mind. But this only happens when you surrender your life completely to Jesus. He will lead you to green pastures and quiet waters. He will guide you through dark valleys. You will not be in want, because He will restore your soul. Jesus will prepare a table for you in the presence of your enemies. But there’s nothing to worry about, because your head is dripping with anointing, your cup overflows with abundance, and goodness and mercy are following you all the days of your life. The Good Shepherd is sitting at your table. Jesus has invited you to all the abundance He offers. It’s a meal for the two of you.
Louie Giglio - From Chapter 10 of Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table
What does this passage say about the access that you have been given to God
How does the apostle Paul say that you should approach the throne of God? How could this approach change your day-to-day relationship with Jesus?
Play the video segment for session six, and record any thoughts or key points that stand out to you.
When have you experienced God’s presence unexpectedly in the midst of a difficult time? How did your awareness of His presence affect your response to the situation?
What is the difference between knowing about God and knowing Him on a personal basis? What are some ways that you seek to better know God personally?
How would you summarize the reason why God puts the table in the presence of your enemies? How does the “location” of this table impact your life and the lives of others?
End your session by sharing any prayer requests with the group. Close with a time of thanksgiving to God, just lingering in His presence for a few minutes. Praise Him for the gift of Jesus, your Good Shepherd, and for the victory you have been given through His death and resurrection. Ask the Lord to continue to show you ways the enemy tries to get a seat at your table so that you can always be prepared to counter his strategies.