Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Get Your Armor On!

There are many people who claim the name of Christ, fill their minds with garbage from enemies of God (that is, the world, James 4:4), then wonder why their Christian life is a shambles. I've seen social media profiles of people who call themselves Christians, and mayhaps have a religious movie or two in their profiles, say they like the Bible, and have a passel of entertainment sources listed that proclaim things in direct opposition to God's Word! Scripturally illiterate Christians have weak or nonexistent spiritual walks, and are actually a hindrance in proclaiming the gospel and defending the faith.


Too many Christians are unaware that we're in a spiritual war, and are woefully unequipped. Here is a series of messages that will help you deal with it in a biblical manner.
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What people don't realize is that we're in the middle of a war. You're either God's property or Satan's property, there's no middle ground.  1 Peter 5:8-9 tells us that Satan is on the prowl. People who are compromisers, don't know their doctrines, are unwilling to take a stand for the truth — they're safe (until they have to give an account to Jesus). Christians, we need to be aware of the battle and learn how to use our armor.

Much as I'd like to have on my cowboy boots, grab a six gun and a Big Fifty rifle, even if I saw a spirit (unlikely) and let fly with some hot lead, it wouldn't pay that no nevermind. This is a spiritual battle (Eph. 6:12). That doesn't mean some kind of "I bind the spirit oppressing the Arizona Territory in the name of Jesus". Are you trying that hokum? I've got some bad news for you, Sunshine, that stuff isn't in the Bible! No, if you want to be effective in God's army, you have to do things God's way. He's equipped us (Eph. 6:13-17).

I highly recommend that you spend some time on this series. It's not some fluff that you can breeze through in a few minutes, either. But this sermon series is worth it, you can spread out the messages so you don't have to pressure yourselves to get through them in a hurry. Each title can be read, downloaded or heard online. To get them, click on "The Believer's Armor".