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How to Fight the Spiritual Battle

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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November 15, 2018 3:00 pm

How to Fight the Spiritual Battle

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Harvest messages are brought to you by harvest partners receive free email daily devotions or to become a harvest partners, please visit us was one of the first service I ever gay.

I can't remember exactly, but I was either 18 or 19 years old. We were up at Idlewild Pines. As I recall, for a family can put on by Calvary Chapel the Jesus movement was in full swing. The place was packed out and I was asked to give a message. I was very nervous not only because I was preaching in front of friends and peers and people I knew, but also Pastor Chuck Smith was sitting there and I was intimidated and so I wanted to just do it perfectly and I was very excited and I was speaking on Ephesians 6 and I'm talking about the warfare that were written of the battle that were engaged in in the armor that we need to wear in the battle and I got to the big moment there in the bursar it says I put on the armor of God that you be able to withstand the fiery darts of the wicked one, and it said I said watch out for those diary parts of the wicked one.

How do you recover from that Chuck Smith was laughing so hard he almost fell off of the seats everybody had a long laugh at my expense and isolate people come up to be the dancing. I was there when you said that I'm like no you weren't there, just not that many people were there, but maybe they were. I don't know, so that that's in no not the right way to say but I do want to talk about the fiery darts of the wicked one on that's King James fiery darts. Maybe a more modern translation would be guided missiles or flaming arrows and I'll tell you what those are and if you moments, but have you ever just been walking with the Lord doing all the things you think Christian to do when all of a sudden you're just the raw's with spiritual attack you're getting hit with doubts you're getting hit with temptations. You're getting hit with all kinds of other problems in your wondering what horrible said, have I committed to bring this upon myself right. What have I done to deserve such a fate. Wondering what's wrong here. Why is God letting this happen any how many of you have ever had that happen right here right pretty much everybody hears something to consider, and may not be happening because you're doing something wrong and maybe happening because you're doing something right. Think about old Job see the problem with Job's had never read the book of Joe Navi had he would've been able to just cruise right through the whole thing, but he didn't know how the story ended.

All he knew was one day his beautiful family was in front of him, get all kinds of acreage in servants and in success all around him and the next day in rapid succession. He lost everything he lost his children, he lost his possessions. He lost his health. I think you might've wished he lost his wife because of what she said to him after it all happened.

She said why don't you just curse God and die. Thank you for those encouraging words. Mrs. Joe so everything fell apart. Why did it happen because Job was a wicked man know the very opposite. Because Job was a godly man and to the point in the supernatural world. The world were talking about before God, the angels appeared and among them was Lucifer.

Remember he is a fallen angel and he stands up for the Lord of lords as well. Lucifer would've you been up to 10 sentences are just from going back and forth across the earth of checking things out in the Lord starts bragging on Joe and he says have you considered my servant Joe, a perfect and upright men winded fears God and shuns evil double cinema get that name again is a joke. Okay, got it when you know what, I don't think he loves you for. I think he has a reason for serving you is because you give them. I'm paraphrasing obviously and you just let me have a few moments with Joe will see what is really made up in the Lord allowed the devil to bring a series of attacks against job now.

The story turned out beautifully and God doubled everything that Job had but his children were still in heaven. So we did lose them, but he had new children that the Lord gave, but when I read that story, I feel like saying to God if you're ever even for a fleeting moment, feeling proud of me. Please don't brag when Satan is around right so the reason you might be going to spiritual attack. The reason you might be getting hit with temptation back to back over and over again is because you are a threat to the devil, and you are a threat to the forces of hell, so this is something we need to be aware of.

Listen, like it or not.

The moment you became a Christian, you entered into a spiritual conflict, the devil effectively declared war on you. It's been said conversion is made. Our hearts a battlefield. Anyone who chooses to follow Jesus Christ will face severe opposition from the enemy and you have a choice in the spiritual battle you can win or you can lose. You can gain ground. You can lose ground to get to see to them like a spiritual passive physical key you're going to go down buddy. You're going down to got to learn how to fight and you have to learn how to use the weaponry that God is given to you by the way the Bible frequently uses the images of war and conflict to depict the Christian life.

Paul exhorted Timothy in second Timothy three to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ. He also wrote I bought the good fight the Christian life is not a playground it's a battleground. But here's the good news we can win this war.

And here's some more good news. We are going to win in the end. So if you feel like you're being a little overwhelmed right now just understand that God is with you and he is told you how to win in this spiritual battle. You know Jesus said the gates of hell would not prevail against the church and heard that statement before one is that mean we settle the mildew to hell will not prevail against the church.

What he think that means I'm annoyed that what I like with soundtrack. What is it mean when it says the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. We have to go back to ancient times and the way they conducted warfare and we know that a common military tactic used by armies and that they was to break down the gate of the enemy's fortress with a battering ram right. You've seen a lot of movies so the battering ram. Sometimes it's on fire. It hits the warden gate and the gate catches on fire and the soldiers rush in and defeat the occupants of the fortress. So the idea is the gates will not prevail against the battering ram. So the idea here is, as we are moving forward is Christian as we are gaining ground, not just holding ground and hopefully not losing ground as written been seen and in the meat into enemy territory. If you will with the message of the gospel. We are going to ultimately when the battle begins, a bell will not prevail against us or be able to stop so here's our objective is to go into as many places as we can with the message of the gospel.

If you heard of Lauren Daigle. She's a Christian singer very good. As a matter fact and that she's had a lot of success crossover success success on the pop charts as well as the Christian charts so she recently was on the Ellen show right that she saying whatever Christian songs I think that's incredible. But you and she was also one Jimmy Fallon show the Tonight Show recently and so she's out there seeking these gospel songs, and there was criticism from some of the Christian community. Why are you on Ellen's show will why not well everyone knows Ellen is and a lesbian. She's, very openly about that you shouldn't go no place I got no that's the first place we ought to be going with the gospel because God loves Ellen God loves Jimmy Fallon. God loves all those late-night guys and girls you know he loves them all. He loves everyone. We should go wherever we can. With the gospel. So I sent out a tweet reporter for and applauded her for doing that because the objective the objective of a Christian is not to isolate its to infiltrate its to permeate and we want to get out there with the gospel. Well anyway, so here we are now looking out what this battle is going to look like for us. It's important we understand it, because to be forewarned is to be for arms when they say that again to be forewarned is to be forearm. So let's find out about this war and little look at Ephesians 6, verse 10. Finally, my brother, some reading from the new King James version, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles that's an old tiny word that means strategies indices set against the strategies, indices or wiles of the devil.

But we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places are just the supernatural world is talking about the rankings of demon powers that are out there just like in the military.

We have rankings we have generals and corporals and lieutenants and sergeants and Buck privates and all that will in the supernatural world are rankings of fallen Angels as well as rankings of holy angels anyway so were fighting against these posts in the supernatural realm. Therefore, remember whenever you see the word therefore find out what it's therefore so in light of this, or therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may build or withstand in the evil day, having done all, to stand. So if you're taking notes here is point number one recognize this is a spiritual battle and I must be fought with spiritual weapons, let me say that again recognize this is a spiritual battle and I must be fought with spiritual weapons.

You fight fire with fire. And there are some key ways to overcome the devil and his demons because God is not left us in the dark care and he tells us first 11 put on the full armor of God in the phrase put on carries the idea of once and for all. Do it once and for all, or do it permanently. The full armor of God is not to be put on and taken off.

You need to keep it on because were going to be in the battle to the final day the spiritual battle and what we get to heaven, not before. So we keep the armor of God on and why number two. Because Satan is a super being and he's more than I can ever handle Satan as a super being is a powerful fallen angel. I no match for him. Nor are you verse 11 that you may build may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Teapot objective is to say as far away from the devil as I possibly can.

Not to ski this close to what he's offering as I possibly can. The Bible tells a story in the book of acts about some guys called the sons of Skiba were identified as exorcists and there were trying to cast the demon out, by the way, the Bible never validates exorcists and validates casting demons out of people but there's no real biblical office of being in exorcists and so someone says I'm in exorcists. My gift is casting demons also identify that in the Bible.

I do find demons being cast up another person with the specific gifting of exorcists. These guys were called in exorcists are exorcists rather and does so they try to cast the demon out, they said to this demon possessed guy, out of this person in the name of Jesus whom Paul preaches because I'd seen Paul go to that thought they could do it like it's a magic formula and the demon in the guy says listen I know Jesus and I know Paul but I don't know you, and then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, overpowered them and attacked them with such violence. They fled from the house naked and bladder.

That's what happens when you try to take the devil on in your own strength. You get to get your room and kicked okay so don't go that why communal name of Jesus and Paul know you better just then, in the Lord only and not go where you shouldn't be this is a picture of us trying to overcome Satan in our own strength. You know when there's situation and an officer is called office on the officer arrives. A call for backup. Call for backup and we need to do the same warrant spiritual battle. We need to call for backup not backup is the Lord himself.

Number three to win in the spiritual battle I'm extending God strength, not my own to win in the spiritual battle I'm extending God strength, not my own. Verse 10.

Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, or literally strengthen yourself in the Lord. See what the devil wants to do is get she was far from God as he possibly can serve like our phones you know they keep coming out with new versions of every phone out there. Every new iPhone. Every new android phone and they do have all these features they had all I really want is a phone that has enough battery life to get me through the day. Really that's what I want about you. I don't care about all this other stuff I don't care what color it is that I don't care about these extra feet just get me through the day because you watch that battery drain to get lower and lower. So you constantly plugging and recharging plug-in and recharging okay the ideas you want to state permanently plugged in to Christ and the devil doesn't want you to be plugged in the Christ you want to disconnected to do everything you can, he can to keep him from that. So here's what you need to do.

Start the day with the Lord.

When you get up in the morning.

Don't start today with social media don't start the day checking your emails start the day with the word of God and with prayer that will equip you to deal with all that stuff is going to come your way in your emails and in your tax and from other places so you need to get your day started the right way the devil doesn't want you to do that.

He wants you to do anything like that, but that's all we need to start stand in the Lord and the power of his might. Again, I want to keep as much distance between the devil and myself as possible comes out of this flee temptation and don't leave a forwarding address run from it and assume some of your thing will list the sounds scary Gregor, scaring me tonight. I don't want to hear this. Don't you have a message about puppies and flowers and that's coming later I'll get to that now. I really I know it's scary but let's just remember one simple statement greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

God is more powerful than the devil and all the so that's why stand on the Lord and in the power of his might and I don't standing Greg in the power of my mind because I can collapse quickly.

Just like you know Paul breaks down the various pieces of armor verse 14 Stan therefore, there is therefore against the light of this stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace and above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

So six pieces of armor are mentioned six pieces. The first three.

The belt, the breastplate in the shoes were attached to the body, never to be removed. The second three that shield the helmet and the sword were for specific purposes and methods of attack so it starts rising girded your waist with truth when he just use a more modern translation to put on the utility utility belt of truth. In all, Batman has his utility belt right all the cool little things will passing through the people.

That's how they noticed that Matt right hello thing he throws but think about a police officer. They put on that belt on the outside of their uniform.

The call of the Sam Brown and on the Sam Brown.

They have a holster for the gun, a place for their costs. A place for eye and asked, possibly, which is a little baton thing the pullout in use are they might have other little items have little thing to hold a donut.

Are they have nothing but time.

So the other utility belt.

They put it on and all their stuff there, flashlight, all the things they carried is on that belt so we put on the utility belt of truth, the Roman soldier had a belt and on his belt.

He had a sheath which was for the sword obviously and also the breastplate was attached to the bell and John and the bell also pulled his mother pulled his little skirt okay because he wrote we were told that a tug is basically just like a skirt and so would be down over his knees so when he's going in the battle he pulls it up above his knees and he cinches in the belt so it stays above the knees giving them freedom of movement. Now he pulls a sword out because I have the belt on because of someone pulls your belt off outcomes or breastplate. There goes your sword and your dressers fell to the ground you're looking stupid right so what is this evening. Put on the belt of truth. Basically it's the same bottom line if you're not working truthfully before God.

None of the rest of this really matters.

You know if you're living a hypocritical life. If you're saying one thing and doing another. Then then this is ducking to work for you so you start with a truthful right relationship with God, then you have the breastplate of righteousness.

Alright so we have some Roman armor here.

Are you ready for the great reveal yes okay so this is actually I think it this is actually a replica of of Roman armor that would've been worn. We have from.

Of course the sword right here and we have the sandals and sometimes the Roman soldiers were boot. You can see these little rivets on the bottom. This would give them firm footed this we have. This is a shield for close combat.

You know when you're in a tight situation. This is a larger shield that will talk about in a moment when he would be barraged by arrows and things of that nature. This is the breastplate and this is the helmet so so as we look at the soldier we get an idea what this armor actually looks like, so it starts with the belt that we all need, but then we need to have our breastplate of righteousness. Now, as you can see our breastplate production of vital organ.

So if you're going into battle against the soldier you know you want to hit him here to be hidden here that's for the vital organs are so that for the doubles going to attack so you want to have your breastplate on what is that mean the breastplate of righteousness will is certainly not the breastplate of self righteousness that will do anything for you. It's a breastplate of God's righteousness is not even the breastplate of your personal righteous living what it is is a representation of your stand before God were talking about this in Romans and Sunday morning try and we talked about how we are justified, which means when you become a Christian, God forgive you of all of your sin and then he puts the righteousness of Christ into your spiritual bank account, so to speak, and you stand positionally right before God I am a righteous man, you might still Greg I saw you driving here. I don't know about that. I didn't say always do right to say but positionally before God I am a righteous man. You're a righteous man.

You're a righteous woman. So I stand in this special relationship with the Lord and I bring this up because one of the doubles primary tactics is accusation. You know he comes up to you key terms you to think and impure thought and then you sort of ticket for a test drive in the attached you. What a hypocrite you are. You're not even a Christian you don't believe in Jesus. Romeo blows against the breastplate, but this is righteousness where I'm not standing in my good works. What I've done for God I'm standing in what God is done for me. Very important number three we are to have our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

This is the footwear of the soldier it gave him, firm footed this and mobility on the field of battle have a Roman soldier wanted to be effective in battle you did take care of his feet. One of the common tactics of the enemy of that day would be to take sticks that were sharpened and embed them in the soil so the Roman soldiers are dancing in the battle. They step on one of those sharpened sticks or ghost of their put neurotic commission they're not going to march one step further and so this is very important that they wore these boots and worthy shoes when we were invited a while ago Kathy and I to the White House. She had a beautiful dress and some my heels which I've never understood those but they did look nice right and she had really tested them yet and she walked like 8 feet and she was in pain the whole time. Hey, she look good right so you know that's not practical footwear you're going to walk you don't want to beware anything like that. So you want shoes that support you properly. I I was having some sort of the thing work.

My shins were like an aching then and I had these Nike errors and I kept thinking that was a solution. So I went to some store that sells athletic shoes.

They got me on the treadmill. They said you know we know what your problem is your prone 80 that offended me. I slap the guy did he explain what a Mennonite apologize quickly guidance Latin, but prone 80, which basically means that that my foot sort of roles and so he said you need more support you need errors like Nike errors. You need a firmer soul so I got sold shoes with former souls for when I run which is never.

But still I have them now so what is it mean to have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. It speaks of standing firm and gaining ground so when the enemy attacks.

I don't back down or just hold my ground. I try to it dance. So let's put it all together. The belted truth speaks impurity, the breastplate of righteousness, speaks of integrity putting on your gospel shoes are, you're having your beach out of the preparation of the gospel of peace, speaks of mobility and how do I gain ground. Very simple answer by proclaiming the gospel. That's how we advance in the spiritual battle. Romans 1014 says, how can they call in Unless they believe in him, how can they believe in him unless they've heard about him and how can they hear about it unless someone tells him and how will anyone going tell them a lot lesser said.

That is why the Scripture said how beautiful are the feet of messengers or bring good news to look at your feet for a moment, those feet can be beautiful feet right if you let those feet carry you forward with the message of the gospel. So the way we gain ground in the spiritual battle is by sharing our faith. Delegate this for 16 above all, underline the steward above. Also, Paul's no distinguishing this piece of armor from the rest of Bob all he says, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one can either volunteer. I need someone that can lift the shield so let's see here every who wants to help me okay green shirt guy. Come on up here. Thank you very much. How are you consuming okay hold that right. So now we have some arrows that we've dipped in oil okay like the arrows to Germany right wing to Brazil with flaming arrows and that no cases seriously so when I can do that but this is different to this little shield is for you know close combat so you're closer depending this is different. This is one the arrows come find you get them behind that to get them behind that use a Leica to get the low low there you that's our work sets out works okay thanks very much was given a round of applause.

I was so well done. So the Romans you know the Roman army was amazing and that's why they defeated so many of their enemies because they work together and they would march in the battle with the shield for the first part of combat and when the initial barrage of flaming arrows came they would all get them up and lock their shield from the front from the side and on top to and all the zeros would land on top of the shield so that they knew the arrows were coming and they were ready for them when they came so this is how it works in real life. There where works in real life is, the devil will fire his arrows at us. You never know when it's going to happen Satan's flaming arrows are swift and silent there's no advance warning of their arrival.

You can wake up in the morning and the enemy can hit you with the flaming arrow or fiery dart for your fit.

Email your feet even hit the floor can happen in the middle of the night. Maybe you thought of complete the step despair. You might be gripped with the thought of intense fear and terror. What if this happens to me. What if that happens to my family. What of this other thing happened. It can be a part of hatred toward somebody they could even be a blasphemous thought. It's so crazy and from love Field had to get. How could that thought even come to me. Remember, it's not a sin to be tempted. Just because the devil fires of flaming arrow at you read diary part that doesn't mean you've done anything wrong. You're not the twisted one. He is the twisted one, you put up your shield and identify the source of it from Satan. I rejected I'm not can even entertain them for a moment.

I didn't think of it, and I'm not going to play around with it. That's how you resisted know what these things are coming from because the double clever 30 said attempt to, and that he'll talk you for being tempted. How could you be so twisted to think that I didn't think it was like worshiping this thinking thoughts would come from. It came from hell it came from Satan to flaming arrows as I reject that is something I think the photo resist the devil and what will happen he will flee from you. So understand the source of these things. So there's one last weapon in our spiritual arsenal. It's the only weapon that is both defensive and offensive, and that is the sword of the spirit and I neglected to talk about the home of salvation and this is so very important because obviously the helmet protects your head and you know that most temptations come in the form of your thoughts right they always start with the thought of you take any temptation you never given into and don't be intimidated by me holding the sword. I will not take any temptation that you've ever had hit you that you gave into a batch in every instance it started right and you know you entertained and so you have to wear a helmet. I rent a motorcycle and and I have to wear a helmet and I heat helmets.

By the way, but I know that they're good and they protect your brain, which is a nice thing to keep intact if possible, so I and the same when the spiritual battle to get to get a kid in the realm of your thinking so you want to protect your mind and key so that brings us to know that the sword of the Spirit.

This is the only weapon that is offensive. In other words, if I'm going against my enemy.

I'm not going to throw my helmet out of okay art can't draw a helmet that's like in the work very effectively abducted and beaten to death with my breastplate.

That's not practical and ocular talking with my shield or you know throw my gospel shoe out of or something like these are not effective weapons. These are not weapons. These are defensive tools that the soldier uses, but this sword. This is how I attack.

And of course it says the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God see many believers have all their armor in place but they never use their sore they leave it in the sheath they talk about it. They study it, but they never actually utilizes sword and spiritual battle. Listen to this, the devil knows the authority of the word of God. As I mentioned earlier, he will try to keep you from it at all costs. He will do everything he can to see that we either keep our sword. She or that we don't even put them on in the first place. That's why he attacks God's word in your life, because he knows the power of Scripture.

One of the greatest things you can apply your mind to is the memorization of the Bible. The memorization of the buy one cute tunica remember Bible verses that you can, why can't.

Okay, let's start with one Jesus wept.

Say that Jesus wept. Now you know Bible verse.

That's one never get a move on. I still remember Bible verses that I learned when I was 17 years old and verses that I just committed to memory and you know you can do it because you have all kinds of stupid song lyrics in your head. You have lines from movies that you can quote it will in your head.

You have stats and scores of games that have been you know played over the years in your head.

Are you have other information that you put in there you can make time for the Bible you it's a commitment.

It's a discipline, but memorize Scripture.

You say, why don't I need to do that because memory are memorize Scripture as a weapon against sin. Someone 1911 says I word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you. Then Psalm 37, 31, says the word of God is in his heart, his steps do not slip sheet. Here's how it works. So Satan comes you and he says you just send let's say you have sent any says God will not forgive you.

You have no relationship with God not offend pull out the sword and use it. That's not true because it is written for someone night if I confess my sin, he is faithful and just to forgive me my sin and cleansing from all unrighteousness. Just like that that's I use the sword. Remember Jesus when he was tested in the wilderness with it with three primary attacks from the devil. One of them was when, after he had not eaten for 40 days and 40 nights. Can you imagine a hunger he would've been so is a double-dip comes up.

Assessing one's eternal rock into a piece of bread and what is Jesus say it is written, you shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.Jesus fitted to said look, I'm Jesus, you're not, get outta here.

Jesus could have banished the devil driven them away with just a word, but Christ gave us an example of how to deal with temptation by quoting Scripture.

So we do the same thing the devil whispers in your ear. God will not cure your prayer. God will not hear what you think God is not listening to you I come back with the word of God. First John 514. This is the confidence we have in him, we ask anything according to his will he hears us. So I called the Scripture. Sometimes I quoted out loud. I quoted out loud. The devil can hear it and I can hear so I'm reminded of what the word of God says. Maybe the devil says you should be afraid. You know I'm in a destroyer you we quote Scripture Psalm 27, one the Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear the Lord is the strength of my life, of whom then shall I be afraid, and then first Timothy 17 Susie second Timothy 17 God is not given us a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind. The devil says what you need to worry, worry right now. No, actually I don't because in total room. Philippians 46. Don't worry about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known on the got that's out works. You know the word of God.

You memorize the word of God. To quote the word of God and I will help you when you're being tempted. But if you don't know God's word clever little things you read on Instagram are not going to help. Okay there's all kinds of clever little things you can read a nice little saying, but you need the word of God that's with the devil is afraid of and that's what he responds to and that's why it is called the sword of the Spirit. Notice it's a sort of birth spirits. The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit and it's the Holy Spirit who helps us understand Scripture and apply it in our lives in the Holy Spirit is also the one who guides us and bring scriptures to memory. Even the right Scripture for the right moment or have that happen you know memorizing Scripture is not always exciting.

Kind of a discipline scored against them. All of a sudden you're talking to someone missing under know what to do and I'm just facing the situation lower that memorize Scripture has not been utilized by the Holy Spirit brought to the forefront of your memory and you say we you know what here's what the Bible says that's why it's a sort of the spiritual bring it to life and show you were to use that passage in a given situation. Listen if you neglect the study of the Scripture. Your spiritual life will ultimately unravel K-1 lasting a minimum, the quotes are lasting final ingredient to winning the spiritual battle. In addition to putting on the armor of God, and you know the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit and having your fee chart of the preparation of the gospel of peace. This is really important. Prayer.

Prayer would give her 17 the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful of this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Supplication is when you're praying for someone else. Worship is when you're bringing glory to God intercession you're standing in the gap supplication you're praying for someone petition.

You're asking the Lord to help you but the word of God and prayer are inseparable. Listen to this, the word of God enlightens us in prayer enables us to see that again the word of God enlightens us but prayer enables us the word of God reveals the will of God. Prayer enables me to do that will is an excellent illustration of this in Exodus chapter 17 showing how God's word and prayer work together so the nation Israel is facing off with the Amalekites on the battlefield and God told Moses to send Doug Susie Moses told Joshua to send men to fight the Amalekites and he would stand on the top of the hill with the stop of God in his head, interceding for them. So we held that staff up they kneel. Moses is praying, so he's praying that and when the staff is up there waiting. Then he deal Moses is all his arms are getting tighter so your nipples are gone, they start losing. They put the my companies are winning again so two guys they were going to help oral mode right one's name Aaron. The others named her they grab each end of the staff and they hold up most Moses coming in on with his arms, and so the soldiers saw Moses with this stuff up frame and they prevailed in the battle so it shows how prayer in the word of God go together and that is why we need to proclaim the word of God and then we need to be praying the power in the spiritual battle does not come from what we know it comes from who we know it's all about Jesus and it's all about a relationship with Jesus and so let me just close tonight by asking do you know Jesus, let me say something that you need to understand if you're not a Christian you are no match for St. he can pretty much wreck a lot of havoc in your life but if you're a follower of Christ.

You're under his protection is ID tag is attached to you. He's watching out for you. Yes, he will allow certain things that come in your life you will not ever worry free life by me. I should see a carefree life or a trouble-free life you should ever worry free life, but will have our moments where we have our doubts in our difficulties of the Lord will allow those things, but your great temptation. According to sort of the, the fiber of your life.

You won't allow more to come to that. You won't have the power to resist in his strength and so you have that guarantee of protection for the non-Christian. There's nothing and you think you're going to keep the devil away with the crucifix have a crucifix. He hates crews of the concurrence of our crucifixes. What I have holy water.

There is no holy water. Oh well, yeah, you need Jesus.

That's the only thing Satan fears when we restate that that's the only one Satan fears because of the power of Christ and when Jesus comes on listen live.

Your under his protection. In a sometimes people say that Christians can be demon possessed. How absurd you think God's into a timeshare program guide Jesus here and sometimes demons live over here. None of this is like if prices in this house is the sole occupant of the house and he drives everything out.

So when he comes in all the demon power that was maybe in me in some way shape or form is gone and I'm protected someone new is in the house when the devil comes not united to say Lord, would you mind getting that.

And when Jesus answers the door trusting the doubles not coming but if prices not living in your house in your life, you're vulnerable.

You need Jesus Jesus Christ the son of God who came to this earth and live the perfect life than anyone, and died on the cross for your sin and paid the price for every wrong you've ever done.

And then he rose again from the dead. Now he stands at the door of your life, and he knocks and says if you'll hear his voice and open the door. He will come in, have you asked Jesus to come in your life. Yet there might be some of you here at the service tonight that man. You're just worried you're full of anguish and have a lot of problems you're facing and you just thinking this is so hard. Will there someone who said that we should cast of our care upon him because he cares for us because they let me take your troubles. Let me take your cares let me take your anxieties, let me carry it for you. Come here. Let me put my arms around you. You're safe with me. You need to come to Jesus you know want to be out there for one day without you don't want to be out there for one hour without he'll forgive you and you'll enter into a relationship with him. And if you don't have that relationship with Jesus. Let me extend an invitation to you now to believe in him because he's ready to come into your life but you have to say Lord save me Lord forgive me let her know what mess you're in right now or what troubles you're facing or whatever they are. God is greater. Whatever your face the outcome of your lifetime. So begin to pray together, to extend an invitation for you to say yes to Jesus, let me say this one last thing I know I already said this was last point. This is the last last last point to not say yes to Jesus is to say no to Jesus.

Jesus said your for me or against me. So this is an either or proposition. You don't say yes I want Jesus you're effectively think I don't want Jesus in my life and you have that ability to make that choice, though it is a wrong window make it say yes to him, you will not regret it. But spray father I pray now that your Holy Spirit will convict and convince every person here every person that's listening or watching wherever they may be. Show them their need for you and help them to come to you and believe in you right here right now so we asked for your Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of those that need to take this next step in our heads about their eyes are closed and work praying together.

How many of you would say tonight.

Greg pray for me. I want Jesus to come in the my life.

I want him to forgive me of my sin. I want to go to heaven when I die, I don't want to face life alone any longer.

I want God I need his help.

Pray for me. I'm ready to say yes to him and ready to be forgiven by him I'm ready to come and that this relationship with him that your desire. If you want Jesus Christ to come in your life if you want him to forgive you of your sin if you want to go to heaven when you die which you raise your hand up right now are of you are not, pray for you raise your hand at St. I need Jesus tonight. Pray for me.

Wherever you are.

Raise your hand accomplish's raise your hand accomplish anybody else, bless you, bless you raise your hand apart.

I can see it please say I want Jesus Christ in my life. I want my sin forgiven. I want to go to heaven when I die I want this relationship of God, pray for me. Raise your hand up if you haven't yet, and we pray for you right reviewer accomplish a bless you. All right, now you get a raise your hand. I want you to pray this prayer with me right now, right where you are. Just pray this prayer.

You could even print out lot if you like.

Just pray this, Lord Jesus, I know I'm a center but I know you're the Savior who died on the cross for my sent.

I turned from that sin.

Now, and I choose to follow you from this moment forward as my Savior and Lord is my God and my friend. And thank you for accepting me and for giving me now in Jesus name I pray, amen some buses. I pray that

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