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Hello this is Matt slick from the match look like podcast ready from the Christian faith and lay out our foundational truths of God's word for chosen Truth Network podcasts of starting in just a few seconds. Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network welcome If Not for God stories of hopelessness that turned. Your host Mike Swain and not God's filling in high rated high velocity of the Chicago ideal for but this started to show still here is to show he's the man of the hour was with God bless you man and it's awesome to actually be a part of your show today and be on the road with you here at this amazing time at all places dairy.

Over this time in the word. Thanks for being here, and for introduce yourself. Everybody yet.

Thank you so much and actually this is my first time doing Wednesday the word at the Daria and it was an awesome awesome awesome thought it was funny that which you had actually talked about this morning's due was what I was in a talk about on the radio as well and it was putting your game face on and where it came from was about close to 20 years ago. I would sell books door to door with a company called Southwestern and what we would do is we would go out every summer and we would work 80 hours a week and my student manager was a guy named Kevin Johnson what he told me Roddy was. He said Mike he said I know you're about a week behind. I think you had a wedding to go to the end. The he said Mike. He said I know maybe in a different state or whatever he said but when you come to our training session for the week.

He said I need you to put your game face on and I I felt like I received a word. Was this past Saturday or Sunday on something told me to leave the house was in the house and something told her to leave the house at four letters I drove to the mailbox on the other side of town and I said God what is it that you want for me right now and so I said I don't on our thinking about it and something told me to turn the radio and I turn the radio on and it was Dr. Tony Evans on the Truth Network of course. And so what he was talking about was Daniel chapter 3 and Stu, you probably know, Daniel chapter 3 but if we can pull it up here, let's pull up Daniel chapter 3 and let's see stories of famous story is one you know about from sisal, but the real story true story actually happened in Scripture and you heard Tony Evans preaching on this topic and it set you back a 20 year memory of when that sales trainer said get your game face on. Get your game face on because in its Daniel chapter 3, I'm looking at the King James and he says, and whoso Follett not down and worship shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore, at that time and all the people heard the sound of the cornet flute heart soccerball, psaltery, and so on.

They fell down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

Wherefore, at the time, certain Chaldeans came and accused the Jews. They spake and they said they went through all of them in a hearing as there are certain Jews and now has sent over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach me shack and Abednego and it says they serve, not by God nor do they worship the golden image which you would set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury brought Shadrach me shack up and Abednego you can tell what happened next will know what you Hebrew is really rich, you know, it ultimately had to make a decision know the sound of music are you going about everybody else and that this went on over and over again ritually recipes and finally it is after all the warnings and all that the word they didn't bow. The king was infuriated and he threw them. He said go turn on that he 10 times what is, in fact, he killed the people to turn it on.

The attendance and the king was so fiercely through these these young Hebrew leaders in the fiery furnace because they wouldn't bow right and accept their faith because their God was greater. Not only did they accept their fate. There was a part in here where he said that were Shadrach me shack Abednego said our God can save us from the fire.

But even if he doesn't were still not about and I feel like that's a word for some of us today because you have for so long, Christianity in America is pretty easy. I mean, we haven't really faced a lot of persecution, but nowadays I believe that if you want to stand up for the Bible and if you want to say that this is that the Bible is the word of God and that everything in the Bible is true. If you get a front for instance, if you say that hey it's wrong to kill a child in the womb that abortion is murder or if you want to say that hey you know we love everybody but if you're living in an alternative lifestyle on and that were that marriage between a man and a woman is God's way and that any other way is not the right way, you could be killed. This isn't something that I'm just saying this is something that could have.

This is something that could happen very soon because if you look at where we were 20 years ago in the United States. If you have said things are happening today are happening today. I think a lot of people would've believed they would leave knowing that's a great point and so is assigned as I've dealt Christians around the world are persecuted more Christians are better martyred this century and the last hundred years than in the history of the church. It's been the numbers are huge so normal Christianity ferocious is Christlike in the Sudan and Cambodians of the countries in the Middle East is really rough. So America now were getting a taste of that. Just a little bit but were kind of we been right.

Nine. The horse Michael and his time to get the game face on it is and that's why I like what you talked about this morning so much with Stephen and there's a fascinating verse in the account were all throughout Axa talks about the first Christians being in one accord there one voice of one mind they were in one accord now Christian Cartwright. Sometimes you think that's like a Honda automobile. They were driving Hondas in the first century okay but but all joking aside, what's fascinating is when they came on Stephen to kill him to murder him. It says right there. It says they granted him.

Verse 57 of acceptor seven and they were in one court and so here you have the description of the mob, not the church. This these different Hellenistic Jews who couldn't stand the African Jews who didn't get along at all with the Herodian Jews who really were not in league with the Sadducees and the Pharisees couldn't stand any of them suddenly there in one accord their common enemy is Christian. Specifically, Stephen Wright and so Steve and I would say if anyone had his game face on any other glow of God on his face because in Luke 615 just for this trial. It says that the his face shine like the face of an angel, and angels are in the presence of Almighty God, see, and that's why angels radiate God's presence and ensure God's message when they saw Stephen it was incontrovertible that this guy had the glow of God on he had his game face on. Like you said, and in the midst of in the face of suffering his face shine the glory of God and what happened, he prays, as he is dying as is while they're stoning casting stones at him. He is kneeling on his knees praying that God would forgive them for their sin.

Just like Jesus prayed when he died across so as of GST was a hero, but he died, praying for his enemies, and big things come out of that Michael but it shows you. It really shows you what your talk about how wake up. You're the show today on if not for God.

I'm honored to be in and for Robbie Cano hosting along with you you is get your game face on and it's it's real and it's time for waking up. It is a matter fact that in Luke 1428 while you were talking it says suppose one of you wants to build a tower, won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it and what I want the listeners to hear today is for a long time in America you. The cost really hasn't been that much to be a Christian.

It hasn't really been that bad. It hasn't really been that much but I feel like were getting to the point now where I want you to know before the persecution comes.

I want you to count the cost and I want you to know what could happen so that you're not blindsided in this is you said Robbie, this is not something that's new and you said something that happens all over the country. Let's look at some verses Matthew 510 NIV Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Second Corinthians 1210 that is why, for Christ sake, I delight in weakness and insults and hardships and persecution. The difficulties for when I am weak, then I am strong. Second Timothy 312.

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. In John 1518. If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first what he thinks that while Jesus said it might drop you know when the dust of the Lord and Stephen believe that Stephen live that those words by the way, I put that verse from second Timothy three on twitter and someone unfollowed me. I simply tweeted that verse, I didn't weak commentary. I didn't say all you guys are losers in the country and secretions are soft and decide to talk about myself, not part of this Western Christian culture that I've gotten soft and we can know so often were more were more afraid of, you know what can happen to us of our image that we are lifting of his image right but this lady unfollowed me immediately and in the only thing I did is put that verse all those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution and so I believe that like it's a real honor.

The question is comes down to the vile parties do I value Christ above everything else, and what Stephen's death and Martin revealed this morning as he revealed his death revealed his priorities in life just always has a way of doing that suffering trial, viruses, infections, pain has a way of revealing where my priorities are and if it comes out that that that my priorities are in Christ is a great it's a great trial. It's a great chastening from God to wake me back up. We had one guy talk about it is very and we were done with losing the word and sauce and have Michael Zwick alleging himself here today, the host of, if not for God and I'm Stu Epperson zoning for for Robbie just kind of you know, jump alongside your and big shoes to fill. By the way, but I tell you Michael Zwick. This guy got up and said you know what it took people dying in my life to wake me up.

The Christ, and we pray that won't happen but maybe it takes an immoral Supreme Court note attacking Christian values and other things I get America and persecution on us from all fronts to wake us up to realize what's really important. We just have about a minute left about a minute left in in one of the things that you said Robbie during Wednesday in the word that was really good, which he said the Supreme Court in the United States is not supporting I like that or not they learn about God no to three times a show I've received the highest coffin I've ever gotten. As a radio she's called Iraq really realizing picture so you are so used to your copilot is unbelievable. What is a total compass and fellowship, but did put to your point, the Supreme Court of United States is not the Supreme Court of the universe. They will bow to God Almighty. They're not in charge. They're not the boss man and they lived on road recently and they've made some very blasphemous evil rulings that are tragic and God says will laugh them in derision.

Psalms chapter 2 talks about that the nation is raising are doing these crazy things and connections. All this is in control he's on his throne. And that's why the name is shown not this is the Truth Network frustrated with your real estate agent are trying to sell your home yourself with your Winston-Salem area mock John Locke open-door real estate about property management you been struggling that would try to find some to help you with your rental home Joe Lockyer and not right. Mike used Joe for over five years as my property manager for my rental homes.

You're right, Robbie. I was in luck if you want to be in luck got open-door Triad 336-930-3200. Welcome back to if not for God. This time the real Robbie. However, you don't feel offended from his back. That would be even higher honor than I did but we imagine, because he is after all the Truth Network's franchise player well all Stu said. He said that was the highest, that anybody could have given him was to call him right now that that that E. The true than in talk about this little bit for Robbie on the first section of the show with which to where to put your game face on and one of the things that we were just talking about a second ago was a and you said this is well was was spiritual warfare and when we were talking about this.

One of the things that came to my mind was if you go to Ephesians and you go to the six chapter in your first 12 it says for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against ruling of the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. In verse 13 wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that he may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand and so Robbie, you said that there are people who are cursing Christians and that that verse is in in there for no reason that we really do need to take up the armor of God daily, when it says in Scripture. Time and time and time again that Satan is like a ruling on writings out there. Try to seek and devour, and he's got a lot of authority and I don't think we have any idea of the power that we have our mouse to bless and curse, but unfortunately the Muslims have a better idea. I think in some Christians because they literally you know in the interviews I've been able to do with the National religious broadcasters convention whenever interviewing Muslims that have come out of Al Qaeda that literally some of the coolest storage you ever hear on how they actually came to Christ, but these people were literally infiltrated into American universities into the church while their team behind in Afghanistan.

In those places is literally pronouncing curses on every Christian leader that they can come across Oaks mics went raises his head up about the look in on this like lacrimal and then there out there trying to find each one and then they do start cursing and they actually have a fact that that that demons are given authority into our lives.

As a result of these things and so what Paul is telling believers right right is that we have a strap on some stuff right and in the first thing he tells you is truth you know and the truth is who has the real power right God, if it's Jesus in MS that authority. But don't think you won't have to use it. And don't think that you're not in a real battle, you know, there's a beautiful wonderful scene in the movie Lord of the rings where King Fadden is just coming out of the ether being spiritually you know infiltrated himself and as soon as he wakes up and realizes that he's about to be invaded. You know he try to protect his people. Since I won't risk open war right but they said no open wars upon you, whether you will risk it or not well in the beautiful thing about what God has given us is wow open warheads come upon us with her will risk it or not, and the question that I think most men need to face him.

I'm fighting a battle that's worth dying for. Have I seen this faith in this life and this work in Christ is something that I'm literally like Stephen swelled up on my game face and died, but the beautiful thing about Stephen's game face which I think is phenomenally critical to this battle is that the joy of the Lord was his strength. That's right me and said I was scared. You can see a guy who was mad at everybody. What you saw was a guy totally in love with people want men to come to Christ and told him level God that he had a piece about them. It was phenomenal and it is my opinion that Stephen's game face is what led to Paul's ultimate communal prayer. Christ, having the authority to come in on the road to Matt Damascus and say hey I guy I know really cool guy prayed for you Paul, if you and I love to see Mensing. Well, you know, one of the things that you said when you when you were talking and and you said about the word of God well how do we know the word of God. We don't read it to me. We have to be in the word of God. I was just looking at something right now it's at Psalm 119, 105 your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on mom and a light on my path. Matter fact when when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness.

Remember what Jesus said. He said it is written is written in in Jesus could have, you know, come back with that with a really kind of swift response to this snarky comment or this and he went to the word of God and so one of the things I always challenge myself with, and I'm sure you do as well. Robbie is that we need right now more than ever read our Bibles read the word of God because when when the attacks come or would like you said when people are praying curses over your whatever that you have to know how to respond and one of the things that you all and we talked about the so many times but you spend your day alone in the word and you spend your day in prayer with God in your few set your family even knows not to mess with you in the morning or whatever it is because you're going to spend your time with God. Well, when you're in your tournament. Ephesians 6 you get down and there's no there at the end of the bottom where you get down to the armor, which they're all absolutely beautiful.

I could probably do a ready conflict, but it does say the sword of the Spirit which is the take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God, so here's your offensive weapons. In other words, if you do some cotton. This is this is where you're gonna be able to do it. And interestingly, in those moments when you come under attack, or more importantly, your family comes attacker your friends come under attack. Now this is the point where you know, quite honestly, if you listen to Mike long, if not for God.

You know he read the stuff but God's reminding them of it.

So he's he's constantly thinking about Scripture in reference to what we talked about and so you're seeing this in action, but then it says the next piece of the battle where that that a lot of people forget which. My friend Dan's banks will tell you the most important on the list it says and then praying with all prayers and so when it comes to spiritual warfare right up the rubber meets the road right there in the last part is that all prayer right and that's where we are actually taking up the sword that's would put an end and that's where were taking up the shield of faith and in the belt of truth in all those things now. It's really it's it's kind of fun at some level to actually get to the point were okay.

You have equipped me and you have called me and and what will this actually look like to step in the battle for my family and and to be be prepared to get on your game face right at an end and to see that what that's can look like you said it look like that glow that Stephen had. That's the joy, the Lord is your strength and remember when they when he had that glow on his face.

They were throwing rocks and you know nobody said this was to be easy, but I believe you know the good news.

Here's the good news first John 44 King James version. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. And so Jesus has overcome the world. You know he said he's given us power to step on demons to two-car to cast out demons to step on scorpions even says he said you drink poison you won't die, and we've actually seen that happen. In some cases and one of the things that were talking about this and in and when you may be going through a tough time or whatever it is is where is you know I think sometimes you have to remind yourself what I do. Robbie, as I remind myself of where God has come through for me in the past where maybe I had a tough time.

Maybe I had some opposition but I knew that God came through it and we talked about this last week, but I remember when all is back in 2008 and I had one sheet of paper in my notebook and I rely just on the why did this but I said God show me something when I open up the notebook and there were now two sheets of paper and so showed me something and of course me being super spiritual. What I did was I closed the book up again and I civil God to show me one more time and I opened up the book again the notebook and there were now three sheets of paper and so sometimes now what I'm going through a spiritual battle Robbie when I'm having a tough time and I remind myself of all of the times were God has come through for me in the past if he did it in the past. He is going to do it again. I remember as you talk about persecution. I remember when I first became a Christian I had three or four that I guess they were atheist and they were around me and we were all friends and one of the things that somebody said they made a joke about Christians and I said while the Christian and they died laughing and I member after it happened.

It was like that's it would be worse than that. Having but it can happen. Nothing you had times Robbie were people come against you yeah or or worse things came against you and and that's just part of what I also want to bring out that we were meant to do this together in community. In other words, as we put on our game faces that you know one of the secrets to the shield of faith is that in all the people in all time knew this, that the shield was not to protect you.

It was protected. The guy standing next to you upwards. When the Romans lock shields on they were doing to fail axis maneuvers and that kind of thing and and so the shield was the one piece of armor that you have that literally protected your brother and so when you begin to believe that God is going to help this you eat your literally if you're standing in community in your yoke together with other believers. This is where you really become a force to reckon with.

Okay so you want the worst things I've had to go through the last couple years is lost.

My dad not in many friends came to that funeral that I have a band of brothers right and those guys before I spoke that day.

They had their arms on they were praying for me in a did feel that kind of love I had it all through my family. No doubt, but to literally stand against for the eminent enemy is coming against you in ways that you really have no defense. All my goodness to have a band of brothers when you're there. At that point.

Or, you know the time that my one child decides it. You know he wants to go be a boxer in New Jersey you know and all these things for your own family at this moment in time, you know, we have what we call an airstrike where the site you know we send out a code on our text to a band of brothers to say hey I'm being overrun by the enemy.

I need your help right this minute I'm struggling with pornography or whatever it is it my struggle is right that minute. Do you have literally band of brothers to come in that you confided in community and you got that to every Tuesday night every Tuesday night and we have a we were actually two Bible studies we do, wanted the church and and then there's another one at Smitty's house, but where we talk about that and this is one of the things that were talking about last night is that you know I don't necessarily like talking about, you know, having to deal with persecution or having to put your game face on and stuff like that. I'd rather talk about three steps to have a better marriage or four steps to get out of debt. But I feel like I would be doing them a disservice if I did not warn you of what was coming. Penn Gillette, the famous atheist is also magician he said I have no respect for Christians you don't proselytize, he said, because if you really believe that I can go to heaven you really believe that there's a place called hell that I can go to any setting. You don't tell me about. He said how much he had and I feel like in the same way, what were doing today is what is telling you this is the way that it is worth upon non-Dave was my thank you for listening to my shows rhyme on iTunes if not for God. More information on my contact if not gone online. This is the Truth Network

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