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February 24, 2021 1:00 am
Mike & Robby are going parking... in order to show us how the devil can trick us into inaction by making us feel uncertain or incapable - and how if we think we can't do something, we won't even give it a try! They talk about how to overcome this and follow God courageously!
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For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against rulers powers the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual post of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, like you said Robbie, that you may withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand stand therefore, having girded your waist in truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. But what we were talking about what I've seen is that if the devil if he can make you think that you can't do something when he's already won the battle because if you don't believe you're going to do something. Why would you do it in the first place and used you had a story about an elephant always heard that you know they would train a baby elephant that married irregulars in the circus or whatever because he couldn't pull the steak out of the ground. He just assumed his whole life that you don't think Jane and down with just a stake something that would begin the whole full-grown elephant. But once you train them.
You know then you got them, but there's a beautiful thing is interesting that you bring up. Ephesians 6 and the reason why me because I have been looking at it all week. Okay. And that word stand in Hebrew, if you allow me to just show you the word picture because you know Hebrew. They're showing you a picture of something with the letters.
And so when you take the letters. It is like the starts of the good which is like the hand of God coming down right here comes the hand of God coming down and it's grabbing hold of righteousness, which is essentially like a tree.
Okay and then you are. Once you put on the form once you put on Christ blood right you are right in there so much about the full armor that has to do with righteousness. So here's God's and coming down grabbing hold of Mike who is righteous, you believe that or not. Like the elephant you been trained or not sure that you actually are sure because you're under his cropping under his blood right so here comes the hand of God is holding you and then the next.
The last letter is a bet which has to do with the kingdom so that means look up interesting. So if you're standing there holding God's hand in righteousness. Okay looking at the kingdom.
Can anybody get to know right and the ideas if you're in prayer which you know Ephesians 6 in the whole armor thing has to do with praying because here's where we battle against flesh and blood are not against flesh and blood, but spiritual forces so that's happening in prayer and so here you are standing in right and then the next word. The bit for the thing you're supposed to gird up which really has to do with putting on your wedding close account which again are righteous which are white and you know all that clean and then with the belt of truth, just so here we have this beautiful absolutely amazing word truth which in Hebrew is a met with just the beginning in the middle. In the end of the story said truth when you think that when Jesus came and in Revelation. He said I am the Alpha may make a while he'd spoke Hebrew so we would probably said I am the Alice on the Mem and I'm the tough act and the idea behind that word is when we look at the larger story what's really going on.
We put our life down and we take up Christ's life. Yes, and we take up his close and we put on that belt right and we stand with our hand in his. It is like the woman caught in adultery to me.
You know, when Jesus said what you know woman were your accusers look for right there. Let me just tell you Satan doesn't stand a chance if you got a hold of Nazi, it's true. And the thing about that. Scott now marks and when there holding it in you to be fully aware that you're standing there in his blood. Awesome it is. It is a you know and one of the things that I heard you say talk about was a battle I heard you use that the term battle we have to. If we don't realize that there is a battle out there who I mean it will work and have a tough time and and I'm looking at you know everybody knows. Philippians 413 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. What a lot of people don't know is the context and to start off in Philippians 411 it says not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I EM to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, and what he saying there sometimes you're up. Sometimes you're down, but you keep fighting, keep fighting and there's there's a verse in the Old Testament. Maybe in Proverbs work. It says that a righteous man falls down 7×7 times he rises again and Jesus actually said, going along with that, apart from me you can do nothing. So you know a single righteous man gets up 7.if you try to do this thing on your own. Robbie, good luck with that.
I'd never realized there was a baseball game involved in Philippians but apparently if you got a base okay baby got. There are striking out all your I mean the but we were looking at something else as well. Albert Einstein was on a train one time and when he was on the train conductor came up everybody was checking their tickets and Einstein was so embarrassed he could not find his ticket. The conductor said Albert Einstein it's okay, we know you are were not worried about it just relax.
We trust you that you bought a ticket anyone on the conductor went back a few seats and kinda turned around he saw Albert Einstein on his hands and his knees trying to find his ticket.
He went back Albert Einstein. He said Mr. Einstein he said I told you it's okay we know who you are and Albert Einstein says I know who I am to but I don't know where I go, it might be kind of important. Robbie, in this Christian life to know where were going in that ticket requires that you have on the wedding close that ticket requires that you be in you know I met passage in Isaiah, you know, let's reason together though your sins are red, a scarlet writer need to make them white and the beautiful thing about Ephesians in Philippians is again here is is is you are going into that relationship with God through his word and through prayer right by understanding these concepts more and more and being transformed into his likeness freedom. Yes becomes so bad and and you're not tied to that chain on your leg that you think has you held down and and I love you know I host kingdom pursuits.
As you know just how does God take your passion, your to build the kingdom and time again another be somebody that sensed God told him to write a book God sends him to start a radio show God in our ins in some way called them to start a movie or whatever it was in NM and you know I've I've interviewed all sorts of really amazing people that everybody knows their name, but I I've interviewed lots and lots and lots of really amazing people that nobody knows their name, but they stepped into God's adventure. They took up their freedom.
You see, that they saw, and even though right there see in the chain nursing and that the whole elephant thing to see in the parking place that you're not supposed to park in until after five. They still stepped out and God right yeah he doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies a call and send any shows his people at radical pre-shows his people how to do movie or he shows them you know how to do a radio show, yet there was a motivational speaker. I think his name was Les Brown. Have you heard of him.
Okay but he was said he was big back in the attic is that was Les Brown and what he what he said as he says, does anybody know were the wealthiest places say the Wealthiest Pl. in Winston-Salem. While you might think of pieces know that the wealthiest place is in the cemetery.
He said were people died with these great ideas.
We could say that the great ideas that God had given them and that they never acted interactive so maybe they're semi-listening today were you've been thinking about doing something God has laid something on your heart and you haven't done it yet will guess what. Maybe you're listening to this for a reason. It's never too late right you know the old saying that you you miss 100% of the shots that you never took a trip.
It's up that's right, you know so many times I hear amazing stories were people just in a sense, God was wanting to go down this path and make this choice. It seemed totally bizarre well off the wall on both of our cases you know for me to be a radio talkshow host somebody told me that I would invent a five you're out of your mind. I can improve I can't public speaker makes me nervous what you what you talking about get you know in more than amazing to me that I I've had a chance to meet so many amazing disciples walk with somebody really cool people see what God is doing and so many amazing ways.
As it is. I just was obedient to something that made no sense to me at the time. Sure, but being transformed by his word right you know, we begin to see what the possibilities are.
That's it. And in we were heard a story was it was by Adrian Rogers many years ago and he said there was that this this guy who bought this car and he said when he bought the car he said was a brand-new car. He showed it off the oldest friends came over was a beautiful car. They loved it, or whatever he says all the sudden the sky see his friends see the sky pushing the car around town that we says it. Finally one of his friends says to hey if you knew this or not but there's this thing inside of your car called an engine and he said if you push the ignition right here in turn the key. He said you your car will start and it'll drive around. All you have to do is push the gas and you no longer have to push it around. Will these ideas that we that these ideas that were talking about that were getting.
If we try to act on these ideas on our own.
Even if the good ideas, like that guy pushing the car around town, but when you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. When you have Jesus Christ the son of God. He says I am what is it I'm the branch you are the fire department for me you can do nothing but that when we when we have the Holy Spirit and we ask him to help us with these things that these great things that we want to do for God. All of a sudden it's like we just push the key emerges, sit back on cruise control, one thinking safer. The guy had really strong legs as the great ship, you know, that's a lot of question, but it reminded me of it. You know I remember after I done the Christian cargo show maybe for five years. I had gone to the National religious broadcasters convention in Nashville and I was driving back coming across Tennessee and that was just crammed God. I know you want more from this ministry than just me to tell people know is the best time to buy a car to save money when you trade Stefan and and you know not to drive recklessly and all the things that we were doing on the show and and as I was listening actually to another Christian radio station, I heard the guys get on and they started to talk about how they had formed up this team in their men's group and gone around his or somebody single women in their church that didn't have anybody to like you know fix their gutters work in us straighten out their car or whatever the situation was. So the first Saturday of every month. These guys get together. Course it wouldn't go to single moms by themselves for directing government shirt 456. What is very will go and so as I listen to that I was like that's it in you want us to start the Jesus labor love yes is car repair like yeses and moms Windows and I went.
I bet I could get in a car repair places to offer up the first Saturday of the month which was my original idea. It changed a lot over time where everything people need a car fixed. I can't wait. The first set, but I know that at the time about this, God gave me the idea and away we went. What wasn't long that we'd been doing this and and my good friend if you know is always on the show Jerry Mathis with grace, body shop had was one of our repair shops and so this you know that was for single moms and widow so here comes this winter she's in her 80s and should she come finish the race body shop he says can you look at my air conditioner course. We have Jerry's thinking why are you coming to me with Eric but it was a body shop in a matter she goes. He goes out. She came in she needed help. Let me just go see what's gone. So he goes out to the car and she says man I really need to get this fixed. I just I was out in the heat all last year. I thought I was an hour and it was really really cheap and drive around without air conditioning program.
While in Jerry since any goes to show me you know where the problem associate starts at an she says you feel that Eric's not cold and he says we see that little snowflake button on the on the – Ryan if you push that you know boom the light come blue and next thing you know she's got air conditioning now you know it's a class example summary didn't know what they didn't know right but when you think about all the women are out there with their husbands always were the one that helped him do all that stuff and now all of a sudden he's out of the picture and who's there to pick up in a whatever and saw it that stories always blessed me to think while God how cool is that the you pop this will idea my mind right right I didn't help the widow Jerry did. That's right that's right but I got blessed as a result of just being obedient to God. That's what you want to do that and to this day. You know that ministry considers the continues to bear fruit for Christ and we have always volunteers have been blessed all along the way to write just because I sense God wanted more. I asked him what it was.
He pops that radio show I heard in my mind like you may be listening to a radio show right now and the way you know it.
Yeah, I mean II when I'm when I'm looking at this right now. I we were actually we had a Bible study or Bible study last night Tuesday night, which is growing and praying for all these people who are lost and then we started praying for revival. Click praying for revival in this country and I I saw a quote in it was by Gypsy Smith and he said if you want to.
If you want there to be revival in your city in your country and your state. He said what you do is you go upstairs you get some chalk and you put a circle around yourself. You asked the Lord to start a revival inside of that circle.
He said once revival starts inside of you that it can start to spread other people and that's the deal and the beauty of that. Maybe you wonder how how does that work will through prayer right which is not easy, but we talked about at the beginning in Ephesians recheck take over God's him feel the nail marks take the blood of Christ over yourself that he paid right for everything you ever did, so that you you don't have an accuser.
I do not have Satan on what you know you're the guy that used to do direct you know you're the guy that used to know. Get involved in all these relationships and you're the guy that you know you you got the security of the scanner want to hold you back from whatever it is that God's trying to bring into your life or your the guy and read a book in 20 years and and and so the pickup that Bible seems a little awkward, but when you're standing in that circle holding on the Christ and accepting his righteousness, and then you look up and all of a sudden, you begin to get thirsty.
Like wow I didn't know that about. I didn't know that about the and and and I have never met a person that took a Bible and said look I want to see what this says that is with within a week to week seven, to me, they got 50 questions. Why does this mean how did this happen, you know you know what what Norman Vincent pills told me once when I started my journey, although he did it via a recording was that unite got a pray before you read and you gotta ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what this means and all my work.
What an adventure awaits everyone who picks up that book in it. If you think about it. If we were talking about being in a battle when you have the power of the Holy Spirit.
It's a battle that you like we said before, we read the end of the book of Revelation, we will meet you know if if we were going through this and I said and we weren't sure where we knew that we work with in the end, then that's a battle I don't know I wouldn't take but but we know that we can win the battle. I heard a story about Napoleon about he is. He was leading his army into a battle and they were losing the battle losing the battle and he told he told the person who is good at supposed to blow the horn.
He said that I need to blow that he sent somebody to them, saying, I need you to blow the horn to retreat come back 10 minutes later nothing happens. He sent somebody else to say hey we need to retreat blow the horn to retreat come back 10 minutes later nothing happens Napoleon this time says I guess this guys not getting the message that we need to retreat to go down there in person and talk to him in person and tell him to retreat.
Tell the kid he says hey you need to blow the bugle we need to retreat, and the young man says but Napoleon you never taught me how to retreat. He said I never taught you how to retreat. Pauline says in in in the kid says yeah you never taught me how to retreat and blow the horn and working to charge and they ended up winning that battle in our battle that we have minutes, but we do have a worthy opponent sticks know you know it's it's tough sometimes that inner battle. We know that if we keep charging. We keep fighting in the end, with the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Christ. We know that we can end up winners jets interesting. I thought about Napoleon in years, but the thing that I learned that he said which is actually genius but has everything to do with so much of how we experience our Christian life is.
He said that I have learned that men will give up their life for ribbons. Think about you know any metal that you ever saw it like to be given a metal, is to mean that your significant right to them and those and those little ribbons that warriors would get back in Napoleon's day he learned that they would literally give up their life or written while the beauty of the Christian life. When you think about it is actually if you're buried in the likeness of his dad right you are.
You are giving up that but you're giving it up for something much more than a colored ribbon you're giving it up for those living right he is going to clothe you in his righteousness, and and and give you a chance to come into the throne of grace, night went when you come up there in prayer and in your actually in the throne of grace with God the father right because Jesus said on the way to the what the father yes and so you're up there with Jesus, the father, the Holy Spirit, their illumination and and there right you get an opportunity become his son talk about being significant yet. I am in talk about having value and in in God's eyes, not man's Isaac. Are they going yeah I mean what we care about is what is God think and the opportunity that we have, to lay down our life. Well you know in when you were talking about that people the things that people will do for rivet says in Scripture. First Corinthians 9 starting in verse 24.
Do you not know that all those who run in a race all run one receives the prize run in such a way that you may obtain it.
And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus not with uncertainty. Thus, I fight, not as one who beats the year but I discipline my body and bring it into subjection less what I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified them when I hear what I hear that I hear from what I hear from what you talk about we work people we meet all the stew to a certain extent, we work so hard to you know get likes on social media, or to make money your for all these other things are to get people to like us in that stuff doesn't last.
What he saying here in first Corinthians, not why not give your life to something that you be given crown for when you get to heaven. Given given rewards and you study the Bible you know that Rodney right something that will last forever. Take your wife and use it for the kingdom pursuits and and you know I really enjoyed for years and years and years way before got the radio during men's ministry and so many men will come up to you in men's ministry him outside. I just know I was meant for so much more than Mr. and that's the truth. You are meant for so much more than this and the beauty of the Christian life is if you accept what Jesus actually did do for you lay down his life take up his cross, lay down your sin take up his righteousness and begin to walk in that and have union with him. I talked with he is going to begin to develop the true identity. The way he made you originally did take on all the stuff that you were to take on and subdue the staff that will last for eternity and it know it's an opportunity today to play with us and say simply yeah in second Corinthians 6 to assess what he says in the time of my favor I heard the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you now is the time of God's now with salvation. And if you've never given your life to Jesus prayed with us right now.
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