WMD’s – A Spiritual War
Warfare – 1. the process of military struggle between two nations or groups of nations; war. 2. armed conflict between two massed enemies, armies, or the like.
We are in a spiritual battle:
John 10:10 (English Standard Version)
10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
To Steal: to steal is to invade, seize, and carry away another’s property. But the devil can only do it if he can steal our heart away. Our loyalty and Love from God and turn it to things.
To Kill and Destroy: means to kill as a sacrificial victim, as by fire; offered in a sacrifice. And he accomplishes this through false doctrine. This eats like a cancer, and poison the minds of men.
2 Corinthians 10:3 (King James Version)
3For though we walk (occupy the flesh) in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Faith accompanied by our action is what arms our weapons.
Faith without works is dead.
Faith goes beyond rational thinking.
If we don’t have faith then we cannot access or weapons.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
As we submit to God through faith then Jesus can become our ultimate weapon.
You can’t treat Jesus like an accessory.
Some people treat Christianity and Jesus like it’s just another option…
Acts 19:13-20 (English Standard Version)
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We are more than conquerors.
Fear not only makes us afraid to die, but to live too.
We can’t be bound by fear and live in faith.
Romans 8:37-39 (King James Version)
37Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
1. We are more than conquerors because Jesus has all the authority.
Philippians 2:9-11 (King James Version)
9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
on’-om-ah - authority
10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
For the authority of Christ to be operational in our lives…Jesus needs to be 1st in all ways…
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
That would make him the Lord in our life…
Lord means authority…and if we make him the Lord of our life then, His authority can operate in our life.
Lamentations 3:22-24 (New Living Translation)
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![a]
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”
If He’s not first then He is not your Lord
Many people think that:
• Their family should come first.
• Their job should come first.
• Their financial needs should come first.
We can’t complain to God if:
• We have strife in our home.
• If the man’s got us down
• If our job is taking us no where
• If we don’t have enough money to make ends meet…
Because we have made ourselves the Lord of our life…we have put our self in first place…
5. Through Jesus our not enough becomes more than enough.
But my God shall supply all your need (lack) according to his riches wealth (as fulness), i.e. (literally) money, possessions, or (figuratively) abundance, richness, in glory by Christ Jesus. for the sake of Christ Jesus
But some say…
Matthew 8:18-20 (New International Version)
18When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. 19Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
20Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."
The preaching of Christ had riveted and charmed him; his heart had swelled; his enthusiasm had been kindled; and in this state of mind he will go anywhere with Him, and feels impelled to tell Him so.
Jesus is trying to tell him that there is no warm home, no downy pillow has He for thee:
Jesus is not saying He’s broke, just that he needs to "count the cost."
“Jesus didn’t live in lack, but he bore our lack on the cross”
• He had a treasury
• He needed a treasure
• Judas had been dipping into for 3 years and no one knew.
• They had enough to buy food for 5000 people.
• They traveled without working for 3.5 years.
Many people can become short sighted…and they become like crabs in a bucket…
They have given Christ no authority in their life.
People with problems believe everyone else has the same problems too.
I have had more people misjudge me within the last few weeks than over the last 4 years…
Those that have not made Jesus their true Lord can’t see beyond their own ability and want to bring everyone else down with them…
John 1:1-3 (New International Version)
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.