Summary: We are engaged in spiritual warfare are you empowering yourself to win!
Are you soaring?
1 John 5:18-19 (NIV)
18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
We must be aware that Spiritual Warfare is going on all around us and there is only one way to guard ourselves, in Christ. Are you a person with confidence in yourself? As you go through each day each one of us has an inner conversation always going on?
My question is “What are you saying to yourself?”
Are you thinking positive thoughts, empowering thoughts, affirming thoughts, or do you go around thinking negative thoughts? I’m not that talented, I’ve made too many mistakes. “You can’t soar as an eagle if you’re living spiritually as a chicken!!” This is one reason so many people do not soar as Christians.
They simply aren’t having a positive outlook on their lives. Don’t listen to negative thoughts and if that’s all that’s playing, learn to put on a new recording. If you are a Christian, God sees you as His Champion!
Who am I? - is the question I would like you to examine about ourselves today. Am I a Christian? No? Then your life is in shambles, your life needs help. (My life is fine, not your spiritual life.) Jesus said in talking to Nicodemus
John 3:3 (NIV)
3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
Christian and non-Christian alike must get our thoughts and actions moving in the right directions if you truly want to become better.
(In the Book Devil Demons and Spiritual Warfare by Tom Brown) he says “Recognize that nothing is greater than God! Satan has power but not divine power.
God’s mercy is greater than sin!
God’s provision is greater than lack!
God’s wisdom is greater than confusion!
God’s love in your heart is greater than any bitterness you can feel!
If you think your problems are greater than God’s ability to solve them, then you will be overcome with fear!”
I want to look at 2 examples in the Bible of Great Christians, leaders of God’s people that had to discover who they really were before they could accomplish God’s task.
Judges 6:12-16 (NIV)
12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
God told Gideon I will be with you, Am I not sending you, but Gideon could only see his limitations and he made excuses, he failed to see who he truly was and let God work through him.
Like Gideon we are called to serve God, but many times all we see is our limitations and we make the same excuses.
As Christians we must create in ourselves a great self image. You will never rise above the image you have of yourself in your mind. God wants us to have healthy positive self images to see ourselves as priceless treasures. If you are a Christian you are one of God’s children!
Answer the question-Who Am I? Weak, fearful, insignificant? Not to God. God sees us as strong, courageous men and women able to move mountains. So we need to stop making excuses and start stepping out in our faith and doing what God wills. God knows we are not perfect, but God loves to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Moses had the same problem. God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and called him to lead the Children of Israel out of bondage.
Turn in your Bibles with me to:
Exodus 3:11-12New King James Version (NKJV)
11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”