Summary: Memorial day sermon remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom. Christians are in a spiritual war and there are far too many WIA, MIA, POW. We need true Christians to get up and get on the front lines again
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. But what does it mean?
For some it is a 3 day weekend
For some it is the start of Summer
For some it is a time for family & friends to get together and have a cookout
For some it is the Indy 500
Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War.
By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
In little over 100 years over 600,000 men and women have lost their lives so that we my live our lives in freedom.
Memorial Day is to remember all those who gave their lives so that we may remain free.
And We want to say thank you to those men and women for and their families who paid the ultimate price for our freedom!
Americans all across this globe are hated and nations would want to do anything to wipe us off the face of the earth and it is a war and there will continue to have Casualties until the Lord comes.
This morning I would like to look at and preach with the Power and the Presence of the Holy Spirit on another war that is going on and the CASUALTIES of this war.
The implications of this war are more important than the physical wars of this world.
It is a war that everyone in this auditorium is in whether you want to be or not.
It is a war that has Eternal Implications. It is a Spiritual War.
But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk 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;) 5 Casting 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; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
Like any war there are only two sides.
A WINNING SIDE – GOD’S SIDE
THE LOOSING SIDE - SATAN’S SIDE
To be on Satan’s side all you have to do is be born into this world
To be on God’s Side all you have to be is born - again
And even though it seems like Satan is winning many battles in our lives let me remind you the outcome.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Savior than my friend you will go to the same place as your commander and chief will go.
Remember there are only two sides. And the only way for you and I to be on the winning side the Lord’s side is to be Born Again
With this in mind I would like to preach with the Power and the Presence of the Holy Spirit on THE CASUALTIES OF WAR.
If you would be so kind to stand with me as we give reverence to the reading of God’s Word.
THE CASUALTIES OF THIS SPIRITUAL WAS
*I. VS 10-12 WIA – WOUNDED IN ACTION
Many are wounded because:
A. THEY HAVE THEIR FEELINGS HURT
B. THEY HAVE LOST THEIR STRENGTH DUE TO
1. The Lack Of Nourishment
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
And where there is famine there is a lack of strength.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2. Not Putting On The Whole Armor Of God
3. Unfriendly Fire
Why can we not as Christians just get along?
We waste too much energy – we lose too many people when we fight against another.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Can I ask you again what is sin? Sin is Disobeying the Lord.