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Summary: Continuation of part II.

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In the past two messages, I believe that I have made the

case for the fact that Christians must be prepared properly

to guard against satan’s deadly arrows.

Eph. 6:18 - 18praying always with all prayer and

supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with

all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

A. These arrows come in the form of some quite

common sins.

1. One reason for Christians to confess their

faults, one-to-another, is to bring to light the

commonality of satan’s arrows of destruction.

James 5:16 - 16Confess your trespasses to one another,

and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The

effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

We will not defeat these darts of temptation if we are

guarding areas that are very unlikely to be the areas of

temptation.

A. We must put on the whole armor of God and we

must identify the enemy, and after we have

identified the enemy, we need to face him.

1. When we only look at the horrible areas...the

areas that we probably do not need to worry

too much about........we expose our backs to

the area in which satan will definitely try to

defeat us.

In the last two messages I have addressed the following

areas of commonality:

A. Doubt and fear....the destroyer of faith.

B. The critical spirit......it’s still alive and in the

Church.

C. Misplaced priorities and/or procrastination.

D. Guilt.........for sins that have been covered by the

blood of Jesus Christ.

E. Envy, covetousness, and jealousy.....different

names.......same results.

Today, we will conclude with three final areas......common

areas to all of us who name the name of Christ.

A. Even though they are common, don’t let this fool

you.......they are life threatening.

Romans 6:23 - 23For the wages of sin is death, but the

gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1. This is the reward of ALL SIN!

a. Because we count it as “common” or

we can say that “everybody does it” does

not take away from the fact that the ends

of these common sins.....IS DEATH!

I. First, we see a very common arrow of satan......an

unwillingness, on the Christian’s part, to admit that I

am the one that the messages......the admonitions......the

exhortations........the rebukes...............are dealing with.

A. This is spiritual denial.

1. All of the messages in the world cannot

penetrate this kind of heart.

B. We understand that messages apply to many

individuals.

1. Our job IS NOT TO MAKE THAT

APPLICATION!!!!!!!!

a. Those that are making these applications

are busying themselves and distracting

themselves from the truth, as it applies to

themselves.

b. Those that are doing this are attempting

to justify their sins and shortcomings by

pointing out the sins and shortcomings

of others.

II Cor. 10:12 - 12For we dare not class ourselves or

compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.

But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and

comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

1.) This does not justify anybody’s

sins

a.) Our yardstick of comparison

is not to be found in others.

II. The next area which is all to common in the Church..


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