Heb 12:1 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud
of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,(every thing that would impede
our forward progress) and the sin (or that which causes us to miss the
mark or fail in walking according to the standard of Christ Jesus) which
so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set
"We are in a race"
"We are running to win"
"We are laying aside every weight"
"We are overcoming every sin"
"We are running with endurance"
"Because it is bigger than we think"
Last Wednesday evening I brought the first installment of a series of
messages that I will be bringing over the course of the next few weeks.
That first message was called "Running to win" and I apologize that we
weren't able to get that on audio tape for those of you who were not here
to receive it.
The jest of that message was that if God has called us to do something,
then we need to do it. We need to commit ourselves to prayer, the Word, to
worship and to the work in order to not only finish, but to obtain the
prize that has been set before us.
This past Sunday morning, I brought the first in a series of massages
relating to (5) questions that we must ask ourselves before the end of the
The first question was: "Do I have the right attitude towards money?"
How many of you found that you did indeed have some wrong attitudes in
relationship to money? How many of you had to do some personal evaluations
in regards to your own heart regarding your money and what God expects and
promises you in regards to such?
If you missed that message- it was recorded and will be available to those
who would like a copy.
Tonight, the second question that I believe we must ask ourselves is found
in Ephesians Chapter 6.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this
age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the
breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the word of God;
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being
watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the
19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth
boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly,
as I ought to speak. (NKJ)
You may think from te context of this passage that the second question
that must be asked is: "Am I wearing the full armor of God?" I hate to
disappoint you, but that is not the question that must be asked. Here is
In the past (25) years, there has been more teaching on the subject of the
armor of God and spiritual warfare than in the previous 10 centuries
There are ministries and ministry centers that have sprung up for one
purpose; to fight it out with the devil.
We have mapped cities and discovered the names of principalities. We have
flown over cities in airplanes and driven stakes into the ground claiming
our rightful ownership over particular areas. We have shouted and danced
in the face of the devil in order to drive him from our midst. We have
developed strategies and programs and initiatives in an effort to win the
lost and free the captives.
? Now, before you think that I am opposed to spiritual warfare- know that
I am not. I believe what the word says in relationship to us "wresting"
against these powers and principalities and spiritual wickedness in high
All the shouting
All the marching
All the dancing
All the naming
All the conferencing