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Summary: Our duty as a Christian

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1. WE MUST PROTECT OURSELVES

• VS 16

• We have been sent out by Jesus to proclaim the kingdom of God

• In doing that we are exposed to the fiery darts of Satan

• Unless the sheep are protected by the Shepherd in the midst of the wolves they will be devoured

• How do we protect ourselves in the midst of these ‘wolves’?

a. Put on the WHOLE Armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) “Put on the WHOLE armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Wiles: A trick or stratagem practiced for ensnaring or deception; a sly, insidious sacrifice.)

b. Learn the Word of God (Matthew 7:15) “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

i. We must ‘Test the Spirit’s’ that guide us (I John 4:1) “BELOVED, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

ii. (II Timothy 2:15) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

• By doing these things we can ensure that we may be protected in the midst of the wolves

• Why would Jesus tell us to be ‘wise as serpents’?

• Serpents move with little vision, they must go on instinct and smell

• Every move that a serpent makes is calculated and cautious (Ephesians 5:15) “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.” Circumspectly is a word meaning “with caution and habitual regard to what is God’s will”

• Doves are symbols of love and peace; often used in the Bible to illustrate God’s pleasure in man

• Whatsoever we do, we must do with the love of God in our hearts

2. WE WILL SUFFER PERSECUTION IN OUR SERVICE

• VS 17-18

• This suffering comes for proclaiming the name of Christ to the world

• Jesus told the disciples that they would suffer not only in the court of public opinion but in actual court’s as well

• Our country stands today in the midst of the “Separation of Church and State” battle almost daily

• What started out as an argument over PRAYER IN SCHOOL has turned into an argument over the 10 commandments (In school and public areas), the inscriptions on our money, the words to our pledge etc..

• We should not be surprised that these battles are raging because Jesus told us they would

John 15:18 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”

Luke 6:22 “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.”

• The battle between God, his people and the world is raging every day in our nation

• Why? For people doing as verse 16 describes

3. WE HAVE NO EXCUSE WHEN FACING THE WORLD (VS 19-20)

• The Holy Spirit will be our guide

• Moses tried to play dumb with God when he was commanded to lead Israel out of Egypt

Exodus 4:10-12 “And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? Have not I the LORD?” “Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.”


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