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Summary: We are engaged in a spiritual war. A serious battle. For the Christian, faith is not spelled "F-A-I-T-H" it is spelled "R-I-S-K." If something is not a risk, then it really does not require faith.

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For Those not Familiar with an Anglican Service there are 4 Scripture readings before the message is given. Today's Scriptures were Deuteronomy 26:1-11 ; Psalm 91:1,2,9-16 ; Romans 10:8-13 and Luke 4:1-13

One gentleman commented, ... "I wouldn't be tempted ... if temptation .... wasn't ... so tempting".

Oscar Wilde ... an Irish writer from the 1800's ... described it with these words ... "I can resist anything.... but temptation." (Long Pause)

A story about a little boy in a grocery store .... I believe illustrates ... the nature ... of temptation.

The boy was standing near an open box of peanut butter cookies.

"Now then, young man," ... said the grocer as he approached the young boy.

"What are you up to?"

"Nothing," replied the boy:

"Nothing." ... "Well it looks to me ... like you were trying to take a cookie."

"Oh you're so wrong, mister, .... I'm trying not to!" (Pause)

Now Beloved ... that's temptation!! ... I'm trying not to.

How many of us have shrugged our shoulders... and in jest ... may have said: "The Devil made me do it!"

And used that as an excuse ... when caught doing something ... that we should not have been doing ... in the first place?

Granted it is a convenient defense. ... But there is just one problem:

The Devil cannot make you do ... anything.

He may be clever, ... but he is not ... all powerful.

Yet it may feel like Satan is all powerful, .... when we are dangling ... on temptation's hook.

Satan has a tried-and-true strategy for luring each of us .... into his net.

Have you ever thought about the schemes ... of the devil? (Long Pause)

Were you aware ... that all the warnings in the New Testament ... concerning conflicts with Satan and his demons ... are addressed ...only ... to believers?

Why? ... Because Jesus made it very clear .... that he is ... the only way ... to the Father. I am the way....

Since Jesus is the only way, ... the enemy wants to do everything possible ... to keep us from believing ... ... that this reality ... is the truth.

Our enemy is committed to doing everything possible ... to make us ineffective ....in our personal lives ... and in our personal ministries.

If we are ineffective, ... we hurt others; .... we hurt the church ....... and in essence ... we help the enemy!

Satan knows full well ... that he has already been defeated at the Cross .... that his time is limited.

Only eternity will reveal ... the number of Christians ... who have led unproductive lives ... because of their

unwillingness ... to fight evil ... in the spiritual realm.

Only eternity will reveal ... the number of Christians ... who have forsaking their ministries ... due to the attacks .... of the enemy.

Peter informs us BIBLE "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil ... prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, ... standing firm in the faith..." END (1 Peter 5:8-9,)

Yet ... far too many ... have the wrong idea ... concerning the word ... "Resist".

Somewhere along the way ... resisting Satan ... was changed to ... ignore Satan ... or the belief ... that he does not exist at all!


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Ben Clinton

commented on Feb 28, 2013

Pastor Ben Clinton: J Jeffrey Smead, this sermon is an eye opener and a pointer to the realization to use the weapons at our disposal to defend our faith against satanic insurgence. Spiritual protection for the battlefield is a must read as many believers have ignored obedience and prayer. The enemy has taken the battle to the door step of the church thru prayerlessness, entertainment, negligence and complacency. This sermon will propel us to stand for our faith. I will pass this message across. thank you Jeff

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Mar 1, 2013

Thank you for your kind words. Blessings in Christ. Jeff

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