Summary: A sermon that consider aspects of the christian life that reveal that we are in a battle. tells you what to do in face of all that.
MT 6:25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
MT 6:28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The Christian life has often been compared to a battle or a war.
That seems a strange thing at first because isn’t the Christian faith a faith of love, kindness and compassion for each other?
Doesn’t our scripture today indicate that we are going to be cared for, loved and carressed through life.
Yes in a way it does - But friends also we are in a war.
what the scripture tilts towards is the fact that you will win becasuse god is on your side
But the New Testament makes it clear that the Christian is nonetheless involved in a battle of cosmic proportions.
1TI 1:18 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience.
The cosmic dimensions of that fight become clear in the book of Daniel as the angel Gabriel makes an incredible statement to Daniel:_
DA 10:12 Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come."
Likewise the apostle paul talks about a man who was in christ being caught up in the third heaven.
Gabriel turns up again – long after he appeared to Daniel he appears to Zechariah the Father of John the Baptist and we see that Zechariah on seeing him has a similar response as that of Daniel all those years before he is startled and gripped with fear.