Summary: This sermon deals with the reality of spiritual warfare as Paul discussed it in Ephesians.
I have used sermoncentral along with several other resources in this sermon.
WE ARE AT WAR
January 20, 2008
Jay Davis Robison EPHESIANS 6:10-13
Are We at War? For all of my life US at war against poverty & drugs
Of course we are in Afghanistan and Iraq hear daily updates
War is A FACT OF LIFE much of our nation’s history at war
Many of you here have been in those wars you know firsthand
Another battle is being waged around us today in the spiritual realm.
Unfortunately, those engaged in spiritual warfare often do not know
who their enemies are, & have no plan for victory.
Spiritual battle talked about in Ephesians 6 real then and today
When someone you love is in the battle its personal HOMER
War merely political\philosophical debate unless your kid in battle
Do not be naïve about the battle we have in the world
Our world as Christians is not neutral ground but a battlefield
If recognize in battle how intently listen to bible life depended on it.
All have experienced being pulled in two different directions
We have dealt with discouragement, & depression, & defeat
We have battle scars. We’d better find out how to fight.
1. There is AN INVISIBLE WORLD JUST AS REAL AS THE VISIBLE WORLD
Tend to accept as real only things can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste.
Bible at my desk is real, clothes on my back are real, & pizza is real
know they’re real, cause I experience them with my senses.
When we talk about that which is invisible, things cannot be seen,
heard, touched, smelled, or tasted, we think those things are not
real, or somehow at a lesser level of reality than the visible world.
NATURALISM denies anything transcendental strictly scientific
says human reason can figure out everything if put it in test tube,
examine it under microscope explain by natural process, that’s all.
Naturalistic view comes up short because limited to physical realm.
Remember the Homer cartoon, we have all been there
Naturalism doesn’t answer ultimate questions: who you are,
where you came from, why are you here.
While we exist in this present visible world, exist simultaneously
in the unseen world that Paul describes here.
Our world has a FASCINATION WITH THE SUPERNATURAL
Horror films are a multi-billion dollar industry
Millions dabble in the occult,
Local bookstores have huge sections on Spiritualism, hunger
Vs 12 NKJV speaks to this reality, 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
Paul lets us see transcendental dimension of our struggle in the world
Not merely flesh and blood, or good will vs ill will
Real power behind the pain persecution on earth
Wrestle hand-to-hand combat, personal struggle, & serious situation
Terrifying power of their influence & the comprehensiveness
Wrestle shows the intimate nature of the conflict
Christian Science says no such thing as conflict, disease or pain
Evolution says we marching on toward progress,
what we need is education & culture
Bible says we are in a battle no matter how much want to deny it
boxer was being pummeled in ring by opponent. Blow after blow
landed by his adversary left him with a bloody nose, swollen eyes,
and an enormous amount of pain.
Battered boxer’s trainer trying to encourage man between rounds,
kept telling him, “You’re doing great, Fred.
That bum is barely touching you.” To which the boxer responded,
“Then you better keep your eye on that referee,
because somebody is killing me!
Spiritual warfare is conflict being waged in invisible, spiritual realm
It’s hard enough to fight an enemy you can see.
It’s much harder to fight someone you can’t see.
2. We have AN ENEMY
Who is our enemy? May say it is Osama Bin Laden, rapist, murderer
It may be some leader like Adolf Hitler. Enemy is none of these
Nor is it your Ex, or your boss or irritating neighbor.
We make a big mistake if we think people are the real problem.
People can be bad, no doubt. But as bad as people can be, they are
merely conduits for greater battle. Satan successful in getting us to fight people rather than fighting evil causing people act as they do.
Satan is Satan and HE IS OUR REAL ENEMY IN LIFE.
Make no mistake about it! People not our enemy. Satan is!
Personal evil force at work in world and our lives
He is called LUCIFER, SATAN, DEVIL, EVIL ONE, TEMPTER,
PRINCE OF THIS WORLD, ACCUSER, thief, roaring lion,
Must maintain balance and sound judgment 2 Mistaken ideas SATAN DOES EVERYTHING (head in the clouds) and
If you don’t like my suit devil made you,