Summary: Here in our text, the Christian life is likened to a battle. Every believer must war a good warfare. How can we do this? The apostle Paul lays out a strategy for us.
Winning The Spiritual Battle (Part 3)
1. Many preachers today make a living off of telling people what they want to hear. They tell people that it is God’s will that they be prosperous, healthy, wealthy, and basically have a problem-free life.
2. This sounds very appealing, and people are drawn to this type of teaching. The problem with it is very simple. It is not scripturally accurate! It is false doctrine. It also gives people false hopes, and when problems do come (and they will), it devastates them.
3. Here is the reality: the Christian life is likened to a battle, not a Bahamas cruise. Here in our text, Paul reinforces this truth to young Timothy. 1:18
4. There are twelve “charges” in this book, and this is one of them. A “charge” is a mandate or a command. Notice that Paul charges Timothy to war a good warfare. It sounds to me like Timothy is in a battle. It reminds me of an old gospel song.
6. So many believers fail to recognize this truth for this dispensation. They read verses that deal with Israel’s kingdom on earth and come away with the “God wants to bless me” mentality.
• Our blessings today are spiritual blessing in heavenly places. Life on earth is called “the sufferings of this present time.” We are guaranteed suffering, persecution, and affliction while on this sin-cursed earth.
• Satan is called “the prince of this world,” and we are on his turf right now. We are living in the middle of his evil world system.
7. If believers fail to understand this, when the afflictions and heartaches of life come, they are unprepared to handle them. Believers then question God, they question the Bible, and they question the preacher who preached the health and wealth message. They become deflated and discouraged - casualties of war.
8. The word “warfare” comes from a Greek word from which we get our English word “strategy.” We are soldiers for Christ, and we have an adversary ñ Satan (Ephesians 6:10-11). Therefore, we had better have an effective strategy.
9. Every believer must war a good warfare. How can we do this? The apostle Paul lays out a strategy for us.
First, we must exercise complete allegiance to our leader. vs. 17-18
Second, we must obey instructions from our Commander. vs. 15
Third, we must follow the correct pattern. vs. 16
1. My father served in the Air Force in the Korean War. Many of you also have military backgrounds. When you were in boot camp, you learned quickly that your superiors wanted things done a certain way, and that is the way they told you to do them!
• There was a pattern that you were to follow when it came to making your bed, shining your boots, cleaning your gun, wearing your uniform, etc.
• What if you decided that you had a better way? If you followed your own pattern in how to do these things, what would be the result? Let’s keep violence and blood out of this sermon!