Summary: A sermon that describes how we have all we need already to live the christian faith
You’ve got all you need!
"This is a war of the unknown warriors," Churchill told the world in the summer of 1940, "The whole of the warring nations are engaged, not only soldiers, but the entire population, men, women and children. The fronts are everywhere. The trenches are dug in the towns and streets. Every village is fortified. Every road is barred. The front lines run through the factories. The workmen are soldiers with different weapons but the same courage."
In world war two in England there was a deep sense in which the entire population was engaged in a battle for it’s very existence.
The Christian church today as in every age is embarked on a grand enterprise - indeed the grandest enterprise of world history.
Simply put it is the rescue of men and woman from the result of the fall by enabling them to avial themselves of all that Jesus has done for them on the cross.
it is an incredible enterprise.
Although not new it is fresh and needs to be viewed in the context of the strange 21st century world we are surrounded by.
Jesus once said My Kingdom is not of this world :
-JN 18:36 Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place."
The Kingdom that we fight for is in fact the Kingdom of God -
What is at stake here?
Jesus at Calvary won a tremendous battle on a scale unheard of in human or heavenly history -
Far greater than the recent rout of Kabul he effected the battle that would ensure the devil and his followers would be routed and on the run until the end of time.
however, the devil, in a similar way like the Taleban in southern Afghanistan has dug in and is defending his Kingdom even though he knows he is defeated.
Billy Graham says of the devil:
At this moment of history, two mighty trinities stand face to face; the Trinity of God (the Father, son and Holy Ghost) and the false trinity that Satan would have us worship in it’s place. The trinity of evil (the devil, anti-christ, and false prophet) is described in the Book of Revelation: "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet" (Revelation 16:13.)
Graham goes on to say.
Never for a second of your waking or sleeping life are you without the influence of these two powerful forces, never is there a moment when you cannot deliberately choose to go with one or the other. Always the devil is standing at your side tempting, coaxing , threatening, cajoling. And always on your other side stands Jesus, the all loving, the all forgiving, waiting for you to turn to Him and ask his aid, waiting to give you supernatural power to resist the evil one You belong to one or the other. There isn’t a no mans land between where you can hide.
In moments of your greatest fear and anxiety, in moments when you feel yourself helpless in the grip of events you cannot control, when despair and disappointment overwhelm you - in these moments many times it is the devil who is trying to catch you at your weakest point and push you further along the path that Adam took.
In these perilous moments remember that Christ has not deserted you. He has not left you defensless. As he triumphed over Satan in his hour of temptation and trial, so He has promised that you, too, can have daily victory over the tempter. remember. "You are of God.... and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4.)
Some people do not want to hear this but the truth is if God did not want us to know about this -
then why did he put it in the Bible?
The answer is at least twofold
so we can be alerted to our situation!!!!!!!!
and secondly so we can know that we have the long haul victory -
Understanding your position.
1CO 1:4 I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge-- 6 because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.