WE ARE AT WAR2 Corinthians 10:4-64 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnalbut mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,5 casting down arguments and every high thingthat exalts itself against the knowledge of God,bringing every thought into captivity to theobedience of Christ, 6 and being ready topunish all disobedience when your obedience isfulfilled.
We are at War!Not about military mightor political or physicalwarfareI want you to focus onspiritual warfareOur text – not withweapons, not carnalOur fight is against eviland wickedness
We are at war – with SatanJesus fought this battleHebrews 4:15 For we do not have a HighPriest who cannot sympathize with ourweaknesses, but was in all points tempted aswe are, yet without sin.We must fight this battleRomans 5:12 Therefore, just as through oneman sin entered the world, and death throughsin, and thus death spread to all men, becauseall sinned
We are at war – with SatanElders must fight this battle1 Timothy 3:6-7 6 not a novice, lest beingpuffed up with pride he fall into the samecondemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he musthave a good testimony among those who areoutside, lest he fall into reproach and the snareof the devil.
We are at war – with SatanEach Christian must fight this war1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; becauseyour adversary the devil walks about like aroaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing thatthe same sufferings are experienced by yourbrotherhood in the world.James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist thedevil and he will flee from you.
We are at war – against the worldOur society is in a sinful stateAbortionSimilar to Sodom and Gomorrah1 John 2:15-17 , the lust of the eyes, and thepride of life--is not of the Father but is of theworld. 17 And the world is passing away, andthe lust of it; but he who does the will of Godabides forever. yes, and the pride of life--is notof the Father but is of the world. 17 And theworld is passing away, and the lust of it; but hewho does the will of God abides forever.
We are at war – against the worldOur society is in a sinful stateAbortionSimilar to Sodom and Gomorrah1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every formof evil.James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion beforeGod and the Father is this: to visit orphans andwidows in their trouble, and to keep oneselfunspotted from the world.
We are at war – against pervertingthe gospelAny false doctrine or practice is of the devil.2 Corinthians 11:13-15 13 For such are falseapostles, deceitful workers, transformingthemselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And nowonder! For Satan himself transforms himselfinto an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no greatthing if his ministers also transform themselvesinto ministers of righteousness, whose end willbe according to their works.
We are at war – against pervertingthe gospel1 John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit,but test the spirits, whether they are of God;because many false prophets have gone outinto the world.Jude 3 Beloved, while I was very diligent towrite to you concerning our common salvation, Ifound it necessary to write to you exhorting youto contend earnestly for the faith which wasonce for all delivered to the saints.
We are at war – within selfJames 1:13-16 13 Let no one say when he istempted, "I am tempted by God"; for Godcannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himselftempt anyone. 14 But each one is temptedwhen he is drawn away by his own desires andenticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, itgives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown,brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, mybeloved brethren.
We are at war – within selfWe are responsible to overcome this battle.James 4:1-3 1 Where do wars and fights comefrom among you? Do they not come from yourdesires for pleasure that war in your members?2 You lust and do not have. You murder andcovet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yetyou do not have because you do not ask. 3 Youask and do not receive, because you askamiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
We are at war – within selfWe are responsible to overcome this battle.1 Corinthians 9:27 But I discipline my bodyand bring it into subjection, lest, when I havepreached to others, I myself should becomedisqualified.Psalm 119:11 Your word I have hidden in myheart, That I might not sin against You!Proverbs 23:7a For as he thinks in his heart,so is he.
We are at war – within selfRomans 7:18-21 18 For I know that in me (thatis, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will ispresent with me, but how to perform what isgood I do not find. 19 For the good that I will todo, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that Ipractice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it isno longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me,the one who wills to do good.
We are at war – within selfRomans 7:22-25 22 For I delight in the law ofGod according to the inward man. 23 But I seeanother law in my members, warring againstthe law of my mind, and bringing me intocaptivity to the law of sin which is in mymembers. 24 O wretched man that I am! Whowill deliver me from this body of death? 25 Ithank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! Sothen, with the mind I myself serve the law ofGod, but with the flesh the law of sin.
We are at warThis is a battle that we must win.2 Timothy 4:6-8 6 For I am already beingpoured out as a drink offering, and the time ofmy departure is at hand. 7 I have fought thegood fight, I have finished the race, I have keptthe faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me thecrown of righteousness, which the Lord, therighteous Judge, will give to me on that Day,and not to me only but also to all who haveloved His appearing.