Intro Overview of Retreat Spiritual Warfare Metaphors Soldiers Citizens of heaven Aliens Not of this world
2 Things1. War with self2. War with world
War With Self WHAT? Discuss
Be Killing sin or sin will be killing you… John Owen But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die,but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:10-17
What words stick out? Spirit Flesh Death and Live Spirit is? Flesh is? Theme of Death and Life means?
We owe the flesh nothing but enmity and war. Dont dally with your destroyer. Dont be a debtor to your destroyer. Get out debt to the flesh, dont pay for your own destruction Pay = addictions
Putting to death(KILL) the deeds of body by the spirit, that is daily practicing killing sin, is the RESULT of being justified and the sure evidence of being justified by faith apart from works of the law. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14
Living by flesh = not making war KILL SIN If we don’t that means Growth in grace and holiness mean nothing to us We show we are probably false in our profession of faith Probably not Christians and never were Killing sin is the effect NOT the cause of Justification
Deeds of the body (flesh) The deeds that we are about to do prompted by sin or lust or unrighteousness Flesh is the enemy it is hostile to God Get to the root of the problem
Sword of the Spirit One offensive weapon Ephesians 6:17 word of God The sword that kills sin is the word of God The way to kill sin set our minds on the things of the Spirit Set your minds on the word of God in scripture, which is the sword of Spirit
KILL SIN Make War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je8P5HGtG30
ENEMIES OF GODBut God shows his love for us in that while we were stillsinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have nowbeen justified by his blood, much more shall we be savedby him from the wrath of God. For if while we wereenemies we were reconciled to God by the death of hisSon, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we besaved by his life. Romans 5:8-10“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; noone seeks for God. All have turned aside; together theyhave become worthless; no one does good, not evenone.” ROMANS 3:10-12
Dead to sinSin no longer our master Romans 6:14We died to sin Romans 6:2Set free from sin and become slaves to righteousnessRomans 6:18
Choose this day whom you willServe No fence No middle Middle = LUKE WARM (no such thing)
War with World Great Commission (THE CALL)Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority inheaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore goand make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in thename of the Father and of the Son and of the HolySpirit, and teaching them to obey everything I havecommanded you. And surely I am with you always, to thevery end of the age.”Matthew 28:18-20
Answer the Call DISCUSS HOW is the Great commission apparent in our own lives IF NOT why? And how do we make it a priority?
Ephesians 6:10For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but againstthe rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmicpowers over this present darkness, against the spiritualforces of evil in the heavenly places.
Qualities of a Soldier Courage 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Fight Hard 1 Timothy 6:12 Be Pure 1 Peter 2:11,12 Be Alert 1 Peter 5:8 Be faithful 1 Timothy 1:18-19
Routine Obedience, listen to orders Eat/Train Fellowship/Camaraderie Sent out/do battle Come back to home base
God’s Plan Seen Will Unseen Will What am I doing Where am I going Why am I here Discuss
Look where he places us
Armor of God Ephesians 6:10-17 Belt of Truth (anchor) Jesus is the Truth (foundation) Supports weapons Breastplate of Righteousness Jesus is our Righteousness (ours is worthless) Protect our vital organs What is protecting us? Deeds or Christ? Feet fitted with the readiness from the gospel of peace Jesus is our preparation and peace Preparation = good news
Armor of God cont Shield of Faith Jesus is the Focus of our Faith Cannot rely on our own abilities Helmet of Salvation Jesus our Salvation Essential Our deliverer in every situation Sword of Spirit Jesus the Word of God Deadliest weapon Defeats sin
What Mindset Will You Have? Life is Short, Don’t Waste Your Life Be Intentional All time is precious This life is not a game This life is not a vacation God’s will be done