Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Believer's Battle

Our Pastor, Chuck Rawsthorne, recently started a series on The Believer's Battle. I thought this was an important enough series that I am going to excerpt key points from it here on the Faithful Men Blog. If you would like to hear the entire sermon, you will find a link at the bottom of this post.

Key Passages:  Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 22:31-32, 41-44; Romans 7:18-25; 8:18; 2 Corinthians 10:3-7; Galatians 5:17; Ephesians 6:10-13

1. This is a real battle and it started a long time ago. It is primarily a battle between Satan and God. Satan decided at some point to usurp God's position of glory and since then he has been using every means possible to get back at God. This includes using us if necessary to undermine what God is doing.  This means the battle is primarily spiritual and not physical. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in heavenly places. This battle will continue until we are completely delivered and glorified. In the mean time the battle can be difficult, but is not impossible. Our responsibility is to be persistent and not quit.

2. As we begin to think about this battle we need to recognize that it involves basically four adversaries: the world, the flesh, the devil and sin.

3. We need to remember several things related to this battle. God has provided a Pardon, because none of us is perfect at this. He has provided armor and weapons for the struggle. God offers us His protection, power, presence, and many, many promises to support and encourage us as we carry on this daily battle for His glory.

If you would like to hear the audio of this message, you can listen to it here:

Excerpts used by permission, Pastor Chuck Rawsthorne, Faith Baptist Church, Mattawan, MI

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