Spiritual warfare. It’s very important to understand that you are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the dark is of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Most people think they are fighting with their neighbors, or with the boss or someone they know. However, the Bible teaches actually, the real force behind these things is the enemy, Satan. Do you remember when Jesus was speaking to Peter? Peter said, “You will not have to go to the cross.” And Jesus looked straight at Peter and said, “Get behind me Satan, for you do not savor the things that would be of God, but the things that would be of man.”
Jesus understood the real enemy. It’s not the government. It’s not the politicians; it’s not the Republicans or the Democrats. We are truly wrestling against the forces of darkness. Again in another place, the Scripture says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.
When you fight, remember that you can fight with the weapons of the warfare that are powerful. You don’t have to use weapons that are carnal. You don’t have to raise your voice. You don’t have to shout and you don’t have to scream. All you have to do is go into your prayer closet and keep praying. The word of God says if you will go into your prayer closet and pray, your father who sees in secret, will reward you openly.
That’s the key. The most powerful weapon you have is prayer. Are the neighbors bothering you? Pray. Is someone in your family being unfaithful to you? Pray. Are you in danger of losing your job? Pray.
The word of God says men should always pray and never give up. That’s the whole theme of “America’s Prayer Meeting.” we are reminding people the key is: PRAYER. The word says is any among you sick? Let him pray. This is the answer. Remember you are not wrestling against flesh and blood but against the principalities and against the powers and against the rulers of the darkness of this world.
If you will fight with the weapons of warfare that are not carnal, you will have the victory every time. The Scripture says in second Corinthians 2:14, “Thanks be unto God who always gives us the victory in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
It’s important to keep your mind on Christ. Now, here we are at the holiday season. It’s just so easy to become depressed and discouraged. Maybe your family is not around you, and maybe you don’t have a lot of friends and family around you now like to. But that’s no reason to go into a depression. It’s important to keep your mind on the Lord.
The Scripture says: God will keep you and perfect peace if your mind is focused on him. That’s from the book of Isaiah. Would you like to have perfect peace? Well, keep your mind on the Lord. The word of God also reminds us and it says: Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus. That Scripture is from the book of Philippians.
Also, the Bible says in another place, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity EVERY THOUGHT to the obedience of the word of God. WOW. Every thought? Yes, every thought. And be ready to constantly cast those bad thoughts down. You might say, well, those thoughts keep coming back! Dear friend, you must continue to cast those thoughts down. When they rear their ugly head again up, cast them down again!
Here’s what the Bible says as far as the enemy is concerned. So many times people call me and they say, make the devil leave me alone! Oh, dear friend, the way to do that is to simply do with the word of God says. RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU. That’s from the book of James. You notice the Bible does not say assist the devil, but it says RESIST THE DEVIL!
The devil wants to put thoughts in your mind to bring you down and make her discouraged. Don’t let him do it? The Lord is on your side. Fill your mind with the word of God. You can do it. Take the time. Read the Bible. If you don’t read well, then listen to my podcast and fill your mind and your heart with the word of God.
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The Bible talks about the church as, “a body.” This means that we are just like the human body, that works together, we are a group of people and we work together like a body. The head of our body is the Lord Jesus Christ. The Scripture says, Jesus is the head of the church. We are the body. Let’s talk about that this morning: we are the body of Christ.
First Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” That means, you are not alone. You have people to help you. But you must reach out. How do you do that? Well, you cannot stay alone in your apartment or your home all day and all night. You cannot say — forever and today — “I’m looking for a church.” When you know when your heart you are not looking for a church. It’s important to remember you must reach out to other members in the body of Christ.
The Scripture says, “due not forsake the assembling of yourselves together, but so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” from the book of Romans chapter 12:4-5: “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”
Can you see? You actually have something to do in the body of Christ. Somewhere, there is a body of believers and they miss you. Because you are not there, the church is not functioning at full capacity. Did you realize that? You are needed. You are wanted. The Lord is calling you to get back into church and be with other believers.
Why? Because we are members of the body of Christ. First Corinthians 12:12 is another reminder —”For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
It’s time to get back into the body of Christ. It’s time to be a member of the body of the Lord Jesus. The word of God also reminds us again in another place, the hand cannot say to the foot, “I don’t have any need of you.” We need each other. Someone would like to be your friend. Find that body of believers and be a member of the body of Christ.
The Scripture says “You are a chosen generation, a holy people, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of him, who has called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light.”
The Bible is tell you that God has chosen you. Jesus said, you did not choose me, but I have chosen you. He wants you to bear much fruit because he has chosen you. He also said, I do not call you slaves but I call you friend. The Bible also says, “Abraham was called the friend of God.” In another place the Scripture says God and Moses would talk like friends.
The word of God reminds us, “He has showed you oh, man what is good, that you should do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.” Yes, God has chosen–you. Yes, you. In John chapter 6:44 the Bible reminds us —No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day .
Many people today do not realize God would like to walk with you. Think about this. It’s Christmas time. Do you remember when the Angels appeared to the shepherds who are watching over their flock by night? The Bible says: “The angel said peace on earth, goodwill to men.” That simply means, God is expressing goodwill towards–you. In the book of Ephesians the word of God says– He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.
Can you see it? God has chosen you. The Scripture says that God has chosen you to walk with him before the foundation of the world. So, this morning on the podcast I’ll be teaching you about–being chosen. Many are called but few are chosen. That’s what the Bible says. Will you respond to the call? God is calling you today.
The Bible talks about, “predestination.” However, some people think they are predestined to go to heaven or to hell. And that’s not what the Bible is talking about. Actually, if the truth be known, God has predestined for you for heaven. Let me explain.
You see, the Scripture says God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Everyone should repent. That is the will of God. Repentance for each and everyone. The Bible teaches that you have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.
This is not just for you, but this is for everyone. So actually, God has designed for the entire human race to come to Christ. However, we know that there is no such thing as “universal salvation.” The word of God says, “For as many as have received him-Jesus, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.” You must make the decision to receive him.
You do have a choice. The Scriptures tell us, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life that you and your children may live.” From the book of Deuteronomy.
Romans 8:29, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Again, some people take this word “predestined” as if God has somehow predestined for just you to be saved. People say crazy things like, “Well, maybe God does not want me to be saved!”
Frankly, that makes no sense. John the Baptist said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” However, you must remember it’s your choice. It is important not to play games with the Lord.
Jesus wants you to come to his side. He loves you. He cares about you. And he has “foreordained” that he gives you an open invitation to come to him.
On this podcast, will be talking about the concept of… predestination. Remember there are well over 500 podcast on my little website here. The Bible teachings are yours to download for free.