Fighting Battles God’s Way


Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, Transition-TRUSTING THE UNKNOWN

Sermon Notes

One of the greatest challenges we face today is how do we fight the different battles we all face. The many battles we will face in the days to come will be unknown and uncommon to us. This could be why so many people who call themselves Christians are having real difficulties. Many have never faced these types of battles and this unknown territory for most.

In the many years of walking with God we have faced some major things, life and death battles so I understand how to battle.

David when he shows up to the battle scene which it really was not a battle scene. Battle scene is where warriors are fighting and killing each other. When David showed up it was a WORD & INTIMIDATION SCENE. Goliath was doing a lot of yelling and causing intimidation with his words and their fears.

“For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man.”
2 Corinthians 10:3 AMP

This points out we are spiritual in spirit but also natural in human. We have SPIRITUAL WARFARE. THERE IS A WAR GOING ON BUT MOST CHRISTIANS ARE NOT AWARE.

PEOPLE ARE SO SCARED OF CORONA VIRUS AND THE ECONOMY THEY CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT OR SLEEP. NO PEACE, NO JOY, NO POWER.

THIS WARFARE CAN NOT BE WON IN YOUR LOGIC OR YOUR HUMAN KNOWLEDGE. YOUR BUSINESS BRILLIANCE OR QUICK WIT WON’T FIX OR WIN THESES BATTLES.

WE ARE NOT FIGHTING THIS SPIRITUAL WARFARE ACCORDING TO THE FLESH. THE RULES OR THE WAY YOU WOULD NATURALLY FIGHT. NOT THIS FIGHT. NO FLESH AND NO WEAPONS OF MAN.

WEAPONS OF MAN ARE MONEY, POWER, CONTROL, LIE, CHEAT, STEAL, DIVIDE AND CONQUER, GOVERNMENT, ETC.

A WEAPON IS ANY THING YOU USE TO WIN, CONQUER, OVERPOWER AN ADVERSARY.

MANY TIMES MANS WEAPONS ARE THE THINGS HE PUTS HIS FAITH AND TRUST IN.

When my wife was pregnant with my son and all the reports from the doctors came back negative and they all said we should abort him. This was a battle but my money would not work here. My influence was useless here. He almost died at 6 months old, this was a battle. My human weapons were useless in this type of battle. My daughter was almost killed in a tragic car accident almost lost her leg, multiple surgeries and years later this can not be won in a human warfare. When I had the stroke, all of theses were no normal battles.

There are normal human challenges and human weapons can get you through. There are battles that are not even in the human realm and if you don’t know the difference you will go through some hardships and suffering.

This is why so many people fail, fall quit and give up and give in, because they can’t figure the battle, strategy or weapons.

Heard that saying, “YOU DON’T BRING A KNIFE TO A GUN FIGHT.” You must know first what type of battle it is.

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.”
2 Corinthians 10:4 AMP

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”
2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV

When we understand the warfare is spiritual we must not get mad or angry or bitter or fearful, not take it out on each other. Remember a great conquer strategy in war is, “DIVIDE AND CONQUER.”

The enemy loves to get people turned against each other and fighting each other. Spouses, parents and kids, different races and gender divisions. Do you see this? This is happening as we hear this.
In a spiritual warfare you won’t win in you, no matter how smart you think you are.

Spiritual warfare must be fought in spirit. I have watched so called SPIRITUAL PEOPLE AND SEEN HOW THEY WAR-FARED.

DAVID WAS A WARRIOR BUT RAN AND HID FROM KING SAUL. HE EVEN GOT SO CARNAL THAT HE OFFERED TO FIGHT AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE WHILE LIVING IN THE LAND OF THE PHILISTINES. IT WAS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE. WHEN HE FACED GOLIATH HE DID IT SPIRITUAL.

SO CAN WIN OR LOOSE IF YOU CAN’T FIGURE OUT WHAT TYPE A BATTLE YOUR IN AND WHO THE REAL ENEMY IS. WE MANY TIMES CHOOSE TO FIGHT THE WRONG ENEMY WHO REALLY IS NOT YOUR ENEMY AND CREATE A BATTLE THAT IS NOT YOUR BATTLE.

THE ENEMY IS NOT YOUR SPOUSE, YOUR BOSE, THE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS. THEY ENEMY IS NOT THE RICH, NOR THE EDUCATED.

OUR WEAPONS ARE:
Divinely Powerful. Mighty through God. These are DIVINE WEAPONS, MIGHT THROUGH GOD WEAPONS.

SEE WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THESE DIVINE POWERFUL MIGHTY THROUGH GOD WEAPONS ARE FOR.

THE DESTRUCTION OF FORTRESSES- PULLING DOWN STRONGHOLDS.

Fortress means a fortified place or stronghold. A place that is protected against attack. Stronghold means a fortified place. They are strong and can hold the fort against attacks. These types of fortresses can not be won by human power or logic or knowledge. These battles can only be won if and when we go Spiritual.

When I say spiritual many assume I must be talking about those who pray for hours and memorized Gods Word. No, these are great weapons but really the SPIRITUAL I AM REFERRING TO IS THOSE WHO DICERN THE BATTLE, THE REAL ENEMY AND FOLLOW GODS INSTRUCTION. USUALLY THOSE WHO JUST TRUST AND BELIEVE GOD.

THE PHARISEES PRAYED AND FASTED AND TITHED BUT THE DIFFERENCE, THEY DID IT TO BE SEEN OF MEN AND TO BE SEEN AND LOOKED AS SPIRITUAL BY MEN, NOT GOD.

REHAB A REFORMED PROSTITUTE WAS MORE SPIRITUAL THAN MOST PRIEST. SHE DISCERNED AND OBEYED GOD. SHE DID TRY TO IMPRESS PEOPLE, SHE WANTED TO LIVE AND BE FREE AND SAFE HER AND HER WHOLE FAMILY.

“‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.”
Matthew 15:8 AMP

WHAT IS GOD LOOKING AT? Not your lip service but your heart, deep down inside your heart. This is who we really are.

When the battle is the Lords, we are to warfare HIS WAY WITH HIS WEAPONS WITH HIS INSTRUCTIONS. IT MAY NOT MAKE ANY HUMAN SENSE BUT WHEN IT IS SPIRITUAL ITS THIS WAY.

DAVID REJECTED KING SAULS ARMOR. GOLIATH WAS A WARRIOR WHO FOUGHT WITH SWORDS AND ARMOR. DAVID SHOWED UP TO FIGHT A WARFARE GODS WAY WITH GODS WEAPONS THAT DID NOT MAKE SENSE TO HUMANS.

A SLING AND 5 STONES. GOLIATH LAUGHED AND MOCKED. WHAT WE FACE WILL LAUGH AND MOCK US BUT WHEN WE FIGHT SPIRITUAL WITH GODS WEAPONS AND GODS INSTRUCTIONS WE WILL SLAY THE GIANTS.

FASTING AND PRAYING IS WEAPON. TAKING COMMUNION IS A WEAPON. SPEAKING GODS WORD WITH AUTHORITY IS GODS WEAPON. LISTENING TO GOD FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND OBEYING HIM IS A WEAPON. CALLING HIS ANGELS TO FIGHT THE BATTLE FOR YOU IS HIS WEAPON. PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT IS HIS WEAPON. THESE ARE ALL GREAT BUT THE KEY IS DOING WHAT GOD SAYS TO DO, NOT WHAT YOU THINK OR FEEL.

Every battle was different. You can’t just fight every battle the same way. The disciple could not cast out devils, Jesus said these only come out by much prayer and fasting. I have seen people who pray and fast and still do not obey Gods instruction.

Every battle is different so we must listen to our COMMANDER N CHIEF WHO GIVES THE WAR PLANS.

Joshua is taking Gods people over to the Promised Land. They are to destroy Jericho which by the way is a walled city or STRONGHOLD.

Joshua 6 read the story;

1. Jericho is a fortified city but the people are so afraid, no one comes in or out.
2. God says, “I HAVE GIVEN JERICHO INTO YOUR HANDS.”

At this point you think just rush the place, the people are so afraid of them it’s easy to conquer., That’s human, see how many times when your in a warfare you can go human in a spiritual battle and loose even if God gave you the win. You will always loose if you play by your rules and not GODS.

Here is GODS INSTRUCTIONS TO CONQUER A CITY THAT IS ALREADY AFRAID AND READY TO GIVE UP.

GET YOUR WARRIORS TO MARCH AROUND THE CITY ONCE EVERY DAY FOR 6 DAYS.

7 priests shall carry 7 trumpets made from rams horns ahead of the ARK OF THE COVENANT. NOW ON THE 7 DAY the warriors and priests are to walk around the city outside the walls 7 times on the seventh round the priests blow the trumpets and everyone is to shout a battle cry, and the walls fall crashing down at their feet.

Joshua, the warriors the priests with trumpets and the ARK ALL GOING AROUND EVERY DAY FOR 6 DAYS AND THE 7 DAY 7 TIMES AROUND THEN THE BATTLE CRY.

“But Joshua commanded the people, “You shall not shout [the battle cry] nor let your voice be heard nor let a word come out of your mouth, until the day I tell you to shout. Then you shall shout!””
Joshua 6:10 AMP

Not a word spoken till the seventh day.

“And the seventh time, when the priests had blown the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the city.”
Joshua 6:16 AMP

This does not make sense to humans but here it’s Gods Way, Gods Weapons, Gods Instruction equals GODS VICTORY. WHO GETS THE GLORY.

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 AMP

We can’t figure God out just trust and obey him.