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Seeing your future with faith, Not Fear.
Pastor Yvonne spoke so great about your mouth is a spiritual weapon.
Today our world is being driven by spiritual forces of hate, fear, division and disunity. Many are reading and listening to so many differing views and opinions and some even conspiracy theories.
Then look at the world stages. COVID is causing so much fear and uncertainty in schools, travels, indoor anything. Countries are closing borders again. Vaccinations are having to get booster extra shots and on and on these reports and stories are racing into the minds of people who are unaware of the spiritual powers that are at work.
We have a political division in our government that is supposed to do things to protect its citizens. What we must realize is that our fight is not against flesh and blood.
Our fight is not against the white man, the black man, the Asian man. Our fight is not against the Muslims, Taliban, or people of different religions and beliefs. Our fight is not against sicknesses and diseases.
Oh God, the economy, it’s so crazy right now. Prices going higher and higher. The cost to live is way up. People are worried and afraid there are more bills than paychecks.
Our fight is not about lack or increase prosperity nor poverty.
Paul is given instruction on how to live in power, faith, Hope where you know who the real enemy is and fight accordingly. Many people are loosing hope, faith, strength because they are operating and fighting a spiritual, mental, emotional battle with their human strength from human understanding. This is where people make choices out of fear, anger, worry, pride, jealous, tired and they fail and fall and are conquered by the attacks.
The Bible is full of attacks, enemies, armies, diseases, all trying to conquer our minds and hearts. If the attacks and fears get inside you, you fear and fall and fail.
God has a wonderful future for His people. When we understand God and His power and might you realize your future is not controlled by your world nor what happens in the world. We who are believers and disciples. There is a difference from believing something and believing something and acting on what you believe. The power is when you put action into what you believe.
There is a place in God where we can have complete peace and power in the midst of world filled with chaos. Everything appears to be bigger, stronger, more powerful. FAITH OVER fear.
1. Ephesians 6:10 AMP. “In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.”
A. BE STRONG IN THE LORD: This is foundation to thriving is times of uncertainty and chaos. Your strength must come from the Lord. Not your faith in you, your money, your title, or your gifting. Our strength must come from the Lord. Secret, you can tell whether you are operating in you or God by the choices you choose and how you react and respond to what life gives you. People throw in the towel, quit, get anger and jealous become bitter wanting to hurt and get revenge. See the difference. The key is to see it in you.
MOST PEOPLE CAN NOT SEE HOW THEY ARE OPERATING BECAUSE WE ARE SO HURT AND OFFENDED ALL WE SEE IS THE OTHER PERSON OR SITUATIONS. THEN WE SURROUND OURSELVES WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT SEE. THEY WILL AGREE WITH YOU AND SUPPORT YOU. BLIND LEADING THE BLIND. BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.
B. Draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.”
Your strength from Him not you or your gifting or your stuff. Be empowered through your union with Him. The power comes by being IN UNION WITH HIM. This is BEING-IN-CHRIST THAT REFERS TO MANY TIMES IN THE WORD. THIS IS DEEPER THAN CHURCH ATTENDANCE, READING YOUR BIBLE, TITHING, SERVING THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE TO NATURALLY FLOW FROM OUR BEING IN UNION WITH CHRIST FROM OUR SALVATION.
IMAGINE A FORCEFIELD THAT COVERS YOU WHEN YOUR IN UNION WITH CHRIST. YOU STAY IN THAT POSITION OF RELATIONSHIP NOTHING CAN HARM YOU OR DESTROY YOU. THERE IS A PEACE, POWER AND SUPER LOVE IN THE UNION. ITS PURE, ITS REAL AND ITS AVAILABLE TO YOU.
EMPOWERMENT IN THE POWERS OF HIS BOUNDLESS MIGHT.
2. His Precepts are the full armor.
Precept means: a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought, how you should behave.
“Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.”
Ephesians 6:11 AMP
God’s precepts are given to cover and protect us. Like body armor, insurance, helmets, on and on precepts are to protect us. This is the full armor. The purpose so you and I may be able to successfully stand up against all the schemes and strategies and deceits of the devil.
So many fight and choose not to follow Gods precepts so you don’t get the protection and blessings that come with them.
3. You will have struggles. You will have them in the natural realm. The most powerful struggles are in the spiritual realm. This is why our fight is not against people, situations, everything leads to spiritual forces. If you never learn to follow and obey God’s precepts you will never be victorious in your struggles cause you will keep depending on you and your knowledge and self reliance.
Ephesians 6:12 AMP. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.”
4. Successfully resisting and standing your ground:
I have found this to be true. When people give up, quit it is because they did not do this precept. You must put on the complete armor of God. There are precepts for offense and defense.
Ephesians 6:13 AMP. “Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious].”
SUCCESSFULLY RESIST AND STAND YOUR GROUND, HAVING DONE EVERYTHING THAT THE CRISIS DEMANDS, TO STAND FIRM IN YOUR PLACE, FULLY PREPARED, IMMOVABLE, VICTORIOUS.
MANY FALL AND FAIL, TRYING TO FIGHT BATTLES THAT ARE SPIRITUAL USING THE NATURAL. FAIL AND FALL, FALL AND FAIL.
WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED TO STAND FIRM. FULLY PREPARED, IMMOVABLE, VICTORIOUS.
WE COME TO CHURCH AND READ AND STUDY OUR WORD AND PRAY TO GROW IN OUR FAITH SO WE CAN BE FULLY PREPARED.
IN THE MILITARY THEY DO THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AND OVER SO THAT IT WILL BE IN YOU.
5. belt of truth & breastplate of righteousness
Ephesians 6:14 AMP. “So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart),”
6. “and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news].”
Ephesians 6:15 AMP
7. “Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
Ephesians 6:16 AMP
8. Ephesians 6:17 AMP. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”