Dress for the Weather – Part 3

Dress for the Weather – Part 3

There are spiritual storms coming – Be prepared  

Basic Truth #1There is a spiritual, invisible world  
Basic Truth #2: We are involved in an invisible spiritual war  
Basic Truth #3: Our enemy’s primary weapon is our thoughts  

The evil one wants to divide, disrupt and distract 

We carry the message of eternal life in the power of the Holy Spirit  

Belt of Truth – Attack on our beliefs: God, His Word, What he says about us  
Hold on to the Word of God, Bible  

Breastplate of Righteousness – Attack on our souls/witness: Temptation to sin  
Pray against temptations  

Sandals of Peace  

Ephesians 6:14-15 (NIV) Stand firm then with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace

Attack on our emotions (peace, joy)   

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it 

Emotions are great servants but poor leaders  

What is the peace that flows from the Good News 

John 17:3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace OF God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Jesus I cast my cares on you and leave them at your throne, because I know you care for me.  

Shield of faith  

Ephesians 6:16 (NIV) In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one

2 Cor. 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight 

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see 

Faith is confident anticipation of things you can’t see  

Romans 4:19-21 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory 

Faith = hear, believe, respond  

Attack our trusting actions with doubt  

Believing the things that are clear in the Word of God  

Holding on to the clear Words from God, confirmed by a community 

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God …. 

Hebrews 11:39 These were ALL commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 

Father I rely solely on your scriptures for truth. Thank you that I am your child, loved with your loyal and secure love. Thank you Father for seeing me perfect, restored, and filled with everything I needSpirit, help me remember all the good you have done for me and what I need to confess. Lead me not into temptation and deliver me from the Evil OneJesus I cast my cares on you and leave them at your throne, because I know you care for me. Father I will follow your clear commands in faith, knowing your words are true.