There are spiritual storms coming – Be prepared
Basic Truth #1: There 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 – Attack on our emotions
Cast your cares on Him
Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17: Take the helmet of salvation ….
Let what you know and believe about salvation be your protection
I was saved on the cross. 1 John 2:2 he himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world The moment Jesus said “it is finished.”
I was saved when I responded in faith. Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved
I will be fully saved in heaven. Romans 8:17 if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
He will attack our salvation:
Doubts that Jesus actually died rose again
Doubts that God forgave you
Doubts that heaven is reality
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
“God’s plan is not to abandon this world, the world which he said was “very good.” Rather, he intends to remake it… That is the promise of the Christian gospel.”
“The end times are not the end of the world.”
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
Matt. 5:16 in the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven
Put on your helmet of Salvation
Col. 3:1-3 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
Sword of the Spirit- Words from God
Ephesians 6:17 Take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of (from) God.
Two words for “Word” in Greek
Logos (general words to everyone) Rhema (specific words to me)
Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires
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 need. Spirit, remind me of 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 One. Jesus, 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. I believe that Jesus died and rose again, and I thank you that I am saved; set my mind on things above today. Amen