Do you treat your spiritual walk as if it's a game? How do you know if you are winning or losing? Are you playing chess or checkers or spinning the plates with your daily walk?
Believers are in a war. In a fight. God even gave us armor to wear. This fight is to keep our faith. Our eternal destiny as believers is secure. You are not living a game. You are fighting for your faith.
In Paul's closing remarks to Timothy, he speaks of fables, fights, and friends. This sermon only covers the first two of those and the matter of friends (and family) is taken up in the following Sunday's sermon.
Becoming a minister is a stewardship from God. We are servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful, it says in 1st Corinthians 4: 1 and 2. And so, at this time, I want to give a charge to you, Ed, and also to you, my brethren, in relation to his future ministry among us. I pray Ed's ministry will being glorifying to God and that it will edify all of Christ's dear people in this place.
There are certain things which I would have us all to remember which come to us from these words of Paul to Timothy. 1st of all – We should all remember the importance of the preaching of the word. (verses 1-4) 2nd – We should all remember to be watchful and fight the good fight of faith. (verses 5-7) And 3rd – We should all remember the crown of righteousness which Christ will give to those who are faithful. (verses 8)
Just like vital signs that tell you about the person's physical health, there are vital ministries that the Holy Spirit performs that allow you to gauge your spiritual health. Today we look at three of six of those important ministries: Pointing people to Jesus; Developing a maintaining a healthy prayer life; and Walking by the Spirit to effectively fight sin. If you were to measure these ministries of the Spirit in your life today, would you be considered spiritually healthy or sick?
And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;
That these made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar.
All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.
Prepare for Battle STAYING TRUE IN A WORLD FAR FROM GOD
Daniel 10:1-3,10-13,16-19 God strengthens us as we pray and engage in spiritual battle.The Bible says that Daniel was depressed. He fasted and mourned for three full weeks. The Jewish people lacked interest in returning to their homeland. To return to Israel would be full of hardships and dangers. Like Daniel, prayer ought to be our first recourse during moments of trouble.This angel was in a battle with the prince or head demon of Persia for 21 days. Michael assisted the angel with this demonic prince so that this messenger could deliver the answer to Daniel.Demons are no laughing matter. They are spiritual beings that are strong and intelligent. They can control the bodies of humans who do not know the Lord.God promises us to strengthen us when we wait upon Him.Even though we do not see what is going on behind the scenes, we can find comfort in God's power and care for our lives. May we all learn to trust in Him every day.News and events that trouble us should lead us to PRAY. Our prayers are part of a larger picture of spiritual WARFARE. Standing strong in spiritual battle does not depend on us but on GOD.Pray about current events.Put on the armor. Acknowledge God's answers. Fasting exposes our hearts.Fasting demonstrates our commitment.We have a Father who loves us.The Son who prays for us. If your a believer you have a Spirit who helps us.
41- And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.
42 - Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.
How can you tell the difference between a good fight and a bad fight? Too many of our battles are over things that really don't matter. This Sunday we will be studying how to have a good fight (1 Tim. 1:18-20). Click on this sermon and study with us this wonderful passage of Scripture.