Pastor's Sunday Sermon

April 25, 2021

Weapons of War

  • In todays society we are facing “new” challenges as we are being told we must repent for grievances and offences that we were not alive to commit.

  • These attacks are nothing new. Yes the method of the attack is new, social media and mainstream media, and new faces with new names, but not the party line, the guilt driven hierocracy, or even the theme. Rights are being stripped away like dominos falling in a line.

  • Our faith and message is labeled as “extremism”. Indeed to be conservative in our thoughts and actions are labeled as extreme.  While those who are doing the labeling are destroying cities, beating those that do not drink the coo lade, would stand up for themselves. They do not listen to reason nor can you actually understand them when they do talk because they don’t even know what they themselves are fighting for.

  • In times like this the brotherhood of believers needs to bond together. Sound the trumpet!

  • Put on your armor and stand fast as one body.

  • Soldiers train, and train, and train some more. Most will have/never will be afforded an opportunity to meet the enemy. This is why when we are given the chance to meet them the self-preservation goes out the window to the solid Soldier. You pray that it doesn’t happen but when it does you stand firm or in Army jargon “STAND FAST!”

  • When we worship corporately and cry out with one voice it can be powerful. Worship teams are only there to facilitate the worship and lead the worship, they cannot, should not, and a least here, do not worship for your entertainment or for you. When I go to worship practice I know that come Sunday morning the attitude may have changes. The Spirit may lead us in a different direction. Therefore I am worshiping to God, not to the church.

  • There is nothing more than the enemy wants than to cut you off from other believers. In those times that you are cut off you might grow anxious, worry, have depression, envious of others, complain…etc. What better way to combat this than by simple showing up to church locking shields with those around you and standing fast.

Today's Scripture

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. 13 For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. 14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, 15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace. 16 In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God. 18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

2 Corinthians 10:4

since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments

Joshua 10:12-14

On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 And the sun stood still
and the moon stopped
until the nation took vengeance on its enemies.

Isn’t this written in the Book of Jashar?[a]

So the sun stopped
in the middle of the sky
and delayed its setting
almost a full day.

14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord listened to a man, because the Lord fought for Israel.

2 Chronicles 20: 20-23

In the morning they got up early and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa. As they were about to go out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem. Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe in his prophets, and you will succeed.” 21 Then he consulted with the people and appointed some to sing for the Lord and some to praise the splendor of his holiness. When they went out in front of the armed forces, they kept singing:[a]

Give thanks to the Lord,
for his faithful love endures forever.

22 The moment they began their shouts and praises, the Lord set an ambush against the Ammonites, Moabites, and the inhabitants of Mount Seir who came to fight against Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites turned against the inhabitants of Mount Seir and completely annihilated them. When they had finished with the inhabitants of Seir, they helped destroy each other.

Philippians 4: 6-7

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

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