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TODAY’S TEACHING: “THE NATURE OF THE NEW BIRTH”

I. IT’S HIS CHOICE

It is not about what you do; who you are; where you have come from; family origin = IT’S HIS CHOICE!
WHAT A WOUND . . . . BUT HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS
John 3:8 ESV
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Make sure = 3rd PERSON of Trinity: not some force or mere power: GOD!!!!
It is not about what you do; who you are; where you have come from; family origin = IT’S HIS CHOICE!
WHAT A WOUND . . . . BUT HE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS
Deuteronomy 7:6 ESV
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 7:7 ESV
It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
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Deuteronomy 7:8 ESV
but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

DOCTRINE OF ELECTION

GOD CHOOSES THOSE WHO WOULD BE SAVED, NOT ON THE BASIS OF THEIR WORKS, BUT ON THE BASIS OF HIS SOVEREIGN DETERMINATION.
Titus 3:5 ESV
he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
Acts 13:48 ESV
And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed.
Acts 16:14 ESV
One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
IN THE CONTEXT OF DEMONSTRATING HOW GOD WOULD NOT FORSAKE HIS PROMISE TO ISRAEL, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD SINNED AND WERE REJECTING JESUS, PAUL SAYS THE FOLLOWING:
It is the Lord who chooses who will be saved
Romans 9:11 ESV
though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls—
Romans 9:12 ESV
she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”
IN THE CONTEXT OF SHOWING HOW GOD FORMED THE CHURCH PAUL SAYS IT STARTED THIS WAY
Ephesians 1:3 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
SOME PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THIS DOCTRINE PRECISELY BECAUSE IT TAKES US OUT OF THE EQUATION AS IT RELATES TO OUR BEING JUSTIFIED - OR MADE FRIENDS WITH GOD.
BUT IT HAD TO BE HIS CHOICE...

It has to be his choice because we would never have CHOSEN him

Romans 3:10 ESV
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;
Rom 3:
Romans 3:11 ESV
no one understands; no one seeks for God.
Romans 3:10–11 ESV
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.
Romans 3:12 ESV
All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Romans 3:13 ESV
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
Romans 3:14 ESV
“Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
Romans 3:15 ESV
“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Romans 3:16 ESV
in their paths are ruin and misery,
Romans 3:13 ESV
“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.”
Romans 3:17 ESV
and the way of peace they have not known.”
Romans 3:18 ESV
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Listen to Peter:
1 Peter 1:3 ESV
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
SO WE MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT JESUS MEANT WHEN HE SAID
John 6:44 ESV
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
JOHN 6
John 6:65 ESV
And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”

It has to be his choice because at our best we are NOTHING

Isaiah 64:6 ESV
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
Romans 7:18 ESV
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
Martin: They called me…came to find they called a lot of people
GOD CHOOSES THE UNQUALIFIED AND THEN QUALIFIES THEM:
Colossians 1:12 ESV
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Colossians 1:13 ESV
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,
Colossians 1:12 ESV
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.
Listen to Paul in Romans 8
Romans 8:29 ESV
For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
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Romans 8:30 ESV
And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
So here is the foundation of it all! Here is the most compelling means by which we are able to win the war within: REMEMBER THAT HE CHOSE ME!
IN-SPITE OF YOUR DECEPTION
IN-SPITE OF YOUR DEPRAVITY
HE CHOSE YOU!
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LET US LIVE OVERWHELMED BY GOD’S LOVE TOWARD US; a love we COULD NOT EARN AND A LOVE WE DO NOT deserve and yet, IN-SPITE OF THE SHAME IT TOOK TO FULFILL HIS ELECTION OF YOU, He gave to us HIS SON, EVEN in our wretched condition
Romans 5:8 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Genesis 39:9 ESV
He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
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THUS, SUCH LOVE SHOULD MOVE US TO FEEL LIKE JOSEPH...
Genesis 39:9 ESV
He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?”
We should be driven, like Joseph, with such an awareness of what the Lord has done for us that we say:
“How can I do such evil and sin against God
God’s calling are unrevokable:
Romans 5:8 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
“AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME. I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW I AM FOUND.”

WINNING THE WAR PRINCIPLE:

II. IT’S HIS GIFT

A. Faith is the ability to SEE Christ

HAVE THEM TURN TO THESE PAGES
o Nic was there with Jesus But could not see Him (3:9)
o Nic and the boys read the Word, saw Moses, but missed Jesus
John 5:45 ESV
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
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John 5:46 ESV
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me.
John 5:47 ESV
But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
o Nic and the boys saw the miracles from Jesus but missed the God-nature of Jesus ()
John 10:24 ESV
So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
IS NOT THIS A GREAT Tragedy? Jesus in front of you but you can’t see Him!
· Faith is, then, the ability to believe Christ
This faith – the ability to see…believe is a gift from the Lord
Matthew 16:13 ESV
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
·
Ephesians 2:8–9 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
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Hebrews 12:2 ESV
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Nic came at night: Why is this important? It speaks not only to the actual night, but also to the darkness of his own soul
· We will see that darkness played out in his inability to raps not only who Jesus is, but what he was saying.
This kind of darkness makes men unable, in all that they are, makes it impossible to see – to believe, aside from the supernatural move of the Holy Spirit to quicken or make alive that which was dead.
STANDING IN FRONT OF JESUS AND LISTENING TO HIM, NIC COULD NOT HEAR/UNDERSTAND
note his confusion verses
THE REASON HE COULD NOT HEAR?
John 8:47 ESV
Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
JOHN 8
THAT’S WHY JESUS SAID
John 3:3 ESV
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
emphasis: you cannot SEE
ILLUSTRATION
Here is the principle for us: When sin is winning within this covers the eyes of our heart and darkens our understanding. WHEN WE GIVE INTO TEMPTATION I WANT YOU TO SEE IT LIKE A MAN WHO IS FILLING A DITCH:
THE DITCH IS THE PIT OF YOUR SIN (YOU ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT)
THE DIRT REPRESENTS SIN
THE DIGGER IS THE DEVIL
THE MORE THE DEVIL TEMPTS YOU WITH DIRT AND YOU SAY “BRING IT ON” THE MORE THE DITCH IS FILLED AND YOUR ABILITY TO MOVE IS RESTRICTED.
HE KEEPS TEMPTING AND YOU KEEP ASKING FOR IT
THIS IS WHAT HE DOES
2 Corinthians 4:3 ESV
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
THE DEVIL HIDES THE GOSPEL BY KEEPING MEN WALKING, LIVING AND LOVING THEIR SIN. KEEP MEN LOOKING TO THEMSELVES ORT TO OTHER MEN FOR THE SATISFACTION, COMFORT AND JOY THAT ONLY THE LORD CAN GIVE.
2 cor
HE HOLDS OUT THE DIRT, AND IN BLINDNESS OR SINFUL LIVING WE KEEP SAYING: GIVE ME MORE!!!!!!
soon enough everything is covered:
LIKE NICODEMUS YOUR EYES ARE COVERED BY YOU SIN AND YOU CANT SEE
YOU ARE SO COVERED THAT EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN HEAR, IT IS MUFFLED; YOU CANT MAKE IT OUT: YOU GRAVE IS SOUND PROOF
BUT NOT ONLY THAT, YOU CANT MOVE (EVER FEEL LIKE THAT? CANT GET THE SIN OFF YOU)
HERE IS THE REALITY OF BEING STUCK: THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING YOU CAN DO: Nothing corrects this - no amount of works, effort, etc…
When sin wins within that is what happens to us:
We become blinded to what we once were able to behold as beautiful
Our hearing dulls such that we become sermon proof (Owen): hear faintly but not clearly; the Word but not the life of the Word
We become trapped in our sin, situation, emotion, feeling - whatever it is - and we feel it is impossible to escape.
And it it impossible: for us!
what we need is not merely another book
not simply another sermon
WE NEED THE POWER OF HEAVEN: WE NEED A FRESH MOVE OF THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD TO EXPLODE OUR SELF PRODUCED GRAVES!
WE NEED A FRESH MOVE OF THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD TO EXPLODE THE
IF YOU ARE HERE TODAY AND THIS IS YOU: GOD BLESS YOU BECAUSE THE LORD WANTS TO WORK IN YOUR SOUL IN GREAT POWERFUL DEMONSTRATION AS HE IS ALREADY WORKING IN IT THROUGH HIS WORD. THIS MOVE OF THE SPIRIT WILL DISPLAY A POWER LIKE JESUS AT THE GRAVE OF LAZARUS: HE WILL SPEAK LIFE TO YOUR DEADNESS
But i don’t want you to be deceived here: IF YOU HAVE BEEN LIVING IN SIN IT MAY MEAN THAT YOU NEED SAVING FAITH, NOT NECESSARILY SUSTAINING FAITH. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR BECAUSE IF YOU NEED SAVING FAITH AND ASK FOR SUSTAINING FAITH YOU WILL NOT HEAR FROM THE LORD.
“AMAZING GRACE HOW SWEET THE SOUND THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME. I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW I AM FOUND, WAS BLIND BUT NOW I SEE”
WINNING THE WAR PRINCIPLE: You Cant see what you have never seen!
IT’S HIS POWER

III. IT’S HIS POWER

WHAT IS THIS CHOICE AND WHAT IS THIS GIFT? IN ONE WORD: IT IS POWER!!!!!!
THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION!!!!
HE IS THE SOVEREIGN SURGEON OF THE NEW BIRTH (The language of birth)
Jesus commands that Nicodemus must be born again

A. HE SAVES US BY THE SPIRITUAL POWER OF AWAKENING

John 3:6 ESV
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
- He implants the nature of God
2 Peter 1:3 ESV
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,
2 PET 1:
2 Peter 1:4 ESV
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

HE SAVES US BY SPIRITUAL POWER

Somewhere –
Romans 2:27 ESV
Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law.
Romans 2:26 ESV
So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
KNOW THIS! THE DIVINE POWER IS WHAT SAVES US! OUR YES IN THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE SPIRIT IN OUR SOUL.
THE SCRIPTURE REFERS TO THIS AS EMPOWERMENT AS THE SPIRIT’S WORK:
Ezekiel 36:26 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

NOT THE EMPHASIS OF “I”
THIS PROMISE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IS REFERRED TO AS OUR BEING DRAWN TO JESUS
John 6:44 ESV
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6:65 ESV
And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
Ephesians 2:5 ESV
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
EPHSIANS 2 5
LYDIA
Acts 16:14 ESV
One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.
Ephesians 2:5 ESV
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Nic should have known this
Ezekiel 36:26 ESV
And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:36 ESV
Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the Lord; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.
Romans 2:25 ESV
For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision.
o Philip 2:12-13

HE SAVES US BY SPIRITUAL POWER

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

B. HE SANCTIFIES US TO LIVE IN HIS POWER

1 John 3:9 ESV
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.
1 JOHN
THAT GOD CHOSE US, GIFTED US WITH FAITH AND EMPOWERS US, DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE TO LIVE OUT GODLINESS IN ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES.
IN FACT PAUL CONNECTS HOLINESS WITH GOD’S ELECTION OF US
Ephesians 1:4 ESV
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
WHEN YOY ARE BORN AGAIN THE SPIRIT OF THE LIVING GOD COMES UPON AND WITHIN YOU, BRINGING ALL OF THE POWER OF HEAVEN TO YOUR DISPOSAL, CREATING A CHANGE AND EMPOWERING YOU TO LIVE OUT THAT CHANGE:
LOOK AT HOW PAUL SAYS THIS:
1 Corinthians 6:9–10 ESV
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 ESV
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Corinthians 6:10 ESV
nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
IF WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS WAR AGAINT SIN WITHIN, WE MUST LIVE IN THIS POWER OF GOD THAT IS WITHIN US AND FIGHT WITH THAT POWER:
PAUL SAYS:
Galatians 5:16 ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:17 ESV
For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
the “for” is crucial. Walk in the Spirit and you will not .... Why walk? the desires of the flesh are at war
Philippians 2:12 ESV
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
Philippians 2:13 ESV
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
PETER, SPEAKING TO BELIEVERS WHO ARE ARE PERSECUTED FOR THEIR FAITH, SAY THIS:
1 Peter 2:11 ESV
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
1 peter
1 per 2 12
Titus 2:11–12 ESV
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
WHAT IS THIS GRACE OF GOD? IT IS THE LIFE OF GOD PLACED WITHIN US BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

C. HE SENDS US OUT IN POWER TO EXPAND THE KINGDOM

matthew
Acts 1:8 ESV
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
John 14:12 ESV
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE REALITY: WE ARE SENT IN HEAVEN’S POWER TO EXPAND THE KINGDOM OF LIGHT IN THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS

WINNING THE WAR PRINCIPLE:

IV. IT’S HIS PROTECTION

HE SEALS
Ephesians 1:13 ESV
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 2:14 ESV
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
2 Corinthians 1:21 ESV
And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,
Ephesians 2:13 ESV
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:22 ESV
and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

WINNING THE WAR PRINCIPLE:

IT’S HIS LIFE

WINNING THE WAR PRINCIPLE:

V. IT’S HIS FIGHT

Jahaziel
2 Chronicles 20:14 ESV
And the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly.
2 Chronicles 20:15 ESV
And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.
SO I ASK: WHY ARE YOU CARRYING THE STICKS OF YOUR OWN STRENGTH WHEN YOU HAVE THE SUPERNATURAL OOZIES OF HEAVEN TO FIGHT FOR YOU
WHEN YOU HAVE THE NEW BIRTH, HE HAS ALREADY WON THE BIG BATTLE FOR YOU AND NOW, IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WHO ABIDES IN YOU HE SAYS: I WILL STILL FIGHT YOUR BATTLE, BUT YOU MUST WAGE WAR TOO!
SEE, IT IS HIS FIGHT THROUGH YOU….YOU!
THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT IT WILL NOT BE WON WITHOUT YOU
You cannot win without His life working powerfully within you. Do not quench the Spirit
BUT UNDERSTAND THIS:
PAUL DID NOT TELL US THAT THE SPIRIT WAS GOING TO DO THE WARFARE FOR US IN ! NO, HE TELL US TO FIGHT: HE TELL US in

Be strong in the Lord (v10) Put on the whole armor of God...to stand against the schemes of the devil (V11) Take the sword of the Spirt(V17)Pray (18) Keep alert (v18)

Ephesians 6 ESV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a bondservant or is free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts. Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.
BE STRONG IN THE LORD (SEE, THIS IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE BATTLE)
· PUT ONthat you may be able to stand (SEE THAT)
o IF YOU DON’T PUT ON THE ARMOR YOU WONT STAND! GOD IS IN YOU BUT YOU NEED TO PUT ON THE ARMOR TO STAND AGAINST THE ENEMY – THE DEVIL AND THE TRAITOR – YOUR HEART.
TAKE THE SWORD (V17)
·PRAY (18)
· KEEP ALERT

WINNING THE WAR PRINCIPLE: You have to join the Spirit in the Fight to Win Against the Passion within you

THIS IS, INDEED, A GREAT SALVATION!
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