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Where is Your Sword?  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  55:32
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Where is your Sword?

2 Corinthians 10:3–5 KJV 1900
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Ephesians 6:12 KJV 1900
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Just a Distraction

The fight we are in
++Is not new
Ephesians 3:1 KJV 1900
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Ephesians 3:3–4 KJV 1900
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Ephesians 3:6 KJV 1900
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Ephesians 3:9 KJV 1900
9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

There has always been a fight

1 Peter 4:12 KJV 1900
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
The fight we are in
Is not new
++Is not unique
1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV 1900
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It’s a common thing

Job 14:1 KJV 1900
1 Man that is born of a woman Is of few days, and full of trouble.
The fight we are in
Is not new
Is not unique
++Is not a battle of men
Ephesians 6:12 KJV 1900
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Man has a tremendous capacity.

the ability or power to do something.

Man has tremendous capacity
++To Worry
++To Complain
++To Blame others
Genesis 3:12 KJV 1900
12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
God knows our true capacity
++God knows what we can take
++We were made by him
++We were made for him
Genesis 1:27–28 KJV 1900
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Greatness
++Is not always known
++Is not always visible
++Is not always expected

God can’t be his greatest within our greatness

Genesis 11:4 KJV 1900
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Jeremiah 49:15 KJV 1900
15 For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, And despised among men.
Proverbs 16:18 KJV 1900
18 Pride goeth before destruction, And an haughty spirit before a fall.
We will never achieve greatness
++Through human effort alone
++Through religious activity alone
++Through making a name for ourselves
Mark 9:35 KJV 1900
35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
If we are to achieve greatness
++Find value in insignificance
++Find Strength in weakness
++Esteem and love others first
Luke 10:27 KJV 1900
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
Loving God Is easy
++Recognize his love for us
++Realize how undeserving we are
Ephesians 2:4–5 KJV 1900
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
1 John 4:19 KJV 1900
19 We love him, because he first loved us.

Loving our neighbor is not so easy

1 John 4:20 KJV 1900
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
We all want the same thing
++Power
++Authority
++What God created us to have
++So we fight to get it
John 3:30 KJV 1900
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
The fight we are in
Is not new
Is not unique
Is not a battle of men
++Is a spiritual battle
Hebrews 2:6–8 KJV 1900
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
With God
++Size doesn’t matter
++Skill is not the principle thing
++Social recognition is important
Acts 4:13 KJV 1900
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
They had been with Jesus.
Mark 3:14 KJV 1900
14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
Acts 6:2 KJV 1900
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
Revelation 2:2–4 KJV 1900
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Revelation 2:5 KJV 1900
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

The struggles we have in this life are designed to pull us from the most vital relationships.

Vital relationship say that
++Not all relationships are equal
++Not all have the same value

It seems that the most valuable relationships are the easiest to sacrifice.

2 Peter 1:19 KJV 1900
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
God from the beginning
++Made us like him
++To rule
++Have Dominion
++Gave to us Authority

Satan knows the Capacity within us

Daniel 7:25 KJV 1900
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

It is just a distraction

He will speak against God… Just a distraction
Wear out the saints.... Just a distraction
He will do by messing mith your mind
He is just thinking
++Thinking to change time
Time is in the Lord’s Hand
He makes all thing beautiful in his time
Some time it seems that the devil has the upper hand.
I’m stressed
Distressed
Oppressed
or just in a mess
but it is just a distraction
Young Old Never Seen
He is just thinking
Thinking to change time
++Thinking to change laws
Isaiah 9:6 KJV 1900
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: And the government shall be upon his shoulder: And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Revelation 19:16 KJV 1900
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Knowing Who God is Changes everything
Daniel 11:32 KJV 1900
32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV 1900
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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