Winning The Battles Of Your Life-spiritual Warfare, Part I (9 Of 15) by Rick Ferguson

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WINNING THE BATTLES OF YOUR LIFE-SPIRITUAL WARFARE,
PART I (9 OF 15)
GROWING CLOSER AND GOING DEEPER WITH GOD
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
EPHESIANS 6:10-18

Series Verse: BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2 PETER 3:18).

Question: Do you ever feel like the whole world is
against you?

Do you ever feel like too many things are going wrong
in your life for it to be mere coincidence?

Did you ever wake up and ask yourself, 8How did I ever
get into this mess...and how in the world do I get
out?

Do you ever feel like you're in a battle but you're
not quite sure who the enemy is?

Do you ever feel like you are under personal attack
from every direction?

Let me ask you one other thing, are you living in
quiet desperation of bondage to FEAR, ANGER
DEPRESSION, and HABITS you cannot break, THOUGHTS, or
INNER VOICES you cannot seem to overcome or SINFUL
BEHAVIOR you cannot seem to stop.

Would you be surprised if I told you that the
Christian life is not a life exclusively made up of
peace, love and hippie beads? While there certainly
is peace, love and joy in Christ, and in fact Christ
is the only place you will find true peace, love, and
joy.

But there is also another very real aspect about
the Christian life of which you need to be aware...and
that is the WARFARE of the Christian life.

Let me tell you, the moment you got saved, you
entered into a war. You are engaged in a battle
against a very, very powerful, cunning enemy, and the
battle is very real.

The battle of which I speak is a Spiritual
Battle, and the war of which I speak is Spiritual
Warfare.

Hey, we love the words of Jesus that say:

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you." (John
14:27)

"I have told you this that my joy might be in you, and
that your joy may be complete." (John 15:11)

But what do you do with verses like Mt. 10:34?
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the
earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."

Oh yes, we are in a war. A war against the
forces of darkness and even Satan himself. The moment
you became a Christian, you inherited a new enemy. He
is the Prince of Darkness and he opposes everything
and everyone that is godly or holy.

I've been preaching a series of messages
entitled, "Growing Closer and Going Deeper With God."
And I would not be telling you the whole truth if I
did not tell you that the closer you Grow and the
Deeper you go with God, the greater the battle will
become.

Ex: I have had new Christians come to me and say,
"Pastor, something must be wrong. Since I've become a
Christian I have had problems and difficulties like
never before." I tell them it's because they have
acquired a new enemy who will oppose them at all
points in their life...it's Satan and his demons.

Ex: Whenever a Christian decides to really get
serious about serving Christ and l ...


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