If I Believe Right, Why Do I Still Do Wrong? (5 of 10) by Rick White

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If I Believe Right, Why Do I Still Do Wrong? (5 of 10)
Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
Rick White
Ephesians 6:14b
10/17/1999

Introduction: The hymn writer (Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing) wrote these words; O to grace how great a debtor, Daily I'm constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Here's my heart -- O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.

There are very few of us who do not feel deep identity with those words at some time in our journey of faith. Why do we believe the right things and do the wrong things? Why is there such inconsistency between our talk and our walk, our confession and our conduct, our belief and behavior.

Certainly one of the things that hurts our individual and corporate witness as people of faith is our inconsistency. Most polls today say there is little difference between the attitudes and behavior of believers compared to non believer. What can we do to close that gap? If I believe right why do I still do wrong?


LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming ...


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