Battle Stations (3 of 3) by James Merritt

Battle Stations (3 of 3)
James Merritt
Ephesians 6:10-18

INTRODUCTION

1. If you are in the military, and especially in the Navy, you will recognize the command ''Battle Stations.'' Whenever a military man hears this he knows to get to his post, lock and load, make sure the safety is off, the trigger is pulled back, and he is ready to fire and ready to fight.

2. I've already told you that every Christian on earth is at war. We were born at war with God because we are born in sin. But when we lay down our arms at the cross of Jesus Christ in unconditional surrender, God declares peace with us.

3. When God declares peace with us, the devil declares war on us and we must be permanently at our battle stations from earth to heaven. Now it is one thing to be willing to fight a war, but it's another thing to know how to win it.

4. You can have the right weapons, you can be in the right place, but if you don't have the right strategy, you will lose the war every time. Paul has told us who our enemy is. He has told us what our weapons are, but now he tells us how to win the war.

I. Start With God's Power

1. ''Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.'' (v.10) Now notice he didn't just say be strong, but to ''be strong in the Lord.'' This is not a matter of pumping iron; it's not a matter of lifting weights; it's not a matter of getting on a bow flex; this is a matter of a walk with God. It is not physical exercise. It is spiritual discipline that matters if we are going to be ready and tough soldiers of Jesus Christ. In other words, we are not to fight in our power, we are to fight in God's power.

2. Very often I have tried to win people to Christ, and probably the number one reason people give me as to why they refuse to accept Christ is because they will say something like this: ''There's no need for me to pray that prayer and ask Christ into my heart because I could never live up to it. I could never stay true to God; it is just too hard to live the Christian life.''

3. Well, let me give you some news. The Bible never teaches that it is hard to live the Christian life. The Bible teaches it is impossible. But that is the whole point of being saved. Because once you get saved, God gives you the power to live the Christian life.

4. Look, if I could live up to what God wanted me to be on my own, I wouldn't need God. If I could live the Christian life under my own power, I wouldn't need God's power. But the fact is, when you give your heart to Jesus Christ, He feels you with His Spirit; He gives you His power; and it is only through that power, and in that power, and by that power, and with that power, that you're able to live the life that God wants you to live.

5. Now I've got some bad news for you and some good news for you. The bad news is you cannot win this war in your own power. The good news is you don't have to. Because this war is not to be fought in your power. As a matter o ...


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