Battle Stations (3 of 3) by James Merritt

Dr. James Merritt
Ephesians 6:10-18

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 ca ...

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