Let's Get Ready to Rumble by Steve Wagers

Let's Get Ready to Rumble
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 6: 10-18

In his book "The Holy Spirit," Billy Graham writes about an Eskimo fisherman who came to town every Saturday afternoon. He always brought his two dogs with him. One was white and the other was black. He had taught them to fight on command.

Every Saturday afternoon in the town square the people would gather and these two dogs would fight and the fisherman would take bets. On one Saturday the black dog would win; another Saturday, the white dog would win -- but the fisherman always won!

His friend began to ask him how he did it. He said, 'I starve one and feed the other. The one I feed always wins because he is stronger.'

We have two natures within us, both struggling for mastery. Which one will dominate us? It depends on which one we feed.

A. W. Tozer said, "The untended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root our error will shortly be a theological wilderness."

1. Battle FACTS!

A) A PRODUCT of BIRTH

[10] "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."

"brethren"--Family matter

God's soldiers are not drafted, they are born.

B) A PROMISE of BLESSING

(19-20) "And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."

Battle is not meant to break us/bless us. We're to be equipped for the battle because the battle equips us.

God is in the business of making Giants for Christ.

2. Battle FOES!

To have a fight, we must have a foe.


A) An INTERNAL Foe

[Gal. 5: 19-21] "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellin ...


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