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Stand Your Ground: A Personal Battle Plan for Spiritual Warfare
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV) For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Introduction / Illustration: ON THE WINNING SIDE!
A Little Leaguer was playing the outfield in the first game of the season. After chasing a long hit and hustling the ball back into the infield, someone asked him how his team was doing and what the score was. The youngster replied that his team was doing well, but that they were trailing 17-0. The bystander asked if he was discouraged at being so far behind, and if he was ready to admit defeat. He came back immediately with this retort: "We aren't beat- -we haven't even been up to bat yet!" Hope is a vital element in every dimension of life.
Last Sunday Ed Rowell asked the question, "Is Someone Out To Get Me"? He helped us to understand what the Bible says about Satan: Satan's character. Satan's primary goals (which are to keep us from coming to Christ and to tempt us to sin). Satan's primary battle ground.
We need to keep Satan from destroying our families, breaking up our marriages, owning our children, controlling our minds, and inflaming our passions. We in essence need to get the devil off our backs! Now how do we do that?
THREE QUESTIONS WE CAN'T HELP BUT ASK
We Question Who Cares About What I'm Going Through?
We Question Who Is Big Enough To Do Something About It?
We Question Who Is Good Enough To Actually Do It?
Today we are asking the question, Is There Anyone Out There To Help Me? What does the Bible teach us about how to do this thing called spiritual warfare? Is this every man for himself? Do we go it alone? How can we stand against such a powerful enemy? What about some help? Is there anyone out there who can help me? Well you can anticipate the obvious answer is YES!
Ephesians 6:10 (NIV) Finally, be strong ...
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