by David Cawston

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Defeating the enemy in your life?
David Cawston
Ephesians 6:10-13

I watch Christian lead many times defeated lives.
Lives that are insignificantly different than those that people around them that do not know the Lord.
They walk through:
Hopelessness and despair!
Defeat and resignation!
Strife and conflict!
Self-pity and negativism!

I am challenged because when I came to the Lord I expected my life to be different.
In fact I know that it is different and that I am victorious and not victimized by life.

God challenges you to live victorious!
I. God has made you mighty!
II. God expects you to be victorious!
III. God has given you the ability to fight smart!
a. Our external battle first is spiritual!
b. Our internal battle is then personal!

Prayer is one of the ways that we learn to live victorious.
A minister dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who's dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans. Saint Peter addresses this guy, "Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven?" The guy replies, "I'm Joe Cohen, taxi-driver, of Noo Yawk City." Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the taxi-driver, "Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." The taxi-driver goes into Heaven with his robe and staff, and it's the minister's turn. He stands erect and booms out, "I am Joseph Snow, pastor of Saint Mary's for the last forty-three years." Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the minister, "Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom of Heaven." "Just a minute," says the minister. "That man was a taxi-driver, and he gets a silken robe and golden staff. How can this be?" "Up here, we work by results," says Saint Peter. "While you preached, people slept; while he drove, people prayed."

Today I want to speak on the external battle. ...

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