by James Merritt

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Let's Get Ready to Rumble
James Merritt
Ephesians 6:10-20

INTRODUCTION 1. During one of the darkest period's of World War II, after the collapse of France and before America got involved, Winston Churchill wrote that the question in the minds of both friends and foes was this: ''Will Britain surrender too?'' At the time he made a speech that contained this sentence: ''What General Weygand called the Battle of France is over. I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin. Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian civilization.''

2. If you are a Christian you, too, are in a battle; and upon this battle depends the joy of your heart, the happiness of your marriage, the welfare of your children, the security of your home, and the influence of your life.

3. You are involved in spiritual warfare. But the problem is, many Christians, perhaps most, do not even realize it. Many of God's soldiers are asleep in the barracks when they ought to be out on the battlefield. The reason why many Christians are losing their battle with the devil, day-by-day, is because they're not even showing up for the war. In fact, I believe there are a lot of Christians who do not even realize there's a war going on.

4. I read about a fellow who had had too much to drink, and he was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. A policeman stopped him and said, ''Hey buddy! Didn't you see the arrows?'' He said, ''Arrows? Man, I didn't even see the Indians!''

5. I'm afraid there are a lot of Christians who don't realize who their enemy is; they don't realize there is a war going on; they don't understand that everyday they are in a fight for their spiritual life. Someone has said, ''Much of the church's warfare today is fought by blindfolded soldiers who cannot see the forces ranged against them; who are buffeted by invisible opponents and respond by striking one another.''

6. Douglas MacArthur, one of our greatest generals, once said, ''In war there is no substi ...

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