Good evening everyone. Happy Saturday. I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend and getting your Christmas shopping done. Take in these last few days of the year and reflect on all the blessings and mercies God has provided. He’s so good and worthy of all the praise.
I have a sermon snack that I want to share with you. Pastor Josh gave an awesome message last month after Veterans Day. It’s very timely and I know you’ll be blessed by it. Be sure to share with somebody
There is bloodshed when there is evil but there is a day when the lion and the lamb will lie down together. Remember the veterans and don’t have a feeling of entitlement. Freedom comes at a price. Jesus paid with his life so we could be free. Take inventory and realize that we must be mindful of our emotions but we must have a heart to forgive like Jesus did on the cross. We have a ruler who cares for others more than he does themselves. It’s why we get excite and worship with passion. He gives us benefits even though we deserve to be punished. We live in a pacifist world and we want to share and get along with others. We are born selfish because we are born under Adam. Jesus teaches us to be selfless and to love without keeping a record of wrongs.
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV
Jesus’ robe is stained with his own blood. It’s sinless blood that fell on cursed earth. By an act of faith we can receive salvation and be saved from the curse. Jesus is the captain of the the heavenly army and he leads us into victory. In our pacifistic mentality we try to remove evil. Evil is real and does exist. You’re either lost or you’re found and God desires that all come to know him through his son. He loves you and his heart will never change about you because of your sin. It’s time to stand and realize we must let our light shine. For some it will cost more than others. Jesus didn’t come to bring peace but a sword. Following Jesus will bring separation. One world order is not going to happen. Realize that there is a battle. Jesus was a veteran and came and fought in a way that was unconventional and he won. Get this in your heart. Don’t lay down your weapons. David didnt allow Goliath to come against Israel the way he did and he decided to do something about it. King Saul wanted David to take his army into the battle. Saul was suppose to be the leader. If you sit immobile long enough and take a neutral ground you will put down your weapon and not be ready to fight. The enemy will come like a flood without you knowing and you won’t be able to stand.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
Ephesians 6:10 NKJV
We can’t do this life in our own strength. God’s strength must come in the equation or we won’t stand.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Ephesians 6:11 NKJV
David didn’t need Saul’s armor. He had the armor of God.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:12-13 NKJV
If there are spiritual host of wickedness how do we think that we won’t fight? Our fight is rooted in the spiritual realm. People don’t want to fight. They don’t want to work. You don’t know what you have until you go away from it. We don’t realize how good we have it. We must honor and respect what was done for our salvation and for our freedom. Spiritual armor is only useful for spiritual people who will take a stand.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV
God’s word is the sword. The words we speak can bring truth in the situation.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV
We have a responsible to fix things that aren’t right. How do you know someone else will come? Things fall through the cracks because we think someone else will take care of it. We’re not here to occupy breaths. There’s a battle going on and there will be casualties if we don’t do our part.
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Colossians 2:11-15 NKJV
It’s amazing God received and answered Jesus’s prayer to forgive those who crucified him. God doesn’t die. Jesus died. We are alive in Christ because God forgave our sins. Through death came victory. Through his forgiveness we are alive. Jesus took all of our sins and nailed them to the cross. God doesn’t see them anymore. Change will come because of those who rise up with the love of one who forgave their wrongs