- Original Teaching: Spiritual Warfare
- Date: April 18, 2001
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
- By: Jason Felton
The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays! It’s a day of food, family, and fireworks, but more importantly it’s a day where we celebrate our nation’s independence. That independence gives us the religious freedom we enjoy today to gather together to hear the Word of God and be bold witnesses for Christ in the nation we live in. But for us as believers, the fact of the matter is, we are at war! The question I want to ask today is what are you doing to prepare yourself?
Now, of course we as a nation are not at war, but as Christians we are daily fighting a spiritual war for our souls. Satan is going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8) and his goal for our lives is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). We need to understand the power that the enemy has. We in and of ourselves are no match for him and in fact greater men than you have fallen! Thankfully, one of the rights we have as believers is to live victoriously over the power of the enemy! We’ve been legally given the ability to go out and be more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Two things will help you stand in these last days; preparation and knowing who you are in Jesus Christ.
The first thing we need to realize is that if you’re going to be in authority, you are going to have to be under authority. Your authority over the kingdom of darkness is going to be in direct correlation to your submission to your head, Jesus! To the degree you live subordinate to Him, is the degree you have to destroy the works of the devil. Let’s look at an example from Acts 19. Do you remember the seven sons of Sceva? When they approached the man that had an evil spirit they said, “In the name of Jesus Christ whom Paul preacheth.” That was their main problem. They didn’t know Jesus. They had heard about him. They had seen others do this exact same act. But in their own lives they had no relationship with Him. “So what happened?” Well the evil spirit answered, “Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you?”
Does the devil know who you are? Are you on his most wanted list? A lot of us know the doctrine, but just because you know the doctrine or can name the name of Jesus doesn’t mean you are going to get results. If you are going to get results then you need to come in the name of Jesus who YOU have a relationship with. Our strength is to be in the Lord. It doesn’t matter how much scripture you can quote, how much you’ve seen these works done before, or how long you have been born again. If you aren’t coming with the power and authority of the name of Jesus you are going to get smoked just like these guys did.
“So how do we get the victory?” Well first we need to empty ourselves of our own abilities. We need to stop trusting in ourselves and be totally reliant on God for everything. How have you been fighting your battles lately? Have you been praying and fighting in the heavenlies or have you been trusting in worldly wisdom? Do you have the armor of God on or have you begun trusting in the world’s weaponry? When you are in the midst of a trial do you seek God early (first) or is He your last resort? If you are going to stand victorious in these last days these are the things we need to be doing.
So as we close for today and we celebrate the Independence day holiday, we see in God’s word that as Christians we cannot be independent if we are going to be victorious against the powers of darkness. No, if we are going to be victorious then we are going to have to be absolutely dependent on Him. We are going to need to use the weapons He has given us to combat the wiles of the devil. If you’re going to represent the authority of God you better be ready for the consequences. So how about you?Are you ready to put the armor on and go to war? You won’t stand any other way! Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might!