- Date: 6/12/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."(Ephesians 6:13)
- From Somewhat Against You
Christianity is offensive. You may think you have the full armor of God on, but if you are adorned in the full armor of God, you can't be passive. That armor is supernatural. This armor that you put on--the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, our loins girt about with truth, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God--is alive. The Word of God is alive and powerful. You will set out against the enemy. It makes you offensive, not defensive.
We are not afraid of the world. We are attacking the world and overcoming. We are the light. We are the salt. We need to realize that if we're not progressing, if we're not taking ground, if we're not overcoming the oppression of the world, if we're not moving ahead, then guess what? We're missing some parts; some of your armor is lying around, yet you think you have it on. You may have it on, but like those old long johns, your flap is open, and you are going to get hit with a fiery dart. You're vulnerable. But we are being called to be on the offensive and to be going ahead.
The Samson syndrome is one that says, "When it really comes, I'll be ready. I'll shake myself because I love God with all my heart. I'll do what's right; I always have in the past." What are you doing to prepare? If the footmen have wearied you, if you're tired now, if you can't handle what you're in now, how are you going to contend with the horses and chariots? Five pounds isn't going to get it done.
"I've been working out with five pounds for seven years."
You better go to six, or you're not progressing. You need to put some kind of resistance in there to increase.
Father, we thank You for Your Word. We seek Your presence in our lives. We seek to know You more. Who is this chaste virgin called the Church? The Church is the chaste; white raiment covers our nakedness. Gold tried in the fire means no impurities. White raiment means no impurities, no compromise, no amalgamation--of philosophy, of psychology, of humanism, of secularism--no ancestral worship, no other gods before Me. How do we get there? It is by works, by making a list of what we will and won't do? No, we buy gold tried in the fire. We get to know You more and do more of what we know to do, not doing it because we have to but because we delight in it and we're privileged to. The grace is sufficient and present to enable us. And where it's not, we pray, Father, for more grace, because we don't want to stay like we are. We want to be more like You. We are not satisfied with who we are. We don't want to lose the ground that's been taken, as we stand, having done all.
Every time I pray, I become offensive. Every time I study Your Word and faith rises in my heart, I become offensive. Every time I rejoice in my salvation, I become offensive. Every time I choose righteousness, I become offensive. Every time the truth is revealed to me, I become offensive. Every time I share the gospel, I become offensive. Every time I quench a temptation or a seduction, it causes me to move forward. I am temperate in all things but my pursuit. Make it real, Father, we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.