We are Strengthened in Obedience to God
- Date: October 7, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 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 6:12-13)
- From There Is Yet One Man
We are living in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among whom we're to shine as lights. Our testimony is that we're not of this world. Satan, the rule of the world, is demonic, supernatural, non-reluctant, and irresistible without the blood of Jesus affecting and cleansing your mind. He holds the world under his power. The most heinous murderer and mutilator and the sweetest little self-willed grandma are going to the same hell under the same power of Satan. We, as Christians, go out a little bit naive ourselves and think, "Well, these people are okay. These are nice people." They are not nice. We've not known much of adversity here in this nation. We saw a little bit of it back in the seventies. They wern't all that nice in the gas lines; were they? And, when the world's greatest-ever-known-worst-storm-in-the-world, we're-all-lucky-to-be-alive-today is forcast. I love it when they hype stuff up because you know it's not going to happen. Aren't you glad when that's happening that everybody's considerate of others so they only take one thing and leave enough for everybody else? "You mean some of people don't do that?" We all do that; right? And we're Christians. Wow, it's quiet!
Man is evil. This world is evil. This kingdom that opposes the kingdom of God is not neutral. It is absolutely looking to destroy the church, the kingdom of God, to put out the light of world with everything that it does because of its head Satan. The people who are being used don't even know that's the ultimate goal. They think they're just gaining riches for themselves. They just think they're doing the natural thing in conning the other guy like everybody else does. It's all satanic. Are we going out daily with that knowledge? We're at war. These people are trying to kill us. Our job is to be a light in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. If we're not really approaching each day with that conflict in mind, we're not arrayed. We haven't taken the time necessary to prepare. We don't have on the armor of God, because if you're in the armor of God, you are not neutral. You are setting out against. When this armor is in place, you're like Rocket Man. It comes on and all of sudden you get all these powers. It's that real. Something happens when you go out with the helmet of salvation on. The helmet of salvation isn't, "Oh, praise God. I know I'm saved and this is great and I'm not going to hell." In the helmet of salvation it is, "By grace I have this wholeness. I'm accepted in the Beloved! As a sinner, He loved me. Freely I've received. How can I not be freely giving this? The mind inside the helmet of salvation does not get caught up with self, with the temporal. We are not caught up with work and just occasionally give thought to the kingdom. We're in the heat of battle. This isn't parade armor; this is battle armor. It's not all shiny. It's got nicks. There's mud. There's blood. There's sweat. This armor is speaking about hand-to-hand combat.
There's no break or place of rest. Are you ready? Would you say the daily cross, the denying of self, is escalating? What are you putting off that you might put on Christ? Is prayer time increasing? Is bible study increasing? I'm just talking about you needing the nutrition. You've been exerting energy. You need the strength of God. It only comes by obeying the Word of God, the power of His might. Just try to be honest and say, "Where am I, really? Am I doing everything to stand?" If you have done everything, then do what? Stand! If you've done everything and stand, I want you to know something: God will come and stand with you and confirm His Word with signs following. What do you think, have you done everything you can? Amid this trial that doesn't seem to be going right, have you done everything you can? "I've done everything." You want to know the one thing you haven't done yet? You haven't gotten you out of the way yet. You still need to die.