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SERMONS FOR MARCH

MARCH 4, 2012

 HAVING YOUR HEAD COVERED

 SCRIPTURE READING: EPHESIANS 6:10-18

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 6:17 (KJV) 

     And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 INTO: We can suffer a head injury and not know it for sometime.

    We can suffer a concussion, and we as well as others will not even know it.

    The brain or mind is a very delicate and can be easily injured.

    Satan seeks to attack our brain and mind by:

  1.   Our thought pattern (how we think about God and the things of God & how we think about the world and the things of the world).

  2. Our meditation (things our minds dwells upon).

 o   Thoughts of doubt (tormenting thoughts &  negative expectations)

o   Negative thoughts (always looking on the dark side)

o   Sinful thoughts

    Remember, the way we think develops the way we act, the way we act creates our character, our character directs our life, and our life determines our eternity.

 Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…

    True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess.

    This is why God has given us the Helmet of Salvation to protect our minds from attacks of Satan.

   The Helmet of Salvation will change the way we think.

I. DEVELOPING GODLY THOUGHTS.

 NOTE: Unless a person has been Born Again his thought pattern is controlled by Satan.

 A.    THE THOUGHTS OF THE UNSAVED ARE SELF-CENTERED THOUGHTS.

 NOTE: The mind of the un-saved are centered on this world and the things this world has to offer.

 1 John 2:15-17 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world.  And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever.

B.      THE HELMET OF SALVATION CHANGES THE MIND OF BELIEVER.

 Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?  Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.

 NOTE: When we wear the Helmet of Salvation our though patterns change.

 Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

C.    THE HELMET OF SALVATION GIVES BELIEVERS UNITY

 Philippians 2:1-2 (KJV) If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

 NOTE: When our mind is covered with the Helmet of Salvation we will all have the same mind of God’s desire for how we are to live.

D.    THE HELMET OF SALVATION IS WORN IN HUMILITY.

 Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

 NOTE: One of the great dangers facing a Believer is spiritual pride.

 John 3:30 (GW) He must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance.

 E.      THE HELMET OF SALVATION GIVES US THE DESIRE TO HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.

 Philippians 2:5 (KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

 NOTE: Jesus great thought was to be obedient to the Father.

 CONCLUSION: Our minds controls our actions, lets make sure our mind is protection by God’s Salvation.

 

MARCH 18, 2012

 GOING ON THE OFFENCE

 SCRIPTURE READING: EPHESIANS 6:10-18

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 6:17 (GW)

      Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.

 INTRO: Have you noticed that all the articles of the Christian’s warfare have been defensive?

·         The belt of Truth

·         The breastplate of Righteousness

·         The shoes of the Gospel of Peace

·         The shield of Faith

·         The helmet of Salvation

 

   We have been given only one offensive weapon, the Word of God, and we must be very careful how we use it.

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 NOTE: Paul’s words were not only words of encouragement but also words of warning.

    If Paul warns Timothy that he must correctly handle the Word of God than there must be a way of miss handling God’s Word.

    In the last few weeks there has been a lot of concern about gun safety and there are those who would rather no one would have a gun.

    The same thing could be said about the Word of God.

 ILL: My miss use of God’s Word.  Proverbs 23:13 (KJV) 

     Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 

 I. THE WORD OF GOD 1S A TOOL AS WELL AS A WEAPON TO USE AGAINST THE WORKS OF THE ENEMY.

 NOTE: Any weapon or tool can be missed handled and abused.

A.    A WEAPON AGAINST SATAN & SIN.

    The Word of God is the weapon God has provided for us to defeat the enemy, but we must be very careful how we use it.

 ·         Jesus used the Word of God to defeat the  temptations of Satan.

 Matthew 4:1-11 (KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.  And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

 ·         God’s Word is a sharp two edged sword.

 Hebrews 4:12 (GW) God's word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God's word judges a person's thoughts and intentions.

 NOTE: One of the ways we fight Satan and sin is to self-examine our own heart and thoughts.

 Psalm 119:9 (NIV) How can a young man keep his way pure?  By living according to your word.

 Psalm 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 Ephes. 5:25-27 (KJV) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 ·         God’s Word is like a consuming fire.

 Jeremiah 5:14 (NLT) Therefore, this is what the Lord God Almighty says: "Because the people are talking like this, I will give you messages that will burn them up as if they were kindling wood.

 Jeremiah 23:29a (KJV) Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord;

 NOTE: God’s Word as fire will do one of two things; it will either bring judgment to those who refuse to hear and obey, or it will purify those who allow the Word to remove the sin and impurities in their lives.

 Isaiah 1:22, 25-26 (NIV) Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water…I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.  I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning.  Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City."

 ·         God’s Word is like a hammer.

Jeremiah 23:29 (KJV) Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

 NOTE: A hammer can do two things to that which it is use against:

 o   It can smash the rock into little bitty pieces.

 ILL: Pharaoh’s heart was hardened and he refused to listen and suffered God’s judgment.

 o   It can shape it into something useful.

    There are those who will allow God’s Word to shapen their stony hearts into hearts of flesh.

 Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT) And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.

 CONCLUSION: God has given us a wonderful weapon and tool in His Word, let us use it wisely to defeat Satan and sin.

 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NIV) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

 

MARCH 25, 2012

 THE BELIVER’S ULTIMATE WEAPON

 SCRIPTURE READING: EPHESIANS 6:10-18

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) 

     Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.

INTRO: Have you ever forgotten something of real importance?

 ILL: The Pastor who forgot to pay his Auto Insurance.

    The Soldier who forgot his rifle.

    Prayer is our Ultimate Weapon yet many Christian fail to use this weapon in the way God has intended.

 I.  WHAT IS PRAYER?

 NOTE: Prayer is having communication with God.

    It is through prayer that we receive our marching orders.

    True prayer consists of seven parts.

  1. Praise

  2. Thanksgiving

  3. Admiration

  4. Repentance

  5. Intercession

  6. Request

  7. Listening to what God has to say

 II. SIX WAYS A SOLDIER SHOULD PRAY.

  1. He should pray continually?

Luke 18:1a (KJV) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray…

NOTE: A soldier must keep an open line with the source of his power and direction.

 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV) Pray without ceasing.

   It is through prayer that a soldier receives power and encouragement to continue the battle.

 1 Chronicles 16:11 (NIV) Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.

    It is through prayer that the soldier maintains a constant consciousness of God’s presence.

 Psalm 34:4 (NLT) I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me,            freeing me from all my fears.

  1. We should pray for everything?

NOTE: There are those who would have us limit our prayers by what we prayer for.

 Philip. 4:6 (NLT) Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

 Philippians 4:19 (GW) My God will richly fill your every need in a glorious way through Christ Jesus.

    There is no need too great or too small to bring to God.

  1. We should pray in the power of the Holy Spirit?

Romans 8:26-27 (NLT) And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don't even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God's own will.

1 Corinthians 14:15 (NLT) Well then, what shall I do? I will do both. I will pray in the spirit, and I will pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will sing in words I understand.

  1. We should watch and pray.

 Matthew 26:41 (NLT) Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!"

Luke 21:36 (NLT) Keep a constant watch. And pray that, if possible, you may escape these horrors and stand before the Son of Man."

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.

  1. We should be persistent in our prayers.

 Luke 18:1-8 (NLT) One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up.  "There was a judge in a certain city," he said, "who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone.  A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her.  The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out. 'I fear neither God nor man,' he said to himself,  'but this woman is driving me crazy. I'm going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!' "

     Then the Lord said, "Learn a lesson from this evil judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don't you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?"

 Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV) And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

  1. We must pray one for another.

 NOTE: A true Soldier of Christ must pray unselfishly.

 Romans 1:9 (NLT) God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by telling others the Good News about his Son.

Colossians 4:12 (NLT) Epaphras, from your city, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident of the whole will of God.

 ·         Pray for those who are battling with sin.

 2 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT) We pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. We pray this, not to show that our ministry to you has been successful, but because we want you to do right even if we ourselves seem to have failed.

 1 John 5:16 (NLT) If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, you should pray, and God will give that person life. But there is a sin that leads to death, and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.

 ·         Christ gave us our example

 John 17:20 (NLT) "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony.

 ·         Pray for those who are carrying the message to the lost.

 Luke 10:2 (NLT) These were his instructions to them: "The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest, and ask him to send out more workers for his fields.

 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (NLT) Finally, dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.

 CONCLUSION: Let us stand fully equipped and ready to do battle against Satan and Sin, seeking God’s direction and help.

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