Aug 15, 2021
Beware Of Imitation Armor
Series: 2021

We live in a world where Satan is the Prince of this world
 
That means that everyday Satan and His army are trying to defeat God’s children
 
He knows he can’t snatch us out of God’s hand
 
 
Since satan knows there is no way he can get you, he tries to make you ineffective
 
How does he do that?
 
He attacks you on every front that he can, to find a weakness to make you confused and hurt
 
If he can do that, you stop working for God and spend all your time worrying and upset
 
 
Put on the full armor of God
 
I want you to understand that this armor has to be God’s armor otherwise it doesn’t work
 
Let’s look at what God’s armor includes
 
Gird your loins with TRUTH
 
Everything satan does is calculating and he will try to convince you to use imitation armor
 
He says what is truth, isn’t that relative to each person. Your truth can be whatever you want it to be.
 
Put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS
 
Imitation armor doesn’t work.  Just ask the Army.
 
Do you really want to protect your heart with imitations
 
God’s armor is actually impenetrable
 
Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of PEACE
 
The military spends millions of dollars on boots.  They understand that if a soldier’s feet are injured the soldier is immobilized
 
If satan can immobilize us, he gets a win because how many others won’t hear the gospel
 
The imitation we rely on is that someone else will go
 
When you put on the full armor of God satan is defeated and the Gospel is spread
 
The SHIELD of FAITH
 
This shield is able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
 
What if your imitation shield was hit by one of satan’s arrows
 
The imitation shield is believing that satan isn’t going to bother you
 
Satan deploys many demons throughout the world and we are all in danger of a satanic attack at any time
 
The HELMET of SALVATION
 
The biggest thing that satan does, is try to tell you that you are not saved and unworthy to be saved
 
When you know that you have received salvation hold onto that hard
 
Make sure that you are sure
 
One way to continually live in salvation and battle the evil one is to use the SWORD of TRUTH
 
There is no substitute and imitations will fail
 
A good soldier spends a lot of time making sure their weapon is in great condition and ready always for battle.
 
When is the last time you cleaned your weapon and gave it a good inspection
 
Satan will throw every kind of imitation at you and if you put on imitation armor you can’t battle
 
Accept no substitute, only use the armor of God!
 
Now the question is do you know Him in order to receive that armor?
 
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  • Aug 15, 2021Beware Of Imitation Armor
    Aug 15, 2021
    Beware Of Imitation Armor
    Series: 2021

    We live in a world where Satan is the Prince of this world
     
    That means that everyday Satan and His army are trying to defeat God’s children
     
    He knows he can’t snatch us out of God’s hand
     
     
    Since satan knows there is no way he can get you, he tries to make you ineffective
     
    How does he do that?
     
    He attacks you on every front that he can, to find a weakness to make you confused and hurt
     
    If he can do that, you stop working for God and spend all your time worrying and upset
     
     
    Put on the full armor of God
     
    I want you to understand that this armor has to be God’s armor otherwise it doesn’t work
     
    Let’s look at what God’s armor includes
     
    Gird your loins with TRUTH
     
    Everything satan does is calculating and he will try to convince you to use imitation armor
     
    He says what is truth, isn’t that relative to each person. Your truth can be whatever you want it to be.
     
    Put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS
     
    Imitation armor doesn’t work.  Just ask the Army.
     
    Do you really want to protect your heart with imitations
     
    God’s armor is actually impenetrable
     
    Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of PEACE
     
    The military spends millions of dollars on boots.  They understand that if a soldier’s feet are injured the soldier is immobilized
     
    If satan can immobilize us, he gets a win because how many others won’t hear the gospel
     
    The imitation we rely on is that someone else will go
     
    When you put on the full armor of God satan is defeated and the Gospel is spread
     
    The SHIELD of FAITH
     
    This shield is able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
     
    What if your imitation shield was hit by one of satan’s arrows
     
    The imitation shield is believing that satan isn’t going to bother you
     
    Satan deploys many demons throughout the world and we are all in danger of a satanic attack at any time
     
    The HELMET of SALVATION
     
    The biggest thing that satan does, is try to tell you that you are not saved and unworthy to be saved
     
    When you know that you have received salvation hold onto that hard
     
    Make sure that you are sure
     
    One way to continually live in salvation and battle the evil one is to use the SWORD of TRUTH
     
    There is no substitute and imitations will fail
     
    A good soldier spends a lot of time making sure their weapon is in great condition and ready always for battle.
     
    When is the last time you cleaned your weapon and gave it a good inspection
     
    Satan will throw every kind of imitation at you and if you put on imitation armor you can’t battle
     
    Accept no substitute, only use the armor of God!
     
    Now the question is do you know Him in order to receive that armor?
     
  • Aug 8, 2021Workmen For God
    Aug 8, 2021
    Workmen For God
    Series: 2021

    During these crazy days, it is easy to get lost as to your real purpose in this world.

    We are seeing Covid increasing at rapid levels once again and many hospitals are filling up

    In fact, one of my High School classmates, Bubba Wood, needs your urgent prayers today

    He is in ICU waiting for a respirator, which he desperately needs

    When people are scared of death, they are usually more receptive to the Gospel

    Therefore, we need to be ready to show people the truth of the Gospel

    How can we make sure we are ready to share?

    Look with me to 2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
     
    KJV says: "Study to shew thyself approved"

    Be approved as a workman for Christ

    How are we workmen for God? Look back to vs 10-14
     
    I want us to break down each of these verses
     
    Now think about all these things in the context of being workmen for Christ

    However, there is a trap that we need to avoid

     
    We spend years serving our earthly bosses in jobs, trying to do our very best

    If we are lucky, we might make a difference or we might be remembered for a few years

    Think about this, if we are good workmen for God, the outcome is the population of heaven will grow.

    There will be people that change their final destination from Hell to Heaven because we worked for God

    Are you a workman for God today?

    Do you know Him in the first place?

    Do you want to?

  • Aug 4, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah
    Aug 4, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah
  • Aug 1, 2021When It All Goes Wrong
    Aug 1, 2021
    When It All Goes Wrong
    Series: 2021

    Have you ever had those days, weeks, months even years when everything went wrong?

    It seems that no matter how hard you try, none of your plans work like you planned!

    Alexander called this a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

    Our week seemed to fall perfectly into that category

    It is easy to fall into a state of depression or "woe-is-me" attitude

    These things are really happening and some of them can be really bad

    So how do we, as believers, handle these kinds of days or more?

    After about the 5th thing in a row had gone wrong for us this trip, I began to get down

    Suddenly God placed in my heart a song and some of the lyrics are:

    "Hey, Hey it’s a good day, even if things aren’t going my way, Jesus is alive and I am saved; so hey, hey it’s a good day!"

    That song reminded me of scripture and I want to share that with you today

     
    This whole chapter, Jesus is telling His disciples of His going away and coming again

    He is telling them about the Holy Spirit who will come, and He is preparing them for hard times.

    "In Me you will have peace but in this world you will have tribulation", Jesus said.

    We have such amazing blessings in this world that when trouble comes we are shocked

    The reality is that Jesus plainly told us that we will have trouble in this world

    In the midst of all the things that went wrong this week, God said, "count your blessings!"

    I began to look at that, instead of the trouble and, you know what, we had a lot of blessings

    We were blessed with safe travel, we saw loving family, and hey, during this oppressive heat wave, we had AC!

    There were way more blessings than trouble, and I remembered the other part of this verse

    Jesus said “take courage, I have overcome the world”

    Now when we put this whole verse together;
     
     
    We see that Jesus is telling us; it will get bad but my children I will take care of you

    We can focus on the negatives, and we will fall into dark places

    Or, we can take courage knowing that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus has overcome the world.

    You know, after God reminded me of this, things still went wrong

    Grasping this scripture didn’t make things suddenly all go right

    What it did do, was help me stand back, take a clear look, trust God, and carry on

    When you begin to look for the blessings in the trouble, it is amazing how God gives you peace.

    The question however is this, do you know the God that has overcome the world?

    Because, if you do not know Him, you will have no peace.

  • Jul 28, 2021Wednesday Bible Study
    Jul 28, 2021
    Wednesday Bible Study
    Series: Bible Study
  • Jul 25, 2021To Live By Faith
    Jul 25, 2021
    To Live By Faith
    Series: 2021
     

    "38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

    39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

    11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

    For by it the elders obtained a good report.

    Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

    By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

    By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

    But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

  • Jul 21, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #5
    Jul 21, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #5
  • Jul 18, 2021The Most Beautiful Bridge
    Jul 18, 2021
    The Most Beautiful Bridge
    Series: 2021
    Bridges are built for the purpose of closing a divide. They are built over any gap, water or land that needs to be closed. Some bridges are not pretty to look at, but they do their job.
    Other bridges are built with grand architecture that makes you just want to stare at them; they are so beautiful.
     
        
    These bridges are all amazing, both in engineering and in beauty The purpose of all these bridges is the same as for any bridge. It’s purpose is to close a gap. Some gaps are very large some, not so large, but they are all impassible without a bridge
     
    You see, there is a great gap between God and man; and that gap was created by sin
    It is a man-made gap that is so huge, no engineering will ever be able to close that gap.
     
    I want to be clear. In the beginning, God was with man and there was no gap,
    until man committed their first sin. At that point, there became a separation that man couldn’t close
    "Well, I guess that means I have no hope. If no man can bridge that gap, then certainly I am without hope."
     
    There is one mediator between God and man, and He is the Hope that we can have. He is the bridge for the Gap we can’t close. John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world that He sent His only Son”
    This is Jesus! Jesus paid the price we were unable to pay on the cross at calvary, therefore, bridging the unbridgeable gap!
    This is the Most Beautiful bridge, because it leads to LIFE! There is one thing, however; Have you ever heard of a toll bridge? In order to cross it, you must pay a price. Jesus has paid your toll to cross this bridge. You just have to accept the gift, and you will be allowed to cross Jesus shed His life blood on the cross in order to bridge the gap for you Will you accept this gift and cross over that bridge to reconciliation with God today? This is the only way the separation between God and man can be closed. Are you ready?
  • Jul 14, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #4
    Jul 14, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #4
  • Jul 11, 2021Faith and Forgiveness
    Jul 11, 2021
    Faith and Forgiveness
    Series: 2021
     
    Does anyone struggle with forgiveness?

    I believe that, as human beings, this is something we all struggle with.

    No one wants to be treated in a way they feel is wrong.

    Many arguments stem from simple misunderstandings or miscommunications

    The result however, is not simple at all.

    When we have a hard time with forgiveness, sometimes, we hold on to that unforgiveness for a lifetime.

    Unforgiveness in our lives can have a very negative effect on our prayer life.

    In our text this morning, Jesus is telling his disciples that prayer is powerful, if you have faith.

    In fact, He says, when you pray, believe that it is already been given and it will be.

    If we look at these two verses together, we see that unforgiveness will truly block our prayers

    In order to have true faith, we have to believe that God can conquer all things

    A word spoken to a fig tree caused it to wither, and Jesus says you can cause mountains to be cast into the sea

    These things seem impossible, but we know that Jesus said they are possible through faith

    If we can trust that He is able to do these things, don’t you think He is able to help us overcome unforgiveness?

    Faith!
    Faith!
    Faith!

    True faith means giving everything to God

    We give Him our fears, our hurts, our joys, our struggles, and yes, we can give Him our unforgiveness

    This passage is showing us that, if we are to pray effectively, we have to forgive first

    Matthew 5 says leave your sacrifice at the altar go and be reconciled and then return to offer it

    In other words, forgiveness has to happen before God will even accept our offerings

    In our world today, there is much unforgiveness. Certainly this is one of the reasons for so much discord.

    We ask believers to pray without ceasing about our Nation, but we also need to forgive without ceasing

    In our individual lives, as well as the lives of our Nation, we must rid ourselves of the hate through forgiveness.

    Today I’m asking you to examine your heart. If you find there is unforgiveness there, please ask God to help you forgive today

    Perhaps you don’t understand how that can be because you’ve never asked for forgiveness from your own sin

    God is offering full forgiveness today, but you have to repent of the sin in your life and ask Him to forgive you

    He stands with open arms waiting for you today.

  • Jul 7, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #3
    Jul 7, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #3
  • Jul 4, 2021Under God
    Jul 4, 2021
    Under God
    Series: 2021

    Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, I want to reflect on true Independence

    People have longed to be independent since the beginning of time

    The problem is, what do we want to be independent from?

    Today, much of our nation truly wants to be independent from our creator, God

    They seek an independence that allows them to have freedom

    They think that God represents oppression

    The truth is, mankind can never be independent from God

    John 15:5 says, "apart from me you can do nothing"

    See, to be out from under God places you squarely under satan

    You see, those who are not under God, add sin to sin with their rebellion

     
    Those who execute a plan not under God cause more pain and suffering from sin

    What you take safety in, that is not God, will be your shame

    "We are endowed by our creator", says the Declaration of Independence

    Our creator is clearly a reference to God, the creator of all

    Our founding fathers recognized that it is our creator that gives us everything

    To seek independence from God is like saying I want to be free from breathing

    As an Independent nation, we are independent from other nations

    The reason we can be independent from other nations is our dependence on God

    President Eisenhower recognized that, and pushed to add that language in our pledge

    In fact, if we are not Under God, then we are against God

    Matt 12:30 says “He who is not with Me is against Me; and

    He who does not gather with Me scatters"

    Your life, just like our Nation, must be under God

    God, our creator, has a purpose for you, but you have to be under Him to find it

    How blessed are all those who long for Him

    A true celebration of Independence from foreign powers

    Is actually a celebration of dependence on our perfect God

    Will you choose, today, to be Under God or against God?

    He gives that choice to ALL

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