Paul tells us we are FACING AN ENEMY like no other in Ephesians 6:10-13… Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (So...) If Satan really is Real/Active and "Roaming like a lion and Seeking Whom He May Devour" - I think it would be in our best interest to FIGHT the RIGHT WAY when he shows up! That's why we've been taking a few weeks to look a little closer at how we can better Recognize / Personalize and Strategize against the Real Enemy - in a Series we've been calling WHEN THE DEVIL COMES KNOCKIN' -- Hope you'll join us ONLINE for LAST WEEK!
Sunday Snapshot… (3) You Gotta Play DEFENSE Before You Can Play OFFENSE!
Ephesians 6:14-18… Stand your ground by… Putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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. -- This is ALL YOU NEED to FIGHT RIGHT! Are you getting DRESSED DAILY for WAR?
PEACE is not the basis for our Confidence! (But Rather…) Our Confidence IN GOD is the basis for our PEACE!
It’s not enough to just READ THE BIBLE… or even STUDY IT! It’s only EFFECTIVE… if you PUT IT INTO PRACTICE and LIVE IT! (James 1:22)
John Piper... “PRAYER is our wartime walkie-talkie for the MISSION OF THE CHURCH as it Advances Against the Powers of Darkness and Unbelief! (So…) It shouldn’t surprise us that Prayer Malfunctions when we try to simply make it our Domestic Intercom to just Call Upstairs for more Comforts In The Den!”
Don’t ever become so FOCUSED on the Enemy that’s AGAINST YOU… that you FORGET about the GOD who’s FOR YOU!
RESISTANCE isn’t always a SIGN that you’re OUT of GOD’S WILL… it might actually be a SIGN that YOU’VE NEVER BEEN MORE IN IT!
See You This Weekend Celebrators…
NEW (ONLINE ONLY) SERVICE TIMES…
SATURDAY – 5P
SUNDAY - 9A and/or 10:45A
COC ONLINE SERVICE SITES…
CCITY ONLINE SERVICE SITE…
RunTheRace! (Heb 12:1-2)