Take Your Stand Part 4

October 1, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is about Taking Your Stand based on Ephesians 6:12-18.

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Standing With Jesus

So far you should have memorized

Ephesians 6:12-15 (NIV)
12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

So far in this series we have talked about Standing Up To Evil, Standing Alongside the Broken, and Standing Against Fear. Today we will be looking at Ephesians 6:17 and we will talk about Standing With Jesus.

Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

In our previous discussions Truth and Righteousness give us integrity. Peace and Faith give us Courage. Today I would suggest that salvation and the Word intersect at …

1. Life

Real life, now and forever. Check out this verse:

1 Peter 1:3-4 (MSG)
3 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, 4 including a future in heaven—and the future starts now!

You get your past forgiven – a brand new life
You get a purpose for living – Have everything to live for
You get a future in heaven – including a future in heaven

And it all starts now, when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior.

This is the…

2. The hope of salvation

1 Thessalonians 5:8 (NIV)
8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.

Putting on the hope of salvation as a helmet. The helmet of salvation guards our heads from attacks on our thinking. Because of the hope of salvation we have in Christ, our perspective changes. We are no longer consumed by our own small selfish viewpoint of life but we can begin to see the bigger picture. We will live with Him forever and that life begins now.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 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.

Though we live in the world, we don’t wage ware as the world does. We are not to get our perspective from the culture, but from the living God. We undergo a transformation in our minds that it is made possible through the

3. The Word (Sword of the Spirit)

Rather than be consumed by the fear being spewed by our culture, we need to focus our thoughts on the Kingdom of God and the things of the Lord.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Don’t be conformed to the pattern of this world but be changed by the renewing of your mind. Our mind is renewed by the sword of the Spirit

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MSG)
16 Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. 17 Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Standing with Jesus gives us life, (where salvation and the Word intersect) and real life again points us to the Ministry of Encouragement.

1 Thessalonians 5:5-11 (NIV)
5 You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

He died for us so that we may live with Him! We no longer belong to the night or to the darkness, but we are children of the light and the day! So let us encourage one another and build each other up.

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