Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
June 26, 2011                               "The Battle is Raging!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
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Text: Revelation 12:9-12  (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

           Waging Spiritual Warfare Successfully

All of us are in a life-and-death battle with the devil and his demons. It is my prayer that this sermon  on spiritual warfare will help you learn how to fight victoriously against all the powers of darkness.

 

Revelation 12:9   And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12:10   And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Revelation 12:11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 12:12   Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

Let's pray. Father,

 

Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

* Does that wrath sound like something you are experiencing?

* Are we in this time of great Satanic Wrath and fury or not? Are we Living like we are in this time of Satanic wrath and Fury or Not?  We  know that this fury characterizes the devil nature and the following verses are true. John Stated the Devil was a Liar and Murderer from the beginning

John 8:44 .. your father, the devil .. He was a murderer from the beginning .. there is no truth in him .. he is a liar and the father of lies.

Peter forwarned us in,

1 Peter 5:8   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

If you are playing both sides of the fence you are a candidate to be targeted.

* Satan - a murderer, a liar, an enemy, a roaring lion, a devourer.

 

* I've never seen such open spiritual warfare as these days in which we live. Let's look at God's provisions for us in this battle.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

* We need to make up our minds as to who's side we are really on. (1) to be strong and (2) to find that strength in the Lord.

 

Many don't even have a clue as to who or why we are fighting because they cant seem to with fighting with one another.

We are no fighting flesh and blood here!

 

* I know a Christian lady who some years ago was very ill and was vomiting frequently. As she was racing for the bathroom to vomit again, the Lord spoke to her and said: "Put your foot down!" She did so, reasserting her faith in the Lord's delivering power. And her illness soon departed.

 

* Such strength is found "in the Lord", not in man's best-intentioned solutions. How easy it is, even for Christians, to fall into the trap of trying to figure everything out and work it all out by ourselves.

 

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

* God has armament for us; our job is to put it on!

* A friend of mine who fought in the war in Vietnam stepped out of a helicopter safely, but the man behind him took a sniper's bullet through the forehead. A sturdy helmet might have saved him.

* Put on all of God's armor to survive and win the spiritual warfare you face every day of your life.

* The battle is very real and active; the passive soldier is the one who loses.

 

* The devil has schemes, a strategy. You are his target. So you must put on God's weaponry and armor.

Ephesians 6:12 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.

* Men and women ("flesh and blood") are not the opposing army. Satan is!

* How often we lose battles because we want to fight a person, when the devil is the actual combatant in our ongoing spiritual warfare.

 

* In witnessing to a lost person, you are in a spiritual hand-to-hand combat with the devil for that person's soul. As a friend of mine has said well, when seeking the salvation of souls from the devil's grasp, we are never in the DMZ (the "demilitarized zone"). We are always on enemy-held territory, that enemy, of course, being Satan.

Ephesians 6:13 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.

* The devil is no small opponent; put on God's full armor.

* And with the armor on, you must stand your ground. You must be willing to do everything necessary and continue to stand your ground. It took the mighty U.S. military and its allies nearly four years to prevail in World War II. Our adversary, the devil, is not easily convinced to fly the white flag of surrender. Remember, you are not in a ten-minute skirmish, but in a lifelong spiritual warfare.

Ephesians 6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place..

 

* The "belt of truth". You are on the Lord's side. His ways and His word are truth. Cling to them without compromise. Don't back down on the truth you hold.

 

* The "breastplate of righteousness". (1) Imputed and (2) practical righteousness.

* When we express saving faith in the Lord, He "imputes [or] credits [or] reckons" righteousness to us (Romans 4:3,5; Galatians 3:6-9). The theologians call this "imputed righteousness". And it provides for us a "breastplate" of protection.

* But in addition to having God's righteousness imputed to us, for us to walk in victory in our ongoing spiritual warfare, we need also to live and walk righteously (Psalm 106:3; 1 John 2:29, 3:7). This is often called "practical righteousness", and it too offers us a "breastplate" of God's protection against the devil's strategies and schemes.

Ephesians 6:15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

 

* For example, "ready always to give an answer.." concerning the Gospel (1 Peter 3:15).

 

* Ready to "contend for the faith" of the Gospel (Jude 3).

 

* The Gospel of Jesus Christ on our lips is a strong weapon against the devil and is a source for us of peace and spiritual readiness.

Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

 

* The "shield of faith". Because Satan's arrows are flying!

 

* Sickness? No! I believe Jesus "took my infirmities" (Matthew 8:17).

 

* Defeat? Never! I believe that I'm "more than a conqueror" (Romans 8:37).

 

* Ineffectiveness? No! I believe that I shall be "a vessel unto honour .. [fit] for the Master's use" (2 Timothy 2:21).

 

* The devil whispers, "The world is winning; the church is losing." No! I believe Jesus' promise that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church (Matthew 6:18).

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

 

* The "helmet of salvation". Are you in distress? Remember: If you are a born-again believer, you are saved. You belong to God and are partakers of His "great salvation" (Hebrews 2:3). You will live forever with Him. No man or devil "can separate you from the love of Christ" (Romans 8:35-39).

 

Romans 8:35   Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Romans 8:36   As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Romans 8:37   Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Romans 8:38   For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Romans 8:39   Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

* Is the devil condemning you for past sin? Don't listen! You are saved! "Your sins and iniquities [He] will remember no more" (Hebrews 10:17).

* The sword of the Spirit - the word of God! An awesomely powerful weapon.

* Jesus resisted Satan three times during the wilderness temptations with: "It is written!" (Matthew 4:3-10)

* Peter replied to the mockers at Pentecost: "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel" (Acts 2:16ff). And the power of that sermon based upon God's word, the bible, led 3,000 souls to be saved and baptized! (Acts 2:41)

Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

* "And pray"! Without this weapon, we lose the battle.

* A church elder friend of mine used to tell me that hardships always drove him to his knees.

* In closing this sermon on waging spiritual warfare, let me quote briefly from the Lord's Prayer: "Our Father in heaven .. deliver us from the evil one." (Matthew 6:13, NIV).

Matthew 6:9   After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Matthew 6:10   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:11   Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:12   And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

Matthew 6:13   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.Amen.

 

This is a prayer, and it is in my opinion one of the most powerful weapons in our spiritual warfare arsenal. That is, calling on God Almighty to deliver us from the evil one, from the devil and his demons. Think of it - the Lord's Prayer is very short. Yet Jesus chose to include in it this very effective spiritual warfare strategy - once again, "Our Father in heaven .. deliver us from the evil one." Pray this prayer, often and fervently. God will answer!