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by / Friday, 16 August 2019 / Published in

August 11, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 6:13-14 |

INTRO:  If the Lord tells us to stand, there must be something to stand against.  We are in a war.  Many things come against us.  We may say we don’t want to be in a war, but we are.  Satan will bring circumstances and people against us, but we are standing from a position of victory through Jesus.

 I.    STAND AGAINST

> People and things will come against us and our loved ones.

- Sometimes our loved ones come against us.

- We need to remember that the Lord is with us at all times.

- We need to stand our ground when things come against us.

- We also need to stand as a body.

> It is a spiritual war.

- We stand against Satan, but Satan cannot be compared with Jesus.

- Satan is created being; Jesus is God.

- Jesus is the One who was and is and is to come.

 II.   STAND FIRM

> Satan will come to accuse us about our past.

- We remember what we have done, but we are redeemed.

- We are a brand new creation; the old things have passed away (2 Corinthians 5:17).

- We have the righteousness of God; it is His righteousness.

- He gives us the robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).

> Our heroes stand against the enemy; Jesus is our hero.

- He cleaned us up and rescued us.

- We do our best to live right in the Name of Jesus.

- We want to be a hero, and we can with Jesus at our side.

- We set a godly example for others.

- We take care of our families.

- We have to stand for our family.

- The enemy will come against them.

- The enemy will tell us that they are lost; we need to stand against the enemy and for them.

- It is not easy in this world, but we have Jesus.

- It’s who you know – Jesus, the hero of heroes, the Lord of Lords.

- When we walk with Him, we are heroes also.

- When we become a Christian, we become a hero of God.

> Satan likes to make us believe we are not worthy.

- Moses was a murderer.

- Jacob was a deceiver.

- Samson was a womanizer.

- Paul was an accessory to murder.

- Peter was a liar.

- Rahab was a prostitute.

- Now they are all heroes of the Bible.

- Jesus made them brand new creations, overcomers.

- “We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

III.  STAND WITH THE LORD

> Jesus did the will of His Father; He shed His blood for us.

- It is His will for us to be set free and to be healed.

- Jesus healed, delivered, and set free every person who came to Him.

- He healed all of them.

- When we acknowledge Him, He will come and heal us.

- We are translated into His Kingdom and cleansed by His blood.

- Remember we have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:12-13).

> God can use negative circumstances; He is with us always.

- “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

- The Lord blesses us when we acknowledge Him.

- Jesus doesn’t always calm the storm, but He calms us so that we can walk through the storm.

- “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

- A refuge is a secret place of safety.

- We are hidden in Christ Jesus.

- “God has put life and death before us, blessings and curses – choose life; love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

CONCLUSION:  We are in a spiritual war.   We need to stand against Satan and stand with and for our families.  In our weakness, we are strong through Jesus' strength in us.  We can have confidence in the fact that Jesus will stand with us if we stand with Him.

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