We Will Stand

September 23, 2018

Summary

Sermon: We Will Stand  Ephesians 6:10-20
 
Today we will consider why God repeats Himself, here “Take-up the whole armor of God.”  What is the evil day and how shall we stand.  What is required of us, “having done all to stand?”  What are the chances of our standing?  The loser of the battle is said to have fallen but the winner is still standing.  Will we stand or fall, knowing the outcome is very important.  If you knew you were going to lose a battle, would you even fight it?  Spoiler, we win.
 
1. WHY REPEAT – Take-up the whole armor of God
2. STANDING IN THE EVIL DAY
3. HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND FIRM
4. THE SURETY OF STANDING
 
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 9/23/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 10/7/2018
 
Sermon Notes
 
SERMON
 
Ephesians 6:10-20 ESV  
 
Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour
Last week
 
    1. Wrestle NOT against flesh and blood
    2. BUT against, rulers, authorities, cosmic powers, spiritual forces
        1. Their domain – this present darkness
        2. Their rule and authority over the darkness
        3. Our comfort and security
 
 
This week
 
    1. WHY REPEAT – Take-up the whole armor of God
    2. STANDING IN THE EVIL DAY
    3. HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND FIRM
    4. THE SURETY OF STANDING
 
WHY REPEAT?
    • We see the same truths repeated all throughout scripture
    • Repentance, faith and grace
        • Can we ever hear too much of this
    • Warnings often repeated
 
Philippians 3:1-2 ESV  
 
    • God said to write his commandments where they can be seen daily
        • On our door posts, on our gates
            • Remind each other – “The Word of God says”
    • Some might complain about the same old truths repeated
        • Will you be mad at the dog for barking when the thief is still in the yard?
            • Will you shot your dog or the fox in the hen house?
            • We can blame ourselves, we should only need to be told once
    • God declares there is one way to heaven and many ways leading to destruction
        • How often do we lose our way, Pilgrims Progress
            • We are easily distracted
            • We need daily reminders and directions pointing to the One Way
    • How long was it before David repented of Bathsheba
        • Not until Nathan was sent
    • We must continue with the basics, while moving forward!
        • Church in Ephesus forgot the basics but God reminded them
 
Revelation 2:4-5 ESV  
 
    • They hated the works of evil but their zeal and love has diminished
        • But what is love?
 
1 John 5:3 ESV  
 
    • We take up the whole armor so we are not tempted to sin
    • This armor promotes love, BECAUSE love is defined as keeping the commands, sin is breaking the commandments
        • At the root of the armor and the commandments you find love
        • Our roots must be good, or are we old fence posts
    • Should a Christian go from strong to weak
        • Our walk should go from strong to stronger and stronger
        • We may be weak for a short time ONLY to grow stronger
        • Examine your Christian walk as you would your investments
    • Notice the declining Christian thinks God’s commands are burdensome
    • The inclining Christian takes joy in God’s commands, they are good and right
 
ARE WE DECLINING OR INCLINING?
NOT DECLINING
    • Feeling the weight of sin more
        • Lights on the house is dirty, lights off the house is clean
    • We have lost our comfort and we are troubled
        • When you are uncomfortable you “may” be growing
        • Challenges refine and forge our metal
    • Increase of temptations but not a decrease of grace
        • During the storm we realize how sturdy our foundation is
            • Is your house is built upon the rock –
                • The storm is a reminder of how bad we need Christ
 
DECLINING
    • When sin seems less noticeable
    • Lack the desire to pray against temptation to sin
        • Christ prays for Peter
        • He tells us to pray so we don’t fall into temptation
    • Lack of desire to fulfill our duty to worship God
        • Or if we do worship, it’s what pleases me vs. what pleases God
    • Inclinations of the heart turn worldly
        • Where your heart is, is where your treasure is
        • Self-serving rather than serving God
        • Lack of love for one another (commandments burdensome)
 
WHAT SHALL WE DO TO INCLINE AGAIN
 
(5)  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.
 
    1. Remember where you were, repent, and DO!!!
 
STANDING IN THE EVIL DAY
 
    • What is the evil day?
        1. Is it each and every day?
        2. Is it and extreme day of temptation?
        3. Is it our last day?
 
    • Every day
    • Ephesians 5:16 ESV  making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
    • Take up your cross daily
    • We need “daily” bread and daily communion with God
 
    • Extreme Day of Temptations
    • Compare one day to another and some are more evil
    • Some are filled with calamities, and some are filled with blessings
 
    • The Day When We Face Death
    • Paul was dying to himself daily and ready to depart this earth
    • The more we put our flesh to death the more we look forward to our new life
 
2 Timothy 4:7 ESV  
 
    • Who rules the day?  Is God sovereign???
        • All Christians will say, yes he is sovereign
            • Do we really believe he is sovereign over all?
    • The difference between evil, sin, calamities, affliction.
        • Today we think of evil and sin as one
 
Isaiah 45:7 ESV  I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things.
Isaiah 45:7 KJV  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Exodus 4:11 ESV  Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?
Amos 3:6 ESV  Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?
 
Many Scriptures affirm that God is not the author of evil: “God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone” (James 1:13). “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33)—and if that is true, He cannot in any way be the author of evil….
 
It is helpful, I think, to understand that sin is not itself a thing created. Sin is neither substance, being, spirit, nor matter. So it is technically not proper to think of sin as something that was created. Sin is simply a lack of moral perfection in a fallen creature. Fallen creatures themselves bear full responsibility for their sin. And all evil in the universe emanates from the sins of fallen creatures…
 
God is certainly sovereign over evil. There’s a sense in which it is proper even to say that evil is part of His eternal decree. He planned for it. It did not take Him by surprise. It is not an interruption of His eternal plan. He declared the end from the beginning, and He is still working all things for His good pleasure (Isaiah 46:9-10)…
 
But God’s role with regard to evil is never as its author. He simply permits evil agents to work, then overrules evil for His own wise and holy ends. Ultimately He is able to make all things-including all the fruits of all the evil of all time-work together for a greater good (Romans 8:28). John MacAuthor
 
    • God sent the flood (and did it for a reason, killed everyone on earth but…)
        • This is not sinful
    • God sent the plagues on Egypt
    • God sent the Assyrians against Israel
        • Later God punished the Assyrians for their pride
    • God took Nebuchadnezzar’s mind away for 7 years
    • God gave Satan limits with Job, included everything but his life
        • His possessions, his children, and his health
            • God was in control, Satan is NEVER in control
            • The sin in question here is cursing God
                • The calamities and sickness are not sin
    • I’m sick and tired of a weak God!
        • God wants but CAN’T have it because you or Satan get in the way…
        • God does all that he pleases when he pleases
    • You can take comfort in an all-powerful God
        • The wiles of the devil can NOT win
        • The evil day will not triumph
    • God pours out the affliction and he pours out kindness
        • It is Satan who tempts with sin during the affliction, not God
 
“It is impossible for a stony heart to think well of an afflicting God.”
 
Isaiah 8:21 ESV  
 
    • The season of affliction is the season when Satan comes to tempt the most
    • We see this in seed that falls on rocky ground
 
Matthew 13:21 ESV  
 
    • Affliction hardens the heart of the vessels of wrath but softens the elect
        • Each plague of Egypt hardened Pharaoh’s heart more
        • The Christian remembers the evil day Christ faced…
    • The Christian is to be clothed and ready for the evil day
        • The enemy does not announce when it will attack
    • You don’t do routine maintenance on a ship during a violent storm
        • Be ready on all days and all hours
    • God has given you so much time, what will you do with it?
        • This time is on loan to you by God
        • You are the farmer of your life but you don’t own the ground.
            • Use this time to prepare for the evil day
 
Matthew 25:3 ESV  
Matthew 24:39 ESV  
 
    • Give thanks to God for the blessings and the trials
 
1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV  
 
HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND FIRM
 
    • Heaven is not won with words, decisions or professions
    • Often the great talkers are the least doers of God’s Word
    • Not a forgetful, sleepy eyed hearer but a doer of God’s Word
 
Code of Conduct I-III
I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
 
I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
 
If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
 
    • Colonel Franklin Brooke Nihart, Immanuel Presbyterian Church – 40 yr
        • Written as a personal catechism
    • We will live and die with Christ in opposition to our enemies.  He has led the way and we will follow him through HIS death and resurrection
 
SURETY IN STANDING
 
    • Sick of preachers who preach a weak impotent God
        • The Christian cannot be lost
        • Satan cannot take us out of God’s hand
    • If we are the body of Christ, will part of his body FACE JUDGEMENT?
        • Will Christ’s body be disfigured missing parts and limbs?
    • While the ark was in the Jordan, they all crossed over, not one was drown
    • All got on to Noah’s ark, not one of God’s were lost
        • He says, I will never leave thee or forsake thee
    • Our God is not weak and he does not rely on the strength of man or the weakness of Satan
 
Ezekiel 36:27 ESV  
 
    • He does not say “if” you walk in my ways I will give you my Spirit, he says my Spirit will “cause” you to walk in my ways.
 
Psalms 89:36 ESV  
 
    • There are no miscarriages with God’s children
    • If you are co-heirs, you cannot sell your inheritance unless the other party agrees
 
DANGER:  Do not abuse this inheritance
    • Shall we sin so grace may abound?  By no means!
 
LASTLY
 
    • To stand means to conquer
    • The enemy “fell” at the battle but our forces “stood” strong
 
Psalms 1:5 ESV  
 
1. WHY REPEAT – Take-up the whole armor of God
2. STANDING IN THE EVIL DAY
3. HAVING DONE ALL TO STAND FIRM
4. THE SURETY OF STANDING

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