Putting on the full armor of God – everyday

My friend LA Marzulli has a great mini-sermon about taking seriously a critical element of the Christian life – putting the full armor of God.  We are living in a fallen world, full of all kinds of influences and attacks, physical, emotional, and spiritual.  Keeping Ephesians 6:13-17 in mind everyday is critical, and having peace in the daily chaos is possible!

Listen to this brief audio- LA Marzulli on putting on the full armor of God (mp3 – 4 min.)

 

 

 

He’s greater than you

John 4:4 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Not only is Christ greater than the world around us, He is greater than ourselves  in our weakness.  He is building a new person inside of us; a new person and yes a new personality.

So as  we stumble at times in our lives with broken relationships and job (or lack thereof)  pressures, the wilderness journey will be fraught with impossible battles only the Lord can solve.   If you are saved in Christ, you have the Holy Spirit of God living inside of you.  Invite him to take over, don’t listen to the old voices of failure, for the Lord can and will do great things for others through you.  For “Philippians 1:6: being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

 

When the Ship Sinks by David Wilkerson

In “When the Boat Sinks” David Wilkerson talks about when Paul’s ship to Rome sinks.  The Lord will sometimes allow the thing we fear to happen – the divorce, the health crises, the death of a loved one.  Yet like Paul’s ship, the very breakup is a vehicle the Lord uses to spread His salvation.  From Paul’s ship sinking came a series of miracles: no people on the ship died, they all made it safely to shore, and they and many on the island where the ship sank saw miracles of healing in their midst through Paul.

So in our crises, the breakup between with our spouse can result in many testimonies for Jesus as we stand for restoration – no matter how long it takes.

When the Boat Sinks-David Wilkerson (mp3)

Man’s Hour of Darkness is God’s Hour of Power by David Wilkerson

Man’s Hour of Darkness is God’s Hour of Power by David Wilkerson

Description:
The hour of God’s power manifests at the end of man’s resources. God is pleased to wait until all striving and human effort cease and your situation calls for nothing less than a miracle. God knows the day and the exact hour that He will intervene. In the midst of these dark seasons while we are waiting for Him to act trust that the Holy Spirit is standing by ready to take action. God is calling His people to abandon themselves to prayer and praise, believing that He is still on the Throne and He is in control! In the day of darkness Jesus Christ is still the light of the world!

A Time to Weep and a Time to Fight by David Wilkerson

A Time to Weep and a Time to Fight by David Wilkerson
From SermonIndex.net:Description: God will never leave His people without answers. In these times of sudden calamity the initial response may be fear, but we must trust that God has everything under control. He has a million ways to solve our problems. Usually in these times God is the only one that can give us answers. We must turn off every voice of humanity. God’s people get their answers from one place and that is the Bible. God is calling His people in the secret closet of prayer so we can get a Word from Him. Don’t let the Sunday morning blessings fade into the troubles of this day. Encourage yourself in the Lord!

Verse reference:

1 Samuel 30

Notes:

David encouraged himself in the Lord.

Hebrews 12:

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed

God delivered via a half-dead Egyptian slave left behind.  God will deliver via His ways, not man’s ways.

Don’t be afraid of your spouse, but trust the Lord

Last night I asked the Lord just before I went to bed “is there anything in here you have for me?”

He took me right to this passage:

Isaiah 51

12 I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;

13 And forgettest THE LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?

14 The captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail.

15 But I am tHE LORD thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: THE LORD of hosts is his name.

16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.

 

The Lord was basically saying – “Have you forgotten who I am?  I am the one that comforts you, but I am also the one who made you and everything in all the dimensions.  I am sovereign and mighty. Don’t be afraid of people, your spouse included. It is the Lord  who will work.  It is I who do this, not you.  My hand is upon you, and this battle you are going through is part of the kingdom.”

This was a major wake up call for me.  He is so far above this.