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  1. stilllearning

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    Here are my notes, from Sunday morning's message.....


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    July 31, 2011
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES Ephesians 6:10-13
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    Today my message is going to be about....the Spiritual war that we are in:
    And....our responsibility to get ready for it!
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    LETS READ THE TEXT Ephesians 6:10-13
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    V.10A “Finally, my brethren,”
    -GOD’S MESSAGE.....TO EVERY CHRISTIAN-
    (You have enlisted.....in my army:)
    And you are fighting.....in a war:
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    Wether you like it or not!
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    V.10B “be strong in the Lord,”
    -A CALL......FOR TOTAL COMMITMENT-
    (The only area of our life....that really matters:)
    Our relationship with the LORD:
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    -HOW THIS LIFE.......IS TRYING TO PULL US IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS-
    And none of them.....are the right direction:
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    SOME OF THE DISTRACTIONS SATAN USES....
    (1)(Our job:) (2)(Our bank account:)
    (3)(Our education:) (4)(Our retirement:)
    (5)(Our friends & family:) (6(Our health!)

    None of these.....should come between us and the Lord!
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    V.10C “and in the power of his might.”
    -THE ONLY KIND OF POWER......THAT WILL HELP US “IN THIS FIGHT”-
    (The power of “His might”:)
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    This battle.....is way over our head:
    And we need Him.....with every step we take!
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    V.11A “Put on the whole armour of God,”
    -THE ONLY WAY TO BE SPIRITUALLY READY......EVERY DAY-
    (Putting on “God’s” Spiritual armor:)
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    We should go to sleep every night....with it on:
    Then make sure it’s in place...when we get up!
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    -THE ARMOR OF THE SPIRIT-
    Six practices....that God will bless:
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    (1) The belt of truth: (Being truthful with our self and others:)
    (2) The breastplate of righteousness; (A breastplate that really protects us:)
    (3) The shoes of the gospel; (A willingness to share the Gospel:)
    (4) The shield of faith: (A faith...that we can hold in our hand:)
    (5) The helmet of salvation: (Knowing for sure that you are saved:)
    (6) The sword of the Spirit: (Knowing & obeying God’s Word!)
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    -OUR “NUMBER ONE GOAL”.....AS CHRISTIANS-
    (Taking a stand....for the LORD:)
    And being “His soldier”....every day!
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    V.11B “that ye may be able to stand”
    -THE REASON.......SO MANY PROFESSING CHRISTIANS ARE FALLING-
    (Because they don’t care about this armor:)
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    And have they minds....someplace else!
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    None of us will be able to stand against this world:
    Without God’s armor!
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    V.11C “against the wiles of the devil.”
    -THE REAL ADVERSARY.......THAT WE ALL FACE-
    (The devil.....with all of his cunning:)
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    Satan.....is not messing around:
    He wants us dead:
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    And he is going to try....to get us to “kill ourselves”!
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    V.12A “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,”
    -A FACT....THAT CAN SOMETIMES BE FORGOTTEN-
    (Because this world.....hates us so much:)
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    The fact.....that we are in a “Spiritual” battle:
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    So we need “spiritual” weapons!
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    V.12B “but against principalities,”
    -RIGHTLY DIVIDING...OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS MATTER-
    (Because some principalities are in the flesh:)
    See Titus 3:1
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    Some preachers......preach against the president:
    But he is just a “pawn”.....in this war!
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    We.....have bigger fish to fry!
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    V.12C “against powers,”
    -THE GREAT WISDOM THAT IS NEEDED....IN THIS BATTLE-
    (Because we are to respect all legitimate authority:)
    See Jude 1:9
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    All those in authority...have been put their by God:
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    So we need to fight......against their plans:
    Without actually fighting them!
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    V.12D “against the rulers of the darkness of this world,”
    -THIS WORLD’S SPIRITUAL “DARKNESS”....HAS A SOURCE-
    (Those who promote.......Spiritual darkness:)
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    And this is more than just false prophets:
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    Everyone.....who rejects the light:
    Is adding to the Spiritual darkness of this world!
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    V.12E “against spiritual wickedness in high [places].”
    -THIS WORLD’S SPIRITUAL “WICKEDNESS”.....HAS A SOURCE-
    (Those who promote wickedness:)
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    Every day...as we take a stand for the Lord:
    We are chipping away.....at this wickedness!
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    And Satan....doesn’t like it a bit:
    And will be doing all he can to stop us!
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    V.13A “Wherefore”
    -THIS IS NEWS....THAT SHOULD GET YOUR ATTENTION-
    (Being informed...about the true nature of this world:)
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    What the Bible says...about this world’s condition:
    Should effect the way....we look at this world:
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    Seeing it for what it really is.....and shunning it:
    Rather than desiring to join up with it!
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    V.13B “take unto you the whole armour of God,”
    -THE HUMBLING EFFECT....THIS NEWS HAS ON US-
    (The fact that we live in a dark...Christ rejecting world:)
    Should remind us of our need....for God’s protection:
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    Seeing our need....for “the whole armor of God”!
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    V.13C “that ye may be able”
    -WHY SOME CHRISTIANS......SEEM UNABLE TO RESIST SIN-
    (Because they “are”...unable to resist sin:)
    But it’s not God’s fault:
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    Every Christian who.....underestimates this danger:
    And fails to put on....all of God’s armor:
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    Will not be able to withstand: Satan’s attacks!
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    V.13D “to withstand”
    -THE PRO-ACTIVE SIDE.....OF THIS WORLD’S TEMPTATIONS-
    (We are to be “actively resisting” Satan:)
    And not simply avoiding trouble:
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    Actively......taking a stand....against Spiritual darkness!
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    V.13E “in the evil day,”
    -THE “EVIL DAYS”.........THAT WE ALL FACE IN LIFE-
    (As we follow...the Lord’s instructions:)
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    Therefore.....we have nothing to worry about:
    Because the LORD is with us!
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    V.13F “and having done all, to stand.”
    -THE LORD.....WILL NOT LET “LAZINESS”....”SLIDE”-
    (In those who refuse to take a stand:)
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    The world might let you slide by.....in your sin:
    But the LORD won’t:
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    We serve a jealous God.....who takes sin seriously!
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  2. Tom Butler

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    Good outline. I'm a layman who occasionally fills the pulpit. The effort to prepare a message takes a long time for me. I admire preachers who have to prepare two or more messages a week.

    May I steal your outline?
     
  3. Earth Wind and Fire

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    Why dont you just expound on the bible?
     
  4. stilllearning

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    Go ahead.......
     

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