The more I have studied and thought about and prayed about today's topic, the more convinced I am that it is one of the most clarifying truths I have ever studied in the Bible... and also one of the most life-giving.
We are into our fall series of messages. The series is called the Christian in Complete Armor.
Today is part three in the series. And today, I invite you to meditate with me on the topic:
You are here today by your choice and by God's purposes. I've been praying for you today. I am praying for a breakthrough. I am praying that today will be one of those milestones in your life that you remember for a long time to come. That my talk today will plant seeds of truth that will set you free.
Here is our main Bible verse:
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
There's a great theological movie you might have seen, called What About Bob?
Bill Murray plays a lovable, totally obsessive guy named Bob. Yes, I'm going there. There's a great scene where Bob has to walk down a hallway from his therapist's office... he's got his pet fish with him.
Bob is so full of anxieties and phobias, he can barely function. Just to take this walk is an epic challenge. So he has to talk himself into it. You might remember what he keeps saying to get through it: "Baby steps." Baby steps down the hallway. Baby steps into the elevator...
To go from the ridiculous to the sublime, C.S. Lewis penned a classic book on spiritual warfare. It's called The Screwtape Letters. A junior demon writes a series of reports to a senior demon and hears back from the senior demon. The reports concern the junior demon's subject — the man he is supposed to influence away from God, from truth, from Jesus Christ, from salvation, and from an abundant life.