Today we are doing things a little out of order. We are saving some of our musical worship time for later, because today we are making some time for one of the greatest moments in the life of a church.
Today, we will get to watch the ordinance of baptism. The number of people getting baptized today over two services is twenty.
So I'll get right into God's Word today.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)
I have been speaking a series of messages. The series is called the Christian in Complete Armor.
This talk is part 6 in the series. These verses we've just read, and the theme we're focusing on is called spiritual warfare. This is a series about spiritual warfare.
There is a fierce and unceasing war between God and the devil, heaven and hell, angels and demons, truth and lies.
God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life... even as the devil hates you and has a diabolical plan for your life.
The devil's plan does not confine itself to religion. He is not fighting you on the religious plane only.
He is attacking you.
In your emotional health too.
And in your love life.
And in your sense of confidence.
He will mess with your identity.
Ambush your relationships.
Fracture your family.
And poison your morality.
He'll depress your personality.
He'll sabotage your sexuality.
He is subtle. He is manipulative. He never goes on vacation.
If you give him a foothold, he'll create a stronghold.
If you give him an inch, he'll take a mile.
For the devil, nothing in your life is off limits.
Satan spews his acid spit onto absolutely everything you touch, and he doesn't play fair.
But thankfully, God has given us everything we need to live in victory.
We have the Armor of God.