Sunday 1st NovemberService Transcript & Video
We are NOT afraid of evil or the Evil One… because our LORD JESUS CHRIST has triumphed over Satan at the Cross..
It seems to me that as a nation we are in the BIGGEST battle of our entire lives..
as we fight this Covid 19.
And Not just us..
the whole world is in the very same battle.
This enemy is raging throughout the whole earth..
What makes Covid 19 so hard to fight is that it’s an enemy that we can’t see!
Even when it’s attacking us…
we don’t know it.
We’re picking it up, passing it on…
and we don’t even realise that we are doing it…
A HIDDEN enemy is a dangerous enemy.
Q. How do you fight an enemy you can’t even see?
If that true of covid 19…
How much MORE is it true of Satan and the spiritual forces of darkness and wickedness that we are in conflict with… as followers of Jesus and as sons and daughters of GOD.
The Bible says that Satan is a very real spiritual being who is alive and well on planet earth to-day.
We as God’s church are NEVER EVER to fear Satan… because on that CROSS..
the LORD JESUS CHRIST not only took the penalty and punishment for our sins…
He also defeated and conquered our great Enemy… the Devil … and with him… all the powers of sin and darkness… of death and HELL…
And One day Satan and his dark angels will be fully and finally destroyed forever (Revelation 20 v10 )
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the Cross.
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross.” Colossians 2v 13-15 NIV
“ See the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed..”
Revelation 5v 5
But you know what they say…
There is Nothing as dangerous as a wounded lion…
We know that Satan is still very capable of attacking, hurting, deceiving, discouraging, tempting and harassing… those who would follow Jesus as Savior and LORD to-day.
Which follower of JESUS hasn’t heard Satan’s deceitful lies and whispers in our ears telling us that we are ….
That We are not good enough..
Not doing enough…
Not this enough or that enough…
All to discourage, deceive and defeat us..
If NI needs a wake up call to the very real threat of the hidden enemy that is Covid 19…
We… in the church … NEED a spiritual WAKE up CALL…
to take seriously…. the fact that we are fighting a hidden enemy in Satan… who is the Prince of darkness.. evil… wickedness in our world to-day.
To remind us… that we are spiritual soldiers… in a deadly War against the forces of evil and darkness..
whose commander is Satan, the Devil, The Accuser, the Tempter, Lucifer, the Father of lies, the Prince of darkness, the god of this world…
SO…The apostle Paul in
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore… put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6v10-13
So what are we to do…
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your cares on him, because He cares about you.
Be sober-minded, be alert. Your adversary, the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour.
Resist him, firm in the faith, knowing that the same kind of sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world.
The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while.” 1 Peter 5 v 6-10
Those words in Revelation speaking about the great battle going on over the earth.. Revelation 12 v 9-12
“The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
‘Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”
Revelation 12 v 9-12
Scripture is full of reminders to followers of JESUS…that we are in this tough spiritual battle…
For many believers around the world it means that they will lose their homes, their property, their families and even their VERY lives… when they CHOOSE JESUS.
I often say that when you come on board the Christian life and begin to follow JESUS…
You are NOT joining a Cruise liner…
YOU are getting on board a battleship…
Completely different experience
Totally different set of expectations..
The life of a follower of JESUS is tough…
Satan will do everything he can to discourage You this week… to lie to you …. and deceive you….
To make you want to give up and give in..
To tell you that you’re NOT good enough…
Lies.. all lies.. It’s NEVER about how good we are…
JESUS is the only ‘good One’.
It’s only JESUS goodness that saves us… NOT our own.. NEVER our own..
The Apostle James reminds us..
“Submit yourselves then to GOD. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.”
James 4v 7
Satan is our enemy…
He is real spiritual being ..
He is prowling around on the hunt for opportunities to test you, tempt you, deceive you, defeat you.
BUT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST has WON the victory and triumphed over Satan at the CROSS….
And ONE day when JESUS comes back to wrap up this world… He will finally, fully and forever destroy our Enemy..
I love the BOOK of Revelation. We Know how the story of the world ends..
The LAMB wins!!
Just for this week..
whatever you are facing..
whatever struggles you are fighting..
Here is a verse that you need ever day. It’s one of the first Bible verses I ever learnt off by heart as a new believer..
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1 Corinthians 10v13 NLT
Temptation always carries the promise that you’ll enjoy the sin.. feel better.. get JOY… be satisfied… be happy..
But of course Satan lies..
A couple of months ago someone shared this with me… it is so simple BUT… it has helped me enormously in fighting temptation…
I don’t know whether it will help you in your struggles..
It’s a Prayer to GOD in the middle of the battle..
“LORD help me to feel 2 mins before I give in to this temptation.. the way I know I’m going to feel 2 mins after I’ve given into this temptation…”
Q. Have you ever been tempted and have given in to the temptation and sinned against GOD…??
Q.HOW do YOU feel??
Q. You feel WICK… feelings of self-recrimination, defeat, feeling useless as a Christian..??
Q. Who is the first person to come knocking at your door after you’ve sinned??
Satan.. To tell you how good a Christian you are… NO!! To mock you and tell you
How you’ve failed the LORD,
let Jesus down…
ruined your witness…
All Satan ever wants to do is cripple you… knock you out of the race… discourage you so that you will feel like giving up…
But BY Praying this simple prayer when I know I’m fighting a battle with temptation…
It has really helped me at such a simple… practical level…
NOT to give in..
to call upon JESUS to strengthen Me in that battle…
to ask that HE, the Victor… who has defeated the Evil ONE at the Cross..
will give Me HIS strength to defeat Satan… in this moment of battle in my life in Donaghadee…
When we come to the CROSS to-day..
We come as precious sons and daughters…
Loved with affection…
accepted in the Beloved JESUS
affirmed in Christ..
with GOD’s total approval…
ALL because of JESUS
All because of the Cross…
All because of HIS victory over sin and hell and Satan..
So let’s come to Communion and let’s come to the Cross … with great JOY and great freedom…to-day.
YOU are LOVED as a child of GOD.
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