“Therefore put on the full armor 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 6:13 //
This morning senior pastor Jimmy Seibert wrapped up our series, Family Matters. Throughout the summer we have been studying the book of Ephesians and learning what it looks like to live as a part of the family of God. This week, Jimmy focused on Ephesians 6, and shared on living with a victory mindset in the midst of spiritual warfare. There are very real struggles that we face on a daily basis, but we are called to strengthen ourselves in the Lord and stand firm.
THERE IS A SUPERNATURAL ANSWER FOR THE NATURAL STRUGGLE.
To stand firm, we need the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the administrator of the heart of God, and when we spend intentional time with God every day, we are filled with His Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us peace and strength to face the things in front of us. All of our problems probably won’t disappear, but we have an anchored trust in the faithfulness of God.
WE AREN’T FIGHTING A BATTLE, WE’RE CLAIMING A VICTORY.
When we are in Jesus, we have authority and can approach situations with a victory mindset instead of a victim mindset. We can’t ignore spiritual warfare, but we also can’t let the enemy overwhelm us. The attacks of the enemy are very real, but he is not a co-equal with God. He has already been defeated. It’s necessary to acknowledge that there is a battle, but it’s a battle that has already been won.
THE GRACE OF GOD ALONE
The enemy tries to use our brokenness to challenge our salvation. The good news is, our salvation is not contingent on how good we are. Our salvation is secure as a result of the grace of God.
OVERCOMING THE BATTLE //
Throughout our morning, we talked about four places that the enemy tries to take ground –
- Our Hearts // Our hearts are the greatest battleground. Day by day, we need to strengthen ourselves in the Lord and claim victory in our own hearts. Starting with a surrendered heart gives us discernment for the battles ahead.
- Our Homes // Our home is the one domain we have complete authority, and it is intended to be a place of refuge. When we are intentional about monitoring what we bring into our homes, we don’t give the enemy any ground.
- Our Workplace // No matter where you work, you have the authority to claim victory in that space. Pray the will of God into your space. We each have influence, and we are called to glorify God in whatever space we’re in.
- Our City // We are called to believe for our city. Intercede and declare the Kingdom of God over our city.
We are in a battle, but we can stand firm because it is a battle that has already been won. We are in the battle so the Kingdom of God can be proclaimed on the earth, and people can be set free.