Powerpoint - May 27, 2011

 

Living on the offensive against Satan

May 27, 2011

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 6:12

I heard about a man who went up to his minister after the service and criticized him for using the word pants in his sermon. So the minister said, “Well, what word should I have used?”

He replied, “You should have used the word trousers.”

So the pastor stepped back for a moment. He said, “Well, sir, I’m actually glad that I said pants because if I hadn’t, you would’ve gotten nothing out of the sermon!”

Some people find so much to criticize today. And I believe at the core of that criticism is a reluctance to be a part of a church that’s committed to bringing people to Christ and doing battle with Satan. There are men and women in the church today who want to focus more on the comforts of church on their own terms than actually being a church on the offensive against spiritual darkness.

The church is not a cruise ship; it’s a battleship! The church doesn’t exist for you to have all the programs, nice seats, and good music you want. It exists to be used by God to disarm the powers of darkness in this world.

So remember that you’re not part of the Body of Christ just so you can enjoy the ride and have everything your way. You’re there so you can be part of the fight!

THE CHURCH DOESN’T EXIST TO BE A CRUISE SHIP, BUT A BATTLESHIP. SO INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOR MORE COMFORTS, LOOK FOR MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO WAGE WAR AGAINST THE EVIL ONE.



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