A preaching ministry of Calvary Community Church in Fields Landing, California. We are a gathering of believers that seek to know Christ and make Him known. Please visit our website at www.101church.com for more about our church.
What Have We Done?
Last week we shared the hope and confidence that we have in the Lord’s coming. We said that what is going on today is not what it seems that many have shared, but that it is something else. The time of His return is appointed by the Father and not something we can even guess at. The things we see going on today are a result of God’s people seeking after the wrong things.
God reminds them why they are in this mess of their own doing. It reflects the same things we are seeing today. We will see it is not that God is not able, but that His people need to return to God with their whole being!
Has the Time Come?
We see some things unfold that has the appearance of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. People are singing God’s praises openly in hopes that God will listen and defeat the enemy or that He will catch His people away. But what does God’s word tell us about His return, what is happening now, and how we can correct our ways. We should always be looking for His return. But we must weigh everything against the Word! So, in the next three messages we will do just that.
Knower or Learner
Many people confess to know God but, in their thinking, conduct and actions they betray their confession. There are still a lot of people today that think if they say with their mouth that they are saved, all will be well. God has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light! And since He has, we need to be following His example according to His word. In the church I find two kinds of people: Knowers and Learners. Knower – one who wants to know about something; to have knowledge of it.
Learner - directing one's mind to something and producing an external effect
We see again, what the Lord desires for us to be – a learner not a knower.
A Tested Warrior
We are in the midst of a battle. The lines have been drawn. We belong to the Lord Jesus Christ who saved us by His blood shed on the cross and we need to stand as warriors for the Lord! We need to stand up for what is right. What is right, we find this in God’s Word. Jesus is our Leader; He is the Warrior in our midst. Zephaniah 3:17. We are told to follow Him. When He came to die for our sin, He did not come in fear of what He had to go through or the enemy that was against Him. When Peter cut off the ear of the High Priest servant in the garden of Gethsemane, He told him, 53 "do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Matt. 26:53 NAU) We should be a tested warrior, but instead we have laid our weapons down. There is a song called “The Army of the Lord”
So, we want to look at Ephesians 6:10-13 this morning and see what we need to do if we are going to win this war that is going on today.
Frustration, uncertainty, fear seems to plague us during this time. Although this is not something new, it presents a challenge to our lives. As we go through these bumps in the road, we are urged to recognize what we have seen God do and follow Him through the maze.
Once again, we need to hear what God has to say to us. We need to understand that He is our leader, and we need to follow Him.
Faith, Love, Hope
The Christian life is work, sweat, steadfastness. Faith involves action. Love involves effort. Hope involves endurance. Living for the Lord requires that we press on toward the goal that is before us; unless we believed in vain. If we are going to follow our Lord into heaven, then we need to apply ourselves in several ways. This passage reminds us of what we should be doing on a regular basis. Hopefully this will be a reminder for each one of us to excel in our life as those who are running the race to win. When Paul wrote this letter to the church at Thessalonica, he mentions their work of faith, labor of love and steadfastness of hope. He gives thanks that they are showing the people around them the practical outworking of their faith in difficult times.