21 August 2016 - Be a Spiritual Warfare Champion! - Pastor Lawrence Lim Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
When you prepare to preach a sermon, the easy part is preparing the sermon.
The difficult part is preparing your heart - you cannot preach while angry, bitter, etc.
II Corinthians 10:3-5 - As Christians, we are engaged in spiritual warfare. Our adversary is the devil.
The warfare is waged in our minds, through our thoughts.
The devil wants to manipulate our thought-life. He wants to plant evil thoughts in our minds to drag us down.
When you believe something internally, you will act on that belief and what is internal will be expressed externally.
Our adversary is small. He (the Holy Spirit) who is in us is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world.
II Corinthians 10:5 does not say "bring every thought into captivity to the obedience TO Christ". It says "obedience OF Christ".
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (II Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV)
Romans 5:19 - The obedience of Christ refers to what Jesus has done for us at the cross.
We are saved because of His obedience, not because of our obedience.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19 NKJV)