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March 05, 2019
Four Potential Levels of Fruitful Living
1) Some fruit – Luke 3:8 “Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…” worthy of repentance. Your life is modeling true repentance. Growing past your “stuck” places, expressing deep, real change. Holy Spirit is working in you.
2) More Fruit – Colossians 1:10 “…that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” Fruitful in Every Good Work. God is our source, our Creator, we grow in the knowledge of Him and knowledge in Him.
3) Much Fruit – Abiding, pruning, filled, growing in the Word, prayer, a Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life. Being filled with spiritual activity in your life that causes an overflow of new fruit. Philippians 1:11 “…being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
4) Fruit that Remains – Reproduction, discipleship! Biblical growth process must include people around you. (Illustration of Grandkids – Legacy – Remains)
Now we come to markers along the Path, the fruit of taking next steps to grow in the Lord. The evidence of saying yes to the Holy Spirit as our guide…
The Fruit of the Spirit is… Love
John 15:9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”
John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.”
John 15:17 “These things I command you, that you love one another.”
Eros: physical love; passions; desire.
Storge: family affections; love of parents for children and children for parents.
Philia: brotherly love; to look on someone with affection; cherish, friendship.
Agape: Not a passing emotion in a moment but a principle we intentionally live. Power to love the unlovable, we do not like, love our enemies.
The Love of God is Agape Love…
- Agape love is a deliberate choice of the will, not an emotional reaction.
- Agape love is the conviction of the mind and the will.
- Agape love is total commitment; takes our heart, mind, will, and emotions.
- Agape love is the ability, power, determination to love those we do not like.
- Agape love gives. Eros seeks satisfaction, takes from others to fulfill its own.
- Agape is an active love on other’s behalf.
- Agape love is unconquerable benevolence. It is an invincible good will.
- Agape love is a disciplined love. He corrects those He loves.
- Agape love is impossible without God. A product of the Spirit and not the flesh. We can only be cleansed from human hatred/bitterness/reaction when the Holy Spirit fills us with the love of God through Christ Jesus.
- Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love…”
- Romans 15:30 “Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me…”
Fruitful Living Loves…
- 1 Corinthians 13 - Living Life without love is unfruitful!
- May have the gifts of tongues of men/angels – without love I am nothing.
- May have the gift of prophecy – without love I am nothing.
- May have the gift of intellectual knowledge – without love it is nothing.
- May have a passionate faith – without love it is nothing.
- May have a liberal giving to the poor – without love I am nothing.
- May give my body – without love, it profits me nothing.
- Love is patient: never gives up.
- Love is gracious: cares more for others than self.
- Love is never jealous: doesn’t want what it doesn’t have
- Love is never proud: doesn’t elevate self
- Love never acts rude: does not demean others
- Love does not seek its own: doesn’t insist on its own way
- Love is not provoked: does not react in anger
- Love is not offended: doesn’t keep a record of wrongs
- Love never rejoices in evil: is not satisfied with any form of evil
- Love rejoices in truth: no matter the consequences
- Love bears all things: the root word seems to refer to a roof. Which translates to cover, love, covers all things, WOW!
- Love believes all things: always looks for the best
- Love hopes all things: thankful for the past, rejoicing in the present, looking forward to the future
- Love endures all things: never gives up, no exit strategies!
- Love never fails: keeps going to the end. Acts 2:42 “And they continued…!”
February 27, 2019
Fruitful Living is God’s will/desire, that we would discover and grow more each day; bear fruit. The relationship we have in Christ is key to abiding, abiding is key to being filled with all the resources hidden in Christ. Another important key for every one of us on this Path is the Father’s plan to prune our lives. A fruitful person is planted, abiding in Christ – growing, increasing, reproducing much fruit. John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
Three Keys in John 15
The Vinedresser – God, our Father, the vineyard owner: The farmer who works the vineyard, watching over it with great care and consistency.
The Pruning – Removing hindrances to fruit-bearing: To cleanse by cutting away the old, the unnecessary; a skilled cultivating and pruning, a sharp knife.
The Branches – Believers whose growth depend on the vine, Jesus, the source.
THE FATHER IS THE VINEDRESSER
- John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser…” “Vinedresser” means one who has the care of the vineyard, nurture, trim, defend. God takes care of all the branches on the vine; in His purpose and plan. He wisely deals with the branches.
- Isaiah 27:2-3 “In that day sing to her, “A vineyard of red wine! I, the LORD, keep it, I water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day.”
- Matthew 21:33 “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.”
- Father God knows and loves you unconditionally. We cannot earn it, escape it or erase it. 1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.”
- Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness, I have drawn you.”
- Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
- Galatians 4:6 “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”
- Matthew 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”
FATHER GOD IS THE ONE WHO PRUNES THE BRANCHES
Pruning is the Father’s Love in Action
- Proverbs 24:30-34 “I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a prowler and your need like an armed man.”
- Pruning stimulates growth, makes room for new fruit. The vinedresser cuts away so that the life of the vine will not be damaged, nor the quality of the crop jeopardized. He disciplines because of His goodness, because of His great love for us. God is for you and not against you. He prunes in love.
- Proverbs 3:12 “For whom the LORD loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.”
- Hebrews 12:11 “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Reasons for Dead Branches
- Colossians 3:5 “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
- Romans 8:13 “For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
- Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”
- Good things instead of God-things, Emotional baggage.
- Hebrews 12:2 “…looking unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
- Anything that takes your focus away from God could be something good. We can end up growing a long beautiful vine with lush leaves that looks good to everyone but has no fruit because it isn't of God.
4) Bad Habits
- Habit: pattern of behavior acquired through repetition. An action we perform so often it becomes an involuntary response. If it is an undesirable one, we call it a bad habit.
- Tom Landry said, “The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don't want to do, to achieve what they've always wanted to be.”
- Luke 14:18 “But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.”
Pruning involves adversity, trials, testing. We would like to say, “Go away” but God wants us to say, “Bring it on!”
“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last, it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
Avoiding – will not help you be fruitful.
Surviving – is stopping short of all God has for you.
Coping – can be done with good things; still just coping without changing.
Managing – a draining full-time job; no hope for the future.
RESPONDING – Deciding to embrace the cutting away of the old. New fruitfulness, taking the next step on The Path, abiding in the vine; don’t let the devil win, RESPOND to adversity, hardships, setbacks, challenges today. Don’t react with “make it go away,” Respond with “Bring It”!
February 19, 2019
A fruitful person is one who abides in Christ – the Hebrew word is yashabh, "to dwell"; the Greek word is meno, "to remain, to last, to endure; unbroken fellowship." Fruitful Living is the goal Christ has for every believer, a full life with ongoing fruitfulness. John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
The Vine – Jesus, the source of the believer’s life that supplies everything necessary for growth and fruitful living.
The Branches – Believers in Jesus: Believers whose life and growth depend on the source, the vine.
The Fruit – A combined effort of vine and branch that produces a work of the Spirit in and through the believer.
The Pruning – Removing hindrances to fruit-bearing: To create growth by cutting away the old, the unnecessary; skilled cultivating and pruning.
The Husbandman – God, our Father, the vineyard owner: The farmer who works the vineyard, watching over it with great care and faithfulness.
The Fruitless Branches – Believers who profess, but do not produce. If there is abiding in the vine, there is life, if only words but no abiding then no fruit.
FOUR POTENTIAL LEVELS of FRUITFUL LIVING
1) No Fruit – leads to judgment
- Branches are in the vine but have no fruit. They are connected but do not abide. The result is unsettling to me. They are cut off, dry up, burned up.
- John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
- John 15:6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”
2) Some Fruit – leads to pruning
- John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
- Some fruit is the gateway to more fruit. Cutting back the unnecessary to encourage new fruit. Painful but necessary.
3) Much Fruit – leads to fulfillment
- John 15:4-5, 7-8 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear the fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing...” “…If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
- Fruitfulness is the goal — the result of deep abiding in the vine.
4) Lasting Fruit – leads to reproduction
- John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
- Fruit that is enjoyed and discarded is not as effective as fruit that is enjoyed and then reproduces itself so that others can enjoy it in the future.
FRUITFUL LIVING IS ROOTED IN THE I AM
John 15:1 “I am the true vine…” I AM - These small letters seem insignificant, but they are full of significance. This name is introduced when Moses encountered God at the burning bush; “I AM WHO I AM”; His name which, by Jewish tradition, is too holy to speak, spelled "YHWH," referred to as the Tetragrammaton (simply means "the four letters"). Thus, the meaning of Yahweh is “I will show you who and what I AM by who and what I will be to you, for I will be with you.” Jesus, the I AM: He will be all that is necessary as the need arises!
Seven “I AM’s” in the Gospel of John
1) I AM the bread of life – all the spiritual nourishment you need
- John 6:35 “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
- Psalm 78:23-25 “Yet He had commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven, had rained down manna on them to eat, and given them of the bread of heaven. Men ate angels’ food; He sent them food to the full.”
2) I AM the light of the world – all the vision you will ever need
- John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.”
- John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
3) I AM the door – the entrance to the narrow path, the door to life!
- John 10:7 “Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”
- John 10:9 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
- The door to the sheepfold was the entrance the shepherd laid his body across. No one enters without facing the shepherd. No wolves, no bears, no enemies. Jesus stands guard during the storm.
4) I AM the good shepherd – all the provision you will ever need
- John 10:11, 14 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.”
- Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
5) I AM the resurrection and the life – all the hope you will ever need
- John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”
- His triumph over Satan, sin, and death is now; He is the resurrection now.
6) I AM the way, the truth, and the life – complete access
- John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
7) I AM the true vine – the source
- John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser…”
- Jesus will be all that you need when it comes to you bearing fruit. He is the vine. He is the life source, the grace source, the power source!
Abiding in Christ begins with a true born-again experience where you surrender your life to Christ. It continues as you walk the narrow path with the Holy Spirit that is now alive in you. Abiding is essential, not optional. It is a process, not an event. It requires participation, a decision to cultivate the relationship, fruitful living.
1 John 2:24-25 “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.”
February 11, 2019
Fruitful Living is the byproduct of a fully devoted disciple taking the next step on The Path—growing and maturing.
We Have Questions to Answer
How do we become Fruitful?
What does God expect of us?
What do we expect of ourselves?
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly nor stands in the path of sinners nor sits in the seat of the scornful, But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season whose leaf also shall not wither and whatever he does will prosper.”
Psalm 92:13-14 “Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.”
John 15:8 “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
UNDERSTANDING THE ROOT OF FRUITFULNESS
Let there be light – so the light was created.
Genesis 1:3 “Then God said, “Let there be light;” and there was light.”
Let there be the atmosphere – firmament, expanse.
Genesis 1:6 “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
Let the waters gather together. Thus, land appeared, by shaking of earth’s surface, rising in the area, sinking of others, the making of oceans, lakes, rivers.
Genesis 1:9 “Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.”
Then the third day, the day of a different creation. God said, “Let the earth bring forth…”
Genesis 1:13 “So the evening and the morning were the third day.”
The principle of growth was set in place – the seed, the fruit, and the reproduction after its kind. Adam and Eve were Created to be Fruitful.
Genesis 1:26-28 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Colossians 1:10 “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Matthew 7:16-20 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”
- You do not need to have “designer fruit”—special, different, exotic
- You do not need to be a “super tree”—unique, only a few
- You do need to have a divine seed, watering, growth and nurturing
1 Peter 1:4 “By these we have been given exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” Divine – relating to or proceeding directly from God.
Fruitful Living is a Discipline
2 Peter 1:5 “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
God has given us His divine seed, the potential for fruitful living. Then we “add” a pursuit to grow what God has given us. We bring our passion/expectation into God’s presence and place it next to what God does for us.
Barclay: “Faith does not exempt a man from works. The generosity of God does not absolve a man from effort. Life is at its noblest and its best when our effort cooperates with God’s grace to produce the necessary loveliness.”
Fruitful Living Decides
1 Never to be useless
2 Peter 1:8 “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Barren – (Gk) Argos – Inactive, unused, incapable of action, idle.
2 Never to be unfruitful
Matthew 13:22 “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
Unfruitful – (Gk) Akarpos – Without fruit, barren, not yielding what it ought to.
3 Never to be short-sighted
2 Peter 1:9 “For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.”
Shortsighted – (Gk) Myopos – Literally in the Greek, “He closes his eyes.” Unable to see distant objects, fixes gaze on present things which alone he can see. ‘Closing the eyes,’ is a willful choice to refuse to see…
4 Never to stumble or fall
2 Peter 1:10 “Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble…”
Stumble – (Gk) Ptaio - To cause one to trip or fall down.
February 05, 2019
“Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, And your descendants will inherit the nations, And make the desolate cities inhabited.”
– Isaiah 54:2-3
EXPANSION requires both Hard Work as well as Paying a Price
I. Roadblocks in EXPANSION
II. Ways to EXPANSION
“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn't first sit down and figure the cost so you'll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you're going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: 'He started something he couldn't finish.’” - Luke 14: 28-30 (MSG)
III. Preparations for EXPANSION
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” - Col 3:1-4
“All these great people died in faith. They did not get the things that God promised his people, but they saw them coming far in the future and were glad. They said they were like visitors and strangers on earth. When people say such things, they show they are looking for a country that will be their own. If they had been thinking about the country they had left, they could have gone back. But they were waiting for a better country—a heavenly country. So God is not ashamed to be called their God, because he has prepared a city for them.” – Heb 11:13-16
IV. Price for EXPANSION
“If anyone comes to me but loves his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters—or even life—more than me, he cannot be my follower.” – Lk 14:26
V. Faith needed for EXPANSION
“Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” – I Chronicles 4:9-10
“Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.” - Proverbs 16:3
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.” - Proverbs 15:8.
Attempt something large enough that failure is guaranteed…unless God steps in!
January 28, 2019
This was a personal message from Pastor Scott that he had taken time to rerecord. The first video you'll see below was a video that we used to open the message, the second is the actual message.
January 24, 2019
Thought: We’ve been talking about The Path. The one God has created for us to take as His children. It is a narrow path, a path which came at a great cost. Along with this path, there are opportunities to discover more about God and ourselves and then grow in what we learn (mature). But we have to CHOOSE! Matthew 7:13-14 / Jesus makes it clear, we take only one of two paths in this life.
There is a choice, a decision. The devil is going to try to distract us, keep us from entering the gate (Jesus) to the path. If he can’t keep us from entering, then he will try to distract us, lure us off the path. That’s why Psalm 119:105 is so important “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path…” That is why John 14:26 is so important “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
The Early Church in the book of Acts was only the beginning. Those 120 are an example for us today. They chose to enter the gate and follow the path, singular focus, not being distracted. Acts 2:1-6, 42-47
- If you're holding out on God, then you are missing out on God
- With God, if you want something you have never had, then you have to do something you have never done
- God is not setting you up to fail; you can trust Him (Psalm - Trust in the Lord)
Nehemiah rebuilding the wall
The enemies of Israel ridiculed and threatened them, trying to distract. Israel built the wall to half its height (Nehemiah 4:6). The people didn’t rejoice. Instead, they grew discouraged! Nehemiah 4:10 “Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”
Instead of looking at what God had done through them they looked at the rubble that remained. Instead of focusing on what they had accomplished they focused on what was left.
Fear, lies, intimidation are mind games the enemy uses. STAY Focused, Stay on the Path, be STEADFAST!
John 8:44 gives us a strong truth about our enemy… “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
John 10:10 said it this way… “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
2 Timothy 1:7 says this… “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Ephesians says… “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one...”
The purpose of fiery darts (arrows or missiles) is DISTRACTION… 2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “…lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Tactics of the enemy are all meant to lure you off the path
- DISTRACTIONS - we lose our focus…
- DISCOURAGEMENT - we lose our courage…
- DEPRESSION - we lose our will and energy…
Ephesians 6 continues to destroy the tactics of the enemy… “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
Paul said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
There’s a battle to fight! It’s time to get serious about the battle; it’s time to eliminate every distraction. It’s time to stop looking at the rubble.
Joshua said it this way… “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."