OceanSide church of Christ
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NEEDED: MORE BATTLES WON (2)
Victor M. Eskew
A. In I Timothy 6:12, Paul exhorted Timothy to fight the good fight of faith.
1. This fight is against evil forces (Eph. 6:12).
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2. This fight is a daily fight.
3. This fight takes place on many fronts.
B. In the daily battles, each one of us needs to be victorious. We need to overcome the enemy as he exerts his forces upon us.
C. Last we looked at two areas wherein we are challenged by the adversary: temptation and indifference. We also examined some helpful ways to be victorious in these areas of the fight.
D. Let’s look at some other battle fronts that challenge God’s people this morning.
I. THE DAILY GRIND OF LIFE
A. Colossians 3:1-2 sets forth the conflict in this area.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
1. We hear that we need to focus more on spiritual things.
2. However, our daily grind of life occupies a great portion of our time. We wonder how we can get the focus off the world and upon the spiritual. There are so many things that call for our attention: work, finances, children, education, family, free time…
B. There are numerous suggestions that can be made to help us to overcome in this area. Let’s consider three things.
1. Remember that large parts of our daily grind involve us in our quest to “seek those things which are above.”
a. The parenting process is commanded and regulated by God (Eph. 6:4).
b. Our work is also sanctioned by God (I Tim. 5:8).
c. With regard to finances, we seek to be faithful stewards of the things of God (I Cor. 4:2).
2. Prioritize your life.
a. There are some things that are better to do than others, even when neither are sinful actions (I Tim. 4:8).
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things having the promise of the life that now is, of that which is to come.
b. The Lord recognizes these better things and honors those who chose them (Luke 10:41-42).
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou are careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
c. We all have choices:
1) Ballgames versus Bible class.
2) Work versus worship.
3) Fun versus fellowship.
4) Self versus souls.
5) Games versus growth.
3. Learn to say, “No.”
a. Thousands of things are asking for our time, money, and attention.
b. We must select a few areas and devote ourselves to these. To all else, we must learn to say, “No.”
c. These “No’s “ need to be tempered by our priorities (Matt. 6:33).
But seek ye first the kingsom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
A. Discouragement is a combination of two words.
1. Courage literally means “to have heart.” The prefix, “dis” means “to remove.”
2. The one who is discouraged is the one who no longer has heart.
B. Many things can cause a Christian to become discouraged.
1. The words and actions of others.
2. Troubling and difficult situations and environments.
3. The failure to see growth and results.
4. The constant plague of an enemy against us.
Example: The children of
Whither shall we go up? Our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
D. How do we overcome discouragement?
1. Do what God wants us to do, knowing that He is on our side (Deut. 1:29-30).
Then I said unto
you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
The Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you,
according to all that he did for you in
2. Remember that there are usually others who are on our side.
a. Joshua had his Caleb (Deut. 1:36, 38).
b. David had his Jonathan (I Sam. 23:16).
In the days of Elijah, seven thousand in
d. The apostles still had each other. In fact, in Acts 1:15, we read that the disciples numbered about one hundred and twenty.
3. Struggle does not mean defeat. Sunshine often follows the most destructive storms.
a. The hours surrounding the crucifixion were very dark.
1) The disciples fled.
2) The Lord Jesus died.
3) The Jews and Romans appeared to be victorious.
b. The dark period lingered for several hours, but the sun soon appeared.
1) Jesus was raised from the dead.
2) He ascended upon high.
3) The gospel was preached, the church was established, and the message of salvation spread around the world.
A. Our daily routine and discouragement are Goliaths that we often face.
1. They are large.
2. They are strong and great.
3. They are relentless.
B. Yet, we can slay them just as David slew his Goliath if we will trust in God and act with courage (I Sam. 17:32).
And David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of him; they servant will go and fight with this Philistine.