28 January 2018 Pastor Haydn’s Sermon – Spiritual Warfare: Overcoming Satan

Here is my sermon about overcoming our enemy Satan after becoming Christian.  Even after we come to faith, we have an enemy who is trying relentlessly to take us back into his domain and we must not be unaware of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).  Satan wants us not to grow strong in Jesus because if that happens, we become a threat to him.  But we have every weapon at our disposal to defeat him (2 Corinthians 10:4-6).  The readings were Ephesians 6:10-20 and Joshua 7:1-15.

During my sermon, I referred to a list of statements called Who I am in Christ.  These I have reproduced below, and they were put together by Neil T. Anderson:

Who I Am in Christ

I am Accepted and Complete in Christ

  • I am God’s child (John 1:12)
  • I am Jesus’ friend (John 15:16)
  • I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
  • I am united with the Lord and one with Him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17)
  • I have been bought for a price: I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20)
  • I am a member of Jesus’ body (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • I am a saint (Ephesians 1:1)
  • I have been adopted as God’s child (Ephesians 1:5)
  • I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18)
  • I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Colossians 1:14)
  • I am complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10)

 

I am Secure in Christ

  • I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2)
  • I am assured that all things work together for my good (Romans 8:28)
  • I am free from any condemning charges against me (Romans 8:33-34)
  • I cannot be separated from God’s love or abandoned by Him (Romans 8:35)
  • I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Corinthians 1:21)
  • I am hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)
  • I am confident that the good work which God has begun in me will one day reach completion and perfection (Philippians 1:16)
  • I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20)
  • I have not been given a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
  • I can find grace and mercy in times of need (Hebrews 4:16)
  • I am born of God the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)

 

I am Significant in Christ

  • I am the salt and the light of the Earth (Matthew 5:13-14)
  • I am a branch of the True Vine, a channel of His life (John 15:1,5)
  • I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
  • I am a personal witness of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
  • I am God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  • I am a minister of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)
  • I am God’s co-worker (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  • I am seated with Jesus in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6)
  • I am God’s workmanship and handiwork (Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 139:13-16)
  • I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12)
  • I can do all things through Jesus who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)

(Taken from ‘Living Free in Christ’ by Neil Anderson.)

Prayer of Dedication:  Oh Heavenly Father, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden, please cleanse my heart and thoughts by the inpouring of your Holy Spirit, that every thought and word of mine may proceed from You, and in You, and be perfectly completed, through Jesus Christ my Lord.  Amen.

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