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Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen

Weak - without Prayer

by Erik Momsen

It is evident that many Christians are weak and under attack.  It is true that this is not an easy country to live in, as if there is such a thing.  Economic, social and political life are in turmoil but that is not the whole story.  These issues in themselves are not the reason for our weakness.

How does this weakness in Christians manifest itself?

One of the largest churches in this city, with a membership of about 3000, has had 12500 people as members in 5 years.  This speaks of searching, wandering and lost people. They do not really belong anywhere.  They believe by changing their surroundings their lives will change.

People’s interpersonal relationships are under great stress.  The work place is a place of conflict and not work.  The roads are dangerous because they are filled with desperate, frustrated, angry and drunk people.

Many people's health is under great strain because of their own inner turmoil.

Sin is on the increase, even among Christians, because we think we can spoil ourselves with a little vice just to make ourselves feel a bit better.  Job says; “evil is sweet in his mouth.” (Job 20:12)

Sin is destroying us and we don’t know what to do about it.
 
IT’S NOT ON TOP IT’S INSIDE

Paul prays a number of things for the Ephesians.  I would probably pray for you to have a good job, safe environment and loving wife and obedient children.  However Paul goes to the heart and writes:

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians 3:16)

His prayer will be effective before they do anything.
 - Because he believes in God’s “glorious riches” AND the power of His Spirit.
 - God has more than enough AND the power to give inner strength.

If we have inner strength by the power of the Spirit then -
“Christ may dwell in your heart through faith.” (3:17)
  - If Christ truly dwelled ... - we would be strong
  - Christ might be in our heart - but we are hampered by fear ... faithlessness.
 
WHERE DOES INNER STRENGTH COME FROM?

  • Things are not what they seem.  The fight is not economic, social, political or relational.
    “For the struggle is not against flesh and blood.” (Ephesians 6:12) 

  • Who is the struggle against?
    “Against rulers, ... authorities, ... powers of this dark world, ... and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12).

  • We have weapons and armour to engage these powers.
    “The weapons we fight with ... have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4) 

  • What are the strongholds or the principalities?
    “Arguments - pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, ... every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5) 

  • It is too late to put on armour after you have been shot with a “flaming arrow of the evil one”.
    “Put on the full armour of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13)
      - Ongoing preparation is vital - be alert.

IT’S NO FUN BEING A CRASH TEST DUMMY

We can do more than just be ready for an attack.  We should be on the attack.  Some general said, “The best form of defence is attack”.

Our attack weapons are the word and prayer. Ephesians 6:17,18 reads;
“The sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.  With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”

The Spirit inspires our understanding and use of the Word - and empowers our prayer.

Call out to God - read the word with faith - don’t fight flesh with flesh - be alert and discerning - take every thought captive - defeat every argument.

Date Added: 2008-10-15

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