Stand and Fight

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

We get this idea that the blood of Jesus is used only for defensive purposes. We lose sight of the fact that the blood of the lamb delivered Moses and the Israelites from Pharoah when all the other plagues could not.

We cannot view ourselves as Christians who always need protecting and that the enemy is out to get us. Our mission is not to run and hide; our mission is to stand and fight.

  • Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
  • 2Ti 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Some people think we only defend our church and have put up walls to protect us and that is our main mission. However, we should be the ones knocking on the gates of hell to reach the lost.

  • Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
  • We need to bang on the gates of hell to get our backsliders back.
  • We need to tell Satan you can’t have my family.
  • Hells gates cannot withstand the pounding of the church.
  • Evil does not overcome us, we overcome evil.
  • Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

God did not call us to stand behind the walls of the church in our comfort zone. The Holy Spirit is meant to flow outward.

  • Joh 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
  • Joh 7:39  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
  • You receive more power from God when you fight for his cause.

We are not Christians who are barely hanging on. We are Christians on a mission. That mission extends beyond the sanctuary of this church.

  • Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
  • Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
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