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…that you may wage the good warfare. (1 Tim. 1:18) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. (1 Tim. 6:12) Put on the whole armor of God,

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1 …that you may wage the good warfare. (1 Tim. 1:18) Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. (1 Tim. 6:12) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil... (Eph. 6:11) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Tim. 2:3) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Tim. 4:7)

2 Why Many Lose Their Spiritual Battle 1.Do not count the cost – Lk. 14:31 2.Do not anticipate who will enter the battle – Mt. 10:36 3.Underestimate opponent’s ability – 1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 6:10 4.Do not prepare for a real battle – 2 Tim. 2:15 5.Do not heed the warnings – Mt. 7:24-27; Lk. 12:15 6.No real offensive strategy – 1 Cor. 15:58; Heb. 6: Become entangled in worldly affairs – 2 Tim. 2:4; Lk. 9:59 8.Indifferent toward war – Rev. 3:15 Lost Soul

3 Must Be Prepared God has provided – Eph. 6:11-18 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 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. 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--

4 Must Be Prepared Exercise, Train, Practice, Use But reject profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7) For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Heb. 5:12-14)

5 Strength, Courage, and Faith Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. (Joshua 1:7) Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. (Titus 1:9-11) I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. (2 Tim. 4:1-2)

6 Truth Must Be Held Onto, Defended …Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 3-4) …I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. (Phil 1:17) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. (1 Pet.3:15)

7 Why Many Lose Their Spiritual Battle 1.Do not count the cost – Lk. 14:31 2.Do not anticipate who will enter the battle – Mt. 10:36 3.Underestimate opponent’s ability – 1 Pet. 5:8; Eph. 6:10 4.Do not prepare for a real battle – 2 Tim. 2:15 5.Do not heed the warnings – Mt. 7:24-27; Lk. 12:15 6.No real offensive strategy – 1 Cor. 15:58; Heb. 6: Become entangled in worldly affairs – 2 Tim. 2:4; Lk. 9:59 8.Indifferent toward war – Rev. 3:15 Lost Soul

8 Must Heed the Warnings Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall. (Matthew 7:24-27) And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him! (Luke 12:4-5) Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)

9 Must Heed the Warnings! Take heed that no one deceives you. (Mark 13:5) Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them... (Matt. 6:1) Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones… (Matt. 18:10) Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees… (Mark 8:15) Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. (Mark 13:33) Take heed and beware of covetousness… (Luke 12:15) But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. (Luke 21:34) Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits." (1 Cor. 15:33)

10 Mine Cleared Path Safety Mine

11 Stealing Cheating Lying Pornography Selfishness Forsaking Assembly Cursing Peer Pressure Liberalism Denominationalism Heretics Envy Dancing Drinking Greed Gambling Sin Path of Safety Matthew 7:13-14 Strict Path Only One Way

12 Preachers Elders Parents Brethren For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers… (2 Tim. 4:3) Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict. (Titus 1:9) Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account… (Heb.13:17) And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (Gal. 6:1) Warnings Must Be Given

13 Conditions For Forgiveness Hear The Gospel – Mk. 16:15; Rom. 10:17 Believe the Gospel – Jn. 8:24 Confess Faith In Christ – Rom. 10:9-10 Repent of Sins – Acts 17:30 Immersed In Water – Acts 2:38; 8:38 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5).

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15 Must Have A United Army But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” (Matt. 12:25) I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph. 4:1-3) Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Col. 3:12-15)


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