Notes for FaithPoint

FaithPoint Logo 1The text for this sermon comes from 2 Chronicles 26:1-7 and Ephesians 6:10-17. The title of this sermon is Make War.

We are going to look at King Uzziah. You may be familiar with King Uzziah because he is mentioned in Isaiah 6. Apart from that, we do not know much about him. We are going to take a look into his life and see how he lived can be immediately applied to us in our culture, in our society, today, right now.

We as the church in the United States are confused. We are not forward thinking, we are stuck in a mindset that we should keep things the same way that they have always been. We are not engaging culture, we respond to it and thus have lost our influence. We do not share the gospel because we have been told that it is the pastor’s job – regardless what the Bible says. We do not embrace change, we run from it.

We have a message that is confrontational and we do not share it because we do not want to offend anyone. The gospel is offensive so that you don’t have to be.

The gospel is not passive. Therefore, the disciples of Jesus should not be passive. The Bible uses the language of war and combat to show you the need for intentionality and urgency. It is time to wake up and pay attention.

Ephesians 6:10-17

You are in a war. You have been equipped to fight. It is up to you to know both how to defend yourself and launch an offensive attack.

The biggest thing you need to see is that you have been given nothing to cover your back. Why? In a war: If you turn your back on your enemy, you are dead.

I believe that the biggest problems that we have as Christians is turning our back on our enemy and putting down our shield.

You have to be prepared to both attack and defend at the same time. If sin could take the form of a tangible enemy, you need to fight so intensely that you leave a trail of bodies in your path.

Porn, dead. Gossip, dead. Lust, dead. Hate, dead. Bitterness, dead. Lying, dead. Fear, dead. Idol worship, dead. Jealously, dead. Drunkenness, dead. Pride, dead.

Another problem we have as Christians is that we can’t fight the enemy because we are too busy fighting each other.

Matthew 22:37-40

John 13:35

Makes a difference when you know who has got your back.

We do not have time to be afraid that when we confess sin or ask for prayer that the person we are with is immediately going to pull out their phone and put it on Twitter and Facebook.

If you want to grow, you need help. You need prayer. You need to be pushed. You need to be encouraged. You need to confess sin. You need to be held accountable. You need to be led.

You need to make war.

2 Chronicles 26:1-7

Our focus verses are 6 and 7.

Notice that Uzziah did not wait for the enemy to come to him. He was not passive. He did not wait for the enemy to strike first and then respond. He went out and made war. He took the fight to the enemy.

Now a question arises. The question is not: Are you in the fight? Because regardless of what you want to think, if you are a Christian, the answer is yes.

Here is what you need to ask yourself. How you answer this question is the answer to how you live this life.

Do you believe that your sins have been forgiven and that Christ has made a full atonement for them?

If you understand that all of your sins have been forgiven, and that Jesus has paid for every sin with His blood then you should understand because you have a Savior that did not stay dead but raised from the dead, He has made you a conqueror.

It is time for you to get on the offensive and take the fight to the enemy.

Think about this. What would it look like if sex trafficking went away? What would happen if the psychic up the street went out of business? What would it look like if gas stations stopped selling porn? What would it look like if the magic store closed?

This is not because people are taking their business elsewhere. Porn shops close a lot of times because people have figured out that they can get their fix for free online.

We are not praying that businesses close because people took their money somewhere else.

We are praying that the gospel so impacts the city of Warner Robins that there is not even a taste in the mouths of people for this crap anymore.

No taste, no desire, no passion, not even a thought. Why? Because people’s hearts have been wrecked by Jesus.

How does this affect you.

Ephesians 4 says that you have been equipped for the work of ministry. Ephesians 6 says that you have been fitted with the right armor and the right weapons to get the job done.

If you lack wisdom, pray for wisdom.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. This is harder than it sounds. But it has to happen or you will be ineffective.

Get in the Word and get the Word in you.

The mission does not change.

Matthew 28, Acts 1:8

The battleplan does.

Most importantly: Know that you are everything that Jesus says you are. Know that Jesus does not tell you to win, he does tell you to fight. He has already won. You fight the enemy from a point of victory.

Make war. God will help you.