Pride, doubt, fear, anger, anxiousness, insecurity, all of these things stem from a root of unbelief. As a church, I hope that you stand with me. Together, we will remain firm in the foundation of God’s Word. We will stand firm in our faith. We might be shaken at times but we will not be moved because our roots run deep in Jesus.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from a few different verses. Part of this sermon is taken from when we laid out the groundwork for this series a few Wednesday nights ago. The title of this sermon is: The War Within.
Superheroes have enemies. Pick any superhero and you can probably name one of the major villains that they fight regularly.
Superman has Lex Luthor, Doomsday, Darkseid, and Braniac.
Batman has Joker, Penguin, Two Face, Bane, Mr. Freeze and the list goes on.
Spider-Man has Green Goblin, Sandman, Vulture, Rhino, Dr Octopus and others.
To the degree that the hero wants to stop the bad guy is directly proportional to the degree that the bad guy wants to stop the hero.
Both the hero and the villain believe they are right.
However, there always comes a time when the hero faces an enemy that challenges him and shakes him to his core.
The enemy that has this power to shake a hero and freeze them to the point of doubt and render them ineffective, is himself.
Every hero faces this internal dialogue; this voice that is so loud that it is almost deafening. This voice communicates that the hero is not a hero. It tells them that they have no impact. It tells them that they are no different than the villains that they are trying to stop. It tells them that they can’t do this because this is not who they were cut out to be.
The hero faces a wall of uncertainty and doubt. Their thoughts become a wall of resistance as they battle the voice of this internal dialogue.
They ultimately have to make a choice. Are they going to cave to the pressure of the internal voice or are they going to walk in their calling and continue to make an impact in their city?
Every Christian has a battle within them. There is a war going on inside you. Do you seek to live by the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit or do you seek to gratify the selfish nature of the flesh.
This battle within the life of a Christian is laid out for us by the apostle Paul in Romans 8. In fact, we are no different than Paul when he wrote about his internal struggle in Romans 7:15-25.
The Bible has told you everything that you need to know about your enemy. The Bible has given you his names, told you his strategies and tactics and even laid out for you how your enemy operates.
QIf you are a Christian, you are a threat to the devil. He takes it upon himself to render you ineffective. He is most successful when he can plant seeds of unbelief in your mind.
Google says that unbelief is: The absence of faith.
What areas of your life do you struggle with listening to the prominent, loud, sometimes overwhelming voice of unbelief?
The only way to fight unbelief is with faith.
- Acts 1:8 Power
- Romans 12:2 Transformed
- Romans 8:10-11 Christ in you
- John 14:12-14 Power in Jesus’ name
- John 14:16-17 Helper – The Holy Spirit in you
- Luke 10:19 Power and Authority
- 1 Corinthians 16:13 Stand Firm/Be Strong
- Joshua 1:9 Strong and Courageous
- James 4:7 Submit/Resist
- James 5:16 Power in Prayer
The Bible says, that every Christian has all of these things in their life. Do you believe that?
I cannot make you believe any of those things. I cannot make you believe that your identity as a Christian is in Jesus and Jesus alone.
All of those things are true. Faith is a gift from God rooted in the truth of Jesus. Truth has an effect on every person. You have one of two ways that you can respond to truth. You can either hear truth, change your thinking, habits, and apply it to your life or you can hear truth and you can resist it, choose to not want to believe it, and live your life in willful defiance of it. That means you either live your life in submissive obedience or you choose to live in active, willful rebellion.
Jesus is truth – John 14:6
You are sanctified by truth – John 17:17
The Word of God, the Bible is truth – John 17:17
Faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ – Romans 10:17
The only way to fight unbelief in your life is through reading or hearing the Bible.
Your mind must be transformed so that you can ultimately lay the smackdown on the enemy’s boisterous voice of unbelief in your life. This takes us back to Romans 12:2.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.”
If the Bible is not a priority. If it is not prominent in your life, you are going to have to discipline yourself to make it a priority. At first it will be a discipline and then it will become a delight.
If you are a Christian, the Bible must be the foundation upon which your life is built.
The alternative is to build your life on something else and watch it collapse as you are overwhelmed by the tidal waves of uncertainty, doubt, anxiousness, and fear. Those all grow from the root of unbelief.
No Christian should live in a constant place of doubt, fear, anxiousness, or unbelief.
You walk by faith.
You walk by the very word of God.
You walk by the Bible.
We all have to confront areas of unbelief in our lives. The only way to fight it is to increase your faith through being saturated in the truth of the gospel.
More of the truth of God’s word in your life means less unbelief in your life.
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