Man Your Battle Stations

Though I never served in the military, I do know that when the commanding officers yelled, “Man Your Battle Stations!”… he meant just exactly that. As followers Of Jesus Christ, we are in a battle as well. In the spiritual warfare we maneuver in, we must always beware of our surroundings. We must be sure that we do our job! This sermon outline speaks of taking our place as a watchman and interceding on behalf of others! May it challenge your hearts! 

Title: “Man Your Battle Stations!”

Text: Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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(Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    Paul as he concludes his teaching on spiritual warfare he asserts the importance of praying.
•    We are in a spiritual battle, whether we comprehend it or not! Prayer is vital!
•    I want to illustrate, for those who are saved, the subject of intercessory prayer!
•    Bible terminology deems intercessory prayer with that of a watchman!
•    A watchman was a person who had a job to do. Their task was to man a tower, or walk (sit or whatever) along the walls of the city and watch for anything that could bring harm to the city! If they failed to warn those within the city, then they were to blame! They were to also bring word to the king of any person who approached the city.
•    This terminology is employed by Jesus and also NT writers of how we are to be in our prayer lives!
•    Will you man your battle station?


Proposition: There are three things we must do as a watchman in order to intercede in prayer as we should!

I.    To Be A Watchman We Must Observe!

A.    We must be watchful for our own souls!

B.    We must be watchful for others’ needs!

“God never gives us discernment in order that we may criticize, but that we may intercede.” – Oswald Chambers

C.    Consider some verses:

(Habakkuk 2:1Habakkuk 2:1
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2 1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. tower: Heb. fenced place unto me: or, in me when...: or, when I am argued with: Heb. upon my reproof, or, arguing  

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) “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.”  (KJV)
(Matthew 26:41Matthew 26:41
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41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  

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) “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  (KJV)
(Matthew 26:38Matthew 26:38
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38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.  

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) “Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.”  (KJV)

(1 Thessalonians 5:61 Thessalonians 5:6
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6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  

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) “Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”  (KJV)

(2 Timothy 4:52 Timothy 4:5
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5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. make...; or, fulfil  

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) “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”  (KJV)

(Hebrews 13:17Hebrews 13:17
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17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. have...: or, guide  

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) “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.”  (KJV)

(1 Peter 4:71 Peter 4:7
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7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  

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) “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”  (KJV)

 

II.    To Be A Watchman We Must Warn!

A.    Ezekiel had a unique ministry that depicts this aspect of being a watchman!

(Ezekiel 3:17Ezekiel 3:17
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17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.  

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) “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.”  (KJV)

(Ezekiel 33:7Ezekiel 33:7
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7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.  

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) “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.”  (KJV)

B.    Intercessory prayer will help you to warn others!

C.    God will burden your heart and you will not only “tell the King”, but you will warn those who need it!

D.    To see something that needs to be addressed and not say anything is to be guilty yourself!

III.    To Be A Watchman We Must Persistently Pray!

A.    Our text speaks of watching in prayer!

(Ephesians 6:18Ephesians 6:18
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18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

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) “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  (KJV)

B.    We should spend time in intercessory prayer for people!

C.    Consider what Isaiah said:

(Isaiah 62:6-7Isaiah 62:6-7
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6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, make...: or, are the LORD's remembrancers 7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. rest: Heb. silence  

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) “I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”  (KJV)

D.    We need some people to man their battle stations in prayer!

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Repent and believe the gospel!

To The Christian:

•    Will you man your battle station?

 

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Show Me Your Scars

When I was a boy, I had many scrapes with knives, bicycle wrecks, and the general “rough and tumble”. With each encounter, a scar was left. Some more nasty than others, but all still relatively visible. As we serve the risen Christ, scars are engraved upon our souls, as well upon our bodies physically.

Do you have scars? Do you understand their implications? Thomas would not believe unless he saw the ones on Jesus to prove His authenticity. That is very profound to meditate on, isn’t it? May this outline help you!

Text: “Show Me Your Scars!”

Title: John 20:24John 20:24
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24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  

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(John 20:24John 20:24
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24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  

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-31) But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  (KJV)



Introduction:

•    Our text shows a description of the Resurrected Christ. This plainly depicts the BODILY resurrection of Jesus.
•    The identifiable marks of the cross are what Thomas wanted to see for proof that who his fellow disciples saw was, in fact, JESUS!
•    There are many Thomas’ in this world who will not believe unless they see. We should note that Jesus pronounced a blessing on those who would believe, yet not see with their eyes.
•    The scars or marks of the cross have always been a sign of the genuineness of Christianity.
•    They can be faked by impostors, but usually that comes to light!
•    The resurrection of Jesus provided the opportunity for all of mankind to benefit from the scars of Christ!

(Isaiah 53:5Isaiah 53:5
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5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. wounded: or, tormented stripes: Heb. bruise  

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(1 Peter 2:21-251 Peter 2:21-25
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21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: for us: some read, for you 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: himself: or, his cause 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. on: or, to 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  

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) “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”  (KJV)

Proposition: There are four thoughts I want to speak to in regard to the scars of Jesus being ingrained into our lives as believers.

I.    Notice That Genuine Scars Are A Sign Of A Crucified Life!

A.    Without a doubt one can see that Jesus’ scars were genuine, but that cannot be said of every scar in a person’s life

B.    Paul spoke of his scars which he bore!

(Galatians 6:17Galatians 6:17
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17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.  

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) “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”  (KJV)

C.    His marks also testified of a crucified life!

(Galatians 2:20Galatians 2:20
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20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  

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) “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  (KJV)

D.    Can it be seen that our marks and scars, if any, show that we are a consecrated Christian who is dead to self and letting the resurrected Christ live through us?

II.    Notice That No Scars Are A Sign Of A Callous Christian!

A.    The absence of scars usually testify of one who has neither been saved or of a Christian which has failed to completely understand the way in which he or she should live their life as a believer!

B.    For a Christian, the lack of scars gives no evidence of any identification of their life with that of Jesus’; other than that of the lips and selected acts.

C.    They cannot identify themselves with Paul and his apostolic example which he left for us.

(1 Corinthians 15:311 Corinthians 15:31
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31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. your: some read our  

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) “… I die daily.”  (KJV)
(Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2
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12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  

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) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  (KJV)

D.    We may have calluses. Usually they are in our heart and displayed by our actions and attitude. We should have the bleeding wounds of Jesus in our life.

III.    Notice That Scars Speak Louder Than The Voice Of Any Christian!

A.    Jesus let His wounds speak for themselves!

B.    Paul let his scars speak to the doubting Thomas’ of his day!

C.    There are some people whom God wants you to reach who will only believe on the Lord Jesus, after seeing you and your scars which you have in your life.

D.    Think about it! You actions and your testimony speak louder than your lips. They add weight to your admonition to others to be saved and live for God!

IV.    Notice That Scars Have A Unique Story To Publish!

A.    Every scar has a story to tell!

B.    Jesus’ could tell of the agony of the cross which he willingly bore for the sins of the human race!

C.    Paul’s spoke of one who lived for God in spite of it all. Stoned, beaten, whipped, destitute on the waves of the Mediterranean, and shipwrecked on beaches (much more can be said) and yet this was willingly endured because he died to self years previous and continually did it every day!

D.    What do your scars tell of? A praying and dedicated wife? A loving parent who is broken over the sins of their children? Have you endured heated words with those of whom you love dearly about your faith in Christ? Have you been treated maliciously because you were steadfast in your walk with God!

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Repent and believe the gospel!

To The Christian:

•    Can You Show Us Your Scars?
•    Do you have any scars that would resemble Paul’s which would convince any gainsayer that you are a crucified Christian?
•    Are your scars just from your own sins and from your own self-will?
•    May we seek not to be a martyr necessarily, but to die to self and let Christ live His life through us!

Originally posted 2010-10-07 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

What Manner Of Love

This outline reminds us about God’s love for us. Though there is absolutely no way we can duplicate it exactly, we must strive to do our best in sharing God’s love by word and in deed!


Title: “What Manner Of Love!”

Text: I John 3:1-2John 3:1-2
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3 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.  

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(1 John 3:1-21 John 3:1-2
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3 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  

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) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    Everyone wants to be loved, we say! Yet we, all too often, fail display the love we speak of!
•    Many of us tend to talk big on love and yet deliver love very little.
•    We speak of love as if it is a loose term! However, love is a word that has a rich and deep meaning that needs to be contemplated!
•    The human mind and tongue have a hard time teaming up to convey what manner of love that God has bestowed upon us!
•    It is my hope that I can share with you some new things and yet reiterate some familiar things about the love of God!
•    May the scales be removed from your eyes as you here about God’s love.
•    May each of us that are saved start displaying the manner of love that we so enjoy from our Heavenly Father!

Proposition: There are four things I want to share with you about the love of God that should encourage you this morning!

I.    Notice That God’s Love Is Undeserving!

A.    Many major on the fact that God is a loving God to the extent that no one should be sent to Hell!

B.    Those who think that obviously believe that they deserve God’s love. This is pride!

C.    Much to the contrary! We deserve nothing!

D.    Consider:

(Romans 5:8Romans 5:8
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8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

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) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (KJV)

E.    As a sinner, we were enemies, yet God sent His Son to Calvary!

F.    I believe this love of God is absolutely unmerited!

II.    Notice That God’s Love Is Undying!

(Jeremiah 31:3Jeremiah 31:3
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3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. of...: Heb. from afar with lovingkindness...: have I extended lovingkindness unto thee  

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) “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”  (KJV)

A.    God’s love for His children is undying and changeless!

B.    May each of us learn to love in this manner!

C.    This is unconditional love!

D.    Very few humans have the ability to love in this capacity!

III.    Notice That God’s Love Is Unselfish!

A.    God loved man so much that He spared not His Son!

(Romans 8:32Romans 8:32
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32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  

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) “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”  (KJV)

B.    If anyone is sent to Hell it is because they have turned their nose up at the greatest display of love to man.

C.    God loved this world more than anything and He showed it vividly!

(John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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IV.    Notice That God’s Love Is Unique!

A.    This love we have been speaking of is unique to God and can only truly be exhibited by His children. Look back at our text!

(1 John 3:11 John 3:1
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3 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  

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) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.”  (KJV)

B.    The manner of God’s love is unknown to the world!

C.    It takes time for a sinner to fully come to grips with what kind of love that God has loved him with!

D.    The world knows nothing about God’s love!

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Don’t reject God’s love!
•    Repent and be saved!

To The Christian:

•    It ought to perplex you as you think about God’s love! Perhaps, this should move you to love people differently than you do now.

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By John Phillips / Kregel Academic & Professional

These 100 devotions cover less than 2 pages each and are focused on specific texts of Scripture, arranged from Genesis to Revelation. Dr. Phillips, who has been associated with Moody Institute for many years, is author of a multi-volume commentary of the entire Bible. Ideal for sermon illustrations, to augment bible studies or as devotional thoughts.

Originally posted 2010-09-13 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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