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    Follow me and I will make you “FISHERS OF MEN” Mark 1:17

     

      Pastor Desmond McLarty

    What does it mean to be “FISHERS OF MEN”?

     

    *The Believer's Armor is to prepare for combat

    *In Ephesians 6:14-18, Paul identifies several pieces of armour with which God supplies His children to withstand the onslaughts of Satan and his demons.

    *Just like a soldier preparing himself for war with his several pieces of equipment, we as Christian soldiers, must always be equipping ourselves with God’s armour.

     

    To clothe ourselves or to put on the full armour of God:

    *To put on the shining light of right living – (Rom. 13:12)

    *To clothe ourselves with the presence of the Lord Jesus - (Rom. 13:13-14)

    *We must be a typical example of the qualities Jesus showed while He was here on earth.

    *Be a representative of Jesus Christ – (Col. 3:17)

    *Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Jesus displayed them all.

    *If we are chosen to be God’s people, then we must imitate Christ compassion, tenderhearted mercy, have a forgiving heart (Col. 3:12-13).  

    *As we clothe ourselves, or put on all the virtues that we try to develop, the most important garment we are to put on is love which holds the others in place (Col. 3:14).

    *To practice all the other virtues without love is meaningless (1 Cor. 13:3-5).

    *The Belt of Truth – Ephesians 6:14

    *Knowing the content of God's truth is absolutely essential for the believer if he is to battle successfully against the schemes of Satan.

    *Without knowing basic biblical teaching, he is subject to being carried about by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).

    * Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44).

    *Christ is the truth (John 14:6)

    *Holy Spirit – Spirit of truth (John 16:13)

    *Jesus Christ claimed that His reason for coming to this earth was to testify to the truth (John 18:37).

    *He claimed to speak the truth (John 8:45-46).

    *Jesus prayed, "Thy word is truth."(John 17:17).

    *The Breastplate of Righteousness - Ephesians 6:14

    *Righteousness is to conform to God’s standard of holiness, to his moral commandments, and to be pure in our thoughts and attitudes.

    *(Eph. 4:24) Let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes. (Rom. 12:2)

    *The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace - Ephesians 6:15

    *The gospel of peace" refers to the good news that believers are at peace with God. (Rom. 10:9-10)

    *When we are ready with the gospel of peace, we live with the understanding that we are continually under attack from Satan. (2 Tim. 4:2)

    Therefore, when our feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, we stand in the confidence of God's love for us, His union with us, (John 1:12)

    *The Shield of Faith - Ephesians 6:16

    *Hebrews 11:1 & 6

    *Satan continually bombards God's children with the flaming arrows of immorality, hatred, anger, covetousness, pride, doubt, fear, despair, distrust, and other temptations.

    *Faith does not keep the enemy from attacking us, but it helps to extinguish what the enemy throws at us.

    *The Helmet of Salvation - Ephesians 6:17

    *The helmet of salvation protects our minds.

    *Satan's blows are directed at the believer's security and assurance in Christ.

    *Discouragement

    *Doubt

    *We must always be on guard to protect our minds or we will open up ourselves to head wounds that will hinder our walk with God.  In this, the enemy's spiritual strongholds are basically patterns of thought that conflict with the Lord and His ways.

    *The Sword of the Spirit - Ephesians 6:14

    *The Word of God.

    *When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, His defence was a passage of Scripture that precisely contradicted the devil's word. (Matt. 4:4)

    *"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he shall flee."(James 4:7)

    *The word of God is alive and active. (Heb. 4:12)

    *Know the word of God and use it to counter the strategies of the enemy.

    *The Blood of Jesus:

    *It justifies us and saves us from wrath (Rom. 5:9)

    *It is a covering that keep us safe from the enemy’s assault or ambush.

    *The blood of Jesus signifies protection

    *The enemy has already been defeated (Rev 12:11)

    *In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 12:7, we learnt from the Passover how God, when he sought to destroy the Egyptians, protected the household of Israel by telling them to take the blood and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses.

    *The Name of Jesus:

    *We call upon the name of Jesus

    *We pray in the name of Jesus

    *There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain of the enemy.

    *There is healing and deliverance in the name of Jesus (Acts 3:6-7)

    *There is salvation in the name of Jesus (Rom. 10:13)

    *(Phili. 2:10-11)

    *Prayer and Fasting:

    *We must seek His wisdom and guidance in all our fishing expeditions – through prayer and fasting.                (Acts 13:2-3)

    *To ward off opposition from demonic forces who don’t want to see people get saved by the Gospel of Christ. (Acts 16:16-18)

    *(Mark 9:29; Luke 10:19)

     

    Conclusion

    *2nd Corinthians 10:3-5 states that “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.  Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

    *God’s weapons in this warfare are sufficient for every test.

    * The mighty power of God can melt the hardest hearts of men.

    *His power can overcome the awful Goliath in the land today.

    *We need not quake and fear in the presence of the enemy. (2 Timothy 1:7)

    *God guarantees us victory if we use his spiritual weapons because He said we can conquer the enemy. (Rom. 8:37)

     

     

     

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