This Sunday we continued our discussion of spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6. Pastor James opened up with a familiar story to many of us, that of shifting foundations in the Hill Country.
They purchased a house recently that had major foundation problems. These problems, they would come to find out, were caused because of compromises that were made when the foundation was laid years ago.
Read Ephesians 6:13-14 “…stand firm.”
“Compromises made in the past affected the integrity of the whole structure years down the road.”
– This is similar to the lives of so many believer in the church today.
– We have compromised core principles of Scripture and given them over to the enemy.
– We have decided that some battles are just not worth fighting, and we negotiate with the enemy to avoid having to fight.
– And here is the main point: we are experiencing an overrunning of imitation Christianity, created by compromise, when in reality we are called to wage warfare against it.
Ephesians 6:11 – What do his schemes look like? (Genesis 3) The enemy of our souls is scheming against us.
– He entices us with things that look appealing to us.
– He will make you question “do you really think that God cares about that area of your life?”
– He will convince you that your decision making looks a whole lot like God’s
We compromise, making God into someone who looks like us, rather than a Holy God. Look at the following statistics regarding millennials:
– 56% believe that Jesus committed sin while on this earth
– 48% believe that Jesus was God in the flesh – less than half!
We have been called to a battle against compromise. The Word of God is either true or it is not, and if we believe that it is true, then we must begin to stand firm for what it says. We must trust that what God said through inspired people in His word is unwavering.
Don’t compromise, church. Stand firm.
1. What kinds of compromises do you finds yourself making in your faith?
2. What do the “schemes of the enemy” look like in your life and in the life of your family?
3. In what ways do we believe that Jesus was just like us? How is He so very different from us?