Week of 6/23/24

Dear Church Family,
We are in a spiritual battle and each and every moment we are called to depend on the Lord! I was reminded after the service by one of you of the Biblical perspective on battles. Every time the Lord calls Israel to battle he reminded them that it's not by their strength or might that the battle will be won. God always wanted them to see his hand protecting, providing, and moving them forward. It was part of the relationship he wanted to build with them, because he knew where pride and independence would naturally take them.
Listen to the similarities of what we have been studying and what Moses said to the children of Israel standing at the edge of the Red Sea.
Exodus 14:13 And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. 14 The Lordwill fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
God knows our propensity to set out in our own strength. Time and time again, he has invited us to see his hand and fight our battles relying on his presence going before us. It's his salvation, not ours.

Home Enjoyment - Consider doing one 'piece of armor' per day for a few days to think about each one.
Can you name some instances where the Lord fought the battles for his people?I can't speak for all the author's views, but here is an impressive list of OT battles and notes on the Lord's part in them.
How does that connect with our view of spiritual battle and the armor of God?
Looking at the armor in Ephesians 6:16-17:
What are some darts the enemy would send your way on a daily basis?
How does active faith extinguish those thoughts, ideas, desires, or lies?We talked Sunday about salvation as being both a moment and a lifetime.

How does salvation being an ongoing process (like sanctification) change our view of the battles we face? And how we look to God? (Read 1 Thessalonians 5:8)

Read 2 Peter 1:19-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
How does this help you understand the connection between the Word of God and the Holy Spirit? How do we use the word of God as a spiritual sword? Where are places you would benefit from using scripture to gain right understanding in a struggle you are dealing with or to confront a temptation from the enemy?
(For some examples consider reading Matthew 4 where Jesus uses scripture to answer the temptations of Satan).

Looking forward to worshipping together with you all and the Kidder Creek staff next Sunday, I believe it will be a special time. Please remember to bring ample food to share with your church family and stay for fellowship afterwards!

The Battle Belongs to Our Lord!
Pastor Phillip

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