Sermon October 21, 2019 - Breaking Generational Curses “Face the Fight!” Ephesians 6:12





Ghostbusters – Breaking Generational Curses
“Face the Fight!” Ephesians 6:12

Introduction
Some fights are worth fighting. As followers of Jesus, we’ve just got to be certain we’re fighting the right battles the right way with the right weapons.

Paul Harvey told the story of the uncertain soldier in the Civil War who, figuring to play it safe, dressed himself in a blue coat and gray pants and tiptoed out onto the field of battle. He got shot from both directions!

We are born into a spiritual battle zone. The assault for our mind is generational, immediate, and victory is available in Christ. But to gain ground on the enemy – to collect victories – we’re going to have to face the fight. “Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might" (Eph. 6:10). 

Transition
Alfred Nobel wrote, “I intend to leave after my death a large fund for the promotion of the peace idea, but I am skeptical as to its results. The savants will write excellent volumes. There will be laureates. But wars will continue just the same until the force of circumstances renders them impossible.”

Until the return of Christ and the consummation of this age, there will be war. Until the return of Christ the ultimate reign of peace, there will be spiritual warfare, for it is the spiritual realities that drive all of it. We are born onto a battlefield. We must learn how to fight. We must face the fight.
 
CIT/CIS: Only a trained spiritual warrior will win spiritual battles.

Exposition:[1]

1. The enemy has been defeated. “In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.” (Colossians 2:15 NLT) Satan was ultimately defeated at the Cross. What he thought was ultimate victory was in fact ultimate defeat. Satan’s ultimate weapon is accusation. He slithers in the corner of the courtroom of our mind where we judge ourselves hissing, “Sinner. Shame. Far from God!”

Revelation 12:10: “Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, "It has come at last – salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth – the one who accuses them before our God day and night.” (NLT) Satan hates the mercy of God. He hates us as the recipients of God’s mercy, love and grace.

The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin. Satan shames us for our sin and the sins of others that have wounded us. God convicts leading to repentance. Satan shames leading to destruction. He has been defeated. All he has left are these vile weapons of accusation, humiliation, and disgrace.

Romans 8:33 says, “Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one – for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. (NLT) Shame is a vile tool of the enemy to devastate us. Conviction is God telling us that He’s not through with us; that there is real hope for healing.

2. The Devil is looking for someone to devour. “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NLT) Wake up! There’s a battle waging for our souls. The generational curses and patterns of our living will snare us!

These kinds of biblical instruction are perfectly suited for our fallen nature and our present condition. We are prone to falling asleep. Consider the disciples on the eve of the crucifixion. They were asked to pray only for a while and fell asleep. Just as Satan doesn’t take sabbaticals from our destruction and separation from God, we must never take sabbaticals from growth and devotion to God. Our security and strength is on Christ alone.

“Lions attack sick, young, or straggling animals; they choose victims who are alone or not alert. Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or being persecuted. If you are feeling alone, weak, helpless, and cut off from other believers, or if you are so focused on your troubles that you forget to watch for danger, those are the times when you are especially vulnerable to Satan's attacks. During times of suffering, seek other Christians for support. Keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil. Then, says James, "he will flee from you" (James 4:7).”[2]

3. Your only job is to believe. “We are human, but we don't wage war as humans do. We use God's mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.” (II Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT) We fight in faith, trusting God for the victory!

Christian faith though isn’t inactive. Consider Romans 1:17, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live [zao – to live! Figurative or literal] by faith.” (Romans 1:17 KJV)

Mounce defines the Greek “pistis,” translated “faith” in these terms: faith, belief, firm persuasion, assurance, firm conviction, ground of belief, guarantee, assurance.” The command is to get all of life from Christ and then to remain in Christ for He is creator, sustainer, our all in all!

4. You’re not called to fight… Called to Stand! Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:13 NLT) Put simply. Jesus has already defeated our enemy. The darts of shame and accusation only have as much affect as we allow them to have.

They’re plastic darts. They are only flaming arrows when we set them ablaze with a lack of faith. Stand in the face of the enemy and declare his defeat!

Conclusion
One piece of Marine Corps combat training has always stuck with me as illustrative for all of life. We were taught that when ambushed with no means of escape to turn and run screaming and attack the ambushers. Marines fighting this ferociously at the battle of Bellow Woods in WWI is what earned the Marines nickname of “Devil God.” The idea is that the ambushing enemy will be taken entirely off guard, you’ll attack the attack and exponentially increase your odds of survival and you may even turn the tide and find victory. You’re being attacked anyway. If we lay down we’ll be destroyed. Wake up! Stay alert! Face the fight!

Find victory in Christ – healing at the Cross – strength in His name. Amen.

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[1] Outline adapted from: http://www.phildrysdale.com/2013/05/4-keys-to-guarantee-victory-in-spiritual-warfare/#comment-1138571.  
[2] LASB.

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