Sermon by Mark Marsden, St Pauls Presbyterian Church, Ocoee, FL on July 7 and 8, 2012.
This movie is about Cobb (Leonardo DeCaprio), a corporate espionage, who steals secrets from people’s minds from their dreams. He can then put a thought in a person’s mind that can change that person’s life completely.
This is similar to how spiritual warfare happens. The word of God, and all of His promises, are that which protect us from satan –“Your word never comes back void.” We are in a battle right now! Some excellent verses which help us with this is Ephesians 6: 10-17:
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
In a nutshell: Positive trumps Negative every time! Note the following:
- Satan knows our mind is the battlefield (Proverbs 23:7, Proverbs 4:23).
- Solomon knew that what he thought in his heart was who he was, so guard your heart.
- Satan is the “father of lies.” You might remember a sour word that was put into your heart as a youth such as: “your bad,” “your useless,” “your stupid, etc..”
- As in the movie, we start to lose touch with what is real, so we create an imaginary world around us.
Ways to combat that happening is to:
- Live an abundant life!
- Live in reality of the Kingdom. Romans 1:16 – “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
- The Gospel is the power of God! In Ephesians 1: 18-22: ”
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints,
19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,
20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,
23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Nothing compares to the power of God! He makes us bolder! Our awesome God “draws a line in the sand, and He says to the devil that you can go this far, but no further!
Paul says, “gird up the loins of your mind.” Ask God to show us the lies, and identify the lies that the evil one can make us believe. Replace that lie with the truth–even speak it out loud! Know who you are “In Christ,” and that you have God’s great favor. Read the following list of who you are In Christ:
We are the child of God, we resemble God, we are born of God, we are His new creation, we have His righteousness, we have His holiness, we are made in His image ” . . . we have the mind of Christ.” I Cor.2:16
Your God is “Gi-normous,” and loves you more
than you’ll ever know!
Deuteronomy 6:5 –
Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul
and with all your strength.
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