Standing Your Ground, Advancing the Kingdom, Aug 30, 2009

2 Tim. 3:16
2 Sam. 23:8-11
Deut. 20:1-4 – We as Christians are priests and are to speak to those who are going into battle

Have you ever felt outnumbered? 2 Sam. 23:8
Have you ever felt weary and your only goal was survival? 2 Sam. 23:9
Have you ever had to stand against the crowd? 2 Sam. 23:11 (I don’t answer to peer pressure, I answer to God)
Is Satan trying to overrun your lentil field with fear?

3 Lentil fields we all have and must defend
1. Realm of your mind, will, and emotions – “Take every thought captive” and bring it into alignment with God’s Word.

2. Your spirit/spiritual person – feed your spirit on the Word of God and don’t let anything distract and take you away. “He whose mind is stayed on Him…”

3. Your physical body – we are stewards of our body

7 other lentil fields to defend and advance:
1. Business and commerce
2. Government
3. Family
4. Church, people of God
5. Education
6. Media
7. Arts and Entertainment

3 things these men had and we need to have in common in our lives as fellow Christians:
1. They did not give up because they were out numbered
2. They weren’t moved by what those around them did – not going to give in to negativity, but will show the fruits of the Spirit
3. They defended what was rightfully theirs – given to them by God

What can I do?
1. Tighten up the belt of truth
2. Get a firm grip on the Sword/Word of God and begin to speak the truth
3. Do not panic and turn away (Ps. 78:5-11)

The spiritual battle we’re in is totally real
1 Cor. 15:58