A New Hope!

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II Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”

When we know Christ personally he makes us new persons. Our sin debt has
been paid, and our old selves have been crucified in Christ. This takes place
on the inside of us in our spirits.

Since the old self has been “put off” and the new self has been “put on,” we
are totally new people and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be conformed to
his image. Because of this we are directed by God’s Spirit and are able to understand the things of God which are revealed to us in the Word.

The hope within us is that we can change. This is really important to
understand. Christians are different when we fight the battle of fear because we
have a special power inside us for the fight. God wants us to become more like
him, and with his enabling power we can. He doesn’t want us to be slaves to fear.
It is his will that we change. We can hang onto this hope!

There is one problem with the above scripture. It sounds as though we are a
new and fully capable creation instantly. Actually, we are new in our inner spirit,
but we still have to learn how to apply the teachings of the Bible to our lives. As
we begin to do that we will begin to see the new creation that God gave us
surface to the outside. It is a process.

The old things will pass away and new things will take their place. We will
begin to think differently having more healthy thoughts.

I trust this scripture thought today will help fill your heart with a new hope!

The Helmet of Salvation

Pastor Ron Lewis:  Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:17a  “And take the helmet of salvation.”  Tcolossians3_4his week Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” as we study the helmet of salvation.  Do you know what this helmet is and how it works for us as believers in our everyday walk?

Notes:

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a.  The Roman Soldier’s Helmet…

b.  The Spiritual Soldier’s Helmet…

1)  What does this helmet protect us against…?

2)  What is this helmet made of…?

The tenses of salvation…

a)

b)

c)

3)  How does it work on the spiritual battlefield…?

4)  How do we take it up…?

Please click on the link below to listen to this inspiring sermon.

The Helmet of Salvation

I Can Do!

Philippians 4:13 (KJV) “I can do all things through Christ who
strengtheneth me.”

Isn’t it great to know that “I can do?” Oh, how we need to remind ourselves of   philippians4_13
that one. I’d like to give an example of how doing things became a problem for me.

Before I had panic attacks if someone would ask me to go to the store to get a quart of milk, I’d say, “No, problemento!” I’d just go and get the milk and come
back with a smile on my face.

After I started having panic attacks, my friend would ask me to go to the store to get a quart of milk. I wouldn’t answer right away. After all I had to
analyze the situation. My mind would jump into full gear; Why am I being asked? Doesn’t she know it’s hard for me? She could do it easier! Okay, I should do
it…but,…what if the car breaks down? Let’s see, who lives on the way to the store? I could go to the Riley’s for help. Ahhh, but they have that biting dog, Rex.
Okay, maybe the car won’t break down. Let’s see…what is it doing out? Is it going to rain? It’s hard to drive in the rain! What time is it? What if people are
just getting out of work and there is a lot of traffic? What if I get in an accident?
Oh, I hope there isn’t a long line in the store!

On and on my mind would go thinking the worst and blowing the whole
thing way out of proportion. I’d finally simply refuse to do the errand.
Today, if the same situation comes up I can simply smile and say, “Sure,
need anything else?” I don’t worry about having a panic attack or about all the
other details. I can now simply function in a normal manner again. Praise God!
Isn’t that wonderful? You may ask, “What made you turn around?”

At first I was doing everything in my own strength. I was self-sufficient. I
could depend on me! I was young, strong, and able. I was smart and could figure
out anything. There was always an answer.

Then something happened. I’m not sure what it was. I lived under a great
deal of stress for many years and was always a “nervous” person. Possibly, and
this is only my guess, my body chemicals slowly changed to the point that I
began having panic attacks. At any rate, I did begin to have them. They ruined
my life for a very long time, and I was living in a situation where I could not do
things. I had to depend on others. Instead of “I can do!” it was, “But, I can’t.”
Have I said that phrase a lot!

Then, I received Jesus into my heart. I studied the Word. It became clear to
me that he wanted me to depend on him alone. I found this scripture: “I can do
all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” (Emphasis mine). I can do! I
can do! I took hold of that promise. I’d pray and claim it, then allow Christ to
accompany me to the store. He helped me, he gave me the courage and strength
to reach out again, and the best news of all, I slowly got better! I had begun to
focus on things other than my feelings.

As time went on, more time elapsed between each panic attack. I believed that
God readjusted the chemicals in my body back to where they were when I was
healthy.

I’m thankful with every ounce of my being that I found a way to get better.
Thank you Jesus! I can do!

Wonderful Peace!

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John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you
may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I
have overcome the world.”

What a powerful scripture! This would be a great one to memorize.
Are you full of fear? Does anxiety and stress rule the day? If so, God
has given us an antidote for it. The opposite of fear is peace. God wants us
to be

We live in a world full of trouble and tension. We need to work to make
enough money to live on. The children need new school clothes so we need to go
shopping. The house needs painting, and the car waxing, and there is not enough
time before the winter weather sets in. Johnny needs to be taken to his football
practice, and Susie to her friend’s house. The traffic is bad, and you are late again
to work. The boss gives you “the look.” All the tension and stress of the world
pulls at us. What is the answer?

The great news is that Jesus Christ overcame the world. You see, Satan is
god of this world, but when Jesus died on the cross he defeated Satan.
As we live in this world and face our daily tasks let’s take time to give our
problems to God. He is strong and able to shoulder them. He knows all about our
problems and knows the solutions to them.

My life used to be saturated with fear, but Jesus came in and overcame it.
What a Savior! Now when I feel anxious or fearful about some situation I
remember this scripture and know that God has gone before me so I can have
peace instead of fear.

Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


This week Pastor Ron Lewis continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare,” as we focus on Ephesians 6:16,”in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  Have you ever wondered how we are to extinguish the flaming arrows that the devil hurls against us?  How do we do that?

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Notes:

c.  Exactly what are these flaming arrows…?

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6.)__________________thoughts

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8.)__________________thoughts

d.  What is our defense against them…?

e.  What will the shield of faith do to them…?

Please click on the link below to listen to this very helpful sermon.

Extinguish the Flaming Arrows!

The Shield of Faith

Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:16  This week Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare”, and we discover what the shield of faith is.
Why is this shield of faith necessary?

Notes:

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a.  The Roman Soldier’s Shield…

b.  The Spiritual Soldier’s Shield…

1)  Who is our enemy…?

2)  Why does Paul use the analogy of the flaming arrow…?

3)  Exactly what are these flaming arrows…?

Please click on the link below to listen to this sermon.

The Shield of Faith

The Gospel Shoes

Pastor Ron Lewis: Faith Bible Church, Warren, Pa.


Ephesians 6:15  This week Pastor Ron continues his series, “Spiritual Warfare.”  What are the gospel shoes?  Do you have them on?  What is there purpose?

Notes:

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a.  The Roman Soldier’s Shoes…

b.  The Spiritual Soldier’s Shoes…

1)   Stand firm therefore,

2)  and having shod your feet

3)  with the preparation

4)  of the gospel of peace;

Please click on the link below to listen to this sermon.

The Gospel Shoes

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