For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.  2 Corinthians 10:3-4

 I have a friend of mine who loves to hunt.  He goes to Africa quite often to hunt big game.  He has a powerful rifle, Nitro Express, that cost him a small fortune.  Talk about a big gun – WOW!  The bullets it shoots are huge.  That gun can do some damage and stop a charging elephant in his tracks.  You have to have a big gun when facing big game.  Otherwise, you are dead meat.

BIG GUNS

Does God equip His people with big guns?  Or do we simply face every battle with a slingshot and a stick, as David did with Goliath?

The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh.  We have BIG GUNS to fire at the enemy, but they are not the guns of this world.

PAUL AND SILAS USED BIG GUNS

Paul and Silas were in Philippi doing the will of God: exposing the deeds of darkness and preaching the Word of God without apology or compromise.  In so doing, they faced serious opposition as the devil incited the people to come against them in a big way.  Paul and Silas ended up beaten, bloodied, and imprisoned with their feet in the stocks (see Acts 16).

The devil, that fierce, roaring lion, seemed to have them in his grasp.  They were down and out in Philippi.  Or were they?  At midnight, in the midst of great physical and emotional pain and demonically inspired adversity, Paul and Silas resisted the urge to gripe, complain, doubt and despair.  Instead, they pulled out the big guns.

“But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25)

Now I can see praying in that situation, but singing hymns of praise to God?  WOW!  That praise said to God, “No matter what, Lord, we know You are in control of this situation.  We trust You, love You, and exalt Your name in the midst of our suffering because You alone are worthy.”

BOOM!  In response to their prayer and praise, God sent an earthquake that shook the house.  God brought about a jailhouse rock!  Lives were touched and changed for all eternity as the jailer and his whole household received Christ as Savior and Lord.  Great rejoicing took place that night.  And it all started because the big guns of prayer, praise, and faith were unleashed in that prison.

IN YOUR LIFE

My friend, do you find yourself in trouble today in ministry?  Is the devil charging at you full force?  Are you afraid and don’t know what to do?  Have you been doing the will of God only to experience suffering and hardship because of it?  Are you ready to throw in the towel and follow the terrible advice of Job’s heartbroken wife who said to Job, “Curse God and die!”?

Listen, it’s time to pull out the big guns … especially in ministry!  It is time to start praying, praising, and believing God no matter what!  Your “jailhouse rock” is coming.  Don’t give up!  Don’t despair!  Don’t quit!  There is great power in prayer and praise.  Satan hates it when we pray, and he can’t handle the praise and faith.

The big guns are at your disposal.  They are the weapons of our warfare.  They tear down strongholds and put the devil to flight.  Will you employ the big guns today?  Your ministry will be blessed and God will be beside you all the way.

Love,

Dr. Jeff Schreve

From His Heart Ministries

Pastor, First Baptist Church, Texarkana, TX

www.fromhisheart.org

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Dr. Jeff Schreve’s real life story is one of personal transformation. His struggles and victories form the foundation of his calling and intersect with the lives of people from all walks-of-life. His positive sermon outlines are compelling many into a genuine life-experience with the living God. Pastor Jeff believes the Bible is true, and he is passionate about introducing Christ to those who feel hopeless, helpless, and think God is out of reach. He "tells it like it is" with clear biblical content combined with engaging, personal sermon illustrations that are relevant, compassionate, and humorous. His sermon outlines are filled with life-giving principles for living. Jeff is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin (1984) with a degree in Business Administration. After spending twelve years in sales, God called Jeff to preach. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in December of 2000 with a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as Pastor of Membership and Missions at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX from 1997 to 2003 before being called to First Baptist Texarkana as Senior Pastor in February of 2003. Jeff has been happily married since 1986. He and Debbie are greatly blessed with three daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.

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