The Courage To Defeat Enemies! (Sermon Audio)

The Courage To Defeat Enemies! (Sermon Audio)

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This is the audio from the August 14, 2022 sermon, “The Courage To Defeat Enemies”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Text:  Joshua 11 & 12, 1 Peter 1:13-16

I suspect that most of us have times in life when the opposition we face seems great and it appears the enemies around us are more numerous and powerful than what we can handle.  It is in the midst of such opposition that it is far too easy to attack one another as we lose sight of the real enemy that seeks to destroy us.  When we go to God and seek the courage needed to defeat our enemies, He reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood and therefore our enemies are not the people around us.  When we look to God’s Word, we find help to defeat enemies in the following ways.

  • Courageous Preparation.  Joshua 11:6-8, 1 Peter 1:13
    • Part of the courageous preparation that helps us defeat enemies involves understanding just who the enemy really is.  When we notice the strength of the enemy, we ought to quickly realize how vital it is for us to be obedient to God’s instructions in everything.  We prepare our minds for the battle by taking every thought captive and making them obedient to Christ.  When our preparation includes an accurate understanding of what we’re up against, we should quickly realize just how much we need the power of Christ dwelling in us in order to obtain victory.  We can “attack suddenly” only when we are fully prepared.
  • Courageous Perseverance.  Joshua 11:18, 1 Peter 1:14
    • Sometimes when we read the Bible and see how God brings about victory for His people it can be easy to miss the timeline of the battle.  Victory may not be quick or easy all of the time but in Christ it can always be obtained.  The old story of the tortoise and the hare has a Biblical foundation to its meaning as God says the crown of life will be given to those who persevere.  Christ came to break us free from the power of sin and to remind us that we don’t have to live the way we once did.  Many times the enemy we face seems too big or too powerful or too appealing or knows us too well or too whatever but even when we stumble and fall, God calls us to a courageous perseverance as He picks us back up and sets our feet firmly on the path that walks with Him.
  • Courageous Protection.  Joshua 11:23, 1 Peter 1:15-16
    • Perhaps the most courageous part of protection is coming to the realization that you need it.  Many times we do battle on our own because we don’t want to admit that we can be tempted, or that we are struggling, or that we need help.  When God calls us to be holy just as He is holy, it ought to make us quickly realize we can’t live in that way without Him.  The end of Joshua 11 tells us that Joshua followed the instructions given to Moses by God and the result was that their enemies were defeated and the land had rest from war.  When we choose to daily put on the full armor of God, He tells us that doing so will help us to stand when the day of evil comes and when it is all said and done and the battle is over, to still be standing.

Will you seek God’s help today to defeat the enemies which try to destroy you?

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment That Leads To Knowledge! (08/12/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment That Leads To Knowledge! (08/12/22)

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This is the audio from the August 12, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning? He will understand them.  The ways of the LORD are right;  the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Hosea 14:9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with courageous discernment.  Not everything is always as it first appears and there are many who attempt to deliberately deceive for a variety of reasons.  Discernment is the quality necessary to live in the world between “everything is permissible” and “not everything is beneficial”.  Discernment is a gift from God that helps us to live in the freedom of doing what benefits others according to their need.

“The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.”
Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a discernment that gives you a greater understanding of His righteous ways.  Pray that the discernment you seek from God would lead to actual knowledge.  Pray that you would have “wise ears” that seek out the knowledge that comes through godly discernment.  Pray that your life would share godly knowledge with others.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment That Leads To Wise Instruction! (08/11/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment That Leads To Wise Instruction! (08/11/22)

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This is the audio from the August 11, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning? He will understand them.  The ways of the LORD are right;  the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Hosea 14:9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with courageous discernment.  Not everything is always as it first appears and there are many who attempt to deliberately deceive for a variety of reasons.  Discernment is the quality necessary to live in the world between “everything is permissible” and “not everything is beneficial”.  Discernment is a gift from God that helps us to live in the freedom of doing what benefits others according to their need.

“The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.”
Proverbs 16:21 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a discernment that gives you a greater understanding of His righteous ways.  Pray for a heart of wisdom that would lead to you being known as discerning.  Pray that you would always follow God’s leading in your pursuit of instruction.  Pray for the discernment needed to share pleasant words that lead to the instruction of those who hear.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment That Leads To Life! (08/10/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment That Leads To Life! (08/10/22)

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This is the audio from the August 10, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning? He will understand them.  The ways of the LORD are right;  the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Hosea 14:9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with courageous discernment.  Not everything is always as it first appears and there are many who attempt to deliberately deceive for a variety of reasons.  Discernment is the quality necessary to live in the world between “everything is permissible” and “not everything is beneficial”.  Discernment is a gift from God that helps us to live in the freedom of doing what benefits others according to their need.

“Preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.”
Proverbs 3:21-22 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a discernment that gives you a greater understanding of His righteous ways.  Pray that you would hold onto the discernment that comes from sound judgment.  Pray that you would wear discernment in a way that brings life to you and to those around you.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment to Guide Understanding! (08/09/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment to Guide Understanding! (08/09/22)

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This is the audio from the August 9, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning? He will understand them.  The ways of the LORD are right;  the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Hosea 14:9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with courageous discernment.  Not everything is always as it first appears and there are many who attempt to deliberately deceive for a variety of reasons.  Discernment is the quality necessary to live in the world between “everything is permissible” and “not everything is beneficial”.  Discernment is a gift from God that helps us to live in the freedom of doing what benefits others according to their need.

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance — for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.”
Proverbs 1:5-6 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a discernment that gives you a greater understanding of His righteous ways.  Pray for discernment to find God’s guidance in understanding the proverbs and parables of the Bible.  Pray that your discernment would lead to knowing and practicing the truth found in the sayings of the wise.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment to Understand God’s Laws! (08/08/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Discernment to Understand God’s Laws! (08/08/22)

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This is the audio from the August 8, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“Who is wise? He will realize these things.  Who is discerning? He will understand them.  The ways of the LORD are right;  the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Hosea 14:9 (NIV)

This week’s prayer focus is about living with courageous discernment.  Not everything is always as it first appears and there are many who attempt to deliberately deceive for a variety of reasons.  Discernment is the quality necessary to live in the world between “everything is permissible” and “not everything is beneficial”.  Discernment is a gift from God that helps us to live in the freedom of doing what benefits others according to their need.  As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a discernment that gives you a greater understanding of His righteous ways.  Pray that discernment would help you to choose the best — not only over what is bad, but perhaps more importantly, over what is simply “good enough”.  Pray that you would seek wisdom from God in all situations so that you would not be easily deceived.  Pray that your response to deception would always be one of integrity on your part.

“I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.”
Psalm 119:125 (NIV)

Pray that you would serve God with discernment in order to understand how He works through His laws.  Pray that you would always live with discernment as a servant of God.  Pray for the discernment needed to accurately share the beauty of God’s laws with others.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Wandering! (08/05/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Wandering! (08/05/22)

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This is the audio from the August 5, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:7(NIV)

This week’s prayer focus will take another look at some things God calls His children to overcome.  While we may want a life of ease and comfort, Jesus says that life as a follower of Him will be filled with trouble, misunderstandings, and even persecution.  While that is not news that anyone really wants to hear, Jesus also tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world.  When John wrote the messages from Jesus to the seven churches that we read of early in the book of Revelation, He ends each message with a promise for those who overcome.

“He who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.”
Revelation 3:12 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to empower you to be an overcomer.  Pray that you would find a place of belonging in the temple of God so you would have no need to wander away from Him.  Pray that your life would help others know that they too have a place where they can belong.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Abandonment! (08/04/22)

Encouragement and Prayer: Overcoming Abandonment! (08/04/22)

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This is the audio from the August 4, 2022 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.”
Revelation 2:7(NIV)

This week’s prayer focus will take another look at some things God calls His children to overcome.  While we may want a life of ease and comfort, Jesus says that life as a follower of Him will be filled with trouble, misunderstandings, and even persecution.  While that is not news that anyone really wants to hear, Jesus also tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world.  When John wrote the messages from Jesus to the seven churches that we read of early in the book of Revelation, He ends each message with a promise for those who overcome.

“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”
Revelation 3:5 (NIV)

As you pray this week, ask God to empower you to be an overcomer.  Pray that you would overcome in a way that gives you a permanent place of belonging with those who are pure.  Pray that your life would help others know they can have a place of belonging.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page.

In prayer,
Tom