Standing in the battle – Lest we forget

A few years ago I traveled to Gallipoli

Standing in the waters of Anzac bay – You could feel the weight of the sacrifice

It was real

Standing on Chunack Bair where the kiwis took the hill at great cost

Seeing the trenches, the battle ground, the graves

NZ fighters fought and lost their lives to occupy this hill for two days and lost 850 lives

I could feel the power of the sacrifice made

People gave their lives so we could live in freedom

The fight for freedom continues

There is a battle between good and evil

If you’re in the kingdom of God – you’ve got to be a fighter

We are in a spiritual battle

Ephesians 6:10 – 13 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. 

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, 

Keys to standing strong in the battle

1. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE FIGHTING FOR 

It’s for freedom

Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Our fight is the fight to follow

To keep following him

To lift up his name

To live in freedom

To influence others

It’s in the DNA of our nation to make a sacrifice and fight for something that matters

2. PUT ON SOME ARMOUR

Ephesians 6:14-18 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 

Arm yourself in God

Put on the armour

Truth, Righteousness, Gospel, Faith, Salvation, Word, Prayer

This is what keeps us strong

3. GET SOME PEOPLE AROUND YOU

No one can do it alone

We all need friends, mates, brothers, mentors

Get around some inspirational people – they will help you rise

They help put your struggles into perspective

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times,and a brother is born for a time of adversity. 

Get some people around you that will help carry the burden and fight with you

They help you stay in the fight

This is what our Connect groups do

They stand together, serve together, fight together

4. DON'T LISTEN TO THE CRITICS

Psalm 55:18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.

Don’t let the haters and nay sayers speak into your life

Don’t listen to negative people

Let the word of God speak to you

Let faithful people speak to you

Isaiah 54: 17 NASB No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; 

Phil Houghton

Houghton Design, Nelson, Nelson,