This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Warrior". See series.
It happens to all of us. It happens at different times, in different places, and in different ways. Sometimes it happens when you go out on your first date with a person you are really attracted to. Sometimes it happens when you start paying your own bills for the first time. Sometimes it happens when you wake up for the first time and experience depression, not knowing why. Sometimes it happens on your honeymoon. At some point, we all wake up to the brutal realization that life is a battle, and we are in a war.
Do you ever feel like life is a battle? You should, because it is. Do you ever feel like sometimes you are in a war? If you do, that is good, because you are. We all have to fight our own battles on a daily basis.
There are no conscientious objectors to this war. There are no deferments from this battlefield. Fame and fortune will not keep you out of the fight. John Daly, the PGA golfer, battles alcohol. Tiger Woods battles lust. Mike Tyson battles anger. Drew Carey, the host of "The Price Is Right," battled depression so badly that twice, before he was 20-years-old, he attempted to take his own life. The incredible Hulk battles a terrific temper. The truth is, we all fight our own wars, and we all face constant battles, whether it is greed, selfishness, or bitterness.
Everywhere you look, wars are being fought. There are wars between nations, wars between spouses, and wars between governments. Wars perpetually occur, and people are always willing to fight.
I have three questions about this war. How did it start? How can we win it? How will it end? The answers to these questions can be found in the story of the Warrior.
Beginning with Genesis 3, the Bible tells a story about a warrior, who is coincidentally ...
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James Merritt is the Senior Pastor of Cross Pointe Church. His media teaching ministry, Touchinglives, is broadcast around the country and throughout the world. Dr. Merritt is also the author of numerous books, including How to Impact and Influence Others.