Equipped for Battle (Part 8) The Armor of God – 6

Equipped for Battle (8) The Armor of God 6  (Ephesians 6:17-18)

Introduction: It was the 19th-century preacher R. A. Torrey who said, “Among the reasons God gave for prayer are these: Because there is a devil, and prayer is a God-appointed way to resist Him (Eph. 6:12-13, 18). Because prayer is God’s way for us to obtain what we need from Him (Lk. 11:3-13; Jas. 4:2). Because prayer is the means God has appointed for us to find “grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16). Because prayer with thanksgiving is God’s way for us to obtain freedom from anxiety and to receive “the peace of God” (Phil. 4:6-7)”. I would only add to that, that these are the reasons God gave us His word and His armor as well. Today, we will conclude our current sermon series, “Equipped for Battle,” as we consider the final piece of the “the whole armor of God” The sword of the Spirit. and prayer to protect ourselves from our enemy the devil.

Conclusion: The Apostle Paul marries the whole armor of God with one more thing: With God’s word in our hearts and hands, we have the power to effect change. To defend against and defeat our enemy the devial. But again, Paul reminds us we do battle in God’s strength not our own. We utilize the armor of God through prayer. (v. 18) Prayer expresses our total reliance upon God in all times and in all situations for all things.

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 8 The Armor of God 6

Sermon November 28, 2021 The Armor of God 6

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 7) The Armor of God 5  (Ephesians 6:17a)

Theme: Guarding your mind

Introduction: I am so amazed at how many Christians do not mind their heads. They swim in the currents of worldly ideas and entertainment without developing a Christian mind. They seem oblivious to the godless philosophic assumptions that underlie worldly thinking. They buy into the postmodern idea that there is no such thing as knowable, absolute truth in the spiritual or moral realms. These careless Christians ignore, or sometimes even ridicule, the need for sound doctrine. They want experience, not doctrine. They want good feelings, not careful thinking. Because they do not mind their heads, they are not transformed by the renewing of their minds. Rather, they are conformed to this evil world (Rom. 12:1-2). I don’t know who said it, but they were right when they said, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” We are reminded in verses 10-13 of our text, that the saints of God are engaged in a great spiritual conflict against a powerful, relentless enemy. Our enemy is identified in verse 11 as “the devil” comes against the people of God with various “wiles,” v. 11. As we once again we turn our attention to the pieces that make up “the whole armor of God.” The piece of armor that has our attention today is the helmet or bonnet of salvation. The Bible says, “And take the helmet of salvation.” In the days when men wore armor into battle, they referred to their “helmet” as a “bonnet”. As we consider this piece of the armor, we’ll see what great importance it has in our daily lives.

Here is the key: be sure you are saved! (2 Cor. 13:5) Is there evidence of your salvation such as walking in obedience to God’s word and His will? (2 Pe. 1:10)

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part The Armor of God 5

Sermon November 14, 2021 The Armor of God 5

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 6)  The Armor of God 4  (Ephesians 6:16)

Theme: Having a faith strong enough to protect us from fiery attempts of the devil to rock our faith

Introduction: We don’t always think about it but wearing the whole armor of God is vitally important in our spiritual lives. According to Verses 10-13 the saints of God are engaged in a great cosmic battle against a powerful, relentless enemy. Our enemy is “the devil,” who (v 11) says attacks us by using his “wiles,” He employs “tricks, schemes, and methods” to undermine our faith, and to attack the glory of God. But God has equipped us for battle so that we are able to “stand” against the attacks of the enemy, (vvs. 11, 13, 14). To “stand” means “to hold a critical position during a time of enemy attack.” God has blessed His people by giving us some very precious things. The problem is, our enemy, the devil, does not want us to have the things we have been given by the Lord. He will do everything in His power to strip all those things away from us. What he can’t take away from us, he will do everything in his power to nullify. So, to fight him off we must put on the whole armor of God. we have looked at the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and the shoes of the gospel of peace. Now Paul says, (v. 16) “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” Today we want to see why this piece of the armor is so important that the Lord would say that we are to have it “above all.”

Conclusion: So, what is “the shield of faith?” “The shield of faith” is simple trust in God. It is taking God at His Word and believing Him in all things. It is putting Him and His will ahead of everything else in life. So that when Satan launches his “fiery darts” at us, we are able to hold up “the shield of faith,” and watch them all fall harmlessly to the ground. “The shield of faith” is more than a piece of armor to be taken out for our protection when needed. “The shield of faith” is what makes the Christian life possible.  (Rom 1:17)

Do you stand protected by “the shield of faith today?

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 6 The Armor of God 4

Sermon November 7 The Armor of God 4

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 5) The Armor of God 3   (Ephesians 6:15)

Theme: Being prepared to stand against the Devil’s attacks and schemes

Introduction: Ephesians 6:13 tells us to “take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” This verse is followed by descriptions of various pieces of armor that God has given the Christian. But what is this armor, and why would the average Christian need armor? Throughout Scripture, we see that Christians are engaged in a spiritual battle. We are often warned against underestimating our enemy, Satan (1 Peter 5:8). But even worse than underestimating our enemy would be not even realizing that there is a war going on. The Bible speaks of the devil more than 100 times. Scripture makes it clear that Satan is very real and that he is always working against God and His kingdom. Jesus refers to Satan as the ruler of this world.” In 2 Corinthians 4, he is called the god of this world who blinds the minds of unbelievers and keeps them from seeing the light of the gospel1 John 5:19 tells us that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. Scripture tells us He lays snares for believers and attempts to lead them astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. There is a real spiritual war being waged against God, and every believer finds themselves in this spiritual battle. When we understand that we are in a battle, our first thought is “How can I keep from becoming a casualty on the spiritual battlefield?” We don’t give much thought to footwear, but the Roman armies did. Their shoes were an innovation that allowed them to travel further and faster than their enemies. These boots had heavy soles with hobnails in them to provide traction for the wearer. The Roman soldier’s footwear is what enabled him to travel through any terrain he may encounter along his journey. Similarly, the peace of the gospel is what equips us to travel over rough roads and stand against the enemy’s attacks as we carry this same gospel to others.

Conclusion: Are you wearing the right shoes todaythe shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace?

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 5 The Armor of God 3

Sermon October 31, 2021 The Armor of God 3

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 4) The Armor of God    (Ephesians 6:13 -14)

Theme: The Importance of protecting our heart

Introduction: The Bible gives testimony, that God is on the side of those who do right. God will fight the battles of those who determine to be in His will. Righteousness is still the greatest weapon.  Paul using the Roman soldier going into battle as his visual illustration, says we believers are in a daily spiritual battle, and we must put on the whole armor of God. Each piece is specifically designed to accomplish some certain and essential factor. The “armor or God” is a necessary tool in our fight against our common enemy, the devil. Without every piece of the amor in place, we are easy prey for the enemy. While it seems no one piece is more important than the other, (We must put on the whole armor), the key to armor of God seems to be the breastplate of righteousness. The breast plate covered the soldier from the base of his neck to the top of his thighs front and back. Righteousness is a right relationship with God. things are right between you and the Lord, you won’t be able to effectively stand against the enemy! As a soldier’s breastplate protected his chest from an enemy’s attacks, so righteous living (Rom 6:13; 14:17) guards a believer’s heart against the assaults of the devil (cf. Isa 59:17; James 4:7). Just as “the belt of truth” refers to a life of commitment to truthfulness and an attitude of readiness (in other words) a total commitment to the Lord. The breast plate of righteousness is commitment to a life of righteousness before the Lord. I would like us to see three things today that make this piece of the armor so important to our daily lives

Conclusion:  God gives us all the protection that we need. But we must make sure that we are walking with the Lord, that our lives are right (“righteous”) with God and with one another. If we’re not living a righteous life, we’re not wearing the breastplate of righteousness and our most vital areas are at risk.

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 4 The Armor of God -2

Sermon October 24, 2021 The Armor of God – 2

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 3) The Armor of God – 1   (Ephesians 6:13 -14)

Theme: Everything hangs on the truth of God’s word

Introduction: Whether we will we be victorious, or will we fall depends on what we do now; before the attacks of spiritual warfare begin. Enduring faith, strength, and wisdom for trials are best developed before they’re needed. Our adversary is working very hard, effectively and powerfully against God, the child of God and the church. Our enemy is not all-powerful. The God we serve is, 1 John 4:4.  Throughout this letter, we find that God has well equipped us for battle and given us all the resources we need to be victorious! (Eph. 1:3, 5-7; 1:10-13, 17-19; 3:19-20) These are just some of the resources we find in Ephesians, that we as believers in Christ, are given. We are the people of God, and we are placed in this world to accomplish goals, plans and purposes which God Himself designed. While Satan is intent on our defeat, the Lord is interested in giving us the victory. (Rev. 20:10-15).  And it is because of this, every day we will face…

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 3 The Armon of God -1

Sermon October 17, 2021 The Armor of God – 1

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 2) The Attack Against the Christian  (Ephesians 6:10-13)

Theme: Acknowledging we are in a Spiritual battle

Introduction: The Apostle Paul tells us, we have all the resources and power we need to live the Christian life victoriously.  However, it will not be easy! The reason it won’t be easy is because we have an enemy who hates us as much as God loves us. Because of this, the believer is in a daily warfare. Satan (our enemy) is going to do all he can to try and disrupt God’s divine purpose for you and me. As a result, throughout scripture, the Christian life is seen in terms of warfare. The truth is, the more effective we are as Christians, the harder Satan will work against us. However, the good news is, the longer you fight, the more victories you gain; and the greater the string of victories you have, the more confidence you’ll gain in what God can do in and through you! So, if we are to ever fulfill our full potential and live the victorious Christian life that is intended for us, we must listen to and act upon what Paul tells us about how to successfully fight Satan’s attack against us as Christians.

Conclusion: With all that we have being “In Christ,” there is no reason to know anything but victory. With each victory comes joy, happiness, contentment, and peace. And that is the way God intended it to be.

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 2 The Attack Against the Christian

Sermon October 20, 2021 The Attack Against the Christian

 

Equipped for Battle (Part 1) The Attack Against the Church  (Revelation 2-3)

Theme: How Satan attacks the church and what to watch for

Introduction: In this sermon series, “Equipped for Battle” I want us to discuss both the spiritual warfare we are in and how God has equipped us to win every battle we face. For today I want us to consider how Satan is attacking Christ’s Spirit-filled church. We don’t have to wonder if Satan is going to attack it is a well-documented fact in the word of God that he will: (James 4:7, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 2 Corinthians 2:11, Acts 20:31) We don’t even have to wonder how Satan is going to attack the church. The Lord gives us insight in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 into how Satan attacks Christ’s Spirit-filled churches in the letters to the seven churches of Asia minor. (2 receive no warnings and 5 receive serious warnings). By looking at the letters to these 5 churches we can clearly see 5 ways in which Satan is attacking Christ’s Spirit filled churches today.

Conclusion: We can be sure today Christ loves His church, and He loves this church! He wants to protect us from the attacks of Satan. God helps us to be warned that Satan will attack us and how he plans to do it.
However, it is not enough to be warned – we have to do our part to protect the church by being strong in the Lord and [standing] in His Mighty power.

Listening Guide Equipped for Battle Part 1 The Attack Against the Church

Sermon October 3, 2021 The Attack Against the Church

 

 

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