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Warfare 4

Warfare 4
Your Armor
Eph. 6:10-14 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore…”
Notice that we find the word stand4 times—“That you may be able to stand;” “That you may be able to withstand;” “Having done all, to stand;and finally, Stand therefore…”
Vs. 11 Stand: to cause a person or thing to keep his or its place; to cause to stand, to be kept intact.
Vs. 13 Withstand: Anthistemi, to actively oppose, to resist, to push back. This word is a bit different. The believer is not just successfully absorbing the attack, but is pushing back.
So, Paul anticipates the believer in Jesus Christ periodically experiencing spiritual attacks.
In light of that, he wants the believer prepared and able to stand strong, as well as able to push back against the devil.
The believer is not to lose his footing, hes not knocked to the ground, hes not knocked out, but he is able to remain standing, fighting back against the devils onslaught.
When the battle is over and the dust has settled, the believer should be standing, having survived the attack victorious!
In verse 13 he gives us a picture of a Roman soldier in full combat armor to help us remember how to be prepared for the battle.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand (push back) in the evil day, and having done all, to stand (remain intact).
Paul informs us that without this armor on, we will likely not be able to stand victorious in the day of battle.
But with the armor we will successfully stand during the battle and emerge intact when its over.
I want to touch on these six pieces of the armor of God and make it very simple to remember.
The first piece is
I. The belt of truth
He says, Stand therefore, with the belt of truth around your waist(Eph. 6:14).
In the Roman armor, the belt held the rest of the armor in place.
The picture here is that truth (Gods truth, the eternal truth found in the Bible) holds everything in our lives togetherit is the one indispensable piece without which were wide open to the devils attacks.
RememberSatan is a liar, a deceiver.his stock in trade is to pull the wool over your eyes, to make wrong look right, to make bad look good.
He is a master at marketing lies and persuading people to take the wrong path.
So putting on Gods truth doesnt just mean having a few Bible verses stuck on your refrigerator.
It means daily saturating your mind with time spent in Gods Word, and then living out His wordbeing honest and sincere in your faith.
It refers to Christian character and integrity; to a lifestyle that conforms to the Bible.
This is why James said, So get rid of all that is wrong in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But dont just listen to Gods word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.(James 1:21-22).
So everyone say, Know the truth, live the truth.
The next piece is
II. The Breastplate
Having put on the breastplate of righteousness…”
The breastplate was worn on the front, to protect the soldiers vital organs as he faced his enemy in battle.
Our spiritual breastplatethe righteousness that comes through the blood of Jesusprotects our heart.
The Proverbs say, Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life(4:23).
Its important to understand here that the Bible is speaking of two kinds of righteousness:
The IMPUTED righteousness God grants us through the blood of His Son
And living a lifestyle that conforms to the Biblestriving to keep a clear conscience.
Last time I talked about the importance of keeping a clear conscience in order to wage a good warfare.
Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well, holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith(1 Tim. 1:18-19).
So the Breastplate of righteousness includes the righteousness God imputes to us through the blood of Jesus, and living the lifestyle Jesus calls us to!
The third piece of armor is
III. The shoes
And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” (6:15)
Some teach that this is talking about always being ready to witness for Jesus, but that doesnt square with what he says.
I believe its talking about walking in the the peace that comes from knowing Jesus through the gospel.
We are to walk in the peace the gospel brings to us.
In Colossians Paul says, Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called…” (3:15)
The gospel shoes of peacemeans we should always be walking about covered in Gods peace.
Paul said, And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard (against attack) your heart and mind through Jesus Christ.
The fourth piece of armor is
IV. The Shield
“…above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one(6:16).
A shield was a Roman soldiers main defense, it protected him from the constant arrows shot at him by the enemy.
Likewise, our spiritual shield helps us to quench the fiery arrows of the devil.
Quench means that faith extinguishes the fire, takes the heat off of Satans attacks!
Fiery arrows of fear, of doubt, of lust, of hate, anger, and worry are extinguished by the shield of faith as we walk by faith and not by sight!
The fifth piece is
V. The helmet
And take the helmet of salvation…”
I know all about helmets because I wear one for bicycling and I wear one for motorcycling.
The helmet protects your physical brain, while the helmet of salvationprotects your thoughts in the battlefield of your mind.
Notice he calls it a helmet of salvation.
Wearing the helmet meansI am always to remember who I am in HimI am a child of God!
I have been saved through faith in Jesus.
I have a divine destiny, a holy purpose, a race to run, a fight to win, a faith to keep!
Paul told the Thessalonians, But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting onthe hope of salvation as a helmet(1 Thes. 5:8).
Notice again the word hope of salvation.
This means that when my thoughts are turned toward the reality that He could return at any moment, it guards my mind from sinful temptations.
John said, Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And all who have this hope will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure(1 John 3:2-3).
So the helmet of salvation means, Always keep the hope of heaven and of Christs return alive in your thoughts, and remember who you are in Him!
And finally, the sixth piece is
VI. The Sword
“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The first 5 pieces are defensive in nature.
This is the only offensive piece of armor by which we step up and counter-attack the devil.
We can counter-attack Satan with Gods Word during times of attackbut only if we know what it says!
There are key verses of the Bible that each of us should know.
We need to read, memorize and speak Gods Word.
The sword of Gods word will literally repel the enemy and drive him away from us!
Lets stand and say together:
The belt of Truthknow it, live it.
The Breastplate of Righteousnessreceive it, live clean.
The shoes of Peacelet peace rule.
The shield of Faithwalk by it.
The helmet of Salvationremember what Hes done for you.
The Sword of Gods Wordmemorize it, use it.
Lets pray
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