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HOW TO STAND IN THE DAY OF BATTLE
Ephesians 6:10-20
Introduction:
“If you did not put on the armor of God today, then you do not have the armor of God on.”
Tim Ingram
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This following story is told by Leroy Eims about the time when he was serving in the Marines in the South Pacific during World War II: "Shortly after we hit the beach, our armored amphibious tank took two artillery shells broadside.
We immediately evacuated our disabled vehicle and darted from hole to hole toward the enemy airstrip, which we were to take.
"The sergeant began to check on us to make sure that we were OK.
He crawled over to me and asked, `You all right, Eims?'
"I answered, `Yeah, I'm OK, Sarge.'
"He looked at me and asked, `Eims, where is your helmet?'
"I felt the top of my head and answered, `Must be in the tank, Sarge.'
"`Where's your duty belt?' Our duty belts carried ammunition for our rifles, a canteen of water, and a bayonet.
"`Must be in the tank, Sarge.'
"`As a matter of fact, Eims, where's your rifle?'
He looked at me with disgust and pity.
Because of our hasty departure from the amphibious tank, I was dressed about the same way that I would be dressed for a game of volleyball.
And there I was, hopping from hole to hole, from tree to tree!
This story reveals the truth about the modern church.
Most Christians have forgotten that the Christian life is not a playground, but a battlefield.
As a result, very few of the Lord's people are armed, equipped and ready to wage spiritual battle.
Whether we ever believe it or not, we are engaged in spiritual warfare.
If we are to be successful in our work for the Lord Jesus, then we must be prepared for that battle and be ready to go to war.
In this passage, we are given insight into the battle we are engaged in and into the weapons with which we are to fight this battle.
My friends, we are in the fight of our lives!
If we are to do what the Scriptures say and "stand", v. 11, 13, 14, then we must know how to prepare ourselves for this battle.
Here, Paul reveals some aspects of the battle in which we find ourselves in 2018.
I. OUR ENEMY IN THIS FIGHT-VS.
10-12
A. Our Enemy's Name-vs.
11
This name is the Devil!
This is a word that means "slanderer, accuser."
We get our word diabolical from it.
His name reveals his character.
Since he made his first appearance upon the pages of the Bible, the devil has been in the business of lying, slandering and accusing the people of God.
B. Our Enemy's Nature-vs.11-12
These two verses tell us two things we need to keep in mind concerning this enemy.
1.
He Is A Shrewd Enemy-vs.
11
The word "wiles" in verse 11 is the same word from which we get our English word "method".
It refers to craftiness and trickery.
“Wiles: is translated "lie in wait."
It gives the image of a hunter disguising himself in order to capture his prey.
What a perfect picture of the devil!
Remember what the Bible tells us about him:
Satan will pull out all the stops to trip you up!
2.
He Is A Spiritual Enemy-vs.
12
Too often, we are guilty of fighting the wrong foe!
We will get at odds with our fellow believers, when the real enemy is the devil!
He is a master at sowing discord among the brethren.
We need to remember that our fight this morning is a spiritual battle.
(Ill.
The devil might work through people at times to get to us and cause us to stumble, but the real battle is fought on a spiritual level.
We must never attack other people!
Our battle is with an unseen army of spiritual enemies lead by the devil himself.)
(Ill.
Since our enemy is a spiritual enemy, some might wonder how we go about knowing how to fight him.
This story from WWII concerning General George C. Patton will help us see it a little more clearly.
Patton's troops and tanks were engaged in a successful counterattack of German forces under General Erwin Rommel.
Patton is reported to have shouted in the thick of the battle, "I read your book, Rommel!
I read your book!"
And that he did.
In Rommel's book Infantry Attacks, the famed "Desert Fox" carefully detailed his military strategy.
And Patton, having read it and knowing what to expect, planned his moves accordingly.
Satan has authored no book, but God has fully exposed our enemy's tactics in His Holy Word.
Study it and plan your defense.
The key to defeating the devil is understanding how he works.
And the secret to that is reading about him in the Word of God.
I. Our Enemy In This Fight
II.
OUR ENERGY IN THIS FIGHT-VS.
10
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The Bible makes it clear in these verses that our goal as Christian soldiers is that of standing.
This word refers to something that is firmly fixed.
It speaks of people who do not waiver.
If we are to stand in this the day of battle, then we must not only know our enemy, but we must possess energy for the battle.
Verse 10, gives some much needed insight into this matter of our spiritual energy.)
A. The Source Of Our Energy
We are told here that the source of our energy is not within ourselves.
That is good to know, because there are times when my energy runs low.
We are told, however, that we are to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."
This means that we draw our strength from the "power of His might."
This sounds redundant on the surface, but when you understand that the word "might" means "force, strength and ability", and that the word "power" refers to God's "dominion and sovereign ability to exercise His power."
Then it is easy to see how the Lord can strengthen and energize those who place their trust in Him.
B. The Scope Of Our Energy
When a believer's faith is in God, then the Lord's power becomes the power of that believer!
If the church could ever grasp the truth that we are as strong as that in which we trust, it would revolutionize the world!
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Let me illustrate.
I cannot fly, but when I put myself in an airplane and yield to its power, suddenly, I have the ability to soar into the air.
I cannot run 65 miles per hour, but when I get into my car and yield to its power, I suddenly have the ability to achieve speeds that I could never achieve on my own.
Those are poor illustrations, but when my faith is in God and in His power, then His strength becomes my strength.
His power becomes my power.
That is why the Bible says what it does to those who live by faith:
C. The Strength Of Our Energy
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It enables us to stand,
So that when the battles are all over and we go home to be with the Lord in His heaven, we can leave this world like Paul did, 2 Tim.
4:7.
God's power will be our power and we will be able to stand for Him in the day of battle!
We all know that too many aren't standing, they are falling by the wayside!
I don't want to fall, I want to stand!
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