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Prepare for Battle

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Armor - Articles of God’s Character

Eph. 6:10-20
I. God’s Power helps us on the battlefield.
satan is a spiritual enemy who wants us to put our lives under his authority. see Rev. 12:9 the end of satan.
The Temptation of Christ - Spiritual Warfare
see Matt. 4:1-12 - Jesus weapons are spiritual weapons.
1. Putting on the full armor to defend against the schemes of the devil.
see 1 Jn. 4:4
1 John 4:4 NKJV
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
2. To Resist- just say no! in the evil day - [from now until Jesus returns] so take your stand- standing firm in the truth - never surrender the Truth of God.
James 4:7 NKJV
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
See 1 Pet. 5:8-9
1 Peter 5:8–9 NKJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
Remain self-controlled & alert
3. Truth is the righteousness of God. If something is not truth then it’s a lie.
Weapons of Satan: drugs, alcohol, are legal and readily available.
4. Belt is worn around the waist - holds things together in place. [Isa. 11:4-5]
Illus. loose girdle on horse saddle - fall off
5. Breastplate of righteousness. metal armor in the shape of human torso.
Wearing Christian Truth others can see.
Priests wore over his chests - the presence of God. [Isa. 59:17]
6. Feet shod/fitted sure footing - the gospel truth is true to us, it will not fail. [Isa. 52:7]
Walking in faith in Jesus Christ.
7. The Shield of Faith to deflect blows from the sword, arrow, or spear.
rejecting temptations.
8. The Helmet of Salvation
9. Sword of the Spirit - the word of God
10. Pray to proclaim the gospel of peace.
2 Timothy 2:2 NKJV
And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
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