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Christian Warfare

Ephesians 6:10-20
(RA-2169, Programs: 3017 & 3117, Air dates: 07.23.17 & 07.30.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. We are part of a spiritual battle between:
      1. Light and darkness
      2. Good and evil
      3. Heaven and hell
      4. Christ and Satan
    2. The church is not a showboat, but a battleship.
    3. As Christians, we are Heaven-born and Heaven-bound, but we are also born for a battle.
    4. We must understand that not only were we born for the battle; but when we were born again, we were also born to win.
  2. THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR AND HIS ADVERSARY (Ephesians 6:11)
    1. We must know who our enemy is so that we can prepare properly for the battle.
    2. How is the enemy described?
      1. He is a decided fact. (Ephesians 6:11)
      2. He is a destructive force. (Ephesians 6:11)
        1. He is strategic. (Ephesians 6:11)
        2. He is spiritual. (Ephesians 6:12)
          1. 1 John 4:1
        3. He is strong. (Ephesians 6:12)
          1. In our flesh, we are no match for him.
        4. He is sinister. (Ephesians 6:12)
      3. He is a defeated foe. (Ephesians 6:10)
        1. John 12:31
        2. 1 John 4:4
        3. God is almighty and greater than our adversary. While Satan was defeated at Calvary, God still allows Satan to have power on this earth. It is limited power that we as Christians can and shall overcome in the Lord Jesus Christ.
        4. Even in defeat, Satan has dark, diabolical powers.
          1. A rattlesnake is still dangerous even after its head has been cut off.
  3. THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR AND HIS ARMOR (Ephesians 6:13-17)
    1. If we are not prepared for battle, then we will lose the battle.
    2. We are to put on the whole armor of God.
      1. The girdle or belt of truth, which is the believer’s integrity. (Ephesians 6:14)
        1. Soldiers wore thick, leather belts to protect their loins during battle.
        2. It also contained his tunic and held his weaponry.
        3. Satan’s attack is untruth and lying; to bring a lack of integrity into our lives.
      2. The breastplate of righteousness, which is the believer’s purity.      (Ephesians 6:14)
        1. There is to be no unconfessed, unrepented of sin in our lives.
        2. Matthew 5:8
        3. Proverbs 4:23
        4. The enemy attacks with impurity and lust.
      3. The shoes of peace, which is the believer’s tranquility. (Ephesians 6:15)
        1. We need a good standing place to fight evil from lest we slip and fall.
        2. We are to be at peace with God, have peace with one another, and have the peace of God in our hearts.
          1. Unless you have peace in your life you cannot make war.
        3. Then, we will have the ability to stand firm.
        4. Peace is not the subtraction of problems; it is the addition of strength to meet those problems.
          1. Psalm 119:165
        5. The enemy attacks with discouragement.
      4. The shield of faith, which is the believer’s certainty. (Ephesians 6:16)
        1. The enemy attacks with doubts.
        2. Feed your faith; starve your doubts.
      5. The helmet of salvation, which is the believer’s sanity. (Ephesians 6:17)
        1. This is a helmet of deliverance; it refers to salvation and a home in Heaven, but it also means a mind under the control of Almighty God.
        2. When a person gets saved, for the first time he has his right mind.
          1. (Mark 5:1-20)
        3. Until we are saved, we do not have the mind that God intends for us to have, which is the mind of Christ.
    3. These pieces of armor represent Jesus.
      1. Christians need to put on Jesus every day.
  4. THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR AND HIS ATTACK (Ephesians 6:10-18)
    1. It’s not enough to simply put on the armor; we have to join in the fight.
    2. What will guarantee our victory?
      1. The place of our stance
        1. Ephesians 6:13-14
        2. We don’t fight for victory, we fight from victory.
        3. We stand in the finished work of Calvary.
          1. Ephesians 6:10
        4. Revelation 12:11
      2. The power of our sword
        1. Ephesians 6:17
        2. The Word of God
          1. Hebrews 4:12
        3. he temptation of Jesus
          1. Matthew 4:1-4
      3. The provision of the Spirit
        1. Ephesians 6:18
        2. Every warrior needs a supply, and our supply comes through prayer to our Heavenly Commander, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
        3. The Holy Spirit directs our prayer.
        4. The Holy Spirit understands what the enemy is up to; we do not.
  5. THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR AND HIS ALLIES (Ephesians 6:18-19)
    1. We are not a one-man army.
    2. We need to pray for one another because we fight with one another against a common enemy.
      1. Deuteronomy 32:30
    3. The church is a battle station to reinforce Christians.
    4. We need to get in the fight.
      1. Too many soldiers are AWOL.
      2. They just come to church to sit, soak and sour.
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. Things to remember about the battle:
      1. Choose sides carefully.
      2. If you do not follow Jesus, then you’re on the losing side.
    2. Examine your heart and make sure that you have on all the armor of God.
    3. Don’t try to be neutral; it’s a fight to the finish.
      1. Matthew 12:30
    4. Rejoice in the victory and live victoriously every day.
    5. Do you know Jesus personally? If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    6. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    7. Romans 10:9-10
    8. Romans 10:13

 

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