[PREPARED FOR SPIRITUAL BATTLE]Ephesians 6.10-18 07.28.2019
CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
TEXT Ephesians 6.10-18a ESV
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
- BELT OF TRUTH
“This Truthhas more to do with the soldier’s personal truthfulness, personal sincerity. This is not a natural quality, but a supernatural grace.”– W. Curtis Vaughan. Psalm 51.6
- BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
When the enemy shoots, he aims at the head or heart. So does the enemy of our souls. Proverbs 4.23; Philippians 4.7
- SHOES OF THE READINESS GIVEN BY THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
1 Peter 3.15; Isaiah 52.7
- SHIELD OF FAITH…with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one
The Romans had a system of locking these large shields together for their corporate defense against their enemies.
- HELMET OF SALVATION
We’re saved from:
- Penalty of sin – at salvation
- Power of sin – daily, as we put on the helmet of salvation
- Presence of sin – in the sweet by and by
- SWORD OF THE SPIRIT…which is the word of God
This is the only OFFENSIVE weapon in the panoply. “We can never win God’s battles without God’s book.” – Barclay
- PRAYER…at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
Prayer is the seventh and greatest weapon of the Christian’s armor: constant, intense, and unselfish.