"How To Use 10 Weapons That Can Disarm the Devil in Your Life"
(Many of ideas in this series are from Chuck Lawlessís book The Discipled Warrior, (Grand Rapids, MI, Kregal Publications) 2002.
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Eph. 6:10-18 (NIV) October 2, 2003
Chesterís First Baptist Church, Chester, Illinois Mike Fogerson, Speaker

A In his book Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey writes:
There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him. Then I decided to fight back. I started taking karate lessons. But then the karate lesson guy said I had to start paying him five dollars a lesson. So I just went back to paying the bully.
Too many people feel it is easier just to pay the bully than it is to learn how to defeat him.

B Over the next four weeks we will be looking at how to disarm the devil.
EPH 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. [11] Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devilís schemes. [12] For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Paul told the early believer what weapons to use against the enemy of the church. (ETS)

Discipled warriors battle the enemy that is waging war against Godís Kingdom. (ESS)

I hope you will decide to prayerfully put on Godís full armor every day. (Objective)

How prepared are you for battle? (Probing Question)

T.S.: Letís look at 3 commands that can help us disarm the devil in our lives.

I The first command that can help us disarm the devil is. . .Be Strong. (v. 10)
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power."
A Paul told the early Christian that God was the source of their strength.
a He, Paul, assured them that it wasnít their strength , power or might that would bring them victory.
b Phil. 4:18 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

B Church, God is strong and he want you to be strong.
a The power that beat the fire of death, the grave, and hell; the power that spilt the light and darkness, sea and land is the power that the God of Creation has made available to you.
b Before the first piece of armor is put on, the heart must be strong in the Lord.
"I can do all things through who strengthens me. I can do nothing through my own strength."

C A soldier can have the best fitted & strongest armor, if he doesnít have heart he will be horrible failure as a soldier.
a You can have perfect attendance in Sunday School, attend every bible study ever offered, have every sermon Charles Stanley has ever preached.
b IF you heart is not fueled by the power of God. . .you are going down.
T.S.: Once we are strong in the Lord we are able to fulfill the next command.
II The second command that can help us disarm the devil is. . .Put On. (v.11)