Summary: Discipled warriors battle the enemy that is waging war against God’s kingdom.
"How To Use 10 Weapons That Can Disarm the Devil in Your Life"
(Many of ideas in this series are from Chuck Lawless’s book The Discipled Warrior, (Grand Rapids, MI, Kregal Publications) 2002.
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Eph. 6:10-18 (NIV) October 2, 2003
Chester’s 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.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  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 God’s Kingdom. (ESS)
I hope you will decide to prayerfully put on God’s full armor every day. (Objective)
How prepared are you for battle? (Probing Question)
T.S.: Let’s 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 wasn’t 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 doesn’t 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)
"Put on the full armor of God. . ."
A The Ephesian believer was commanded to put on every piece of God’s armor.
a Panolia: Full armor. (Complete/All of it/Defensive & Offensive)
Hopla: Various parts of the armor. (Put on all the hopla!)
b Complete armor protects completely.
B We don’t have armor of our own. (We’ve gotta use God’s)
a ISA 59:17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.
1 Thess. 5: But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
b God wants us to put on the full set of armor. (Complete protection.)
*We were made in his image!
C I had a friend in seminary who told me to honk before I got out of my car to go to his door. "Why?" We walk around w/ very little clothing. (Ugh!)
a As "disturbing" as that is. . .many of us leave the hours spiritually naked or pick-and-chose the armor we’ll use. . .sword/belt of truth. (
b If we don’t put on all the armor, we’re vulnerable/exposed. He aims at where were exposed/vulnerable.
T.S.: Once we’ve become strong & put on we find our last command.
III The third command that can help us disarm the devil is. . .stand firm. (v.11b-12)
". . .so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  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."