Summary: Taking a look at the armor of God. In a series "when the enemy attacks."The first piece of armor. "The belt of truth"
Putting on the Belt of Truth
Last week we looked at winning spiritual battles. It is part of a series I’m doing called when the enemy comes at us. We saw that God loves you, and we saw that Satan hates you. We saw that it is not a question of if we are going to be attacked, it is what are you going to do when you are attacked.
Turn to Ephesians 6:10-20(read)
This is a familiar verse , but how many of us apply the teachings to their lives. Paul is talking to the church at Ephesus. In chapter 6 he says children should obey their parents, parents should bring their children up in the fear of the Lord. Workers should honor their bosses, and bosses should do right to their workers. Then he gets to the meat of the chapter and tells us what God has provided for us to defeat the enemy. Not by our strength, but by the power and strength of the Lord.
I titled it armadillo warfare, because most people are like that commercial for the personal credit card. He is a super hero in a armadillo outfit and his wife and kids surprise him in his cave and he gets scared and balls up as a defense. Most put on this big show of how strong a Christian they are until something happens in their life and they roll up into a ball and get kicked around. I told you before when your in a crisis is not the time to wonder what your going to do. Where your going to put your trust.
In war there is always an objective. Sometimes it’s over land like Russia and Georgia. Sometimes over a superior race like Hitler tried to accomplish. The Gulf war was because a smaller country was going to be taken over by a larger country for their resources. The war on terrorism where extremist kill and destroy anyone who doesn’t believe like them.
Our mission as a Christian is to rescue people from the grip of Satan and show the mercies of God and the love of Jesus Christ. Jude 1:23- “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgement”. Our battle is spiritual. we win a battle first spiritually and then physically. Sure there are the Ben Ladens, Hitlers, Castros, Chevez, they are willing tools that spread evil dominance in the world.
Aim Today- not to scare anyone, not to advocate violence. To lead people to understand how they can take up the full armor of God as they move forward in the call of Jesus Christ for their lives.
Paul tells us to be strong in the Lord.
He tells us it is a spiritual battle first before it’s physical.
There are many kinds of strength, but the most important strength you should aim to have is the strength of the Lord in your life. There are toeholds and strongholds. A toehold is a aggravation, and a stronghold is something you just cannot get away from. Some Christians treat things going on in their life as toeholds, but truth be told they are strongholds because they cannot get rid of them by themselves.
Apostle Paul talking about the full armor of God and using the example of protection that he understood. The Roman soldiers armor.
He was chained to a Roman soldier while imprisoned.
He was beaten by soldiers in their armor.
Put on this armor so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes.
You put the armor on before you go to battle, and you put it on completely.
Put on the whole armor of God. Roman 13:4- “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” cover yourself with the things of God that protect you from getting hurt in battle.
There are no openings for your head, feet, heart, belly, eyes, ears, tongue. Armor provided by God lest you be not able to stand. The devil is the chief foe for the kingdom of darkness, opposed to you because you belong to the kingdom of light. “Wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil”. Wrestling implies hand to hand combat We do not have to make the armor, we are to “take up” and “put on” the armor. David when he wore the Kings armor to fight Goliath had troubles, because it was man made and it was designed to fit someone else. Put on God’s armor, it is the only time that one size fits all, and it will actually fit properly.
2 times, v 11, 14, we are told to stand, to maintain our ground, not yield, or flee. When you have done all that you know to do, stand firm with the armor of God.