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.