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Summary: This week I would like to begin a new series based on Ephesians 6. Specifically verses 10-18 which speak of equipping ourselves for battle. Now some of you might be thinking,"battle, what battle?" But if we are christians living a godly life we should be

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This week I would like to begin a new series based on Ephesians 6. Specifically verses 10-18 which speak of equipping ourselves for battle. Now some of you might be thinking,"battle, what battle?" But if we are christians living a godly life we should be able to spot the battles that are going on around us and in our lives. So in preperation for battle let's begin doing some training. Let's first read our scripture...

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; "

The first thing I see is that a soldier needs to listen to the instructions of His commander.

1. Listen!

Listening to instructions for a soldier can be the difference between completing a mission or causing it to fail. It can be the difference between life and death. the same can be true in marriage, but that is another seiries! There is a difference between just listening and truly hearing what is said...

The story is told of Franklin Roosevelt, who often endured long receiving lines at the White House. He complained that no one really paid any attention to what was said. One day, during a reception, he decided to try an experiment. To each person who passed down the line and shook his hand, he murmured, "I murdered my grandmother this morning." The guests responded with phrases like, "Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We are proud of you. God bless you, sir." It was not till the end of the line, while greeting the ambassador from Bolivia, that his words were actually heard. Unsure of the appropriate response, the ambassador leaned over and whispered, "I'm sure she had it coming."

A soldier must not only listen, but hear what is said. It's in the details where success and failure divide, where life and death are decided!

Hear what the Commander says!

a. Be Strong...

Ok, so Paul begins by telling us to be strong! Let's get into shape so we can whup the enemy! Yea! Oh, wait here's where that whole listening, hearing comes into play...

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.. In other words this is battle we are not strong enough to win. We must rely on God! To be strong in the Lord means to be weak! What how can we be weak, Okay so actually it means recognizing our weakness! I am weak but though art strong! Paul had a thorn in the flesh, an infirmity a weakness, He asked God three times to remove it but God said My strength is made perfect in weakness.


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