Summary: If every Christian is not fighting an active engagment with satan and with flesh/self...these individules are already DEAD!!! If we wish to remain spiritually alive and win the "prize" set before us, we must properly arm ourselves properly.
As Christians, we realize....all too soon in our Christian
walk, that the battle between us and the lusts of the
flesh...between us and the world...between us and the
allurement of satan.....these things are tremendously
A. When we read passages indicating that we are
truly fighting a battle...........we can identify with
this analogy....if, indeed, it is an analogy.
So often we feel more like the individual who is described
in Romans, chapter 7....than like the individual who is
described in Romans, chapter 8.
A. We feel like failures....we feel defeated...we feel
overwhelmed by the persistence of this fight.
1. While we direct our attention to one of our
weaknesses, something else rears its ugly head
in another quadrant of our lives.
If we are not properly prepared for this fight...if we do not
have the armor in place...if we are not skilled in utilizing
the power that we have through the proper and timely use
of this armor....WE WILL BE DEFEATED!!!
A. I think that most Christians think that they have
a good understanding of just what the armor is...
and how to properly use it.
1. To some degree, this is true...to some degree,
we really do not recognize the armor for what
it is and the power that is wielded through it.
I. The armor is not of a physical nature...it is totally
II Cor. 10:3-5 - 3For though we walk in the flesh, we do
not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our
warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down
strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing
that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing
every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Eph. 6:10-18 - 10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the
Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole
armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh
and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may
be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. 14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with
truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and
having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of
peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which
you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18praying always
with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being
watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication
for all the saints.
B. We can quite clearly see from these passages, that
not only is the armor a spiritual thing, but the
battle ground is spiritual as is the enemy that we
1. This is why we can become “weary in spirit”
even when we are physically strong.
a. This is why we have the admonitions
that we do, which encourage us to stay
in the battle and not give up.
James 5:7-8 - 7Therefore be patient, brethren, until the
coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the
precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it
receives the early and latter rain. 8You also be patient.
Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Gal. 6:9 - 9And let us not grow weary while doing good,
for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
II Thess. 3:13 - 13But as for you, brethren, do not grow
weary in doing good.
C. The spiritual enemy is “self” and “self-will”.
1. The means of attack are multiple.
a. satan appeals to the pleasure senses of
our physical bodies.
1.) He will trick us and he will allure
us in placing the things that we
would like or like to do...in our
b. Many times, satan doesn’t have to work
very hard......we can seek after these
sinful pleasures without even being
primed by satan.
James 1:14-15 - 14But each one is tempted when he is
drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15Then, when
desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it
is full-grown, brings forth death.
** All of this sounds so overwhelming....so overpowering..
and it would be, if God had left us defenseless......but
II. We must take off the things that will not work,
underneath the armor of God.
A. When armor was used, it wasn’t put on over
street clothes.....the first thing that had to be