Summary: If you want peace for yourself and others you have to fight for it. Ephesians 6 gives us God’s prescription for peace.
If you want real peace, and if you want to bring peace to others, you have to fight for it. Jesus said, blessed are the peacemakers not peacekeepers. Here in Ephesians 6 God shows you how to fight for peace – both in your own life, and for the people around you. Ephesians 6 gives us God’s prescription for peace.
1. KNOW YOUR ADVERSARY (6:10-13).
What do we know about your enemy?
a. The leader is the devil.
• “Satan” means adversary. Because he is the enemy of God.
Although he is a formidable adversary, he is not all powerful.
... the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4 NIV)
b. Satan’s helpers – Demons.
Ephesians calls them ...
... the rulers ... authorities ... the powers of this dark world and ... the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12NIV).
c. His abilities
A look at the book of Job tells us what Satan can do to a man’s body, his family, his home, his wealth, and his friends. He can take it all – that’s why Jesus calls him ...
... a thief [who] comes only to steal and kill and destroy;(John 10:10 NIV)
He’s not just strong, he’s wise and subtle. Ephesians 6 says that your fight is against his “schemes” (v11). He’s a schemer, he has a plan.
2. KNOW YOUR ARMORY (6:14-17)
A Christian Believer is not only a servant, you’re also a soldier too. And here are the weapons that are available to you ....
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:14-17).
a. The Belt of Truth
Satan is a liar, that’s why you can defeat him if you are controlled by the truth.
b. The breastplate of righteousness
Satan is going to have a hard time accusing you of wrong doing if you are living a godly life in the power of the Spirit. The life you choose to live will either make you stronger against Satan’s attacks, or it will make it easier for him to defeat you.
c. The shoes of the Gospel.
Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet (Ephesians 6:15 CEV)
The selfless desire to share the gospel of peace with others is like shoes with good tread, it helps you stand your ground and not be distracted from your main aim of winning souls.
Secondly, boots aren’t just for standing - they’re made for walking. And if you are a Christian Believer, everywhere you go you carry the presence of Jesus with you. Satan has declared war, but you are an ambassador of peace, and as such you take the gospel of peace with you wherever you go.
... God ... reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation ... We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:19 and 20).
d. The shield of faith.
The faith mentioned here is that living faith – it’s a trust in God’s promises and in God’s power. If you want to defend yourself against Satan’s fiery darts, then you have to live by faith. Trust God when he says something to you in the scriptures – you can trust every word of it. Following God will never see you defeated.
e. The helmet of salvation.
Satan also wants to take the hill that is your mind. So we are to put on the helmet of salvation. If you want to stand your ground, then study the Bible in depth, learn the meaning of Bible doctrines, search its history and it’s purpose. Move beyond the basics and be made strong in your mind against the Devil’s attack.
f. The sword of the Spirit
This is the Bible. The Spirit of God wrote the Bible through godly authors, and the Spirit of God attacks the devil and his henchmen with the Word as you take it up and use it. Jesus used the Word of God to fight the devil when he was tempted – and he defeated him. You can do it too. The better you know the Word of God, the easier it will be for you to detect Satan’s lies and deceit.