Summary: TAKING BACK WHAT THE ENEMY HAS EVER STOLEN FROM YOU
I WANT MY STUFF
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:
*** There is a gang leader trying to break in your house!!
*** You better wipe the tears out of your eyes, grab your pistol and fight back.
*** You either fight or he will take over, or you will have a nervous breakdown, etc.
*** I’ve had enough, I’m not giving up my stuff…
*** The book of Eph. Is to the N.T. what Joshua is to the O. T.
*** For people who want to possess the promises of God.
*** God says I have given it to you now fight for it.
*** I will give it to you but I will not resolve you of human responsibility.
*** I want you engaged in the process, so that when you get it you will not let anybody take it.
*** I can give you 5 dollars but you have to possess it with boldness.
*** It’s yours before you take it…
*** Joshua is natural; Eph. Is spiritual.
*** Everything we receive in the natural is birthed in the spirit.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
In Josh. We are dealing with the fruit of this concept, in Eph. We are dealing with the root of it.
*** If you possess something in the natural that you did not receive in the spirit you will easily let the enemy have it.
*** You got to get the thing by the root, you got to possess it in the spirit.
*** You are trying to snatch stuff in the physical and you don’t posses it in the spiritual and you lose it.
*** Anytime something is given to you that you don’t grow up into the weight and pressure of it will kill you.
*** Grow into the vision.
*** When you possess in the natural something you didn’t earn in the spiritual you mismanage it.
*** That’s why when God gets ready to bless you He puts it in your spirit before it shows up in your life.
*** Get it in your spirit, and you will have it.
*** I’ve told you that the natural always follows the spiritual.
*** You are blessed when you say you are… when you receive it in your spirit.
*** Lk. 13 Woman you are loosed from the spirit of thine infirmity
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
*** He said I’m going to get it in the spirit realm so you can receive it in the natural realm.
*** Put on the WHOLE armor of God.
[1.] Truth or sincerity is our girdle, v. 14. God desires truth, that is, in the inward parts.
This is the strength of our loins; and it girds on all other pieces of our armour, and therefore is first mentioned.
Truth should cleave to us as the girdle does to the loins,
This will restrain from libertinism and licentiousness, as a girdle restrains and keeps in the body.
[2.] Righteousness must be our breast-plate. The breast-plate secures the vitals, shelters the heart.
[3.] Shoes, or greaves of brass, or the like, were formerly part of the military armour: the use of them was to defend the feet against the gall-traps, and sharp sticks, which were laid secretly in the way, to obstruct the marching of the enemy, those who fell upon them being unfit to march.