Summary: This is a powerful message that the body of Christ should always remember and practice on warfare.
It’s Time- Suit Up! Text: Ephesians 6:10-18NLT
God’s armor is tailor-made for you, but you must put it on. When playing football for a team one is always wise to use all the assigned equipment, it might seem awkward and clumsy; however it’s designed to protect you against serious injury.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we face a more dangerous foe- a spiritual enemy who seeks our downfall and destruction.
Fortunately, our Lord has provided us with protection, and He challenges us to suit up for spiritual battle.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
The true believer described in Ephesians chapter 1 through chapter 3, and those who live a spirit controlled life as described in chapter 4 through chapter 6, are going to be targeted by satan- the god of this world. Paul specifies six necessary pieces of spiritual armor with which God Himself equips His children with.
Ephesians 6:10AMP In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
Recently National Geographic ran an article about the Alaskan bull moose. The males of the species battle for dominance during the fall breeding season, literally going head-to-head with antlers crunching together as they collide. Often the antlers, their only weapon are broken. That ensures defeat. The heftiest moose, with the largest and strongest antlers, triumphs. Therefore, the battle fought in the fall is really won during the summer, when the moose eat continually. The one that consumes the best diet for growing antlers and gaining weight will be the heavyweight in the fight. Those that eat inadequately sport weaker antlers and less bulk. There is a lesson here for us. Spiritual battles await. Satan will choose a season to attack. Will we be victorious, or will we fall? Much depends on what we do now--before the wars begin.
The bull-moose principle: Enduring faith, strength, and wisdom for trials are best developed before they’re needed.