Summary: How important is it to protect your Head? This sermon will address how to stand against the things that mess up your head! Whoever, or whatever has got your head, had got you! Stand firm. Are you ready for a shifing? Keep your helmet on!
=Scripture Text: Eph.6:10-17 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to STAND against the wiles (tricks, deceptions and schemes) of the devil. (12) For 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. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to STAND. (14) STAND therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (17) And take the HELMET of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…”
=Paul sends a message to the church, to put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God… because you are UNDER Attack! There is not a person in this room, who is not CONSTANTLY UNDER ATTACK!
*No matter how successful you are… no matter how healthy, no matter how accomplished you are, no matter how blessed and fruitful you are…. You are either UNDER attack, or about to BE attacked somewhere, and sometime in your life… and you need to be DRESSED properly!
*God is telling us, “I’m going to BLESS you, but you’ve got to DRESS for the battle!”
=With EVERY ‘Blessing,’ there WILL be a ‘Battle!’ – The DEGREE of your battle, is always PROPORTIONATE to the Blessing to be RECEIVED! So, STAND! The LEVEL of BATTLE you will face is equivalent to the BLESSING you will RECEIVE! So, STAND!
**FOUR Times in this scripture text, God uses the word, ‘Stand!’ We don’t get DRESSED UP to run away! We don’t get DRESSED UP to RETREAT! We get DRESSED up to STAND!
*God has given us the clothes to DRESS up with, not to RUN but to STAND! Not to DESERT the territory, He gave to you! Not to run and surrender the GROUND… the TURF that rightfully belongs to you!
Eph.6:13 - (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, (that evil day, is YOUR day of Temptation!) and having done all, to STAND…”
= and having done all, to STAND…” – You make the FIRST stand! Having done all… all that you can, to STAND! You have to make the first STEP… When Satan comes in opposition to you… you are to STAND (with and interest), in opposition to him! The enemy’s kingdom is the kingdom of sin, and to STAND in opposition to him, is to STRIVE against sin! We STAND in God’s GRACE to not GIVE UP!!
*AND WHEN HE equips us to STAND, the Lord gives us the articles of the Armor of God, beginning with the Belt of Truth and ending with the ‘Helmet of Salvation!”