Summary: A message that continues a series on how to Stand Firm in times of trouble and spritual battle. This message speaks to putting on the Armor of God.
Stand Firm II ( The Armor)
Sept. 23, 2001
How many of you this morning jumped out of bed, and your were already dressed and
ready for church? Anyone put on their Sunday clothes before bed last night? It would
save some time wouldn’t it?
Every morning, we have to make a choice, what will I wear this morning, what will go
with those shoes, what pair of overalls do I want to wear today?
I wonder how many of you woke up in a good mood this morning? How many of you
woke up in a real good mood this morning?
For you that woke up and didn’t really want to get up for whatever reason, but you
made it to church anyway, at some point, did you make a decision to “get happy”?
We can do that you know? We can choose what our attitude will be, just like we will
choose what we will wear. We can choose how we will respond to the day, to others, to
the day’s challenges.
This morning I want to talk to you about our choice of Putting on the Armor of God, and
what that really means for us everyday.
I imagine if your like me, you don’t sit around very long thinking about what to wear, you
just look, and decide and put it on, it’s kind of routine, you do it everyday.
I would suggest that it is very important that you put on clothes every day.
But what about this Spiritual Armor that Paul describes in our passage, Is it that
important? Do I need to put any thought into what I put on in my Spiritual life everyday?
Let me assure you this morning, Putting Your Spiritual Armor on is vitally important, it
will keep you alive, it will help your survive the spiritual attacks from the evil one who is
actively trying to destroy your faith, your hope, your love for God.
I’m curious this morning. You know I’ve been thinking about my preaching, and I’m not
sure that I have spent very much time on Spiritual warefare, I know I’ve talked about
some personal events that has made it clear to me, but I haven’t highlighted this truth very
much. So I’m curious this morning.
How many of you this morning would say, “I do understand what it means to be under
attack spiritually”. Raise you hand if you really understand what that means?
Just as we are finding out in our War against Terrorism, the same is true in our battle with
the evil one, Satan, We need to understand our enemy, and we need to know what he
looks like. I’m sure you have been hearing alot about the background and make up of
these terrorists, and you will continue to learn more, where they come from, what they
believe and why.
As Christians, we need to understand that we are not just living out our lives without
opposition. We are taught in Scripture that Satan is like a roaring lion, looking to and fro
for whom he may devour. Satan is also described as a snake, sly and deceptive. We also
have a picture of Satan coming in the form of Angel of Light. Scripture teaches us that
above all he is the Father of Lies, and he is opposed to anything Holy.
I would suggest this morning that if you don’t understand that your in danger as a
christian to the schemes of satan, then you probably will not feel the need to protect
yourself by putting on this armor of God described in our passage.
Look again at verses12.
Friends, during this life, it’s a struggle against the evil forces that are all around.
Temptation lurks all around. We live in a society that pulls against Holiness and against
living a life for God. If your not making conscious choices to live for God, then you will
be pulled away from Him.
The question is, HOW CAN WE PROTECT OURSELVES?
Let’s look at Paul’s instructions in v. 13
Paul is telling us that that we need to have the armor on, we need to be ready so when that
day of evil comes, when that temptation comes, we will be able to wage battle, we will be
able to stand firm, we will be protected, and we will also have the proper weapons to win
this spiritual battle.
This idea reminds me of what we tell our kids, as they grow and I think especially of kids
who are getting ready to start dating. Isn’t that a scary thought. Some of you arn’t far
off, and I realize it won’t be long for me either. What do we tell our kids?
We tell them, You need to know what your boundaries are before you ever consider going