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Summary: 4 of ? Paul closes his direction to the Ephesian church by encouraging them to find their strength in the Lord. But where or how can God's people find the strength to stand victorious? God’s people acquire strength to stand victorious thru a distinct...

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STRENGTH To STAND-V—Ephesians 6:10-20

Attention:

But I Don’t Want To Be A Pirate:

When Jordan was 6, he always told everyone he wanted to be a medical doctor when he grew up. One day he was running through the house & into the corner of a chair & hurt his eye. He cried for a while & thru his tears he kept saying, "Oh no, oh no, now I can't be a doctor when I grow up."

His grandmother assured him he could still be a doctor & Jordan kept telling her he couldn’t. Finally she asked, "Why can't you be a doctor?"

Holding one hand over his eye, Jordan said, "Because now I will have to be a pirate!"

Need:

Courage—to stand firm for & in Christ—against the lost world’s direction.

Confidence—knowing that we cannot compromise with the opponent.

Perseverance—knowing that the Lord’s armor holds & protects thru every battle.

Paul urged the Ephesian church to find their strength in the Lord by effectively arming themselves.

The church must acquire God’s strength to stand victorious.

Where & How can the church find strength to stand victorious?

12 distinctions of the Christian soldier’s strength for victory.

We have found that—

...God’s people acquire strength to stand victorious..or..acquire victory thru a distinct...

1. STRENGTH(:10)

2. ENSEMBLE(:11)Clothing/Array/Dress

3. CONTENTION(:12)

4. RESISTANCE(:13)

5—God’s people acquire strength to stand victorious thru a distinct...

REALITY(:14a)

Explanation:(:14a)Truth

:14—“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”

“having girded your waist with truth”:

The Christian’s “standing” before God against active wickedness, is secured when he/she “girds” the “waist.” That is, the “waist” was wrapped with a belt-or some form of securing garment. “Girding” ensured that no loose article would interfere with or limit the soldier’s ability.

In Roman soldiers of the time, the short tunic(kilt-length--above the knees) would be gathered in & secured at the “waist.” The belt also kept the lower end of the breastplate in place. It was also an attachment point for a short sword & long sword(EBC), as well as a point upon which his shield could be rested(James Lee @ SermonCentral).

The soldier’s belt was also used to strengthen the body as does a weight lifter’s belt or a back brace.(JL @ SC)

As the belt tied tightly around the waist indicated the readiness of the soldier, so to loosen/slacken the belt was an indication of off-duty status.(EBC)

—I can remember my Daddy loosening his belt when he sat in his La-Z-Boy rocker.—

Since Satan is the originator & promoter of lies(Jn. 8:44), then deception plays a prominent role as a means of dismantling “truth.”(Jerry Miller). Knowing “truth” thereby dismantles deception.

Likewise, “truth” itself is that which holds together the package of armor.

God’s “truth” keeps the serious soldier of Christ from slowing his pace or falling to the ground from neglect of it.

We are kept from stumbling thru adherence to “truth.”

*If a person puts no trust in God’s word as “truth,” then his entire ensemble/array of protection & offense will partially(if not wholly) fail as a result. He will be led astray with disconnected pieces of protection that are woefully out of place.


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