Summary: The battle is over, but satan the accuser, tries his best to get the believer to doubt their righteousness. What is your testimony? Jesus’ righteousness!
The Battle for Righteousness Text: Ephesians 6:10-12
10 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.
In Paul’s day and time, as the Roman soldiers trained and even fought in battles, they used all modern weaponry. (the best that money could buy) And for Paul to relate to his people, he used the most modern terminology to get his point across. Therefore, he told these believers to stand in the Lord’s mighty power alone. And then he told these believers to put on God’s armor, so they could stand firm against all of satan’s strategies.
It’s wonderful to realize that everything you have Spiritually has been given to you through the work of Christ on the cross. The belt of truth, the body armor of God’s righteousness, Shoes of peace, Shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. (It’s yours.)
What do you think satan’s number one strategy against the believer really is? It is to accuse. To accuse the believers righteousness.
For if he can get the believer to doubt his or her righteousness, he or she will live in a continual state of confusion and doubt about their personal salvation.
Today, I want us to look at I John 4:4. Paul confirmed unto some young believers their righteousness and faith in God alone, by telling them if anyone comes to you telling anything other than how Jesus lived among them, ate real food, how He suffered and died, and then how He rose again, don’t believe their accusation. Gnosticism." Gnosticism comes from the Greek word which means knowledge. The Gnostics were a group of people who believed they possessed superior spiritual knowledge. Therefore, John’s mission was to expose heresy, but uncover the truth and light of Jesus Christ
Therefore John wrote these believers in *I John 4:4NLT But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
The spirit of this age (world) is the spirit of antichrist. Anti means opposed to:against. The word ‘Anti’ places a spin on anything that is legit, authentic or genuine.
Listen to satan’s lifestyle and his wishes for every believer. *Revelation 12:10-11aNLT Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony.
What is your testimony? Jesus’ righteousness!