Summary: Sermon #3 in series Spiritual Warfare, the Breastplate of Righteousness
Sermon June 06, 2009
Sermon Series: Spiritual Warfare
Sermon #03: The Breastplate of Righteousness:
10: “Finally, my brethern, be strong in the LORD & in the power of HIS might. 11: Put on the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12: For we wrestle not against flesh & blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13: Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of GOD, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, & having done all, to stand. 14: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with the TRUTH, & having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15: & your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17: & take the helmet of salvation, & the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the word of GOD: 18: Praying always with all prayer & supplication in the SPIRIT, & perseverance & supplication for all saints.’
In this series on Spiritual Warfare we’re talking about us Defeating the Enemy rather than the Enemy Defeating us. Church --- we’ve COME TOO FAR --- to BE DEFEATED TODAY!
V#12: ‘We wrestle against powers, against principalities, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’
If we were to stop at verse # 12 it would bring fear into our hearts for what Paul describes there are some very evil forces coming against us.
Strong DEMONIC FORCES are coming against our church & its ministry.
Strong DEMONIC FORCES are coming against our homes & our families & our children..
Strong DEMONIC FORCES are coming against us as an individual & against our soul & against our health & against our finances & against our happiness & against our sound minds & against our sanity.
But we’re not stopping there. Paul goes on to say that we can put on the whole armor of GOD & with that armor we can STAND against the wiles of the devil. Praise the LORD!
So we come to this series on SPIRITUAL WARFARE to remind us that we don’t have to LIE DOWN & TAKE what the DEVIL has to bring us --- but that we can STAND STRONG in the STRENGTH of the LORD --- & FIGHT the ENEMY on his own terms --- & use the SPIRITUAL WEAPONS which the SCRIPTURE teaches us --- are MIGHTY THROUGH GOD to the PULLING DOWN of STRONGHOLDS.
With this armor of GOD upon us we don’t have to live BOUND & DEFEATED LIVES. We don’t have to FALL INTO SIN every time the DEVIL comes & brings TEMPTATION into our lives because we are TOO WEAK to STAND.
With the armor of GOD upon us we can LIVE STRONG & VICTORIOUS LIVES. We don’t have to be WEAK & DISCOURAGED & in DESPAIR & in HOPELESSNESS 3/4th of the time. We don’t have to BE DOWN & all that others can see from us is GLOOM & DOOM & MISERY & DESPAIR.