Summary: Using Spiritual Armor to fight a super-natural Battle.
The Full Armor of God
It was the first day of basketball practice and the coach handed a ball to each player. “Boys,” he said, “I want you to practice shooting from the spots you might expect to be in during the game.” One of the boys who was pretty much there as a substitute, in fact he was player twelve, immediately sat down on the bench and began shooting the ball toward the basket.
You might say that boy didn’t expect to play much. And I suppose he was just trying to get a laugh out of his teammates. But, there are some people who sit the bench, because that’s where they’ve gotten used to being. They never strive to be much more than that, because they don’t believe in themselves enough to put in the extra effort and practice to change their status. And because of that they’re always going to sit on the bench.
The same can be said for Christianity, it seems we have made it into a spectator sport as well. We just sit in the church building, listen to the songs, listen to the sermons and never really get involved in the game. Christians today need to realize that, like it or not, they are in the game. A battle is being fought and you are on the front lines. If you are not up and ready for battle then you are in danger of being overcome. We need to put our faith into action and get involved in the spiritual battle that is taking place around us.
I. The Ultimate Battle (vs. 10–12)
A. Our battle isn’t against anything natural, it is against something far more powerful, it is against the super–natural.
1. Satan is our adversary. vs. 11
2. The rulers, authorities and powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil. vs. 12
B. Satan is a worthy opponent, he even used his powers to tempt Jesus. (Luke 4)
1. If Satan thought he could “get” Jesus, where does that leave us?
2. Satan is very real and we need to be prepared to fight him.
II. The Ultimate Defense (vs. 13)
A. Our only defense against Satan comes from God. vs 13.
1. God supplies the armor and the weapons.
2. We are the ones who must decide to get off the bench and put it on.
B. The only way to battle Satan and win is with The Full Armor of God. Leaving off any part leaves us with a hole in our defenses.
III. The Full Armor (vs. 14–18)
A. The Belt of Truth vs. 14
1. The warrior used the belt to keep the uniform and armor together and in the right place.
2. Truth and honesty when dealing with oneself and with God helps keep the whole package together.
3. Any weakness must not be denied or covered up, but dealt with openly and truthfully.
B. The Breastplate of Righteousness. vs. 14
1. The breastplate was used to protect the warriors vital organs from being pierce with an arrow or other object.
2. Righteousness is doing right in the sight of God or doing God’s will. “Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.”1 John 3:7
3. By putting on the breastplate of righteousness, man protects himself from a “deathblow” by Satan.