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Ephesians 6 1 24

  1. 1. Changing Our Hearts, Our Habits, and Our Holiness Chapter 6:1-24
  2. 2. <ul><li>Imitators of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A life of Love – unconditional and sacrificial – to put others first. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No Hint of Sinfulness – in attitude and in action. Avoid even the appearance of evil. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children of Light – dispelling the darkness around us and in others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live in Wisdom – understand the thinking of God and the impact of righteousness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand His Will – He will reveal His specific will to you when you obey His general will. No obedience – no revelation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filled with the Spirit – it is a continuous thing. Like wine – filling will affect our actions and behaviour. Goofiness may result. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Submission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wives to Husbands – submit as to the Lord – submit to sacrificial love and service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Husbands to Wives – submit to serve in humility and to love sacrificially – as the Lord </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church to Christ – submit to His love, cleansing, and restoration. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>God set up the leadership of Husbands and Fathers to be one of loving authority </li></ul><ul><li>The submission to authority is one of obedience. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of a child is to honour their parents through obedience. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the Father (primarily) is not to provoke a child to anger or bitterness (exasperate). </li></ul><ul><li>God brings the blessing with obedience </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Paul connects obedience to employers to submission to Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>This obedience extends beyond what is asked to what is expected. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the employee is to live up to expectations when there is no one watching – diligence, responsible, and reputable. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of the Employer is to treat their employees with respect, diligence, and responsibility. Threats and favouritism are not acceptable in the eyes of God </li></ul><ul><li>God brings the rewards with obedience </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Shoes of the Gospel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Protects our walk and provides a firm footing on which to stand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sword of the Spirit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be wielded under the complete guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is His sword. It is His Word. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shield of Faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used to defend our weakest areas in ourselves and others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combined faith is greater than the sum of the parts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith is only effective if it has been anointed with the oil of the Holy Spirit </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Breastplate of Righteousness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Secures the vital areas and adds: integrity, holiness, purity of life and sincerity. His righteousness provides our invulnerability. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Helmet of Salvation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It protects our minds – our thoughts and our will. For as a man thinks, so he is. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Belt of Truth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrity in all aspects of the Christian life. Walking the talk. The belt holds all other pieces of armour together. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If there is no consistency of truth, the armour will fall apart and you will fall victim to the enemy. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>This must be our understanding everyday. We must realize that we are in a battle everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>It is about Standing for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Truth, Nobleness, Righteousness, Purity, Love and Beauty, Admirable things, and Praiseworthiness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Everyday we must clothe ourselves in the Armour of God – the Armour of Light </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put off the old and put on the new </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Not Flesh and Blood. Our battle is NEVER against people </li></ul><ul><li>Rulers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan seeks to rule through governance structures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. school boards, governments, church boards, bible study groups </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Principality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People groups and Areas – demography and geography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. unwed mothers, abandoned teenagers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. the wrong side of the tracks, downtown </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Powers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satan supplants a power where a sin has been committed innumerable times. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Greed in Las Vegas </li></ul></ul>Some material from YWAM – Dean Sherman – has been referenced
  10. 10. <ul><li>Prayers of Intercession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be willing to put yourself between the enemy and the object of intercession – families, churches, illness, and people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holy Living </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A holy life, committed to truth, will dispel the powers of darkness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Delivering the Gospel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Putting in the light of God in people’s lives, dispels the darkness of sin and corruption </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Righteous Reactions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reacting with the righteousness of God in midst of adversity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fasting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Looses the bands of wickedness and sets the oppressed free </li></ul></ul>Some material from YWAM – Dean Sherman – has been referenced
  11. 11. <ul><li>Giving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving generously will break the bonds of Greed and God will rebuke the devourer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Determined Vision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be determined to establish the kingdom of God at all costs – it drives back the powers of darkness </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Steps of Faith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anything God says is believable based on the whole counsel of God – His Word and His Character. Acting on that in faith – defeats the enemy. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Praise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It releases angelic ambushes against the enemy </li></ul></ul>Some material from YWAM – Dean Sherman – has been referenced
  12. 12. <ul><li>Resist the Devil </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resistance only starts when you submit to God. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Endurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determined patience and a willingness to outlast the devil. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Obedience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children to Fathers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees to Employers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Loving Authority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fathers to Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers to Employees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rewards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blessing of long life and prosperity from God. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Armour of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We must clothe ourselves in it everyday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shoes of the Gospel, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith, Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, and Belt of Truth </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Warfare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mankind is never our target </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We must battle the Rulers, Principalities, and Powers in the Heavenly Realms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We fight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intercession, Holy Living, Delivering the Gospel, Righteous Reactions, Fasting, Giving, Determined Vision, Steps of Faith, Praise, Resisting the Devil, and Endurance. </li></ul></ul>

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