Since the fall of man as recorded in the Bible (Genesis 3) there has been, and is present today, a raging and fierce battle between Good (GOD) and Evil (Satan)! THIS IS SPIRITUAL WARFARE!
The ENEMY (Satan) is spiritual! Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle (warfare) is not against flesh and blood (Mankind), but against the rulers, against the rulers powers, against the world forces of powers this darkness, against the spiritual darkness forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.The WARFARE (Demonic) is spiritual!
The Demonic spiritual forces of wickedness are organized LIKE AN ARMY: “Rulers”-- Demonic generals who have oversight of the nations. “Powers”-- Demonic privates who possess human beings. “Forces of the darkness of this world”-- Demons who have charge of Satan’s worldly system. “spiritual forces in high places”-- Demons in charge of religion. Satan’s organization (ARMY) is manipulating and causing greatproblems and tragedies of life in this world right now!
THE ENEMY (SATAN) IS A DECEIVER: 2nd Corinthians 11:14 & 15 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ENEMY-SATAN “Accuser of the brethren” Revelation 12:9 & 10 “god of this world” 2nd Corinthians 4:3 &4 “tempter” Matthew 4:1-3 “Adversary & roaring lion” 1st Peter 5:8 “LIAR” John 8:44
GOD’S PROTECTIVE ARMOR: Ephesians 6:10 & 13 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and Lord in the strength of His might. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to Godresist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. firm
GOD HAS PROVIDED THE ARMOR FOR THEBELIEVER’S SPIRITUAL WARFARE!IT IS THE BELIEVER’S RESPONSIBLITY TOPUT ON THE ARMOR!!
NO CHRISTIAN in his own power CAN WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST SATAN! “Be strong in the Lord” With “the full armor of God” “to stand firm” The “full armor of God” isprotection from Satan’s attacks. TheChristian is not to attack Satan and his army!
THE BELIEVER’S ARMOR IS JESUS CHRIST! Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
THE BELIEVER’S ARMOR IS JESUS CHRIST! Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and Christ make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
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ARMOR OF TRUTH: Ephesians 6:14(a) Stand firmtherefore, havinggirded your loins with truth,---- truth
The girdle (BELT) about the loins (hips) holds everything together.Without the belt the pants would fall down!! TRUTH, THE WORD OF GOD, REVEALS THE ENEMY’S LIES.
JESUS CHRIST IS TRUTH! John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no truth one comes to the Father, but through Me.
ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS: Ephesians 6:14 (b) ---- and having PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS
The breastplate gives protection to the vital parts of the body especially the Heart.In spiritual warfare the heart must be in right standing with God!!
JESUS CHRIST IS THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF THE BELIEVER! 1st Corinthians 1:30 But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,
ARMOR FOR THE FEET: Ephesians 6:15 and having shodyour FEET with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The “shoes” refer to the Believer’sfoundation, stabilityand surefootedness from the Gospel of Peace! Jesus Christ is the solidRock/foundation!
JESUS CHRIST: THE BELIEVER’SUNMOVEABLE AND 1st Corinthians 3:11SOLID FOUNDATION! For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
THE SHIELD OF FAITH: Ephesians 6:16 in addition to all, takingup the shield of faith withwhich you will be able toextinguish all the flamingmissiles of the evil one.
The shield was as big as a door and the soldier couldstand behind it andwas fully protected.The shield is made of Faith which will stopand extinguish all theflaming arrows of the Evil one!
THE SHIELD OF FAITH: 1st John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith. faith
JESUS CHRIST IS THE BELIEVER’S SHIELD! Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author Jesus and perfecter of faith,----
THE HELMET OF SALVATION! Ephesians 6:17(a) And take the helmet of salvation,--- salvation
The helmet protects the head: The brain- CONTROL CENTERThe mind(intellect)- REASONING An INTELLECTUAL understanding of God’s Word is essential for Salvation!
THE HELMET OF SALVATION! Isaiah 1:18 "Come now, and let us REASON together," Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
THE HELMET OF SALVATION! 1st Thessalonians 5:8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the helmet hope of salvation.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT! Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, Spirit which is the word of God.
The sword is a weapon of OFFENSE. In spiritual warfare thesword is theWord of God!!
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT! (The written Word, the Bible) Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as sword the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able tojudge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT! (The Living Word, Jesus Christ) John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and flesh dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In the spiritualwarfare there is asecond weapon of offense which is PRAYER!Through PRAYER the soldier of God is incommunication with his Commander-in- Chief, Jesus Christ!
PRAYER- TALKING TO GOD!PRAYER Ephesians 6:18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, -----
PRAYER- TALKING TO GOD!PRAYER 1st Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing;
PUT ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD!! Ephesians 6:10 & 11 BE STRONG IN THE LORD, LORD and in the strength of His might. PUT ON THE full ARMOUR OF GOD , that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.