BE STRONG IN THE LORD, AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT. Hold dear His word in us and Let them not depart from our eyes and to keep them in the midst of our heart. Proverbs 4:21 Job said “...My foot is held in His step, His way have I kept and not declined ” Job 23:11 Place all our hope, strength and confidence in Him Psalm 91
THE WILES OF THE ENEMYTO STAND mean to hold ground, to be firm and upright in God’swordTHE DEVILThe Devil is a very formidable adversary, Very powerful, Very well resourced, Very knowledgeable, Has thousands of years’ experienceHIS STRATEGEMS Discouragement Frustration Moral Failure Doctrinal Error, ETC
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood• We are wrestling against1. A Highly organised army of demonic forces2. A Host of fallen angels (Think of a third of all Angels all around us)3. Against evil spirits which have ranks, assignments and functions who wield tremendous powerDaniel 10:12-13 & 20Ezekiel 28:1-19
TITLES OF ANGELIC RANKS• Principalities – Demons that have oversight of nations• Powers – Demons that want to possess human beings• Rulers of The Darkness – Demons in charge of Satan’s earthly business• Spiritual Wickedness in High Places – Demons in charge of religion
WHEREFORE TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
LOIN GIRDLE (TRUTH)1.The Girdle was actually a belt2.The Roman belt was 6 – 8 inches wide to whichthe body armour and weapons where attached3. This was always prepared and on hand before abattle4. When the battle starts, it will be too late tofind Truth.5. Every part of the armour connected to the LoinGirdle (Truth)6. Training is done regularly for battle readiness.
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS2 Corinthians 5:211. Bronze backed with leather2. This part of the armour protects the HEART3. This means INTEGRITY and UPRIGHTNESS in your life.4. Guard your Heart. Proverbs 4:23
FEET SHOD (Preparation of the Gospel Of Peace)• Romans 8:37-39 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.• Readiness to speak to other about Jesus Christ.
SHIELD OF FAITH• This was the moveable part of the armour• It deflects sword strikes or thrown javelin• This is to protect the FIERY DARTS of the enemy• FIERY DARTS are ideas, thoughts and suggestions2 Corinthians 10:55 Casting down imaginations, and every high thingthat exalteth itself against the knowledge ofGod, and bringing into captivity every thought tothe obedience of Christ;
HELMET OF SALVATION• Protection of the Head• To be careful of what Thoughts, ideas and suggestions we allow into our minds.• To be mindful of the things we develop in our minds thus allowing the mouth to speak it.• 2 Corinthians 2:11Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for weare not ignorant of his devices.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT• The Roman sword was a special kind that need a lot of practice to master• The word of God requires a lot of practice to master• I must retain scripture in order to call up it in the day of trial• Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, andsharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even tothe dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of thejoints and marrow, and is a discerner of thethoughts and intents of the heart.