Ultimate Spiritual Fighting - Gods Provisions Part 1

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This presentation looks at the first three pieces of the armor of God from Ephesians 6.

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  • Ultimate Spiritual Fighting - Gods Provisions Part 1

    1. 1. Ultimate Fighting God’s Provisions - Part 1
    2. 2. quot;Some people want to live within the sound of chapel bells, but I want to run a mission a yard from the gate of hell.quot; - C.T. Studd - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    3. 3. • Overview of the Armor • The Belt of Truth • The Breastplate of Righteousness • The shoes of peace • Conclusions
    4. 4. ‚I will not risk open war.‛ - Theoden ‚Open War is upon you, whether you like it or not.‛ - Aragorn - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    5. 5. ‚We do not frighten those we prospect.‛ -Partial recorded transcript from the exorcism of JamsieZ (Hostage to the Devil) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    6. 6. The Amor of God quot;Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. quot;(Ephesians 6:13-17) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    7. 7. The Commands • Take up the full armor of God, (imperative: a command) • Resist (be resistant to power) in the evil day, • Having done (accomplish something) everything • Stand (stand against and hold one’s ground) firm. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    8. 8. The Belt of Truth ‚Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth…quot;(Ephesians 6:14) In Paul’s day, soldiers wore a tunic that had holes for the head and arms, which hung low and loose. When they were about to fight, they would take the four corners of the tunic so that they were able to freely move and so the enemy could not grab hold of the tunic and pull them down. To slacken the belt was to go ‘off duty’. Essential part of armor - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    9. 9. What is “Truth”? Greek word for ‚truth‛ “ alētheia Literally means to ‚un-hide‛; ‚hiding nothing‛. It indicates that truth is always there, but must be revealed or discovered. Hebrew word for ‚truth‛ - emeth Literally to have a ‚firmness‛, ‚constancy‛ and ‚duration‛. It implies an everlasting substance. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    10. 10. What is “Truth”? 1.Truth is that which corresponds to reality. 2.Truth is that which matches/corresponds to its object. 3.Truth is simply telling is like it is “ what is really real. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    11. 11. Truth From God Before Salvation After Salvation quot;And even if our gospel is quot;I have not written to you veiled, it is veiled to because you do not know the those who are perishing, in truth, but because you do know whose case the god of this itquot; (1 John 2:21) world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.quot; (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    12. 12. How Truth Protects • Enables true salvation • Guards against false teaching, disguises, and deceit • Protects against consequences from error • Removes doubt about God’s character and salvation • Enables security in God’s plan • Frees a person to live as God intends To strike through the loins was to strike a fatal blow - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    13. 13. How Truth Protects - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    14. 14. The Breastplate of Righteousness ‚having put on the breastplate of righteousness…‛ The quot;breastplatequot; (thorax) covered the body from the neck to the thighs. Polybius tells us that it was known as a heart-protector. Usually it was made of bronze but the more affluent officers wore a coat of chain mail. The front piece was strictly the breastplate, but a back piece was commonly worn as well. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    15. 15. What is “Righteousness”? Greek: ‚righteousness‛ “ dikaiosynēs The quality, state, or practice of judicial responsibility with focus on fairness, justice, equitableness, fairness; quality or state of juridical correctness with focus on redemptive action; the quality or characteristic of upright behavior, uprightness, righteousness - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    16. 16. What is “Righteousness”? Greek: ‚righteousness‛ “ dikaiosynēs quot;More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,quot; (Philippians 3:8-9) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    17. 17. Righteousness From God Before Salvation After Salvation ‚For the wrath of God is quot;For if by the transgression revealed from heaven against of the one, death reigned all ungodliness and through the one, much more unrighteousness of men who those who receive the suppress the truth in abundance of grace and of the unrighteousness,quot; gift of righteousness will (Romans 1:18) reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.quot; (Romans 5:17) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    18. 18. How Righteousness Protects • Guards from being a slave to sin; saves from the consequences of sin • Ensures devil does not get a foothold in life • Eliminates guilt in life; devil cannot accuse • Enables the witness of a transformed life to be seen; draws people to Christ - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    19. 19. How Righteousness Protects VS. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    20. 20. The Shoes of Peace ‚having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace …quot;(Ephesians 6:15) The Roman soldier wore sandals which were bound by throngs over the instep and around the ankle, and the soles were thickly studded with nails. This would give him a firm footing in case of attack. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    21. 21. What is Peace? Preparation: hetoimasia: readiness. Here it refers to the establishment of a firm foundation. Gospel: euangelion: God’s good news Peace: eirēnē: harmony; state of well- being - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    22. 22. What Peace? The shoes of peace do not speak of the spreading of the gospel, for Christians are pictured in vv. 10-16 as standing, not advancing. Instead this refers to a believer’s stability or surefootedness from the gospel which gives him peace so he can stand in the battle. - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    23. 23. Peace with God Before Salvation After Salvation ‚He who believes in Him is ‚Therefore, having been not judged; he who does not justified by faith, we have believe has been judged peace with God through our already, because he has not Lord Jesus Christ,quot; believed in the name of the (Romans 5:1) only begotten Son of God.quot; (John 3:18) quot;For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.quot; (Hebrews 10:14) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    24. 24. How Peace Protects • Eliminates anxiety and fear in life; God’s perfect love casts out fear • Removes thought of God being an enemy; judgment and wrath are removed • Enables believer with confidence; they smile at the future (Proverbs 31) • Provides ability to face death with no fear or grief • Readiness ensures ability to share gospel - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    25. 25. True Might quot;Thus says the Lord, ‚Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,‛ declares the Lord.quot; (Jeremiah 9:23-24) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    26. 26. Practical Tips Truth Righteousness Peace quot;Be anxious for Ensure that you test quot;But I say, walk by nothing, but in everything against the Spirit, and you everything by prayer the Word of God and will not carry out and supplication constantly pray to the desire of the with thanksgiving be filled with the flesh… But the let your requests be Spirit of truth so fruit of the Spirit made known to God. discernment will be And the peace of is love, joy, yours in everything. God, which surpasses peace, patience, quot;But examine all comprehension, everything kindness, goodness, will guard your carefully‚ faithfulness,‚ hearts and your (1 Thessalonians (Galatians 5:22) minds in Christ 5:21) Jesus.‚ (Philippians 4:6-7) - God’s Provisions - Part 1
    27. 27. Ultimate Fighting God’s Provisions - Part 1

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