Spiritual Warfare: Standing in Battle (Ephesians #48)

Text: Ephesians 6:11-13

Understanding what’s at stake

  • …that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil…
  • God created a perfect world.
    • Ben’s conversation the other day about why the world is the way it is.
    • What changed?  What brought on a curse?  It was spiritual. It was disobedience to God.  It was deviation from God’s will.
    • The world as it is now is the result of the devil’s victories.
  • You’re not going to battle if you don’t know what you’re fighting for.  If you don’t understand what you’re fighting for, you won’t stand.
  • It’s difficult for us to accept that we’re in a spiritual battle because we don’t recognize what’s at stake.
    • There is not a clear connection in our minds between a child in jail and a lack of prayer and lack of truth in their life.
    • There is not a clear connection between our lost family members and our lack of Holy Spirit influence in their lives.
    • There is not a clear connection between a marriage falling apart and a lack of righteousness in a household.
    • There is not a clear connection between
    • If you had a gun pointed at you it’s much easier to make the connection of what’s at stake because you can see it.  You can feel it. You can understand the direct connection between the gun firing and your pain and the set of circumstances that will follow that event.  But spiritually, you and I have to be reminded and taught what is at stake.

Caring about what is at stake

  • 2 Timothy 3:1-5… godliness, but denying the power thereof… The power is in what your reading in Ephesians about the armour of God.  These people don’t care about a battle – deny the power thereof – because they are too concerned with playing and pleasing themselves.  They are lovers of themselves.
    • Reprobate concerning the faith.
    • Avoid them.
    • Form of godliness is what they have.
  • 1 Timothy 1:12-20 This is scary that our lives might look more like the life of a reprobate that Paul said to get away from than it would look like a pattern of eternal life that was set out in Paul’s life.
    • You have no conscience, so the rules, the disciplines don’t make any sense to you because you’re unaware of the battle.
    • Don’t stick your head up.  Keep moving. Run faster. Suck it up.  Quit crying. And you’re saying, Why does that guy have so many rules.  What’s his problem? Now that’s in a physical battle.
    • Paul said the guy that has no moral compass.  No conscience submitted to faith is about to be taken in battle by the devil.  And you will too if you follow him. Your best bet is to stay away from him.
    • 1 Timothy 6:1… word of God be not blasphemed…
    • Titus 2:5 …word of God be not blasphemed…

God’s armor is the best there is

  • Put on the whole armour of God…
  • If the entire military of the United States of America was at your disposal, you’d probably feel pretty powerful.  This nation has put together a military superpower. It has the ability to destroy entire nations.
  • Armour of light in Romans 13:12
  • Armour of righteousness in 2 Corinthians 6:7
  • Weapons mighty through God 2 Corinthians 10:4
  • You will not be able to fight without it.
  • The ability to make progress in the Christian life is found in a soldier’s mentality when it comes to spiritual matters.

One battle at a time

  • …that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day…
  • God didn’t say quit drinking.  He said say No to the next beer.
  • God didn’t say to lose weight.  He said say No to the next bite after you’re full.
  • God didn’t say quit smoking.  He said say No to the next cigarette.
  • God didn’t say quit pornography.  He said say No to the next picture.
  • God didn’t say make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life.  He said make Jesus Christ Lord of this decision.