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Armor of God/Christian Soldiers (Eph. 6:11)

"Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11)

Subject: Armor of God

Title: Stand Your Ground!

Proposition: Never leave your Armor or Weapons behind!! Satan is looking for your weak spot in your armor so he can spiritually kill you!Find your weakness and pray the Holy Spirit inside you will strengthen you for battle! This is War!!!

Objective: Study and stand firm in your faith, both as one and as a army. Believe in your Salvation, never doubt it!! Always do what is right in God's Word and in His Sight! Always seek the teachings in God's Word. Sharpen your Sword by growing in knowledge of God's Word and you will grow in your intimacy with God. Obey and teach the Gospel Plan of Peace and Salvation.

Introduction:

  1. "Put On" (enduo) = "to sink into" armor. Aorist tense (Past)
  2. This is a Command from your Commander (God). Your armor should already be on before approaching the battle field. Don't leave your armor behind!!!
  3. Learn how to use your weapons and armor or die!
  4. "All" - Going into battle with only part of your armor with also get you killed. Satan will attack you in the areas you are weak.
  5. What areas are you weak in? 1) Doubt your Salvation? 2) Weak Faith in God? 3) Are you living a life outside of Righteousness? 4) Are you a slave to Lies and believe lies instead of the Truth setting you free? 5) Do you not sudy God's Word and know how to defend it? 6) Do you not know the Gospel plan of salvation that brings peace to you and others?
  6. "of God's Armor" - God (Commander) designed this armor to perfectly defend us against EVIL SPIRITS who have MIGHTY POWERS. We are NOT fighting HUMANS! (vs. 12)
  7. "Fighting" (Pale) = "wrestling (a contest between two in which each endeavours to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down

with his hand upon his neck then stab with sword."

1) To die on your feet is honorable but to die being held down is a dishonorable death. We are to throw Satan and demons down and stab them with Sword (Word of God).

  1. Our Enemy: Rulers and Authorities: Satan is "Prince of this world" (John 12:31) which is "dark" (vs.12).

1) "Authorities" refer to the different ranks of the fallen angels (demons).

  1. God had created "Covering" (clothing) for Lucifer when God created him. (Ezekiel 28:14)
  2. "Able" (dunami) = "Power; to be capable with power and strong" to go to War! That POWER comes from God and the armor He created for us. It is like magical armor!
  3. "Stand firm" (histēmi) = "to put your feet in correct position putting on the belt of truth; to stop, stand still, to stand immovable, stand firm"
  4. God's Armor we put on to fight and protect: (Ephesians 6:14)

1) THE BELT OF TRUTH - " putting on the belt of truth"

  1. The leather belt with an apron that hung in front of the soldier's groin and lower abdomen. Small brass plates were attached to the apron to provide greater protection. It is the FIRST equipment you put on. Why? Because without the TRUTH of GOD"S WORD you can be attacked by the "Father of Lies" (John 8 :44) Satan which will keep you from becoming a soldier for the Lord! Satan hates THE TRUTH!!!
  2. Satan is not afraid to hit you BELOW THE BELT!!! HE fights dirty!! The TRUTH shall set you free (John 8:32) from lies!!

1) "There is a way that entices a man, but, at the latter end thereof, are the ways of death!" (Proverbs 14:12) Literal Hebrew translation.

2) "For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will

tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear." (II Timothy 4:3)

3) " But, even if, we, or, a messenger out of heaven, announce a glad-message [unto you] aside from that which we announced unto you, accursed, let him be!" (Galatians 1:8)

(1) "Accursed" or "God's Curse" (anathema) = "a person or thing doomed to destruction"

(a) ""Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, 'Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons." (Mt 25:41)

  1. If we do NOT teach the TRUTH as it is written then we will be "CURSED" by God and sent to "ETERNAL FIRE" (HELL)
  2. "Jesus replied, "All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them." (John 14:23)
  3. "Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won't be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth."(Ephesians 4:14)

2) THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - "and the body armor of God's righteousness" (vs.14)

  1. The soldier would fasten the breastplate around his chest, either made of curved metal bands or chainmail - small metal rings attached together.
  2. The Breastplate protects THE HEART! Doing (not KNOWING, knowing is the head HELMET) what is RIGHT in GOD"S EYES is in the HEART!!!!

1) Believing in Jesus and his righteousness, not our own (Galatians 2:20,21)

2) Standing firm against injustice, corruption and wrong doing (Leviticus 19:15; Hebrews 1:9)

3) "Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life." (Proverbs 4:23)

  1. Satan heart is full of hate for God and us and wants to infect our heart with the arrow of Lies, Hatred, Pride......

1) "You said in your heart, "I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon." (Isaiah 14:13)

3) FEET PREPARED WITH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE - " For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared" (vs 15)

  1. Marching was an essential part of a soldier's life. Shoes were made from thick leather and studded through the soles with hobnails. The studs in the soles kept the soldier from slipping in a fight. Some soldiers for Jesuss have slipped in the fight and have "Fallen from Grace" (Galatians 5:4)
  2. "The Gospel" (euaggelion) = "good news"

1) "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish

but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

2) "Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the

forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

  1. "Peace" (eirēnē} = "security (salvation); the root word means 'to join' people in harmony"

1) The Good News of "He who believes and is baptized will be saved" (Mk 16:16) and that our sins are continually covered with

the blood of Jesus (I John 1:7) joins us in a secure Family of God (Ephesians 2:19) with a great future of a "New Heavens and a New earth" (I Peter 3:12) with new immortal bodies (I Corinthians 15:44)

4) THE SHIELD OF FAITH - "In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil" (vs. 16)

  1. "Hold up" the shield. (analambanō) = "to take up to use". Shields are different in sizes. What size is your faith. A small shield will not protect you well.
  2. Shields were often polished to reflect the light of the sun in order to blind the enemy. We can use God's light with our faith to blind Satan for protection.
  3. Shields were also used to ram your enemy and push him off balance. Satan's stand in battle can be broken by using our faith against him like a shield.
  4. It is not just any faith....it is THE (only one, unique) FAITH. "urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people." (Jude 1:3)

1) Satan is winning this battle (Not the War) because there are thousand of religions but ONE GOD and ONE FAITH.

  1. "Stop" (sbennymi) = "to extinguish something on fire"

1) Arrows were lit on fire so if a vital organ was not hit then the fire would burn their enemy to death. Satan aims at your weak section of armor. If the arrow doesn't kill you then the fire will. Satan wants you to burn in Hell with him.

2) We can extinguish the flaming arrows and the fire on us with "the living water" Jesus (John 4:14)

  1. "the Devil" (ponēros) = "the Evil Wicked One that caused trouble and pain."

1) Satan attacks our weak armor to cause us trouble and pain in our lives. Where are you weak in the Lord's Armor?

2) The Devil was called Lucifer when all Angels was created before the earth.

3) "the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning" (I John 3:8) "the beginning" of Genesis 1:1.

4) Lucifer fell from Pride, convinced one third of Angels to rebel and started a War in Heaven.

5) Satan's fate is in eternal firery Hell and he wants you to fall from Grace, deny the truth, weaken your faith, don't make diciples

with the Gospel of Salvation and join Him in HELL!

  1. Soldiers would GROUP together tightly and move in a Tortoise Formation.

1) If we move forward together with OUR FAITH in God then we can PUSH the enemy back.

2) When each individual FAITH is strong, then you can influence others to be STRONGER IN FAITH.

5) THE HELMET OF SALVATION - "Put on salvation as your helmet" (VS 17)

  1. "Helmet" were made from bronce or iron. A plume on top of helmet were made of colors to identify your army and the enemy.

1) Our color: RED (blood of Christ)......the enemy: BLACK (the absence of God's light and presence)

  1. The Helmet protects the Brain (your thoughts and reasoning): Why are thoughts and Salvation connected? Satan wants your

thoughts to be weak in assurance and faith. He wants you to doubt your Salvation and others. If he can take your hope away

then you will fall and join him in Hell. This is WAR!!!!

  1. We are saved not because of acts on our part because of His plan to save us before the beginning (II Timothy 1:9) through His death

on the cross and obedience to the Gospel.

  1. The blood of Jesus continually cleanses us from ALL sin when we ask for forgiveness (I John 1:7)
  2. Satan wants you to doubt your prayers to God.

1) "But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind." (James 1:6)

6) THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT - "and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (VS. 17)

  1. "Sword" - Most swords were about 2 feet long and was double edged so that you could cut with the swing back. (Watch Movie TROY)

1) Block holding or using the HILT. The blade is meant to cut deep.

2) The Sword is the Word of God. Like a Sword, God's Word can help us deflect Satan's Attack or strike deeply in the enemy.

  1. "For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.

It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires." (Hebrews 4:12) - Thoughts and Desires where Satan will attack with flaming arrows!

1) The Sword (The Word of God) judges you and others!

  1. a) "There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. (John 12:48)
  2. "The Spirit" - The true owner of this Alive, Powerful, deadly unbreakable Sword.

1) The Holy Spirit, owner of the SWORD, is in you if you have obeyed the Gospel of Salvation and Peace.

  1. a) "Peter replied, "Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the

forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38) - a single gift - The Holy Spirit!

  1. b) "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do

not belong to yourself," (I Corinthians 6:19)

2) As Soldiers for God we need the Holy Spirit in us to win the battles and ultimately the War!

  1. a) Helper (John 16:5–15),
  2. b) Helps us when we are weak (Romans 8:26),
  3. c) The Holy Spirit works through Scripture and people to

change our hearts (John 14:26; Rom. 8:14; 1 Cor. 2:6–14),

  1. d) The Holy Spirit will intercede for us through prayer (Rom. 8:26),
  2. e) I believe 95 percent of our life’s purpose is readily found in the Bible. The Holy Spirit reveals that to us in Scripture!
  3. f) John 15:8–11 teaches us that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin to conform us to Jesus’ likeness.
  4. g) Expresses our feelings when we don't have the words in our prayers.

1) "And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don't know what God wants us to pray for. But thE Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words." (Romans 8:26)

CONCLUSION: Always wear the Armor God gave you to protect you from Satan's flaming arrows! Never take it off, because Satan is roaming around like a Lion seeking your weak spot in your armor. Where are you weak? Are you moveable in your STAND for God's Word?

Your Assurance of Salvation? Doing what is right? Having faith in God? Avoid the truth in God's Word for Pride sake?

Don't study and sharpen your Sword of the Spirit? Have not yet obeyed the Gospel? The Holy Spirit will help you strengthen your weak areas of your armor.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you Study and show yourself approved by God by searching scripture and growing in knowledge and intimacy with God so that you can teach God's Word to others and make disciples. Pray the Holy Spirit will help you use your brain and do what is right in God's eyes. Pray for help in learning and memorizing the Gospel Plan of Salvation verses so you can help someone else experience the peace and security in God's Family. Use THE FAITH to extinguish Satan's flaming arrows! Use your Faith and team up with faith.

Believe in God and His Word and never doubt your salvation or prayers! Study God's Word Carefully and Deeply to show yourself approved and allow the Holy Spirit through God's Word to constantly change you to be like our Lord and Savior. God bless.

Mark 16:16, "Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Acts2:38, "Peter answered them, "All of you must turn to God and change the way you think and act, and each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift."

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