Ephesians Session 13- Walking Battle Ready

Session 13- Walking Battle Ready

Ephesians 6:10-20

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Subject: Spiritual Battle

Central Theme: Ready for Spiritual Battle

Objective Statement: We can be battle ready by fighting using three tactics.

 

Introduction:

  • Most people have never been to battle.
  • But most of us have probably imagined at some point what it would be like to be in a battle.
  • I’ve often thought about it when I’ve watched movies depicting the horrors of war.
  • We’ve all cringed at the thought of standing rank and file and watching armies take turns shooting at each other as some have done in history.
  • Battle is truly a grueling thing.
  • But think with me today of a certain kind of soldier.
  • A soldier who is surrounded by gun fire. A soldier walking through a mind field.
  • But this soldier is not ducking or running.
  • He’s casually walking like he’s taking a stroll through the park.
  • And he’s not wearing army fatigues. He’s wearing shorts and t-shirt.
  • He has no gun. No helmet.  No radio.
  • Instead of boots, he’s wearing flip flops.
  • With someone like that you’d venture to think that this person doesn’t understand that they are at war.
  • And certainly we would be inclined to think that this person is not equipped for battle at all.
  • As silly as this would be, this is exactly how many Christians are living their spiritual lives.
  • Some don’t understand or live their spiritual lives understanding that they are in a battle.
  • Some know that they’re at war but they aren’t equipped to fight.
  • Unfortunately there are many causalities in this battle.
  • Paul, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has already told us that we are in Christ, and that because we are in Christ we should walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we have been called.
  • We’ve been told to walk worthy, walk not as the gentiles walk, walk in love, walk in light, and to walk circumspectly. Now it is time to go to battle.
  • How are we to walk in battle?
  • How can we be ready to fight and not to be casualties? How can we win?

We can be battle ready by fighting using three tactics.

Tactic #1- Know your enemy. V.10-12

Eph 6:10-12

(10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

(11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

(12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

  • My primary enemy is not a person, nor people. I am in a spiritual battle.
  • And so, Paul directs me to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
  • He has already told me that I’ve been given access to the power of God- the same power that raised Christ from the dead.
  • And so as someone in Christ, I must allow God’s power to strengthen me to fight in this spiritual battle that I’m a part of.
  • As someone who has the Spirit of God living in me I have chosen sides.
  • There is no choice. I must fight!
  • There seems to be, according to this verse, organization and directive among the demonic, wicked forces against me.
  • There seems to be, according to these verses a strategy that this enemy has.
  • And so, a person who is in the battle must:
  • Take on a battle mindset.
  • Be wise by redeeming the time because the days are evil.
  • Fight and flee depending on the situation and temptation.
  • Love people, love God, and hate sin.
  • Recognize possible divisiveness between brethren as possible spiritual warfare.

 

Tactic #2- Use your weapons. V.13

Eph 6:13

(13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

  • Since we have an enemy (v11) (v12) that wants to fight (wrestle – v12), we must be spiritually prepared to enter into this combat.
  • Part of the preparation to make a stand is putting on armor and gathering up weapons.
  • By putting on this armor we are able to fight. We can make our stand. We won’t lose ground, but will make progress against the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
  • I can’t be a naked soldier. I can’t be an untrained soldier. I can’t be M.I.A. I can’t be weaponless or unskilled. I must follow my captain.
  • In a very real way discipleship is helping people to fight spiritually by:
    • Realizing they are at war.
    • Realizing they have an enemy.
    • Understanding and adopting God’s mission.
    • Equipping them with armor.
    • Teaching them how to fight.

Eph 6:14-17

(14)  Stand therefore,

  • Stand therefore – because we are in battle and we need to be equipped… Put on this armor:

having your loins girt about with truth,

  • Belt of Truth or Girded – all the loose ends pulled together. No hypocrisy. Practical holiness in our lives. Ready to fight.

and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

  • Breastplate of righteousness – leads to protection. Unholy living leaves us vulnerable.

(15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

  • Gospel Boots – Gospel is foundation of my own life/salvation. I go to take it to others. Helps me to stand firm.

 (16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

  • Shield of Faith – the believers continued to trust in God and His Word, helping him to flee temptation successfully.

(17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

  • Helmet of Salvation – protection of the head. Helmet is not signifying attaining salvation. Rather assurance of salvation that protects against Satan’s weapons of doubt and discouragement.
  • Sword of the Spirit – the only offensive weapon described here. It is used both defensively in defending against falsehood and temptation, and offensively in sharing Christ with others. The Word of God is the most powerful weapon – more powerful than anything Satan has.
  • So let’s think about your spiritual life as a battle and think through this armor as it applies to your life:
  1. Belt of Truth – Am I thinking truthfully and unhypocritically about my life and my mission? Am I girded up and ready?
  2. Breastplate of righteousness – Am I leaving myself open to attacks from the enemy because of unholy living?
  3. Boots of the Gospel – The Bible says, How beautiful are the feet of them that bring good news! Am I actively taking the gospel everywhere I go?
  4. Sheild of Faith- Am I in the Word of God, readying my mind to stand against temptation?
  5. Helmet of Salvation- Am I saved, and is my salvation evidenced by my life in such a way that I am assured by the Spirit that I am a child of God?
  6. Sword of the Spirit- Do I know the Word of God and obey it? Am I using it to wage war against the darkness of this world?

Tactic #3- Pray for success. V.18-20

Eph 6:18-20

(18)  Praying always (1) with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance (2) and supplication (3) for all saints (4);

(19)  And for me (B), that (4) utterance (A) may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

(20)  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak (B) boldly, as I ought to speak (A).

 

  • Once all of the armor is on, the Christian goes to praying.
  • The believer fights back against the powers of darkness through prayer.
  • How should we pray?
    • With perseverance – endurance.
  • Who should we pray for?
    • With Requests for all believers and for Paul.
  • What should we pray for?
    • Effectiveness in obedience.
      • A – Utterance – that Paul would be eloquent, be Spirit filled in his words and use the right words.
      • B – Boldness that fear would not keep him from the clarity, rather that boldness would characterize his ambassadorship – his representation of the Lord.

So what does that mean for us?

  1. Believers must fight on their knees – prayer!
  2. Our prayer lives must be characterized by perseverance.
  3. We should focus on praying for our fellow soldiers.
  4. Our prayer should be for effectiveness in evangelism.
    • Utterance & – Boldness

 

Conclusion:

We can be battle ready by fighting using three tactics.

Tactic #1- Know your enemy. V.10-12

Tactic #2- Use your weapons. V.13

Tactic #3- Pray for success. V.18-20

 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think it is important to identify your enemy accurately?
  2. What dangers have you encountered by failing to recognize the possibility of spiritual battles?
  3. Which of these resources that God has provided have you fund to be most important when facing spiritual battles?
  4. What might keep you from utilizing the armor God provides for fighting spiritual battles? What responsibility do you have in preparing for spiritual battle?
  5. How does knowing others are praying for you help you face spiritual battles?

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