Ephesians 6:10-18 “10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
If we were really in an army we’d have to wear a uniform. If given a shield and a weapon, I envision myself holding the shield in my left hand and my weapon in my right hand. When the enemy shoots at me, I’d immediately hold up my shield to deflect the bullet or arrow to protect myself and then I’d want to shoot!
Victorious people defeated their enemies after asking God for help and BEFORE they went to war! Then they trusted God to deliver them.
Example: 1 Chronicles 14:10 “10 So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.”
God did hand over the Philistines, and David gave Him the glory.
Those who did not ask were not successful. Key point, do you ask God before going to battle? We can’t be victorious on our own strength.
Ephesians 6:16, calls the shield “faith”. Imagine holding up your shield and the side that faces you has FAITH in big letters that only you see. It’s a reminder that your faith is your shield against anything the enemy uses to attack you.
The sword of the Spirit is the same weapon Jesus used when He spoke to the devil in Matthew 4:4 “4But he answered, "It is written, "'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
We have daily wars. We pray and ask God for help, and then someone tells us something to cause us to panic before God has answered our prayer, and doubt and fear come up, and we think “I have to do something!” That's an attack! The enemy wants us to take the matter into our own hands and not trust in God to take care of it for us!
That very second is when we have to speak to God and say “Lord, we asked You, and Your Word says “7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
Key point: does God’s Word abide in you? And do you abide in Him by keeping His commands?
“12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
So Jesus laid down His life for us, who He calls friends, and says we are His friends, if we do what He commands us!
“ 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.” John 15:12-17
What comes against faith? Doubt. From whom? The enemy, working through people. Who is our teacher? The Holy Spirit.
Luke 12:12 –“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour and moment what [you] ought to say.”
Isaiah 55:11 –“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” KJV