Worthy Walk Series - Ephesians 6:10-13
Intro: “Eye Exam” How often you hear someone say; you need your eyes examined. If you haven’t it is only a matter of time before you need to get your eyes examined. Whether you wear glasses or not sooner or later you will get your eyes examined. Probably most of you here today can relate. Karol and I recently had our eyes examined. The actual eye examine is fascinating, and the equipment that is used to check out your vision is quite high tech. When I was first asked by the eye examiner if I could see the image clearly and even after she made some adjustment to the equipment to see if I could see the image clearer, it was then that I realized I was looking at the material on the wallpaper and not at the letters that were in another section of the wall. When you sit down in the chair in the examining room the examiner ask you to put your chin on a part of the equipment which in turn stations you to only be able to look at what is in front of the equipment. So I must ask the question, is it my fault for not clearly seeing the letters that were in another section of the wall or was it the eye examiners fault! The Book of Ephesians is all about a worthy walk, Paul wanted so desperately the Christian to see that the full armor of God needed to be on to clearly see and experience a relationship with Jesus Christ. I’M NOT SURE THERE ARE MANY, WHO REALLY SEE IT, I’M NOT SURE THE CHURCH SEES IT!
Application: DO YOU HAVE YOUR ARMOR ON? Do you really see it clearly?
Text: Ephesians 6:10-13 (NKJV)
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
1. BE STRONG: vs. 10
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
We must be aware that there is a battle raging on in heavenly places, against the schemes of the devil for our souls. Satan seeks to destroy our relationship with God, and doom us to hell.
“And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:19-23
THERE IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE GOING ON FOR YOUR SOUL. WE ARE AT WAR! The battles we face are spiritual in nature, but God has already won the battle through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The conflict is something unseen, people are not the problem, and we wrestle against principalities, powers, world forces of this darkness in heavenly places. The believer must be strong in the Lord. Someone besides Jesus wants your soul and many are a thought away from making that happen.
The Good News and there is God News: The Book of Hebrews also reminds us Jesus wins in the end: "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." Hebrews 2:14
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Rulers, powers, world forces of this darkness, and spiritual forces of wickedness describe the different strata and rankings of those demons and the evil, supernatural empire in which they operate. Human beings who promote paganism, the occult, and various other ungodly and immoral movements and programs are but targets of Satan and his demons—trapped by sin into unwittingly helping to fulfill his schemes.
The mention of each of these supernatural powers is preceded by against, and each seems to represent a particular category of demon activity and level of authority. Satan’s forces of darkness are highly organized and structured for the most destructive warfare possible. Like the unfallen holy angels, demons do not procreate and their number is fixed. But they are a great and ancient multitude and constitute a formidable and highly experienced supernatural enemy.
The church is on the battle field: The football Huddle! If we don’t huddle up for the play we will not execute a good play. Can’t huddle up if you stay at home.
When are we going to realize “ALL OTHER GROUND IS SINKING SAND?” Have you ever tried to stand in sinking sand? I love to walk the beach with my wife, often we will stand in the sand right where the water runs over our feet, in a matter of seconds the water pushes the sand over our feet and it feels like we are sinking. Sin has that kind of effect on us also. It only takes seconds for sin to push its way in and before you know it you’re sinking in sin.
Evil has no power over us, but the power and permission we give it. If we will focus on Jesus, sin and evil will have no power over us. STAND FIRM! DON’T GIVE HIM PERMISSION. We are to simply stand firm in the Lord, where the victory has already been won. To do this we must use the full armor of God.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.’ 1 Peter 5:8
A Christian who no longer has to struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil is a Christian who has fallen either into sin or into complacency.
3. FULL ARMOR: vs. 13
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
During the eye examine there were several adjustments that were made to the equipment to give my glasses the best vision. God wants us to have the best vision! He wants us to put on the full Armor.
It is easy for believers to be complacent and become oblivious to the seriousness of the battle around them. They rejoice in “victories” that involve no battles and in a kind of peace that is merely the absence of conflict. Theirs is the victory and peace of the draft dodger or defector who refuses to fight. They are not interested in armor because they are not engaged in the war.
God gives no suspensions or exemptions. His people are at war and will continue to be at war until He returns and takes charge of earth. But even the most willing and eager soldier of Christ is helpless without God’s provision. That is Paul’s point here: take up the full armor of God. We have His provision in being His children, in having His Word, in possessing His indwelling Holy Spirit, of having every resource of our heavenly Father. God is our strength, but His strength is appropriated only through obedience; His mighty armor must be put on and taken up.
Every day since the Fall has been an evil day for mankind, and every day will continue to be evil until the evils forces are thrown forever into the bottomless pit. In the meanwhile the Lord makes us able to resist in the evil day as we take advantage of the armor He supplies.
Our responsibility is to resist and stand firm. When Martin Luther stood before the Diet of Worms he was accused of heresy. After being condemned for declaring that men are saved by faith alone in Christ alone, he declared, “My conscience is captive to the Word of God. … Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise.” Every believer who is faithful to God’s Word cannot do otherwise than stand firm.
(Illustration) A fireman must have all his turnout gear on and know how to use it or they will get burnt! Kill devil Hills has a new Fire Truck with all the bells and whistles (I mean literally), full of all the latest safety features. After the fireman sits he straps into his air pack that sits inside the seat. One problem! There is a latch that must be released before the fireman can leave his seat. There he sits all his gear on ready to go but must know what to do every step of the way or he will get stuck. The Christian must put on his full armor of God, one problem you must release the latch!
Having the full armor of God on is important but it is crucial that you know how to use it!
Conclusion: Put on your full armor!
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