Series B Pentecost 15
Ephesians 6:10-20
September 24, 2000
“Battle Ready”

Introduction: You and I are engaged in an all our war! We are soldiers, soldiers of the cross. Drafted at our baptism we are to fight in God’s army against a great foe.

We dare not underestimate the strength and the tactics of this enemy, the devil.  As the father of lies, he leads “spiritual forces of evil,” who are intent on destroying our souls.  The devil has a ready ally in our sinful nature with its reliance on self.  But reliance on ourselves, on our own strength and resources, will result in capitulation and eternal defeat.

The only way to stand firm in this battle is to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (v. 10).  God Himself has provided us with the equipment we need to be strong in Him.  Our General, Jesus Christ has given us the tools to be battle ready. He equips us for our battle with the enemy.

1.                 With the belt of truth.

A.   This is the truth God has made know to us about ourselves and about Christ.

B.    The truth about our sin and our Savior helps us “get it all together” against Sata, the father of all lies.

C.   When Satan accuses us with the truth that we are sinners, we can stand firm with another truth of God, that Jesus Christ has forgiven all sin – period!

2.                 With the breastplate of righteousness.

A.   This is the righteousness of Jesus, which is imputed to us. It is given to us as credit.

B.    Our works of righteousness are life flimsy rags.

C.   When Satan reminds us of our unrighteousness, Christ’s righteousness is the breastplate that protects us from despair.

3.                 With the shoes of peace.

A.   A soldier with bare, sore feet is almost immobilized. In our battle against evil we can be immobilized by fear.

B.    The Gospel’s assurance of peace with God give us courage to tread on the scorpions of evil because we know God is with us.

4.                 With the shield of faith.

A.   Faith that clings to Christ makes us partakers of His victories.

B.    We have an impenetrable defense against the flaming darts of Satan when he uses sickness, discouragement, and loss to disturb our faith.

5.                 With the helmet of salvation.

A.   The salvation we have in Christ assures our deliverance from sin and death.

B.    As possessors of salvation we are safe; Satan’s blows cannot cause us permanent injury.

6.                 With the sword of God’s Word.

A.   Because the  Holy Spirit works in the Scriptural Word, that Word is a source of power by which we can drive away Satan-induced bitterness and resentment, anger and despair.

B.    When we immerse ourselves in the Word and use it against Satan, Christ Himself is fighting for us.

7.                 With prayer.

A.   Prayer is God’s all-encompassing piece of equipment because prayer alerts us to the need for perseverance in the battle and opens the doors of the arsenal of all of God’s resources.

B.    We pray not only for ourselves but for our fellow Christians that God may equip them to fight in the battle with us.

Conclusion: If we will use the equipment God Himself supplies, we will be able to stand our ground against the devil’s schemes. You are battle ready - every day, in every way!

+ Soli Deo Gloria+