Series B Pentecost
September 24, 2000
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.
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.
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.
belt of truth.
the truth God has made know to us about ourselves and about Christ.
about our sin and our Savior helps us “get it all together” against Sata,
the father of all lies.
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!
breastplate of righteousness.
the righteousness of Jesus, which is imputed to us. It is given to us as credit.
of righteousness are life flimsy rags.
Satan reminds us of our unrighteousness, Christ’s righteousness is the
breastplate that protects us from despair.
shoes of peace.
with bare, sore feet is almost immobilized. In our battle against evil we can be
immobilized by fear.
Gospel’s assurance of peace with God give us courage to tread on the scorpions
of evil because we know God is with us.
shield of faith.
that clings to Christ makes us partakers of His victories.
an impenetrable defense against the flaming darts of Satan when he uses
sickness, discouragement, and loss to disturb our faith.
helmet of salvation.
salvation we have in Christ assures our deliverance from sin and death.
possessors of salvation we are safe; Satan’s blows cannot cause us permanent
sword of God’s Word.
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.
immerse ourselves in the Word and use it against Satan, Christ Himself is
fighting for us.
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
not only for ourselves but for our fellow Christians that God may equip them to
fight in the battle with us.
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
Soli Deo Gloria+