10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,Ephesians 6:10-18
I. Standing Firm in His Strength
II. Schemes of the Devil
What are the schemes of the devil that personally influence us?
- The Four P’s: Power, Pride, Position & Pleasure
- Personal Attacks
- When we are too busy, he knows where to tempt us.
- When we are exhausted, he knows what to send our way to pull us down.
- When we are exhilarated over an accomplishment, he knows how to rob us of that victory.
- When we didn’t see that coming, he knows how to discourage us.
- When we are complacent and let our defenses down, he knows what to tempt us with because he has seen our weaknesses.
III. Well Organized
IV. Our Spiritual Armor
A. Armor for Everyday
- Belt of truth: This belt is our spiritual foundation built on God’s Word
- Breastplate of righteousness: How well we live and follow Christ protects our hearts.
- Shoes… the Gospel of Peace: The Gospel of Peace is our boots with nails in them
B. Armor for Battle
- Shield of Faith: Its our basic trust in God’s word and promises
- Helmet of Salvation: If we are thinking right, because we know what is right, then we can respond
- Sword of the Spirit: It’s the Word of God!
C. All Dependent Upon Prayer
Big Idea: Put on the Full Armor of God