- Original Teaching: Spiritual Warfare
- Date: April 18, 2001
- Location: Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA
- Teacher: Pastor Star R Scott
- Scripture: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10-11
- By: Jason Felton
Over the last couple of weeks we have taken a look at the spiritual warfare we are involved in and the enemy we are fighting against. We saw that we are no match against the principalities and powers of darkness without the Word of God. Today, we are going to look at some other essential items we need as we combat the devil and that is the armor of God.
Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” The first thing you need to realize is that you need to put on the WHOLE armor of God! You can’t pick and choose the pieces. If you’re going to stand against the powers of darkness you must be adorned with the shield of faith, the sword of the spirit, the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, and have our feet shod with the gospel of peace! The devil goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). Those he is going to devour are those who do not have their armor on. “But I’ve been saved for 40 years!” Your intentions, your doctrine, your track record are no good against Satanic wiles! Even your own personal disciplines, resolves, or the fact that you may be a third generation Christian isn’t sufficient to stand against these principalities and powers of darkness. Satan will whip you and you will fall without the armor of God on!
How seriously are you taking your opponent? Your opponent reached into the garden of Eden (where there was no sin) and took Adam (who knew no sin like you and I do) and took him down. Remember Moses? He talked to God face to face. When he came down off the mountain his face shined with the glory of God! Yet the devil was able to keep him from entering the promised land. David couldn’t build the temple of God because of the sin he committed. And how about good old Peter? He walked with Jesus and was part of the inner circle, but when it came down to it he denied the Lord three times. What am I saying? Don’t think of yourself more highly then you ought to think! Greater men then you and I have fallen. Without the whole armor of God on at all times we will be susceptible to those fiery darts that are trying to take us out!
“So what do I do?” Having done all to stand, you need to stand (Ephesians 6:13)! Don’t give back any ground that you’ve taken from the enemy. In this warfare we are involved in, are you in defensive mode or offensive mode? Are you maintaining or are you attacking the kingdom of darkness? Brothers and sisters, you will not make it if you maintain. You will not finish this race if you are on the run. You must set out against the principalities and powers of darkness! Matthew 11:12 says, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence, but the violent take if by force!” We are to be a people who are on the offensive! Our weapons of warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4)! As bad as the devil is, you have been given all power and all authority over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall harm you praise God (Luke 10:19)! What promises!! There is nothing more rewarding than making a stand for righteousness and seeing God glorified in it!
So what about you? What have you been doing to prepare for the battle that is raging around us? What are you doing to set out against the sin that’s trying to take over your life or the life of those around you? Are you as much in love with your first love today as you were last year. How about 10 years ago? How about 40 years ago? Beloved, you can’t be reading your Bible less, praying less, witnessing less, believing God less and think that we’re winning battles against the enemy! Just because you’re not involved in some kind of “gross sin” doesn’t mean you are living victorious. Whenever you’re looking for a time of ease, comfort, or slack you are giving place to the devil. Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation (Matthew 26:41). You must be absolutely in love with and dependent on God! He must be your treasure more than anything else in this life! It’s only by Him that you have the victory!
As we end for this week, think about this. As I was meditating on the armor of God the other day it’s cool to see how the Lord describes and places each article. Think about the warfare of that time. What were the two most important weapons that those soldiers had? Their sword and their shield. These weapons allowed them to attack the enemy, but without them they would have easily overtaken. In the spiritual warfare we are involved in it’s the same thing. The sword of the spirit (God’s Word) and the shield of faith (our faith in God and His word) are the two most important items we have. Our faith united with God’s Word allows us to set out against the enemy. Without them though we would begin to question our salvation (the helmet). One by one our righteousness (the breastplate) or our rights as believers would slowly erode. We would begin to question the truth of God’s word (the belt). And finally we would lose our peace (feet) because the gospel would no longer be first and foremost in our lives. Bottom line! Put on the WHOLE armor of God! The greatest way you can honor God is by finishing this race!