Living to Honor God’s Calling (VIII):

March 11, 2010

“The Reality of Spiritual Warfare”

Ephesians 6:10-12

Introduction

The Big Idea– You cannot avoid the reality of spiritual warfare and your need for protection against the Devil’s attacks.

The Backdrop

“The calling with which you have been called” (Eph. 1-3)

“Walking worthy of your calling” (Eph. 4-6)

Spiritual warfare: a selective biblical overview:

–         Where it all started: the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15)

–         How far the Lord is sometimes willing to let Satan attack (Job 1-2)

–         Spiritual warfare even over prayer being answered (Dan. 10:12-14)

–         Jesus’ face-off with the Devil (Luke 4:1-13)

–         A way the Devil exploits a “chink” in your armor (Eph. 4:27)

(6:10) What the Lord wants for you in spiritual warfare: “Be strong in the Lord!”

(6:11a) How you can “be strong in the Lord”: “Put on the full armor of God!”

(6:11b-12) Why it is necessary to use His armor: To “stand firm” against the Devil’s strategy (see 4:14)!

The Bottom Line– “The weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but are powerful through God to demolish strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4a).

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