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Series: Spiritual Warfare
INTRO: Most countries do not go to war unless they believe they can win! No one goes to war unless they also know they have the equipment to fight it. Yet, how many Christians are completely unprepared for spiritual warfare or are unwilling to fight?
The fact is that as believers we have been enlisted in a battle against the forces of darkness, it behooves us therefore to recognize the importance of the battle and the proper preparations.
Spiritual warfare is a fact, not some fanciful concept, it is real.
ILLUS: A friend of my eleven-year-old son called one day, announcing he had a problem with spiritual warfare. I asked him what I could do to help, and he replied he wanted to speak with my son, Scott. Proud that my son was being asked for spiritual advice, I later made a point to ask him how the conversation went. ''Oh, fine,'' Scott replied. ''He just needed help getting to the next level of the 'Spiritual Warfare' Nintendo game.'' -- Chris Johnson, Britt, Minnesota. Christian Reader, ''Kids of the Kingdom.''
Paul was very clear to the church in Ephesus that they were engaged in a battle, and that there was a proper way to prepare for it. We cannot ignore his teaching on this important subject. We will be fighting the spiritual forces of this world all our lives.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that we are to do battle with evil and to properly prepare ourselves to succeed in this battle. God provides the equipment, but we must willingly put it on and engage ourselves in the fight.
I. THE STRENGTH Eph. 6:10
A. Source Eph. 6:10a
1. Paul's statement ''be strong IN the Lord'' teaches two important truths about spiritual warfare:
a. ''be strong'' - in the Greek it is a passive tense meaning ''BE MADE STRONG'' - meaning we don't have our own strength to do this battle, we must be given it IN Christ.
(1. God does not expect us to use our own strengt ...
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