Combat Ready (34 of 36) by Jerry Vines

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Combat Ready (34 of 36)
Defeating the Dark Side (3 of 4)
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 6:13-17

Are you combat ready? Have you been by and checked out
your battle gear? If you haven't, I'm going to help
you go by and get your combat gear this evening.

The Bible makes it very clear that you and I are in a
battle. As we read these verses of Scripture we find
ourselves in the atmosphere of war. There is gunfire
on every hand. Bombs are falling. There is lightning
in the air. The Bible makes it very clear that all
believers are in a war.

First Timothy 1:18 says, "War a good warfare." First
Timothy 6:12 says, "Fight the good fight of faith."
Second Timothy 2:3, "Thou therefore endure hardness as
a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

You are in a battle. Have you been having a lot of
battles in your life lately? Congratulations!
Spurgeon said, "Satan never kicks a dead horse." That
means you are alive. It means you are active. It means
the devil is concerned about you. Every believer is in
a battle. We are in a fight. You have either just come
out of a battle or you are now in a battle or you are
headed into a battle—because the Christian life is
depicted as a battle.

One of these days we are going to lay our weapons down
and we'll be in glory and the battles will be over and
we will study war no more. But until that time, you
can count on it, as a born again child of God, you are
in a battle.

The Apostle Paul was in prison when he wrote these
particular verses. We do understand that Paul was
chained to Roman soldiers who came in periodic times
to guard him. When you read these verses of Scripture
here you just cannot help but miss the fact that the
apostle Paul has taken a good look at the gear of the
Roman soldier and he has used this gear as a spiritual
illustration of the fact that everyone of us as
believers need to have on God's armor if we are going
to fight the good figh ...

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