Be Strong in the Lord, in His Mighty Power
READ EPH 6:10-12
BE STRONG IN THE LORD, IN HIS MIGHTY POWER
Be Strong en dunamis in/power verb..be made strong vs. strong by your own nature
IN THE LORD, in HIS MIGHTY POWER
Dominion force, strength, INHERENT POWER
PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD
PUT ON CLOTHE, GET DRESSED WITH
Put on = to put on once and for all
Paul wrote Ephesians (prison epistles) while probably chained to or watching Roman soldiers around him.
WHY WEAR THE ARMOR?
YOU CAN TAKE YOUR STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL'S SCHEMES
11b - 12
THE DEVIL'S SCHEMES People are not our enemy!
STRUGGLE IS NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD That's why Christ could hate sin and still love the people who sin. Our enemy is not human. Pity on sinners because they have been duped by the enemy.
BUT IT IS AGAINST . . .
POWERS OF THIS DARK WORLD
There is a great control and influence by demons throughout our world system and throughout history. Goes to explain some of the influences such depraved leaders and murderers such as Hitler, Idi Amin, others
SPIRITUAL FORCES IN HEAVENLY PLACES
God organized the angels! He created them all at the same time.
They do not procreate or reproduce...all have existed since that time.
They were created different from each other....like people.
archangels cherubim seraphim
Each w/ different functions: Some give orders; Some carry out
Some demons have greater abilities and resources than others
OUR STRUGGLE We fight against an incredible force we can't see, touch or outwit. Enemy is deceptive, powerful and supernatural.
If you do not know a battle is going on ... for you... then you have probably lost a few.
READ v. 13
THEREFORE Since the opposition is so slimey, unseen and deceptive, we must put on the whole armor of God; LIKE SNIPERS
ill. of police or soldiers w/out bullet proof vest
SO THAT WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES
When the DAY OF EVIL ...
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