Get Dressed for the Battle
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Ephesians 6: 10-18
In his book "The Holy Spirit," Billy Graham writes about an Eskimo fisherman who came to town every Saturday afternoon. He always brought his two dogs with him. One was white and the other was black. He had taught them to fight on command.
Every Saturday afternoon in the town square the people would gather and these two dogs would fight and the fisherman would take bets. On one Saturday the black dog would win; another Saturday, the white dog would win -- but the fisherman always won!
His friend began to ask him how he did it. He said, 'I starve one and feed the other. The one I feed always wins because he is stronger.'
We have two natures within us, both struggling for mastery. Which one will dominate us? It depends on which one we feed.
A. W. Tozer said, "The untended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root our error will shortly be a theological wilderness."
1. WHY we Fight?
A) By BIRTH
[v. 10] "brethren"
God's soldiers are not drafted, they are born.
B) For BLESSING
Battle is not meant to break us/bless us
God is in the business of making Giants for Christ.
2. WHO we Fight?
To have a fight, we must have a foe.
A) An INTERNAL Foe
[Gal. 5: 19-21]
Our flesh is capable of anything.
Without the devil, we would still sin.
We are not sinners because we sin; we SIN BECAUSE WE ARE SINNERS!
We are born with the propensity and capacity for sin. Thus, our biggest enemy is ourselves. God and the devil get blamed for a lot of things they have nothing to do with.
Maude: "The devil made me do it." Not true!
[James 1: 13] "Drawn away of his own lust and enticed."
B) An EXTERNAL Foe
[v. 11] "the rulers of the darkness of this world."
World: Gr. kosmos
World system or order
This world has always been opposed to truth, to Christ and to Christianity.
We fight against the w ...
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