by Marvin D. Patterson

The Armor of God!
Marvin Patterson
Ephesians 6:10-18

In his book, Fuzzy Memories, Jack Handey writes, "There used to be this bully who would demand my lunch money every day. Since I was smaller, I would give it to him.

"Then I decided to fight back. I started taking karate lessons, but the instructor wanted $5 a lesson. That was a lot of money. I found that it was cheaper to pay the bully, so I gave up karate."

Too many Christians believe it's easier to pay the bully than learn how to defeat him.

Might I add that many Christians, don't realize they are living on a BATTLEFIELD and not a PLAYGROUND!

A reporter interviewed a man on his 100th birthday. "What are you most proud of?" The man said, "I don't have an enemy in the world." "What a beautiful thought! How inspirational! Tell me how you have achieved such a feat?" The man said, "To be honest, I outlived every last one of them."


We are coming to the conclusion of this great Epistle, and we have only begun to scratch the surface of the great truths that are contained in Ephesians. We have seen that God was planning on a church before the creation of the world. He also gave us instructions about the formation and maintenance of the marriage union. And then God instructed children to obey parents, and for servants to obey masters. And now Paul will challenge us to put on the whole armor of God, for we are all in a great spiritual battle every day of our lives.

I do not think the devil is concentrating in the nightclubs or on skid row or in the underworld or in the Mafia. I think he is concentrating on the church on Sunday morning. He is working on the spiritual front, and too many sleepy Christians seem to be totally unaware of that. Too many Christians are concerned about closing up the cocktail parlors when they need to be closing their mouths from gossiping and criticizing. The devil is working in an area where we least expect to find him. He is not out on the town ...

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