The Bible says Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. Satan wants to steal God’s glory. And since Satan can’t defeat God, he’ll attack the next best thing – he attacks man, because we are made in God’s image and reflect His glory.
When it comes to spiritual warfare,we need to avoid the two extremes:
1) Christians who look for demons under every rock, who see every trial and every adversity as from the devil. Because of that, these Christians often miss the trials and even the suffering that God sends to us for our good.
2) The other extreme are those Christians who ignore spiritual battles altogether and pretend the devil isn’t real, and therefore are unaware and unprepared.
So what should we do?
TEXT: Eph. 6:10-24
Big Idea: “Every Christian is locked in a spiritual battle, and God equips us with spiritual weapons, to fight and to win with His strength.”
I. The Nature of our Battle (v. 10-12)
When Satan tempted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, he was not appealing to a physical appetite, but a spiritual one – a sinful desire to reject God, to reject God’s plan and trust in self. The enemy’s plan for us is the same. That means our battle is a spiritual one, with much of our warfare focused on our thoughts, The enemy wants to influence how we think and respond. Right now, the devil has power in the world. His power is limited by God, but it is power nonetheless. In our own strength, we are no match for him. We need supernatural power, the power that only comes through Jesus and His Word.
II. The Weapons of our Battle (v. 13-18a)
-the Belt of Truth – The discernment to know what is of God and what is not.
-the Breastplate of Righteousness – Trusting in Jesus for my justification protects my heart and reminds me I am accepted by God.
-the Shoes of the Gospel – Always ready to share the gospel wherever we go.
-the Shield of Faith – Faith in Christ, in His love for us, shields us from attacks of condemnation.
-the Helmet of Salvation – To know who you belong to, to know for sure that you are a follower of Christ.
-the Sword of the Spirit – (the Word of God) – Because God’s Word is power, it defends us against the lies and temptation of the devil.
III. The Goal of our Battle (v. 18b-20)
With all of this, we are to stay constant in prayer (v. 18), which keeps us anchored in Christ. And Paul’s goal, his main prayer request, was for him to be able to open his mouth boldly and proclaim the gospel. That’s our goal. That’s the end result of all our spiritual struggles and all our battles and all our warfare. We are not simply to be defensive. We are called to be on the offensive, moving forward, full of courage and joy, carrying the gospel forward, spreading the good news of Jesus to every person and to every nation.
We are to push against the spiritual darkness of the enemy and the spiritual resistance of our own culture and our own fears, and take the light of the gospel to our neighborhoods, our jobs, our schools, our communities, and to the ends of the earth.