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Mar11
EPHESIANS Standing Firm Amid Spiritual Warfare
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Ephesians 6:10-13
Date: Mar 11th, 2018
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Recap the Flow of Ephesians:


1. “How BLESSED I am!”   _Appreciation


2. “What must I DO?”   _Adjustments


3. “How can I STAND?”   _Armed


POINT = take ownership for Growing toward Spiritual Maturity


               _be like Jesus   4:12, 13 cf. 6:13 – to “stand”


Ch. 6:10-18: “Get the PICTURE”, a Roman soldier suited in armor


                      is likened to a Christian armed for spiritual warfare.


 


A. A Christian Soldier’s Perspective   10


1. “I have SEEN the Mighty Power of God.”  1:19-22; Heb.2:14, 15


2. “I must SURRENDER to the Mighty Power of God.”   3:16-20; 5:18


 


B. A Christian Soldier’s Purpose   11 cf. 13


1. to Remain Standing: defensive stance (4X); upright vs. defeated


2. to be Responsible to Put On the FULL Armor of God


 = spiritual Truth that guards the soul against enemy attacks


3. to be Ready to Stand “when the day of evil comes”


- this evil is in active opposition against the believer


- need to “stand” and “withstand”


 


C. The Soldier’s Perpetrator   12


- called “the devil”  11  _seeks to do us harm; arch-enemy of God


1. The Enemy is Subtle  11


- “schemes”; a deceiver and liar  Gen.3; John 8:44; 2 Cor.4:4


- is often LOUD (1 Pet.5:9); wants us to forget 6:10


- called “the accuser of the brothers”   Rev.12:10


2. The Enemy is Spiritual  12


- battles for our mind and heart, seeks to steal TRUTH away


cf. EPHESIANS: Satan attacks our Appreciation, Adjustments,


                   and Armor; he tempts (Matt.4); a destroyer  1 Pet.5:9


3. They Enemy is Sinful   12, 13


- forces of evil, day of evil, this dark world


- 1 John 2:15-17 = sinful Society, sinful Self, sinful Satan


POINT = know your enemy; keep your Perspective and Purpose