Ephesians 6:13-17 Take up the Sword of the Spirit.mp4

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Paul tells us to stand firm because we have a very real enemy. What does our enemy do? How does he attack? He tempts us. He hits us when we least expect it. He lies and whispers, ‘you deserve more.’ He whispers, ‘you are acceptable, you are better than most people.’ If we aren’t vigilant, we selfishly succumb to his assaults. Our ancient foe is wily, crafty, and more devious than we are. How do we fight? We must rely on our Lord to contend.
Remember, “God is sovereign over Satan. The devil has no free hand in this world. He is on a leash, and can do only what God permits.” First, to know how to fight, we must recognize the enemy. Paul tells us to stand firm. We can stand firm because we are equipped for the battle.
The armor reminds us we need help and must depend on God. Paul stated in 2 Cor 12:10, that when he was weakest, he was really strongest. He understood his success depended upon God, and our success in the incessant battles depend upon God, His armor and His Holy Spirit.
To first know how to fight, we must recognize the enemy. Second, we must realize God has given us the equipment to stand firm. The equipment He provides is like the armor a Roman soldier would wear as he fought his enemy, and we are commanded to put on the armor. The six components of the armor are the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes are the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit.

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