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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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Christian Warfare

Eph 6.10-20
(Resourced From Adrian Rogers)

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[There is a dark, diabolical, devious warfare going on all around us. It is a type of gorilla warfare.  It is permeated with sabotage, subversion, innuendo, snipping.  It is a deadly war.  It is a war between light and darkness, good and evil, heaven and hell, Christ and Satan.  Whether you realize it or not you are a part of this warfare.  You cannot afford to be ignorant and you cannot possibly be neutral.  If you try to be neutral you will find your self in the crossfire, right between the fighting forces, the deadliest place of all.]   

[The Church is not a show boat it is a battleship.  We are at war.] 

[When you were born again you were born from above, you are heaven bond, you were born for a battle, and you were born to win.] 

[This message is a (warning) call to arms and a declaration of victory.] 

Things to know about a Christian warrior: 

A.     The Christian Warrior and His Adversary (vs 10-11) [–  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” - We must know our enemy. The devil is your enemy.  In our day we make light of the devil.  We speak of devils food cake, deviled ham, and call football teams the devils.  People like to make the devil laughable, but he is a very real enemy.  It has always been the devils purpose to pull the veil of darkness over his kingdom and to have his existence denied for a while, but his goal always has been to be worship, so that sooner or latter he will show himself and demand worship.  It is important that we understand who the devil is because if there is no concept of an enemy then there will be no preparation for the war.  How is our enemy described?] 

1.      He is a Decided fact (vs 11; Ezek 28.11-15; Luke 4.1-3; Heb 13.5; Rev 12.3-4) [– “ . . . the devil.” – The devil is not just the presence of evil in our world.  The devil is not just the dark side of the force.  The Devil is:] 

a.       [A Created Being (Ezekiel 28.11-15)] 

[Ezekiel 28:11-15 11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.]

[The devil is a real created being.  He was created as the covering Cherub (an angel) covering the very throne of God.  You need to understand that God never created a devil, God created Lucifer, the most beautiful angel of all angelic beings.  It was Lucifer’s pride and rebellion against God that turned him into the devil.  Just as God did not create sin nor sinners, it is our poor, unwise, wrong choices that result in sin and sinfulness.  The Bible declares and reveals that Satan is a real being with supernatural power and worldly dominion.] 

b.      [Jesus Stood Toe to Toe with the Devil (Luke 4.1-3) “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.” - Jesus was not faced with an apparition, nor a figment of his imagination.  He stood face to face with Lucifer, who was the son of the morning, and had now become Lord of the night.] 

c.       [A Real Being - Not just some cosmic force of evil intensions or tendencies, Lucifer, the devil, is a real created being.  With dubious thoughts, evil intensions, and the desire to devour, deceive, and destroy.] 

(1)   [Angels are real created beings.  The bible records of angels:] 

[Hebrews 13:2 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.]

(2)   [Demons are fallen angels. The Bible records of demons:] 

[Revelation 12:3-4 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. ]

2.      He is a Destructive foe [– “. . . that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”]  

a.      He is Strategic (1 Pet 5.8-9). 

(1)   [Wiles - methodeia meth-od-i'-ah (gk)This is the word we get method or methodical from.  Satan is very methodical and strategic.  He may even step back two steps in order to go forward three steps.  He may help you to feel you are getting away with your sin by blessing you and helping you.  He is very strategic.  ] 

(2)   [Satan has a plan to destroy your home and life, the bomb is planted the match is struck and the fuse is lit.] 

[1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. ]

b.      He is Spiritual (vs 12; 1 John 4.1) [– “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Some times people think that because something is spiritual that it is good.  Instead, people need to understand that there is spiritual goodness and spiritual wickedness.] 

[1 John 4:1 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.]

(1)    [Sťances, necromancy, clairvoyancy, wee gee boards, horoscopes, and other spiritual wickedness.  There is a spiritual reality to all of these, but they are spiritual wickedness.] 

c.       He is Strong (vs 12) [– “. . . principalities, against powers . . .” – In your own strength you are weak in comparison to Satan.  Adrian Rogers said, “You might as well be throwing snow balls at the rock of Gibraltar as come against Satan in your own strength.”] 

d.      He is Sinister (vs 12) [– “. . . against the rulers of the darkness of this world . . .” – The Devil has dark tyrannical power, he is in a fight to the finish and there is nothing that dirty devil will not do.  He is determined to wreck, ruin and destroy your life, and he knows he only has a little while to do it in.  He is fighting like a cornered animal.] 

3.      He is a Defeated Foe (vs 10; 1 John 4.4) [– “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” – Our God has already defeated Satan. 

[1 John 4:4 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.]

[It is important for Christians to realize that they do not fight for victory, they fight from victory.]

[Someone might ask, “If Satan is already defeated then why do I have to be warned?”  While God broke Satan’s back at Calvary, it is a part of God’s plan to give Satan limited power on this earth to make overcomers of us and give greater glory to Himself.]

[Illustration: Doctor’s in Arizona had issued a warning in a News Paper that rattlesnakes whose heads have been severed can still bite with deadly poison.  In 1989 five of thirty-two rattlesnake bites in a regional hospital involved rattle snakes the victims thought were dead.]

[Satan is as a dead snake, but he can still bite.]

B.     The Christian Warrior and His Armor (vs 13) [– We need to recognize our enemy, we also need to prepare for the battle.  If you do not prepare for the battle you are going to lose the battle.  We need to put on the whole armor of God and it is to be holy armor.  A football player needs all of his equipment.  What would it be like if a football player only wore some of the equipment?  He will get hurt and he will be out.] 

1.      Your Integrity, The Belt of Truth (vs 14) [Resisting Lies“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, . . .”  Truth stands for integrity.  Soldiers used to wear a leather belt to hold their center of strength together, their loins.  This belt held his weapons and held his tunic together so it would not get tangled up.  That belt is integrity and it is integrity or truth that holds everything else together.  You are to live the truth, tell the truth, preach the truth, and if you don’t your life will come apart.  Satan is a liar and is the father of lies, Jesus is the truth.  If your life is permeated with lies then you will lose the battle and your life will come apart.  You cannot win this battle without the belt of truth.] 

2.      Your Purity, The Breastplate of Righteouness (vs 14; Matt 5.8) Resisting Lust [“. . . and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” – There can be no unconfessed and unrepented sin in your life.  A warrior had a breast plate made of woven chain that covered his heart, lungs and chest.  Without this breastplate a warrior was susceptible to serious injury.  Jesus said,] 

[Matthew 5:8 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. ]

[Satan not only attacks you with lies, but he attacks you with impurity.  He tries to get you to read some filthy magazine, or to watch some filthy movie.  He wants to get that into your heart and mind.  He wants you to get into some crocked business deal.]   

[He wants you to think its no big sin, but it is a crack in the armor.] 

[Who is it that knocks so loudly,]
[It is a little sin,]
[So I let it in,]
[And soon all hell was in.] 

[Is your heart pure?  If not then you cannot win. Satan fears a pure Christian.] 

3.      Your Tranquility, Feet Shod with the Gospel of Peace (vs 15; Psalm 119.165) [Resisting Discouragement “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”  A Roman soldier needed good shoes on his feet.  A Roman soldier would have hob nails on his shoes like cleats.  Why?  Because when you’re fighting you need a place to stand, you need to have good footing.  In this passage Paul tells us to Stand, to Stand, to Stand; therefore your feet need to be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.  Peace is Tranquility.  Paul is talking about peace with God, peace with each other, and peace with God in our hearts.  You see Jesus gives peace, and unless you have peace you can never make war.] 

[Satan attacks your integrity with lies, he attacks your purity with lusts, he attacks your tranquility with stones and briars and anything that will destabilize your footing and disturb your peace. This is discouragement.] 

[Do you have peace?  If you lack peace it is not because of your circumstances.  Peace in the Bible is not the subtraction of problems in your life, it is the addition of the power needed to meet those problems.] 

[Psalms 119:165 165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. ]

[Jesus made peace through His blood that satisfied the law.  If you do not have peace then you will slip and fall in the battle, you will be discouraged.  Something will happen, some sickness, some wayward child, some financial distress and you will lose their footing and become discouraged and defeated.  Put on your shoes of peace, based on the goodness, sovereignty and power of God and stand.] 

4.      Your Certainty, Shield of Faith (vs 16; James 3.5) [Resisting Doubt“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” – When Paul wrote this he was chained to a Roman solider.  Paul looked at that soldier and thought, I can get a spiritual lesson out of this guy.  A Roman soldier’s shield was about 2x4 feet covered in leather.  In those days they would take flaming arrows and shoot them at the enemy. ]  

[Satan’s attack that is quenched by a shield of faith is doubt.] 

[Satan is constantly trying to place in your heart darts of doubt, those subtle doubts.  You need a faith based upon the absolute certainty and trustworthiness of the absolute and authoritative Word of God and its faithfulness.  Faith is taking God at His Word and when you are certain that the Word of God is God’s faithful Word to you, you will be absolutely certain in life’s battle.]  

[Satan only needs to plant a little doubt in your heart.  A little fire can kindle a big fire.  ] 

[James 3:5 . . .  Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! ]

[Little darts of fire take on a lot of different forms.  In college they will come as little fiery darts from your college professors, and they are relentless.  They can come from your doubtful friends and associations.  They can come from television and music.  They can even come for the perceived Christians around you.  Darts of doubt come from the influencers in your life.] 

[Put on the shield of faith, and quench those fiery doubts.  Feed your faith through God’s Word, and starve your doubts.  Don’t ever forget what you have learned about God and your faith from the Word of God.] 

5.      Your Sanity, Helmet of Salvation (vs 17) [Resisting Delusion “And take the helmet of salvation, . . .” – A warrior would use a helmet to protect his head.  Why?  Because if the head is wounded nothing else works.  This helmet of salvation literally means a helmet of deliverance.  Salvation talks about going to heaven, but this helmet talks about the effect of salvation upon our minds.  It speaks of a mind under the control of God.  This is having the mind of Christ, so you can think while in the fight.] 

[When a person gets saved, for the first time in their life they have their right mind.  Just as the demoniac who Jesus rescued from the legion of demons.  The Bible says that after he met Jesus he was then in his right mind.  A person without Jesus has a form of insanity, they are not with the mind that God made them to have.] 

[Put on Jesus – If you really think about these pieces of armor and think about them, then you will realize that you are putting on Jesus.  A Christian warrior just needs to put on the Lord Jesus Christ.] 

C.     The Warrior and His Attack – [We must join the battle.  It is not enough just to put on the armor, we must get into the fight.  ] 

[Illustration:  Three boys were sitting in the living room talking when the mother came into the room and asked, “What are you boys doing?”  They replied, “Were playing war.”  The mother said, “You don’t look like your playing war.”  The boys replied, “Well, were all generals!”] 

[Too many Christians want to be generals while the Church needs some foot soldiers.] 

Three things will Guarantee our victory in the battle: 

1.      The Place of our Stance (vs 13-14; 10; Rev 12.11) [“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, . . .” – We have a place to fight from, it is the place that Jesus has won.] 

[Ephesians 6:10 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ]

[When you get into this battle you fight from the place that Jesus has already won.  We do not fight for victory, we fight from victory!  This is the place of our stance.] 

[Revelation 12:11 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; . . . ]

2.      The Power of our Sword (vs 17; Heb 4.12) [– “. . . and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”  - God has given you a place to stand and a sword to fight with.  Our sword is a very powerful sword.  It is not the sword of you, it is the sword of the spirit.] 

[Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful [full of energy], and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.]

[Christians should love the Bible because there is incredible power in the Bible.  Jesus used the Bible to fight off the attacks of the devil when He was hungry and physically weak.  Jesus said, “it is written . . .”(Luke 4)] 

3.      The Provision of the Spirit (vs 18)  [- “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” - You have put on the armor of God, you have taken your place to stand, and you have taken your sword in hand; now you must look to heaven for your provision.  ] 

[Prayer in the spirit is where your supply comes from.  Every warrior needs a supply and a commander and chief to guide him. Not just any prayer, but prayer guided by the Spirit of God.  It is the spirit that knows what Satan is up to, it is the spirit that knows what is needed in the battle.  You don’t understand what Satan is up to, but God does.]

 [Illustration: Adrian Rogers once went to the Strategic Space Command in Colorado. He was given a tour of the facility. During his tour they took him into a room and said, what do you want to see.  He said, show me Libya.  Up on a big screen came Libya.  The streets and street lights could be seen.  The officer giving the tour said, “if a missile is fired in Libya we’ll know it the moment it is fired.”  Adrian asked, “How will you know?”  The officer replied, “You don’t want to know how.”  Adrian asked, “why not?” The officer replied, “If I tell you I would have to kill you.”  Adrian said, “I don’t want to know.”] 

[Our government, from up in space is watching everything that is going on in our world and its warfare.  We Christians have a God up above who is watching everything that is going on in our life’s struggles.] 

[Christians need to stay in contact with their space command, by praying always in the spirit.] 

D.    The Christian Warrior and his Allies (vs 18-19) [– “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,” - We must unite forces to be successful in this battle.  Paul was a warrior but he knew that he did not fight alone.  Paul knew that we needed to pray for one another, because we fight together, with one another.  This is not a one man army.  We need each other and we must learn to fight together against a common enemy.  ] 

[Many of our soldiers are AWOL.  When they come to Church on Sunday they think they have done God a favor.  They never fight; they are not in this battle.  They think that somehow they can be neutral.  This is a battle.] 

1.      [Choose Sides Carefully – If you don’t follow Jesus you are on the losing side.] 

2.      [Examine Your Heart – Be sure you have all the armor of God on.] 

3.      [Don’t Try To Be Neutral – You will place your self in the middle of the battle field, the hottest part of the battle.  You will place yourself in harms way.  You can not be neutral.] 

4.      [Rejoice in the Victory and lives victoriously everyday] 

 

 


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