Pine Island Bible Church
“The Warfare Of The Believer—His Implementation” (Part 2)
December 13, 2020
Main Scripture Reference(s)
Ephesians 6:19-20

“The Warfare Of The Believer—His Implementation” (Part 2)

December 13, 2020 / Ephesians 6:19-20

Make A QUIET COMMITMENT:

  • QUIET your mind and soul before the LORD — “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
  • COMMIT to obedience: Commit to doing whatever God will say to you in this message — “to obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22)

I.     The Wealth of the Believer (Ephesians 1:1-3:21)

II.    The Walk of the Believer (Ephesians 4:1-6:9)

We note that our understanding of the principles of God’s Word will lead to the practice of God’s ways.

III.   The Warfare of the Believer (Ephesians 6:10-20)

A.  Introduction

B.  Instruction: how to stand fast in the battle(Ephesians 6:10-12)  

C.  Instruments: how to face the battle (Ephesians 6:13-17)

D.  Implementation: how to fight in battle (Ephesians 6:18-20)

Prayerlessness is an attitude of self-sufficiency. It is acting as if you don’t need God.

1.  The Model of Prayer—“He continued all night in prayer” (Luke 6:12)

2.  The Marks of Prayer (Ephesians 6:18)

3.  The of Prayer— (Ephesians 6:19)

Paul asks for prayer for his freedom—not his release from prison but freedom to speak the message of Christ.

a.  Pray for —“that utterance may be given me

Colossians 4:3 Withal [meanwhile] praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

b.  Pray for —“that I may open my mouth boldly

i.  Our promotes

2 Corinthians 3:12 Seeing then that we have such hope [confident expectation], we use great plainness of speech [boldness]:

ii.  Our points to

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest [eager] expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

Cf. Acts 4:13; Acts 4:29

Acts 28:30-31 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house [in Rome], and received all that came in unto him, 31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him [he was unhindered].

c.  Pray for —“to make known the mystery of the Gospel

The purpose or goal of prayer is evangelistic. It is to fulfill the Great Commission as we do the “work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).

Romans 16:25-26 Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

This “mystery” carries the idea of a secret thing that is previously unrevealed—something that was not understood until being revealed.

Paul explains the mystery in Ephesians 3:3-6 which is that believing Gentiles enjoy equal position and privilege with believing Jews.

Paul further explains this “mystery of the Gospel” in Ephesians 2:11-16.

4.  The of Prayer— (Ephesians 6:20)

Note: his prayer is to “persevere” in the faithful proclamation of the “mystery of the Gospel.”

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Philippians 1:13-14 So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the Word without fear.

The Lord was being honored and glorified as others were encouraged to be bold in their witness for Christ—as they are “confident in [Paul’s] bonds.”

POINT OF ACTION: Our warfare is fought through the implementation of prayer to God. Our Model of prayer is Christ. The marks of prayer are rooted in submission. The mission of prayer is the advance of the Gospel as ambassadors for Christ.


What Is My Next Step?

Hearing — Giving attention to God’s Word with the intent to obey it – James 1:21-25

Doing Making application of God’s Word to be more like Christ – Ephesians 4:22-24

  1. What did God show me that I must confess and forsake because it does not reflect Christ and hurts my relationship with Him and others? (Put OFF SIN)
  1. What did God show me about Himself in this text? (Renew your mind)
    1. What is He like?
    2. What does He like?
    3. What does He dislike?
  1. What does God say to me in this text? (Renew your mind)
    1. What command to obey?
    2. What promise to claim?
    3. What principle to apply (If I do ____, then God will do ___)?
    4. What example to follow?
  1. What verse(s) should I memorize and meditate upon through-out this week to help make my change lasting? (Renew your mind)
  1. In light of what I have heard from God, … (Put ON CHRIST)
    1. What character quality of Jesus must I demonstrate with God’s help this week?
    2. In what situ­ations will I most likely be tempted not to respond in a Christ-like way?
    3. How can I get ready for those situations? (If I don’t have a plan for change, it probably won’t happen.)

OUR MISSION:  Supremely love GOD, Sacrificially love others—ALL to the GLORY of GOD!

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