“The Warfare Of The Believer—His Instruments” (Part 4)
November 8, 2020 / Ephesians 6:15
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)
B. Instruction: how to stand fast in the battle(Ephesians 6:10-12)
We must follow the instructions for the battle: being invincible with God’s power, intentionally prepared, immovable being protected by God’s armor, and informed about the perpetrator of the battle.
C. Instruments: how to face the battle (Ephesians 6:13-17)
Now, as we consider the believer’s instruments, Paul teaches us that we can face the battle when we intentionally stand ready with the armor of God.
1. God’s Precept for our stability in Warfare (Ephesians 6:13)
2. God’s Protection for our security in Warfare (Ephesians 6:14-17a)
i. He is rooted in truth(Ephesians 6:14a)
QUESTION: “Do I really want to fight him at all? Am I sincere about this spiritual warfare?”
ii. He is in his (Ephesians 6:14b)
QUESTION: “Am I living the kind of life that enables me to engage in this conflict?”
iii. He is where he —He is confident & courageous in his faith (Ephesians 6:15)
QUESTION: “Am I prepared to fight?” “Am I bold in the battle, because my feet are firmly rooted in Gospel of peace?”
We must keep in mind the context of this passage (Ephesians 6:10-14). The context is the believer in conflict with Satan.
“And your feet shod …” (Ephesians 6:15) – The Christian soldier is to have his feet made ready by being “shod” or lit. “bound under one’s feet” in order to be equipped or prepared.
“…with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” (Ephesians 6:15) – The word “preparation” carries the idea of being made ready or equipped. It speaks of a foundation or firm footing—stability.
The follower of God is “… to be ready to [for] every good work,”(Titus 3:1).
This is what he was created for as a means to bring glory to God (Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:10).
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified [declared righteous] by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
a) He had motivating because of his
Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped [having no defense or excuse], and all the world may become guilty [convicted] before God.
Was I brought under conviction because of the penalty of my sin?
Romans 3:24 Being justified [declared righteous] freely [without merit] by His grace through the redemption [paid for by] that is in Christ Jesus:
Have I placed my faith in Christ alone for my salvation?
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
b) He has stabilizing because of his
Do I believe that God’s Word is truth?
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and ;
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Ephesians 3:12 In Whom [Christ Jesus – cf. v. 11] we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
c) He has enabling because of God’s
He can have courage to step into the battle because of the faithful promises of God (1 Corinthians 55-58).
Application from the life of Joshua (Joshua 1:5-9)
Gospel shoes give the soldier of Christ confidence in his position and then courage “for every good work” that God calls him to do.
POINT OF ACTION: Our warfare is fought with the instruments of God. Our protection for the spiritual battles of life continues with being resolute where we tread. We noted the sinner’s motivating conviction because of his penalty for sin; his stabilizing confidence because of his position in Christ; and his enabling courage because of God’s power within.
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
- 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)
- What did God show me about Himself in this text? (Renew your mind)
- What is He like?
- What does He like?
- What does He dislike?
- What does God say to me in this text? (Renew your mind)
- What command to obey?
- What promise to claim?
- What principle to apply (If I do ____, then God will do ___)?
- What example to follow?
- What verse(s) should I memorize and meditate upon through-out this week to help make my change lasting? (Renew your mind)
- In light of what I have heard from God, … (Put ON CHRIST)
- What character quality of Jesus must I demonstrate with God’s help this week?
- In what situations will I most likely be tempted not to respond in a Christ-like way?
- 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!