Sunday, January 30, 2011

40DLD-14: The Whole Armor of God

Today, I'm taking a bit of a sabbath from blogging.  I gave a message at my church tonight entitled "The Whole Armor of God," taken from Ephesians 6.  I have an audio copy if you'd like to listen (lemme know your email address and I'll send it to you); in the meantime, here were my sermon notes:


THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

Ephesians 6:10-20

·         V. 10: finally = last set of instructions, applies to all
o   Strong = “dunamis,” empowered, enabled
o   Power = “kratos,” vigor, dominion
o   Might = “ischus,” forcefulness
·         V. 11: whole armor = lacking nothing, nothing weak
o   Why do we need armor?  Because our bodies are weak.
o   Wiles = “methodia,” the methods or trickery
·         V. 12: whole armor repeated for emphasis
o   Withstand = oppose
o   Stand = abide, continue, establish, hold up, set up
·         What is this “whole armor of God”?
·         TRUTH = “alethia,” only word for truth in the Greek language
o   Represented by girdle; carries weight, holds together the whole outfit, dependable, surrounds body
o   Loins = procreative power, entire lower area
o   Truth is unchanging, dependable, stable
o   John 1:14 – “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.”
o   John 8:32 – “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
o   John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life…”
o   John 16:13 – “When he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth.”
o   Truth protects your weakest areas from exposure to attack; thus, no matter what the devil says about your weakness or failure, especially your past, the TRUTH is that Jesus has set you free
·         RIGHTEOUSNESS
o   Represented by breastplate; purity, justification, character; protects vital organs & center mass
o   Having on = don’t get caught with It off
o   May be bulky and awkward, may throw off your balance, but it’s better than being unprotected.
o   Has to fit properly, which was why David could not wear Saul’s armor to fight Goliath
o   II Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him”
o   Righteousness is our covering, justification; it is the truth applied and activated in your life, because it is the truth of who God wants you to be; it is the state of our Christlikeness. 
·         PREPARATION = to make ready
o   Foot care is absolutely pivotal to morale, health, functionality, and mobility.
§  There is a part of the foot that corresponds to every other part of the body
§  Footing is everything from how you stand to how you move.
o   Gospel of peace = “evangelion,” the good message
o   Preparation means not expecting what you need to be there without you doing anything.  This is why we train so intensely, so that when you’re under pressure, training overcomes instinct.
o   Peace = prosperity, and lest we forget, Jesus is the Prince of Peace; you can’t prosper if you’re not at peace.
o   John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
·         FAITH
o   Shield protects you from long-distance attacks (“fiery darts”) of the enemy, such as moments of doubt when you don’t necessarily see the devil at work
o   Word for shield means “large door;” shield of faith shuts the door on doubt.
o   A shield can be used to protect yourself or someone else
o   Wives and mothers of Greek soldiers would tell them, “Come home with your shield or on it.”  This meant, “Don’t drop your shield and run away during the battle.  Either hold on to it until the end of the battle or die in the fight and be carried home on your shield.”
o   Mark 2:1-5 – man lowered through the roof; “When Jesus saw their faith…”
o   There are plenty of examples where a person is healed by having faith, but this is one of the few that shows a person being healed through faith of another.
·         SALVATION
o   Go back to the basics, your first love; protects your mind when the devil asks you whether or not you’re saved
o   Protects from doubt, which is the absence of faith.
o   Philippians 2:5-11 – “the mind of Christ.”
o   You can cut off any other extension of your torso and live, but not the head.
·         WORD OF GOD
o   Warriors have always had a special connection with their weapons; hence, why most name their weapons.
o   Surrender of a sword used to be the ultimate sign that a leader had been defeated by an opposing force.
o   The sword is the only offensive weapon listed; can be used in both offense and defense, even when all else fails. 
o   I Samuel 21:7-9 - When David was at Nob, he was offered the sword he took from Goliath by Ahimelech the priest.
o   Revelation 19:11-16 – sword out of Jesus’ mouth
o   How would you like to fight the devil with the same weapon Jesus used?
·         PARACLETE
o   We need other warriors alongside us, fighting beside us.
o   The armor-bearer stands back to back with you, protecting you from things you cannot see.
o   This requires knowing each other well enough to work together without seeing each other.

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