SPIRITUAL WARFARE
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     Eph 6:15-AND YOUR FEET SHOD (or fitted).  Again, we see another piece of the armor that God is telling us to have on.  Our FEET are to be SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION (or readiness) OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.  We should be ready and prepared.  We are to stand on the "Rock," the Gospel.  We are to put on armor and be ready for the struggle, yet our message is "peace," the GOSPEL OF PEACE.  Indeed, peace on earth and good will toward men-ref Lk 2:14.  We are to have peace, even in the midst of the struggle—the peace which passes all understanding-ref Phili 4:7.

     As it is written, FAITH COMETH BY HEARING, AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD-Ro 10:17.  Our feet need to be fitted with God’s Word. 

     Jesus gives us the example of how to defend ourselves against Satan.

     Mt 4:1-THEN WAS JESUS LED UP OF THE SPIRIT INTO THE WILDERNESS TO BE TEMPTED OF THE DEVIL.

     2-AND WHEN HE HAD FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS, HE WAS AFTERWARD AN HUNGRED.

     3-AND WHEN THE TEMPTER CAME TO HIM, HE SAID, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, COMMAND THAT THESE STONES BE MADE BREAD.

     4-BUT HE ANSWERED AND SAID, IT IS WRITTEN, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.  Jesus overcame Satan with God’s Word.

     5-THEN THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO THE HOLY CITY, AND SETTETH HIM ON A PINNACLE OF THE TEMPLE,

     6-AND SAITH UNTO HIM, IF THOU BE THE SON OF GOD, CAST THYSELF DOWN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, HE SHALL GIVE HIS ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING THEE: AND IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE.

     7-JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, IT IS WRITTEN AGAIN, THOU SHALT NOT TEMPT THE LORD THY GOD.  Satan misused God’s Word.  Jesus, again, overcame Satan by rightly using God’s Word.

     8-AGAIN, THE DEVIL TAKETH HIM UP INTO AN EXCEEDING HIGH MOUNTAIN, AND SHEWETH HIM ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD, AND THE GLORY OF THEM;

     9-AND SAITH UNTO HIM, ALL THESE THINGS WILL I GIVE THEE, IF THOU WILT FALL DOWN AND WORSHIP ME.

   10-THEN SAITH JESUS UNTO HIM, GET THEE HENCE, SATAN: FOR IT IS WRITTEN, THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.  Again, Jesus overcame Satan’s temptations by using God’s Word.

   11-THEN THE DEVIL LEAVETH HIM, AND, BEHOLD, ANGELS CAME AND MINISTERED UNTO HIM.

     Christians need to have their feet shod or fitted with the Gospel of peace.

     Note-FEET (our foundation) SHOD-THE GOSPEL.  Our feet are to be shod with the Gospel, which is God’s Word.  We stand firm on the Rock, which is the Word (Jesus).

     Eph 6:16-ABOVE ALL (or overall, or in addition).  This next thing is essential and needs to be done.   TAKING THE SHIELD.  Thus far, we have had our loins girt, a breastplate, our feet shod, and now a shield that is to be taken.  The shield for a Roman soldier was about two and a half feet wide, and four feet long.  It was oblong in shape.   The shield for the Roman soldier was made in such a way that it could absorb fiery arrows, thus, protecting the other parts of the armor.  The shield can be used to protect any part of the body according to how the person uses it.

     We are to take the shield OF FAITH.  Faith is complete trust and dependence on God in all ways and for all things.  It is an unwavering confidence in Jesus Christ.  We need to have childlike faith.  Faith in Jesus Christ (your shield) puts "Him" between you and the enemy.

     It is written, THE LORD CAME...SAYING, FEAR NOT, ABRAM: I AM THY SHIELD-Gen 15:1.  THE LORD, THE SHIELD OF THY HELP-Deut 33:29.  The SHIELD OF VICTORY-2 Sam 22:36 NIV.  The shield of faith is faith in the Lord.  Through faith, all things can be overcome.

     In each of the seven churches, promises are given only to those that "overcome."

     TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 2:7

     HE THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 2:11

     TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 2:17

     HE THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 2:26

     HE THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 3:5

     HIM THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 3:12

     TO HIM THAT OVERCOMETH-Rev 3:21

     HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL INHERIT ALL THINGS-Rev 21:7

     How do we overcome all things?  How do we overcome the wrong attitudes we have?  How do we overcome temptations?  How do we overcome even our very emotions and worldly, sinful desires?   The answer is, AND THIS IS THE VICTORY THAT OVERCOMETH THE WORLD, EVEN OUR FAITH-1 Jn 5:4.  In Eph 6:16, we read, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH.  Faith is a shield whereby we overcome all things.

     What can we do with this shield of faith?  It is written, WHEREWITH YE SHALL BE ABLE TO QUENCH (or extinguish).  Consider the words "YE SHALL BE ABLE."  With the shield of faith there is no question that you can QUENCH (or extinguish) ALL THE FIERY DARTS (or flaming arrows) OF THE WICKED.  Note the word, "FIERY" DARTS.  These are flame-tipped darts or arrows that are dipped in combustible materials, set on fire, and shot at people.   It is written, BELOVED, THINK IT NOT STRANGE CONCERNING THE "FIERY" TRIAL WHICH IS TO TRY YOU, AS THOUGH SOME STRANGE THING HAPPENED UNTO YOU-1 Pe 4:12.

     Satan can be expected to shoot darts or arrows that can penetrate inside you.  These darts are also fiery.   They are like an igniting flame.  When they strike you and penetrate, they kindle a fire inside you that keeps burning and tearing you up inside.  These flaming arrows can hurt so badly, it seems that there is absolutely no way to stop or extinguish them from hurting you, except you give in to them.  What are these flaming arrows?

     They can be summed up in three words: thoughts, emotions, and flesh.  These are usually intermixed and affect the other.   In other words, a thought stirs your emotions and causes your flesh or mouth to sin.

     You may get big knots or flaming arrows in your stomach.  You get really uptight.  These huge knots often occur when you go forth to do God’s will.  Your emotions can get so stirred up that sometimes it feels like there is a raging fire inside you.  It seems as if the only way you can put out that horrible, raging fire, is to fulfill the very thoughts that are prompting the fire to keep burning and tearing you up inside.  These flaming arrows usually prompt you to disobey God in some way; however, there are many times that your thoughts will tell you that you are not disobeying God at all.  They may tell you that you are doing God a favor.  What would prompt a person to commit murder?   The answer is a flaming arrow.  Yet it is written, THE TIME COMETH, THAT WHOSOEVER KILLETH YOU WILL "THINK" THAT HE DOETH GOD SERVICE-Jn 16:2.   Fiery darts can cause fear.  They can inflame your desires and flesh.

     What causes a person to believe there is no God, no heaven, no hell, or no eternal judgment?  What can prompt a person to run from God’s Word and not believe the truth?  What encourages a person to listen to false teaching, go to blind churches, turn to false ways, believe lies and deceit, or turn to idols such as worldly possessions?  What can cause a person to put unnecessary things in place of reading and studying the Bible?  What can drive a person to steal, to lie, to commit murder, or to take drugs?  What can stir a person to commit rape, fornication, adultery, or any such sin?  The answer is flaming arrows.  These are wrong thoughts, which prompt your emotions and flesh.

     You cannot trust your feelings.  You cannot trust your heart, which is deceitful and desperately wicked.  You can trust the Word of God.  Can a person’s senses or feelings ever be trusted?  Only when they line up with the Word of God, and in those few Christians WHO BY REASON OF USE HAVE THEIR SENSES EXERCISED TO DISCERN BOTH GOOD AND EVIL-Heb 5:14.

     How can we extinguish these flaming arrows that penetrate so deeply?  The answer is, THE SHIELD OF FAITH.   The shield of faith comes from hearing, reading, and believing God’s Word.   Thus, Satan’s attacks can be expected to try to stop you from partaking of God’s Word, by which faith comes to them that believe.  Faith becomes a shield.   With this shield, you can quench the FIERY DARTS that Satan shoots at you.

     It is written, CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST-2 Cor 10:5.   Take the shield of faith wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  Overcome it by faith.

     For example, you sit down to read your Bible.  All of a sudden, a thought comes to you as you look at the window.  You think you have to clean that dirt off the window.  The fiery dart inside you stirs you up.  Finally, your thought and emotion prompts you to get up and clean the window.  Now you sit back down to read your Bible.  Again, another thought strikes you as you look at the dirt on the floor.  You resist it, but the fiery dart burning inside you seems to force you to get up and clean the floor.  You sit back down to read your Bible.  Then the telephone rings.  An irresistible impulse tells you to answer that phone.  You answer it.  It is a friend that talks, and talks, and talks.  You know you should hang up, but a fiery dart inside you tells you, "You do not want to offend them," so you stay on the phone for a half hour.  Finally, you sit down again to read your Bible.  As you read, you begin to get tired.  You yawn, and your eyes grow heavy.  For some reason, you just can’t seem to stay awake.  Then your eyes look at the clock.  It is now late, and you have a fiery dart inside, telling you to go to bed.  Three hours have passed since you first sat down to read your Bible.  You have only read one verse.  Do you understand what is happening?  It is written, SUBMIT YOURSELVES THEREFORE TO GOD.  RESIST THE DEVIL, AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU-Ja 4:7.  Fight the devil with God’s Word as Jesus did.  Take the SHIELD OF FAITH that will enable you to extinguish the flaming arrows of the devil.

     It is written in the Lord’s prayer, AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION -Mt 6:13.  Yet so many people lead themselves into temptation.  They go to the unsaved and listen to their ungodly advice.  They intentionally go by a certain woman’s house just so they can look and lust after her.  They buy a newspaper just so they can read the wicked astrology section.  They attend a church where the minister does not exhibit the fruits of the Spirit of God, neither is he an example of Christ.  They lead themselves into temptations, and this gives a place to the devil to tempt and mislead them.  They fall, and there is none to help them up.  They lead themselves into an atmosphere that is full of fiery darts by not obeying God’s Word.

     Note the SHIELD "OF FAITH."  Faith can overcome everything.  This shield can quench the flaming arrows and protect all the body.  It can overcome all things.

     Eph 6:17-AND TAKE THE HELMET.  God is now giving us another piece of armor, a helmet.  The helmet protects the head.  From the head we see, we hear, we smell, we think.  This helmet is OF SALVATION.  Multitudes of people sit in churches on Sunday, listening to the preacher, and are confident of their salvation.  Should the minister ask to see the hands raised of those who are fully persuaded they are saved, they will raise their hands.  They are among approximately eighty percent of the people that are positive they are saved, but are not.  They have never taken THE HELMET OF SALVATION.   They sit in the church and sing songs about a God they do not know.  The minister talks to them and preaches to them as if they are God’s children.  They wander in darkness and do not know they will perish.  The Lord is commanding to take the HELMET OF SALVATION.  It is written, AN HELMET OF SALVATION UPON HIS HEAD-Isa 59:17, and also FOR AN HELMET, THE HOPE OF SALVATION-1 Thes 5:8.

     AND take THE SWORD.   The sword can be used for both defense and offense.  With it a person can block another weapon coming against him, but it can also be used to strike an opponent.   We are to take the sword OF THE SPIRIT.  The Spirit of God moved through holy men of God to speak God’s Word-ref 2 Pe 1:21.  As it is written, NOT BY MIGHT, NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT, SAITH THE LORD-Zech 4:6.  What is the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT?  Verse 17 concludes with, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.  Take God’s Word.  FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS QUICK, AND POWERFUL, AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED 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-Heb 4:12.  The Word of God can cause some to flee.  The Word of God can make people tremble.   It is written, as PAUL...REASONED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, TEMPERANCE, AND JUDGMENT TO COME, FELIX TREMBLED, AND ANSWERED, GO THY WAY-Acts 24:24,25.  With the Word of God, Jesus overcame Satan after He had fasted.

     FOR THOUGH WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE DO NOT WAR AFTER THE FLESH: (FOR THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONG HOLDS;)-2 Cor 10:3,4.  LET US PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT-Ro 13:12.  AS SERVANTS OF GOD WE COMMEND OURSELVES IN EVERY WAY...BY THE WORD OF TRUTH, BY THE POWER OF GOD, BY THE ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS ON THE RIGHT HAND AND ON THE LEFT-2 Cor 6:4 NIV.

     Note the HELMET "OF SALVATION."  The helmet covers the head, which is where we think, hear, and see.

SUMMARY OF EPH 6:10-17

     The devil is scheming against you.  Thus, you need to learn how to stand against his schemes, against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. You need to learn how to extinguish the flaming arrows of the devil—those misleading thoughts, elevated emotions, and fleshly desires that burn inside you—prompting you to sin against God.

     God has now given us the prescription for being strong, for standing, for wrestling or struggling, for withstanding in the evil day against Satan.  The conclusion of these verses might be summed up in this: take and put on, be fitted with and have on the whole armor of God; this includes your loins being girt about, a breastplate, your feet shod, a shield, and a helmet.   Take, put on, be fitted with, and have on truth, righteousness, the Gospel, faith, and salvation.  Your strength is in the Lord, in the power of His might.  Do everything possible to stand.  And take God’s Word, rightly divide it, and use it as the Holy Spirit directs.

TODAY’S CHURCH

     In these days in which we live, the masses of professing Christians are almost totally ignorant of, or indifferent to, these truths.  Others openly criticize and oppose them.  The church of today is getting further and further away from the strait gate and the narrow way of the Bible.  New ideas and doctrines are coming into most churches at, what seems to be, an ever increasing rate.  People are being tossed to and fro with the winds of all kinds of misleading doctrines.  The God-fearing, born-again, love-filled, fruit-bearing, obedient, Bible-reading, and discerning Christian, who understands spiritual warfare, who demonstrates his love for God by obeying His commandments, who reveals his faith by serving God and taking a stand for truth, and who is watching and ready for Jesus to return, seems to be a disappearing figure in this generation.  Most churches today are places where make-believe Christians gather on Sundays to feel comfortable and be entertained.  They leave church confident and reassured that all is right in their life.  Then they die and are shocked, as they find themselves in a place called "hell."

     We need to search God’s Word and let God’s Word search us.

     We need to have the Word in our hearts and our hearts in the Word.

WHAT IS THE DEVIL DOING?

     Scheming against you-ref Eph 6:11 NIV

COMMANDS AND ADVICE : 
WHAT ARE WE TO DO?

     BE STRONG-6:10

     PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD-6:11

     STAND-6:11

     FOR WE WRESTLE (or struggle)-6:12

     TAKE UNTO YOU THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD-6:13

     HAVING DONE ALL (or everything), TO STAND-6:13

     STAND THEREFORE-6:14

     HAVING YOUR LOINS GIRT ABOUT WITH TRUTH-6:14

     HAVING ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS-6:14

     TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH-6:16

     TAKE THE HELMET OF SALVATION-6:17

     TAKE...THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD-6:17

 

STAND OR WRESTLE AGAINST WHAT?

     AGAINST THE DEVIL'S SCHEMES-6:11 NIV

     AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES (or authorities)-6:12

     AGAINST POWERS-6:12

     AGAINST THE RULERS OF THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD-6:12

     AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES-6:12

HOW?

     IN THE LORD-6:10

     IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT-6:10

WHEN?

     Now-Eph 6:10

     IN THE EVIL DAY-6:13

ARMOR

LOINS GIRT-6:14 TRUTH-6:14 Holds all together.
BREASTPLATE OF-6:14

RIGHTEOUSNESS-6:14  Faith and love-1Thes 5:8
Covers the chest, including the heart.

FEET SHOD-6:15

THE GOSPEL-6:15

Stand on God’s Word
(the Rock).
SHIELD-6:16 OF FAITH-6:16 Can protect everything.
HELMET-6:17

OF SALVATION-6:17

Helmet covers the head: Thinking, hearing, seeing.

STRENGTH AND POWER FROM?

     IN THE LORD-6:10

     IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT-6:10

WEAPON

     THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT-6:17

     THE WORD-6:17

WHY AND WHAT ARE THE RESULTS?

     THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO STAND-6:11

     THAT YE MAY BE ABLE TO WITHSTAND (or stand your ground)-6:13

     WHEREWITH YE SHALL BE ABLE TO QUENCH (or extinguish) ALL THE FIERY DARTS
     (or flaming arrows) OF THE WICKED-6:16

MISCELLANEOUS  WORDS

     TAKE-6:13,17

     TAKING-6:16

     Fitted WITH-6:15

     PUT ON-6:11

     GIRT-6:14

     HAVING ON-6:14

 

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