“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
But Jesus has a different purpose…
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
The Bible reveals that we not only have one enemy, we have three: the world, the flesh and the devil.
How do these enemies work in me?
Failure to admit the weakness of our flesh—that we are sinners with no one else to blame.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God,’ for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.”
Failure to engage in spiritual disciplines and have consistence walk with God.
“Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.’And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.’And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ ”
Failure to recognize we are in a battle.
1 Peter 5:8
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
Embracing functional idols for personal satisfaction.
“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”
1 John 2:15-16
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.”
These things lead to issues that make us weaker:
- Stress and physical exhaustion
- Excessive credit and conflict over how money will be spent
- Unhealthy relationships
- Unrealistic expectations
- Emotional extremes
- Constant discontent
- Sexual sins and infidelity
- Substance abuse
- Pornography, gambling, and other addictions
How do we win the war that is being raged in our living rooms everyday?
Put on God’s Armor (Ephesians 6:10, 13-17)
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”
How do we arm ourselves?
“Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
Praying is like breathing…it is consistently necessary for life!
You dress yourself with the armor of God one piece at a time through prayer!
The Helmet of Salvation
We need to be reminded that nothing can separate us now from the love of Christ.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Breastplate of Righteousness
We need to know that the holiness and purity of Jesus Christ provides all the strength we need and will guard our hearts.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Belt of Truth
The truth of God’s Word will expose the deception of the world, and even the deception of our own heart’s.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
The gospel of peace gives us the footing we need to stand firm in the battle.
The Shield of Faith
Absolute trust in the Lord will be our hope in all circumstances
The Sword of the Spirit
The Holy Spirit will fill our lives with the wisdom of God’s Word so we can stand strong in the battle today. We should seek to live under the leadership of the Holy Spirit each day. And it is the power of the Holy Spirit that will win the day.