Proposition: The strength we receive from the gospel translates itself into everyday experience.
I. OUR CONFLICT, vs. 10-12
A. Against the devilII. OUR CLOTHING, vs. 13-17
B. Against principalities and powers
C. Against rulers of this world
D. Against wickedness in high places
E. Not against flesh and blood
A. The armorIII. OUR CONCERN, v. 181. TruthB. The weapons
4. Salvation1. Faith
2. The Word of God
A. Concerned at all timesIV. OUR CONFIDENCE, vs. 19, 20
B. Concerned for all Christians
C. Concerned with all perseverance
D. Concerned in all prayers
A. Speak boldlyConclusion: We have not been placed in the world unprepared. God has provided the protection and power we need.
B. Speak authoritatively
C. Speak properly
Gordon McLaughlin is a native New Zealander.
That gives him the right to speak of his own nation. He has wriften
a book about his homeland entitled The Passionless People. He calls
modern New Zealand "a sterile society." Couid that be said of some
congregations? Are we a passionless people? Or are we caught
up in the grand passion Christ shares with His servants, to redeem the
Cato ended every speecb he gave in the Roman Senate
with the same ringing words: "Carthage must be destroyed! Carthage must
be destroyed!" Finally, that great threat to Rome was vanquished,
and Carthage was, indeed, destroyed. We must see ourselves in a great
spiritual conflict, a conflict so serious that we can never think of negotiating
a compromise. It is a conflict so serious that peaceful coexistence is
impossible. Sin must be destroyed. Christ must conquer. We
are His warriors."Onward, Christian soldiers!"
When Socrates was sentenced to death in Athens, his
friends gathered. They offered him escape, but he refused to violate the
laws of his beloved city. Quite calmly and with no sign of distaste,
he took the poison and drained the cup! As he faced death
with courage, we must face life with courage. As he saw principles
worth dying for, we must see principles worth living for.
Remember that young David found that the armor of
King Saul did not fit him. So he went to face Goliath without any
armor at all. In a very different setting, we must ask if the armor
of God fits us. If it does not, who is to blame? If it does
not, what shall we do? The answer is that we must "grow into it."
Did your parents always buy your clothing a little big so that it would
last longer and then allow you to "grow into it"? Perhaps that is
what God has done. He has made the armor a little large so that we
may have room to grow!
Someone tasted the dark broth they served in the
barracks of the Greek army and said, "Now I know why the Spartans do not
fear death." Everyone knows why Christians do not fear death.
They know theirs is a winning cause. They have complete and absolute
confidence in the power and the promises of God.
"I am a man," said Terence, "and nothing human is alien to me." Even so, nothing human is beyond the concern of Christ. Therefore, nothing human is beyond the concern of Christians. We are concerned about the body, about hunger and starvation. We are concerned about the mind, about ignorance and falsehood. We are concerned about the emotions, about love and hate, fear and doubt. We are concerned about the spirit. We are convinced that the whole man must be treated; and sometimes the spirit must be treated before the body, the mind, or the heart. That is not always so, but it is sometimes so. We are open to all kinds of human need and ready to respond in the name and spirit of Christ.