Armed and Dangerous Part 4

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

The last few weeks we have talked about the first four pieces of the full armor of God.  

The belt of truth. 

The truth sets us free. 

The truth sets others free.  

And the truth frustrates the devil because we are free.  

The breastplate of righteousness.  

Righteousness fixes us.  

Righteousness fortifies us.  

And righteousness fine tunes us.  

The gospel of peace.  

Peace focuses us.  

Peace fulfills us.  

Peace fascinates us.  

And last week we talked about the shield of faith.

Faith protects.

Faith provides.

Faith produces.

This week we are going to talk about the last two pieces of the full armor of God, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit.  Let’s get to work.

According to Jack Zavada, the fifth piece of armor is the Helmet of Salvation, which protects the head, where all thought and knowledge reside. Jesus Christ said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32, NIV) The truth of salvation through Christ does indeed set us free. We are free from vain searching, free from the meaningless temptations of this world, and free from the condemnation of sin. Those who reject God’s plan of salvation battle Satan unprotected and suffer the fatal blow of hell.  1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us that believers “have the mind of Christ.” Even more interesting, 2 Corinthians 10:5 explains that those who are in Christ have divine power to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV) The Helmet of Salvation to protect our thoughts and minds is a crucial piece of armor. We cannot survive without it.  You have to protect your mind.  It is through the mind that sin creeps in.  First you start to think about the sin.  Then the desire to commit that sin grows stronger and stronger until it is almost impossible to ignore.  Then you commit the sin.  It is a vicious cycle that continues over and over an over again.  Isn’t that what happen to Amnon and Tamar…  

That is why you have to guard your mind.  

That is why you cannot do what everyone else does.  

You cannot go where everyone else goes.  

You cannot watch what everyone else watches.  

You cannot listen to what everyone else listens to. 1 Peter 2:9 says, But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  You have to guard your mind with the helmet of salvation.  

Salvation gives us three things.

Salvation gives us proper placement.  Before salvation we were out of the arch of safety that God provides for his children.  When you become saved you are adopted into the family of God.  We become his children and he becomes our father.  Our proper placement is in the family of God and this only occurs through salvation.  And being in proper placement saves us from what are sin deserves.  What are you talking about Pastor Brian?  The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.  By being in proper placement our sin debt has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ.  Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin.  

That is why I am so glad that I know it was the blood.

I know it was the blood.

I know it was the blood for me.

One day when I was lost. 

He died upon the cross.   

I know it was the blood for me!  

Salvation puts us in our proper placement.

Salvation gives us a positive purpose.  So after salvation gives us proper placement, it gives us positive purpose.  Purpose is defined as the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.  Or, an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal.  There is something that you and you and you and you were created to do in the kingdom of God, a positive purpose.  What God has for me is for me and what God has for you is for you.  The problem is we are always looking and envying and craving after, and yearning for, and being jealous of someone else’s purpose.  Negating the fact that God has already created you for his designed purpose.  

I know you want to preach, but God hasn’t called you to preach.

I know you want to sing but God hasn’t called you to sing.

I know you want to teach but God hasn’t called you to teach.

I know you want to lead but God hasn’t called you to lead.

I know you want you to do what you want to do, but that is not how God operates.

He has called us all to serve, so serve in whatever capacity God has called you to serve because salvation has given you a positive purpose. 

Salvation gives us a practical practice, now your practical practice is how you live out your purpose.  You see a lawyer has a law practice.  A doctor has a medical practice.  An architect has an architectural practice. And as a Christian you should have a Christian practice.  The practice is  practical in the sense that you actually do what a Christian is called to do, not just talk about what a Christian should do.  This includes prayer and praise!  Because prayer and praise will help you live out your positive purpose once you are in your proper placement!  You have to practically practice the life of a Christian, it just doesn’t come automatically it has to be practiced.  I used to hear all the time that practice makes perfect.  I actually heard one of my students say it the other day.  I don’t agree with that, the only one that is perfect is God.  So practice won’t make you perfect but it will definitely make you better!

Put on the helmet of salvation so you can be in your proper placement, God can give you a positive purpose, and you can begin your practical practice.

The sixth piece of armor is Sword of the Spirit, Zavada explains, which is the only offensive weapon in the Full Armor of God with which we can strike against Satan. This weapon represents the Word of God, the Bible. “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12, NIV) When Jesus Christ was tempted in the desert by Satan, he countered with the truth of Scripture, setting an example for us. Satan’s tactics have not changed, so the Sword of the Spirit, the Bible, is still our best defense and offense against the enemy. Commit the Word to your memory and to your heart. And the word will do the following three things.

The word proves.  The word proves without a shadow of a doubt that God loves us.  The entire Bible is a love story of God’s love for his creation.  

How he continually forgives us.

How he continually takes us back. 

How he continually protects us.

How he continually provides for us.

How he continually saves us.

How he continually makes ways for us.

Because the word continually proves he loves us.

For God so loved the world…

And because he loves us I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength, his love is what makes the sword of the spirit such a powerful offensive weapon.  

That’s why we sing love lifted me.

Love lifted me. 

When nothing else can help. 

Love lifted me.

The sword proves!

The word is proactive.  To be proactive means serving to prepare for, intervene in, or control an expected occurrence or situation, especially a negative or difficult one; anticipatory: being proactive is getting prepared for the inevitable.  It it’s why we should get physicals and why we should do routine maintenance on our cars.  To prevent or slow down what will eventually happen.  Isn’t that exactly what Jesus did, when our expected outcome or situation was death, when he came to the world as a man, lived a perfect life, took our sins upon himself, and got up on an old rugged cross to die so that we could live.  That is the epitome of being proactive.  While we were yet in sin God sent Jesus to die for us.  

While we were in the club dropping it like it was hot.

While we were sinking deep in sin.

While we were making that late night call.

While we were sneaking onto the internet to that adult site.

While we were stealing supplies from work.

While we were cheating on our taxes.

While we were lying to your boss.

God sent Jesus to die.

The word is proactive. 

The word proves.  The word is proactive.  The word prevails.  The battle is not ours it belongs to the Lord, and if the battle belongs to the Lord we have the victory, we prevail! 

Do you know why the word is so powerful? 

Do you know why the word is such an effective offensive weapon? 

Do you know why the word always wins? 

Because the word is God!  John states it clearly, 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.  That is why the word prevails because the word is God!

That is why when the devil came to tempt Jesus after his forty day fast in the wilderness he responded with the word…. 4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

    and they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’[e]”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him. So if Jesus needs the word and he is the word how much more do we need to know the word for ourselves?  If you want to prevail you need the word!

So when the enemy strikes you can say no weapon formed against 

me shall prosper.  

When the enemy attacks you can say I am more than a conqueror 

through Jesus Christ who loves me.  

When the enemy strikes you can say I can do all thing through 

Christ that strengthens me.  

When the enemy attacks you can say greater is he that is in me 

than he that is in the world.  

When the enemy strikes you can say the prayers of the righteous 

availeth much!

You have to carry with you the sword of the spirit!  Which is the word of 

God!

You have to put the word on it after you win the battle.  After you defeat the enemy.  After you are victorious or even before battle is won.  

You can say I will bless the Lord at all times and his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  

I will bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is with in me. 

Bless his holy name.  

I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart.

I will enter his courts with praise. 

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made.  

I will rejoice for he had made me glad.  

Has he made anyone glad today?

Oh magnify the lord with me.  

Let us exalt his name together.  

In the words of my Bishop is there anybody here that’s wants to praise 

the God of your salvation?  

Is there anybody here that knows that God is good all the time and all 

the time God is good?

Is the anybody here that knows that God is truly worthy to be praised?

Is there anybody here that knows God can do anything but fail?

Is there anybody here that loves the King of kings and the Lord of lords?

If so stand to your feet and put your hands together and give God praise for the full armor of God.

Praise God for the belt of truth.

Praise God for the breastplate of righteousness.

Praise God for the gospel of peace.

Praise God for the shield of faith.

Praise God for the helmet of salvation.

Praise God for the sword of the spirit.

Now you are armed, but are you dangerous?  Come back next Sunday if the Lord allows, and I’ll tell you how to become dangerous.


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