t he. eys. Ephesians 6:10-18. In boot camp, soldiers are taught to know their weapon. He eventually knows it so well he can even take it apart & put it back together in the dark. The sad fact is that there are a lot of believers today who are standing on the battlefield undressed.
A big reason for this is they do not understand their spiritual armor.
Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Ephesians 6:10-11 –Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
We need to come to the place where nothing will cause us to retreat or quit.
Have you made that decision?
Power = dunamis (dynamite)
Acts 1:8 – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.
Our mandate is to fill earth with the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ!
The problem for most of us is that we either don’t know we need to stay combat ready daily.
Lesson: we should never become too confident and relaxed that we fail to put on the full armor of God.
2 Corinthians 2:11 – Lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.(NKJV)
As I said last week, the devil does not have the authority to directly attack a believer.
Prince of this World
John 14:30 – I don\'t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world [KJV-prince of this world] approaches. He has no power over Me.
Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.(NASB)
It’s interesting that the devil tried to derail Jesus’ plan by getting Him to worship him.
It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Luke 4:4).
But, he also knew that Jesus had come to reclaim the authority Adam had given away in the Garden.
Luke 4:5-7 – Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."
I know what You came for, and you know what I want. Worship me, and I will give You back the keys of authority that You came for.
8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, \'You shall worship the Lord your God, a Him only shall you serve.’”(NKJV)
One reason man was placed in the Garden in the first place was to defeat the devil.
Jesus not only died for us, but He died as us.
Luke 10:19 – Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions andcrush them. Nothing will injure you.
Matthew 28:18-19a – Jesus came and told His disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations . . .”
How much authority does Jesus have?
How much authority does the devil have?
What is that plan?
Go, make disciples of all nations . . .
What does that plan sound like?
We have Jesus’ delegated authority to enforce the devil’s defeat all over the world.
As the Father sent Me, so I send you (Jn. 20:21).
Revelation 12:12b – But woe to you people of the world, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time. (TLB)
“How many of you are going to join Me in the battle against the forces of evil that are already in retreat?”
I pray God will give you a holy dissatisfaction so you won’t be content to sit in the back lines when the battle is raging on the front.