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Boot Camp 101 (Pack Up & Ship Out Your Civies- Put On Your Uniform!). 05/04/14. Ephesians 6:10-18. Principles for every area of life – The defensive is no good for combat. The best thing the defensive can do is to avoid defeat.

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Ephesians 6:10-18

  • Principles for every area of life –
  • The defensive is no good for combat.
  • The best thing the defensive can do is to avoid defeat.
  • The Royal Family was not designed for defeat – therefore, the offensive should always be our goal.
  • Defense always destroys a people.
  • About all defense is good for is to buy time until you can crank up a good offense.
  • Fortune favors the brave (aggressive).
  • Victory in warfare does not depend entirely upon numbers or mere courage – only skill & discipline will ensure it (but it must always be skill & discipline for the offensive).

Ephesians 6:10-18

  • Roman conquest of the world was the result of continual training in the art of warfare & exact enforcement of discipline.
  • Once a Christian soldier is fully equipped for combat, they are ready to meet an enemy – superior in every way in close combat.
  • Nor can they be thrown off balance by the forces of Satan.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Understand this – when you take the offensive BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN TO YOU!

There will be storms in your life – there will be GREAT battles.

But, God will ALWAYS give you the resources that you need for those storms & those battles.

Look at Paul & Silas (Acts 16:22-24) – Striped; beaten; imprisoned; shackled; bloody & raw; hurting.


Ephesians 6:10-18

Did they React or Respond to their lousy, rough, tough circumstances?

They prayed & sang hymns at midnight (during the darkness of their situation – the dark night of the soul)! (Acts 16:25)

Then came an earthquake!!! (Acts 16:26)

The whole place was falling down around them!

The jailer thought everyone had escaped, & was about to kill himself (Acts 16:27).

He would have gone into a Christless eternity into the Lake of Fire.


Ephesians 6:10-18

But Paul said, “STOP! We are all here!

He fell down before them & cried out, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:31)

Because of the faithfulness of Paul & Silas, the Philippian jailer & his whole family were saved & on their way to Heaven instead of the Lake of Fire.

You may even be a spiritual descendent of the Philippian jailer!

Many down through time have become believers because of the testimony of this man who went to work one day not knowing what a change was about to happen in his life!


Ephesians 6:10-18

But, that isn’t all that Paul went through (II Corinthians 11:24-28) -

  • Beaten with 39 lashes of a whip 5 times.
  • Beaten with rods 3 times.
  • Stoned to death once.
  • Shipwrecked 3 times (once spent a night & a day in the sea before being rescued).

Ephesians 6:10-18

  • In danger in –
  • His many journeys
  • In the high seas; from robbers; from Jews & Gentiles; from false teachers
  • The cities & in the wilderness

A really, really inviting life, huh?!

  • Tired; work was overwhelming
  • Long days without much sleep
  • Hungry (many days of fasting)
  • Thirsty
  • Cold
  • Inadequate clothing
  • Concern for the churches

But the Rewards are GREAT!


Ephesians 6:10-18

There are 2 things that hinder us the most from “Standing Strong” – Expectations & Reactions!

  • Life generally doesn’t match up with our expectations –
  • There is a huge gap between what we expect & what we experience.
  • Disappointment is the gap between our reality & our expectations.

We get our expectations from our families, our cultures, & our entertainment.

Expectations cause us to try & manipulate others to conform to our expectations – it makes both parties miserable!

We then react to one another – sooner or later, things really explode!


Ephesians 6:10-18

We must stop trying to manipulate others & start managing our own expectations.

  • Marriage is a great example – marriage is the joining together of 2 Old Sin Natures!
  • Two dirty birds in a cage!
  • Marriage is about oneness –
  • Not who is in charge
  • Not “what are our distinct roles?”
  • Not “separate, but equal”
  • But, “you are me.”

The only expectation we should have in marriage (& in life) is Ephesians 5:21 (NIV) “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”


Ephesians 6:10-18

  • Submission is not weakness –
  • It takes great strength & courage.
  • It is not something put on us, but a willing choice we make.
  • It is the willing choice that we make that, “I exist for you.”
  • “It is not about me, but all about you.”
  • True love is submission.
  • Love is not a feeling, but all about sacrifice.
  • Submission does not mean that you stop thinking for yourself – you can’t let the other person bully you into conformity to their way of thinking.

It is interesting that the 2 greatest passages on marriage (Ephesians 5 & I Peter 5) are followed by 2 great passages on spiritual warfare! Context is everything!

The world, the flesh, & the devil will battle against you tooth & nail when you start trying to apply Biblical submission in your life – all hell will fight against you living like this!

Simple question – “Whose happiness am I pursuing?”


Ephesians 6:10-18

  • In relation to all the armor, also consider the factor of vulnerability in battle –
  • Rome felt that it had been proven that beards were hazardous to the combatant.
  • As a result, the Roman soldier was ordered to shave every day.
  • The shaving of the beard is analogous to confession of sin (Rebound).
  • You can’t fight the enemy with unconfessed sin in your life – he will slit your throat every time! The finest equipment becomes neutralized.

Ephesians 6:10-18

  • Shaving requires a mirror – shows how grubby you really are! See James 1:22-25.
  • When the Royal Warrior falls in for duty, they must be in fellowship – only in the filling of the Spirit can they accomplish the divinely assigned objective.