May 28, 2017 PM
Dr. Michael Catt – 1788
#3 in series
Our Equipment for Battle (Part 2)
“In the face of whatever attacks God allows Satan to mount against us, we are to stand firm in our faith with the certain knowledge that the battle is the Lord’s. Our faith in His victory, already accomplished, is what overcomes the world.” – Ray Steadman
“There are two kinds of information that no commander can do without. Information pertaining to the enemy, we call that ‘combat intelligence’ and information on the terrain. Both are vital.” – General Matthew Ridgeway
I. THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD IS REQUIRED
“Full armor” indicates God’s full provision for us in the battle:
II. THE INDIVIDUAL PIECES ARE ESSENTIAL
“The spiritual warrior who has kept his position victorious and stood above his conquered foe in one ‘evil day,’ is to take his stand again ready to face another such critical day, should it come.” – D. F. Salmond
This is how we stand:
A. THE DEFENSIVE ARMOR
1. Gird your loins with truth
Four foundational facts about truth:
1) The Lord Jesus is the ___.
2) The Bible is the ___.
3) The Church is the ___.
4) The Holy Spirit is the ___.
2. The breastplate of righteousness
3. Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
The gospel of peace is three-fold:
1) The assurance of the Father’s ___.
2) The assurance of the Father’s ___.
3) The assurance of peace ___ ___.
4. The shield of faith
“Faith has no value on its own; it has value only as it connects us with Him. It is a trick of Satan to get us occupied with examining our faith instead of resting on the faithful one. Nothing is more disastrous than to analyze faith, make noble resolves of faith, but never make the leap of faith.” – Vance Havner
5. The helmet of salvation
How does Satan attack us?
B. THE OFFENSIVE WEAPON
1. The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God
III. PRAYER IS NOT AN OPTION
Who are we to pray for in this battle?