Christian Warfare

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Whether we realize it or not, we are part of a war between light and darkness, good and evil, Heaven and Hell, Jesus Christ and Satan. We cannot afford to be ignorant and we cannot possibly be neutral.

Adrian Rogers says, “When you were born again, you were born from above. And you, being Heaven-born are Heaven-bound. You were born for the battle and you were born to win.”

We’re not wrestling against flesh and blood. We’re wrestling against principalities and powers of darkness.

Ephesians 6:10-20 shows us how to prepare ourselves for this Christian Warfare.

In preparing for the battle, we must first remember our adversary. Satan is a decided fact; never underestimate him or count him out. He is a destructive force; systematic, spiritual, strong, and sinister. Yet, he is our defeated foe.

Adrian Rogers says, “Satan had his back crushed and broken at Calvary; soon his head is going to be crushed when Jesus comes again.”

We must remember our armor, which is specifically outlined in Ephesians 6:

The Belt of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, knowing nothing stands between our souls and the Savior
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
God wants us to enter the battlefield armed with integrity, purity, tranquility, certainty, and sanity. Don’t leave off any piece of the armor of God in this battle. Christian warriors must understand their point of attack. We have the victory. God has equipped us with three things:

The first is our stance. We are called to be strong, to stand against these dark forces of evil with the blessed assurance of victory in Jesus.

Second, we recognize the power of our sword, which is the sword of the Spirit and the Word of God. We must also remember the power of our prayers when prayed in the Spirit.

Finally, the Christian warrior must remember his allies.
“…praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…” (Ephesians 6:18).

We don’t fight alone; we need to pray for each other.

Apply it to your life
As you prepare for this spiritual battle, remember your adversary, your armor, your attack, and your allies.

 

 

when you were born again, you were born to win. That is what you must understand. And this is a wonderful passage of scripture that talks about the christian warrior is not merely talking about the pastor or the evangelist or the missionary. It is talking about Mr and mrs man, woman in the pew. It is talking about you sir, it is talking about you lady. So let’s learn what God’s word is saying to you this morning. Adrian Rogers was a motivator, an encourager and a leader of the faith who presented a clear invitation to follow jesus at every opportunity. He was also passionate about presenting scriptural application to everyday life circumstances And you’ll see that in this series of messages that were calling, how to weather the storms of life. Have your bible ready and join us for this study from God’s Word. Before we begin remember you can follow along with pastor Rogers outline notes, a transcript and other resources related to today’s message all at L WF dot org. Now let’s join Adrian Rogers. Would you take God’s word And find Ephesians. Chapter six Ephesians chapter six We’re going to talk about a warfare today because there is a dark, diabolical, deadly dirty war that is being fought in America. It is a form of guerilla warfare, sabotage subversion, innuendo sniping. It is a deadly war. It is a war between light and darkness, good and evil Heaven and hell, christ and satan and whether you realize it or not, you are a part of that, what you cannot afford to be ignorant and you cannot possibly be neutral. If you try to be neutral, you’re going to find yourself in the crossfire and in the most dangerous place of all you dare not. I say, be ignorant. You must not endeavor to be neutral. I want us to read about that warfare uh Ephesians chapter six and verse 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the death. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness! In high places where four take unto you the whole armor of God that she may be able to withstand in the evil day. And having done all to stand, stand there for having your loins girt about with truth and having on the breastplate of righteousness and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace above all. Taking the shield of faith, where with he should be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked and take the helmet of salvation and the sort of the spirit which is the word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints, and for me that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in bonds that they’re in. I may speak boldly as I ought to speak. There’s several things I want you to notice. First of all, the christian warrior and his adversary, we must We must know our enemy, the Christian Warrior and his adversary, we must know our enemy. Look if you will. Again, in verse 11, he says, put on the whole armor of God, that she may be able to stand against the wiles of the there, that’s your adversary. You must know your enemy. He is called the devil. Now the devil today is sort of a laughable character. We think of the devil as as some medieval ah superstition. And today we make light of the devil we call football teams devils and demons and we talk about deviled ham and devil’s food cake and it’s it’s sort of a joke. We think of the devil as some sort of a guy and long red underwear with a pitchfork trying to catch somebody bending over. I mean that’s that’s the idea that is the caricature that we have of the devil our sophisticated age today, that makes the idea of a real and a personal devil more or less laughable, but you have an enemy. He is very real. The bible does not speak of him as some figment of the imagination, we used to sing a song about the Lord jesus. We sing it. Uh sometimes in this church. He lives, he lives christ jesus lives today. He walks with me and he talks with me along life’s narrow way. You could sing about satan, he lives, he lives, satan lives today, he wars on me and works on me a long lives an hour away. You have an enemy and you must understand this now. That’s the very first thing you need to understand. That is the christian, the christian warrior and his adversary, the devil. Now, here’s the second thing how important it is that you understand this and that is the christian warrior and his armor, we need not only to recognize our enemy, we need to prepare for the battle. Now if you don’t prepare for the battle, you’re going to lose it, You have to put on the whole armor of God and it is to be holy armor. Notice verse 13 wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that is so very important that you take the whole armor that you don’t leave off a piece. Now let’s look at that armor and God describes that armor. First of all, look at it, look at it, he says, here stand, therefore having your loins girt about with truth. First of all, you put on the girdle of truth, which is the believers integrity. Truth stands for integrity. You see a soldier in that day wore a tunic and they had a leather belt because that is to hold their loins together. It is to hold the center of strength together. And a warrior in that day had a leather belt, a girdle that was cinched up tight to prepare him for the battle to protect his loins. And on that belt he would hang his weapons of warfare, His dagger would be there. His sword might be there. Uh, this belt was very important and it held his tunic together because he didn’t want his long flowing tunic to be out in the wind or to be snagged or to be caught. And so he is to wear a girdle a belt of truth. Now, that belt, my friend is integral. It is integrity that holds everything else together. Truth and integrity are synonymous. You are to believe the truth. You’re to know the truth. You’re to love the truth. You’re to tell the truth. You are to live the truth. You are to preach the truth. And if you don’t, your life is going to come apart. You cannot, I say, you cannot get into this battle unless you have the belt of truth. Satan is a liar and satan will come against you with lies, Jesus is the truth. Satan’s attack is untruth. His attack is lying. His attack on you is to bring a lack of integrity into your life. Here’s the second piece of armor, that is the breastplate of righteousness. Now righteousness is the believers purity. Not only do you need integrity, truth, but you need purity. That is. There’s to be no un confessed unrepentant of sin in your life. A believer in this time had a breastplate. Excuse me. A warrior at this time had a breastplate. It would be made of woven change. Sometimes it it would cover his heart, it would cover his lungs, it would cover his intestines, his vital organs. And uh it would be there. And without that breastplate, of course, he was very vulnerable to any sword thrust, Denny Ara. And so he has to have a breastplate. And that breastplate is righteousness, and what is righteousness? It is purity, jesus said, blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Now, what the enemy wants to do is to attack you not only with lies, but he wants to attack you with impurity. He wants you to get you to read some filthy men’s magazine. He wants you to watch some uh stay up late on a saturday night and watch some filthy movie, and then come to church on sunday morning. He wants to get that into your heart into your mind. He wants to get you doing some little dirty crooked business. Deal. All you say is no big sin, That’s right. But it’s a crack in the armor, it is a crack in the armor, and satan knows where that crack in the armor is. Who is it? Not so loud. A lonely little sin come in, I answered, and soon all hell was in. No put on and I have not only integrity, but have puritan. Keep your heart with all diligence, blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Now I’m asking you a question. Don’t answer that loud, but answer. It Is your heart pure, I mean, is your heart pure before God? If not, you cannot win in the warfare. There’s a piece of your armor that is missing. Now, satan fears a holy christian. Thirdly, You put on the shoes of peace. Look if you will also in verse 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. The believers integrity, the believers purity and the believers tranquility. Put on the shoes of peace. Your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, A roman soldier needed good shoes to fight with. A roman soldier would have hob nails on the bottom of his shoes, very much like football cleats, because when you’re fighting, you need a place to stand and you need you need to have good footing. In this passage, paul is going to tell us to stand, to stand, to stand and therefore your feet need to be shot with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. That is tranquility. He’s talking about peace now, he’s talking about peace with God and he’s talking about peace with one another and he’s talking about the peace of God in her heart. You see, jesus gives peace. And unless you have peace, you can never make war. Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t? But you’ve got to have that piece of God in your heart. You see, how does satan attack? Well, it comes against your he comes against your integrity with lies. He comes against your purity with loss. But how does he come against your tranquility? Well, he put stones and briars and and doubts and discouragement, whatever he can do to destroy your peace. Then next, the next piece of armor here is the shield of faith. Uh by the way, when paul wrote this, he was chained to a roman soldier, paul, just looking that guy up and down. So, you know, I could get a spiritual lesson out of that. And and so the roman soldier also had a shield. It was about two by four ft is made of wood, covered with leather because in that day they would take flaming arrows, dipped them in burning and in oil and shoot them. Uh perhaps uh to inflict horrible pain when a flaming arrow would hit, or perhaps to set somebody’s house or whatever on fire and these flaming arrows flying back and forth. And so paul says uh Tate the shield of faith. So you can quench all the fiery darts of the weekend. Well, if I take the shield of faith, why do I need the shield of faith? What satan’s attack, Satan’s attack is going to be doubt now against against uh the christian, he uses lies. So I put on integrity against the christian, he uses lust. So I put on purity against the christian, he uses discouragement. So I put on tranquility and now I take the shield of faith and what is the shield of faith? It is certainty. It is certainty. I need integrity, I need purity, I need tranquility and friend, I need certainty. I take the shield of faith because satan is always shooting at me and shooting at you. Those fiery arrows of now up trying to place in your heart and in your mind, those subtle doubts, darts of doubt. But you know that a small fire can start a big fire behold how great a matter? A little fire kindle. And so satan wants to get into your heart into your mind with some doubt and that’s the believers certainty. And then next of all he says, put on the helmet of Salvation. Do you see that? Here, look at it, He says here in Verse 17 and take the helmet of Salvation, A warrior would use a helmet to protect his head. Why would he do that? Obviously, if the head is wounded, nothing else works. And what is this helmet of Salvation? It literally means the helmet of delivering is talking about Salvation going to heaven. But more than that it is talking about a mind under the control of almighty God. So where you have the mind of christ because a believer needs to keep his head so he can fight and this speaks of the believers sanity. The believers sanity. When a person gets saved for the first time, he has his right mind. I remember reading there about that maniac who had been filled with the devil and jesus saved him and the people came back and found him seated and close and in his right mine. A person really without the Lord, jesus christ has a form of insanity. They are not with the mind that God made them to have. So you put on the helmet of salvation, that is your sanity. That is the covering for your mind. Now see how you’re to be dressed up for the battle. We’ve talked about your adversary, we said that he is strategic, we said that he’s strong, we said that he’s sinister, he’s all of these things where four says take the whole armor of God, put on the belt of truth. What is that integrity? Put on the breastplate of righteousness. What is that friend? That is purity. Put on the shoes of peace. What is that? That is tranquility. Take the shield of faith. What is that? That is certainty. Put on the helmet of salvation. What is that? That is sanity. Thinking with the mind of christ. Now you’re ready for the battle. Let me tell you something if you look at each one of these pieces of armor and think about it? They really represent, jesus? You just put on jesus sometimes when I go out for a walk or whatever just by myself and I want a good thing to meditate on, I just keep dressing myself up in this armor, I just checked myself out. Adrian, do you have integrity, Adrian, do you have purity? Adrian, do you have tranquility? Adrian do you have certainty Adrian, do you have sanity? Each piece put on with prayer because what you’re really doing is simply putting on the Lord jesus christ. Now here’s the third thing I want you to notice. We have talked about the warrior and his adversary, the devil, we’ve talked about the warrior and his armor. Now let’s talk about the christian warrior and his attack, his attack. We must join the battle. It’s not enough simply to put on the armor, we’ve got to get into the fight and so many of us want to dress up in the armor and sit at home. Some little boys were sitting around just talking and laughing and the mother came and said what are you doing? And they said, well we’re playing war and she said well you don’t look like you’re at war and they said well we’re all generals, I think a lot of us want to be generals rather than foot soldiers and we want to play war. Now. Now how what what will guarantee our victory, What is it that will guarantee our victory in the battle? three things. Number one is the place of our stance. Now look, if you will in verse 13, put on the whole armor of God that she may be able to withstand. Underscore that. And having done all to stand and notice in verse 14, stand therefore with stand, stand, stand now, what does this mean friend? We have a place to fight from. We stand in the victory that Jesus has won. Notice what he said in verse 10, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. When you get into this battle, you stand that the victory that jesus has already won. This is the reason that I say to people, we do not fight for victory. We fight from victory. This is the place of our stands. Do you understand that If you don’t understand that you’re not going to stand, you have to stand in the victory that has been won at calvary, they overcame him. The Bible says in Revelation 12, by the blood of the land. They overcame satan that way. Second thing not only the place of our stance, but the power of our sword. The power of our sword look again if you will in verse 17 and take the helmet of Salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Now we talked to you about all of the protective armor. Fine. it’s good to have on a helmet, it’s good to have on a breastplate, it’s good to have a shield. But folks, you need a sword, you need to get into the battle and God has given you a place to stand and then he’s given you a sword to fight with, take the sword of the Spirit. Now, I’m talking about the power of our sword because ours is a very powerful sword. It’s not like any other sword is not the sort of Adrian, it is the sort of the Spirit. I love it. I love it. You see the bible says in Hebrews four verse 12, for the word of God, that’s the bible. The word of God is quick and powerful. Quick means, it’s alive, powerful means, it’s full of energy And it’s sharper than a two edged sword. So I love the bible because I know there’s incredible power in the bible. Jesus had been fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and the devil came and the devil said, well if you’re the son of God, why don’t you turn these stones into bread, Jesus pulled out a sore, he said. It is Britain, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God Again, satan comes to him to tempt him again, Jesus said. It is written, it is written three times, Jesus ran, satan through with that blessed blade. Now there’s the place of your stance and there is the power of your sore and then there’s the provision of the spirit. Now, once once you take your place to stand, you’re dressed up in the armor, you’re standing in the finished work of calvary, you take the Word of God which is the sort of the Spirit and then you look to heaven for your supply. So he says praying. Now look at it, look at it, he says here praying verse 18, praying with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Now the prayer in the spirit is where your supply comes from. Every warrior needs a supply and every warrior needs a commander in chief to guide him and direct him. And when you go to the battlefield you stand in the finished work of calvary, you take the word of God, which is the sort of the Spirit. And you offer your prayer to your heavenly commander, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, not just mumbling some mumbo jumbo, it is the spirit that directs your prayer. It is the spirit that understands what satan is up to. You don’t understand what satan is up to, but he does now it’s so important that we understand this and I wish I had more time on this point. But the three things that assure your victory number one is the place of your stance, The power of your sword and the provision of the Spirit. We’re praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit in the Spirit. The sword is the sword of the Spirit. He’s the one who knows how to wield that sword and to use that sword. Now, here’s the final thing I want you to see. And that’s the christian warrior and his allies. We must unite forces. So paul says, pray and then what notice what he says in verse 18, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching there and do with all perseverance and supplication for all saints and for me, that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, paul was a warrior, but he knew that he did not fight alone. He knew that we need to pray for one another because we fight with one another. We are not a one man army, you’re not a one man army. Oh, if you’re by yourself, then you’ve got to fight by yourself. But you know what the bible says, The bible says, one should chase 1000 two Will Chase 10,000. There’s a synergy that brings a divine energy when we fight together, we are in this battle together, I need you and you need me and therefore we must like lock arms, join forces and fight together. And do you know what this Church is. You know what this church is. This church is just a big battle station? That’s all it is. It’s just a place where we come to reinforce ourselves. It’s a place where we come to get spiritual intuition and spiritual power and spiritual encouragement to go out into the fight because we fight not against one another, but with one another against a common enemy. And I’m going to tell you, I’m heartbroken that many of our soldiers are A W. O. L. They’re just a W. O. L. There people who think that sometimes when they come on sunday they’ve done God awhile favor. I mean really they just come sit soak and sour. They never fight. They think that somehow they can be neutral folks. This is a battle and I want to say several things to you, Number one, you choose sides carefully because if you don’t follow jesus, you’re on the losing side. I can tell you that much. You choose sides careful. Number two, you examine your heart and make sure that you’ve got all the armor of God. On Number three don’t try to be neutral. You can’t do it. This is a fight to the finish and jesus said, he that’s not with me is against me. Number four. Number four, rejoice in the victory and live victoriously every day, day after day after day after day. Thank God you’re to be walking Invictus, May I ask you a personal question, Do you know jesus christ as your personal lord and savior, Is he real to you, Are you absolutely certain if you died today, you would go to hell now, friend, there’s no one so good. They need not be saved. No one’s so bad, they cannot be saved and salvation is not a reward for the righteous. It is a gift to the guilty. If you know your sinner, tell God that you are cry out for mercy and trust him to save you. And if you do, would you write to us and let us know? We will rejoice with you and we’ll send you some literature to help you get started in your christian life. We hope that today’s message has been an encouragement to you and if so you can strain this message again, as well as other messages from this series and download other resources related to this message all at L WF dot org or the my L WF app. While you’re there, be sure to check out our new bible studies on this series, as well as many other topics at L WF dot org. You can also subscribe to our daily heartbeat email. Each heartbeat contains a devotional message from Adrian Rogers, a 92nd inspirational audio clip also from Adrian Rogers as well as a link to our daily radio program, all in one place delivered directly to your computer or mobile device each day and if you’re looking for some inspiration or encouragement to get you through the week, be sure to check us out on social media at L. W. F. Ministries. Thanks for joining us for today’s message. We’ll see you next time. Mhm. Well early on in my ministry I decided I wanted our people to be grounded in the faith as I began to teach new christians what I considered to be the basic fundamental truths of the christian life, something they could put the bible in one hand and this book in the other and say yes, that is truth, not only truth to understand, but truth to live by at love worth finding. Our mission is to bring people to christ and help them grow deeper in their faith through the timeless biblical teaching of Adrian Rodgers. 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