I. This walk with God is a fight!
We are not in this thing to just go through the motions of life and think everything is just fine.
A. This service is a fight!
We must come together to fight to see victory!
If you are a part or want to be a part of the kingdom of God, you will have to fight this battle everyday!
i. Living for God is not something that we can take on half-heartedly.
We need God’s help.
We cannot win these battles on our own.
That is why the Apostle said, “Praying always…”.
If you are not praying, you are not winning!
1. Prayer is the key to living for God effectively!
I want to go through our Ephesians 6 and look at some things that I have seen there.
A. First, Paul shows us in this scripture that we ought to “be STRONG in the Lord, and in the Power of His might”.
How do we become STRONG in the Lord?
The Apostle says that to do this we must put on the WHOLE armor of God.
2. This is important because, when we have the WHOLE armor of God on, we can stand against the darkness of this world, and against the spiritual wickedness in high places.
And so that you can WITHSTAND in the evil day!
This word WITHSTAND means:
To stand up against: oppose with firm determination especially: to resist successfully
For us to be successful in our afflictions we must have the WHOLE armor of God!
B. Secondly, Paul explains to us what the WHOLE armor of God is.
(I will not be taking all of these in the order they are shown.)
The first piece of the is the belt of truth.
We know that we serve only 1 God!
The second piece of the WHOLE armor of God is the breastplate of righteousness!
The Scripture teaches us to live a righteous and holy life!
We ought to be living a separated life from the world!
I did not come to preach standards, but we still need to live a life of separation from the world!
The third piece of the WHOLE armor of God is having our feet shod with the Gospel of Peace!
The Apostle is telling us that we must witness.
This is a part of the WHOLE armor of God!
a. Jesus told us before he left this earth that we ought to be witnessing!
He gave us power through the Holy Ghost to be witnesses!
The fourth piece of the WHOLE armor of God is having on the helmet of salvation.
1. Salvation is a must to even begin putting on the WHOLE armor of God!
In fact, I would even say that it is the initial piece!
We must know and experience Salvation to be able to begin this journey!
The fifth piece of the WHOLE armor of God is the Sword of the Spirit.
We must have the word of God in our lives!
For it is the only thing that will never fade away.
The sixth and final thing that we need to have to complete the WHOLE armor of God, is above all these other things, the Apostle tells us!
This thing is the SHIELD of faith!
I am going to drive this home tonight!
We have the promises of God!
We cannot afford to allow a filthy attitude of unbelief destroy the promises of God!
2. God will not respond until we reach out in faith!
3. We show our faith by our works!
If we are going to see God work in our city, we must show Him we believe what He has promised!
If we do not someone else will!
I refuse to allow someone else to receive my promise because I did not believe!
4. We must have the WHOLE armor of God to successfully conquer the enemy!
A. You box God in with unbelief when you sit back at the steering wheel.
B. Your unbelief can and will be overcome when you begin to operate in faith!
You can overcome if you can find a way to WALK IN THE SPIRIT.
The spirit of unbelief exalts itself above the knowledge of God and is contrary to Him!
The enemy wants to destroy your FAITH because if he is successful he has now made you vulnerable to any of his attacks!
You build up your faith by praying in the Holy Ghost!
However not just praying for ourselves, but for one another!
Your faith is built through preaching!
Thus why I am here today preaching YOU MUST HAVE FAITH!!
You MUST have FAITH!