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  1. Life’s a BattleBe Prepared

  2. TITLE: Life’s a Battle: Be Prepared • TEXT: Ephesians 6:10-15 • THEME: The believer should put on God’s armor to defeat Satan

  3. Life’s a BattleBe Prepared

  4. Times we see the face of evil • On September 11, 2001 we could see the face of evil

  5. Times we see the face of evil • On September 11, 2001 we could see the face of evil. • We see the face of evil when we see Jaycee Lee Dugards Plight

  6. Times we see the face of evil • On September 11, 2001 we could see the face of evil. • We see the face of evil when we see Jaycee Lee • We see it in the lives of people dealing with depression

  7. Satan gains ground when: • You fight with your wife

  8. Satan gains ground when: • You fight with your wife • When Christians divorce

  9. Satan gains ground when: • You fight with your wife • When Christians divorce • When a Christian leader falls into sexual sin

  10. Satan gains ground when: • You fight with your wife • When Christians divorce • When a Christian leader falls into sexual sin • When a church becomes fractured and splits

  11. Life’s a BattleBe Prepared

  12. How can you defend against Satan’s schemes?

  13. I. Find strength in the Lord (10-11)

  14. EPHESIANS 6:10-11 • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. [11] Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes.

  15. Find strength in the Lord (10-11) • We cannot stand against Satan in our strength. He works in the spiritual realm and we must battle him in that realm

  16. I John • “Greater is He that is in you that he that is in the world”

  17. Find strength in the Lord (10-11) • We cannot stand against Satan in our strength. He works in the spiritual realm and we must battle him in that realm • Our primary protection against the devil’s schemes is an armor that we must put on

  18. Comic Con in San Diego

  19. Life’s a BattleBe Prepared

  20. How can you defend against Satan’s schemes?

  21. II. Understand the nature of the enemy (12)

  22. EPHESIANS 6:12- • 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

  23. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Have you ever noticed how when you have an argument with someone that all reason is cast aside and only anger and self-centeredness prevail

  24. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Have you ever noticed how when you have an argument with someone that all reason is cast aside and only anger and self-centeredness prevail? • Have you ever noticed how you reach a point where further discussion seems to be fruitless because you or the other person has reached an impasse?

  25. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Have you ever noticed how when you have an argument with someone that all reason is cast aside and only anger and self-centeredness prevail? • Have you ever noticed how you reach a point where further discussion seems to be fruitless because you or the other person has reached an impasse? • It seems like something else is controlling them

  26. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Rulers: Refers to Satan’s influence over political realms

  27. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Rulers: Refers to Satan’s influence over political realms • Authorities: Refers to Satan’s influence over feelings and thoughts

  28. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Rulers: Refers to Satan’s influence over political realms • Authorities: Refers to Satan’s influence over feelings and thoughts • Powers: Refers to Satan’s influence over lies and deception. Includes superstition, fortune telling and false-teaching of various kinds

  29. Our battle is not against flesh and blood. • Rulers: Refers to Satan’s influence over political realms • Authorities: Refers to Satan’s influence over feelings and thoughts • Powers: Refers to Satan’s influence over lies and deception. Includes superstition, fortune telling and false-teaching of various kinds. • Spiritual Forces: Refers to Satan’s influence over religious experiences

  30. Life’s a BattleBe Prepared

  31. How can you defend against Satan’s schemes?

  32. III.Put on the full Armor of God (13-15)

  33. EPHESIANS 6:13-15 • 13] Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. [14] Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, [15] and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. [

  34. Put on the full Armor of God (13-15) A. Cinch on the belt of truth.

  35. Put on the full Armor of God (13-15) • Cinch on the belt of truth. • Truth is essential

  36. Put on the full Armor of God (13-15) • Cinch on the belt of truth. • Truth is essential • Truth is indispensable.

  37. Proverbs 23:23 • "Buy the truth, and do not sell it."

  38. 1 Corinthians 13:6 • "does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth."

  39. Philippians 4:8 • "meditate on… whatever things are true."

  40. Proverbs 3:3 • "Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."

  41. Cinch on the belt of truth. • Truth is essential • Truth is indispensable • Truth is immutable.

  42. John 14 • "I am the way, the truth, and the life."

  43. Hebrews1:11–12 • "They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak, you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail."

  44. Cinch on the belt of truth. • Truth is essential • Truth is indispensable • Truth is immutable. • Truth is immutable because God is immutable.

  45. Cinch on the belt of truth. • Truth is essential • Truth is indispensable • Truth is immutable. • Truth is incorrigible. • Incorrigible means "cannot be improved or perfected."

  46. 2 Samuel 22:31 • "As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is proven; he is a shield to all who trust in him."

  47. Matthew 24:35 • "Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away."

  48. Cinch on the belt of truth. • First, truth is essential • Truth is indispensable • Truth is immutable. • Truth is incorrigible. • Truth is objective.

  49. John 8:32 • "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

  50. Genesis 3:4-5 • "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil"