“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:10-13, NASB).
I. We have an enemy who is plotting against us. (Plot)
- Who is the enemy?
- Not flesh and blood/powers and principalities
II. We need the protection that God provides. (Protection)
- The full armor is all we need.
- Need to put on all of God’s armor
- When, not if, the day of evil comes
III. In the Lord’s strength we can stand against Satan’s attacks. (Power)
- Called to take a stand
- In God’s mighty power
- Still standing when the dust settles
1) What do these phrases mean : ‘strong in the Lord’ and ‘strength of His might’? Is there a difference between them? If so, what is it?
2) How can a person “be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might”?
3) Do you think these instructions are applicable to today’s church? If so, how are they relevant?
4) Many believe that it is those around us that are the problem (such as our spouse, roommate, neighbor, boss, etc.), rather than spiritual forces. What do you think?
5) In what ways do you stand firm? In what ways do you give in? What can you do about it?