Date: July 21, 2019

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2 Cor. 10:3-5 – 3For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, the have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Eph. 6:10-20 - 10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For 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. 13Therefore 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. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
I. The Advancement of the Kingdom in Spiritual Conflict requires Supernatural Enabling (Eph. 6:10-13; 2 Cor. 10:3-5).
A. Believers fight from their position in Christ and rely upon the resources He provides to withstand the enemy’s onslaught (vs. 10-11; Matt. 6:13; John 10:10).
Matt. 6:13 - And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
John 10:10 (KJV) - The thief comest not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.
B. There is an array of dark spiritual forces working in opposition to believers against which they must stand their ground (vs. 12-13).
II. Believers Stand against the Enemy with the Spiritual Armour from the Lord (Eph. 6:14-17). Psa. 51:6 - Surely you desire truth in the inner; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
A. The belt is that of perfect integrity of heart before God, self and neighbour (vs. 14a; Psa. 51:6).
B. The breastplate is that of uprightness of character and corresponding deeds (vs. 14b).
C. Believers must be actively moving forward in their sure footing of the gospel of God (vs. 15).
D. Faith is that complete reliance upon God with which massive attacks of the enemy may be overcome (vs. 16).
E. Salvation’s helmet is the continual awareness and assurance we have and cultivate as we rejoice in the Lord (vs. 17a).
F. The word of the Spirit can repel the attack of the enemy and expose the darkness of human wisdom (vs. 17b).
III. Believers are more than Conquerors as they Advance the KOG Equipped with the Full Armour of God (Rom. 8:31-39).
Rom. 8:31-39 - 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he who condemns? Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Questions for further study and review: 1. Recall a time when you had to prepare yourself physically for a difficult upcoming task, say something at work or a sporting event. Would you consider this a battle? Why or why not? What was required of you in your preparation? How did the situation turn out? 2. Do you believe that there is in fact a spiritual battle going on for your soul and the souls of those around you? What makes you think so based upon Scripture and your personal life? 3. Read Eph. 6:10-20. From these verses, who or what are the main characters Paul is speaking of? What is the role of each? 4. Review each piece of armor listed by Paul in this passage. Based upon the armor metaphor, what is the purpose of each one? Have you ever had to use these to defend yourself and stand firm? 5. Once again take time to reflect on Rom. 8:31-39 and then answer the question: How well am I conquering with all of the armour the Lord provides? What one piece of armour do I

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