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Let's open the Word of God then to the sixth chapter of Ephesians in our series on the believer's armor. And let me read the text for you so that you have in mind the sweep of thought that Paul gives us in this matter. Starting in verse 10, Ephesians 6:10. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil, 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. 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. Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth and having put on the breastplate of righteousness and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to distinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, with all prayer and petition. Pray at all times in the Spirit and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints."

Clearly, a simple reading of that text lets us know that we are engaged in a serious battle. The whole world is a battleground between God and Satan, good angels and fallen angels, holy men and unholy men. For us as Christians, while all is well in an eternal sense, as long as we remain in this world we are engaged in a very serious battle, a warfare. It is in some ways a life and death struggle, a struggle with the unseen hoards of wickedness behind the visible evil in the world and these are demonic forces that control the minds of men and the cultures of the world to activate the purposes of their leader who is none other than Satan himself. We then contend, as Paul says, not with flesh and blood, our enemy is much more formidable than just human. We contend with spiritual beings, demons, who are behind all that is bad and all that is against God in the thinking of our world....

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