Well, we have the opportunity again tonight to open the Word of God to the sixth chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians and a section that we have come to know as the believer's armor...the believer's armor. Ephesians chapter 6 and actually verses 10 all the way down through verse 18.
There was a time in the life of Martin Luther that his conflict with Satan was so real that he says he picked up his inkwell, sitting on his desk, and threw it at the devil. The ink stain remained on the wall for years as a reminder of the reality of that conflict. We are all engaged in a conflict with the enemy of God, the enemy of Christ, the enemy of our souls, the enemy of truth. That conflict is inevitable because we who are part of the Kingdom of God, we who are the slaves of Jesus Christ, we who are the soldiers of Christ, as it were, are in enemy territory. Satan is the prince of the power of the air, the ruler of this world. He and his minions, his demons which constitute a third of the angels, run their wicked anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-truth, anti-life system through this world. As long as we are here, we are engaged in that battle. That's why in verse 10 we read, "Finally be strong in the Lord 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." ...
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