"Ready for Battle" - Week 3 (Ephesians 6:15)

This week we continue with part 3 of our sermon series “Ready for Battle” and our look at Ephesians 6:10-18. As we saw last week Paul tells us four times in this passage to stand our ground (vs. 10, 13, and 14). The image Paul is painting for us is quite clear. We are to stand strong, without compromise and never giving in as the spiritual battle around us rages on. Here in verse 15 he tells us that we are to put on, "as shoes for our feet, the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” If we are being told to STAND firm and to hold our ground, firmly planted where we are without giving in, wouldn't you think our choice of footwear would be pretty important?!

Ephesians 6:10-15

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace."

"Ready for Battle" - Week 2 (Ephesians 6:13-14 )

This week we continue in our new sermon series “Ready for Battle” as we look at Ephesians 6:13-14. Here in Ephesians Paul tells us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” It is no accident that he begins by reminding us of this as we are often quick to run into battle alone, forgetting where our strength truly comes from.

If we are to successfully stand firm against the enemy, not only do we need to remember this, but we must also be faithful in putting on the whole armor of God. This begins with the belt of truth and putting on the breastplate of righteousness. If we haven’t yet, it’s time we prepare ourselves for battle.

Ephesians 6:13-18

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,”