Oak Grove Church of Christ
Battle Plan
May 12, 2019

Battle Plan

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Passage: Ephesians 6:10-18
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Trust & Confidence in God for Life’s Battle

Modern Soldiers

A Soldier’s protection

    • Helmet, weapon, elbow pad, chest protector, backpack.

Civil war era:

    • backpack, weapon, wool uniform

Revolutionary

    • not a lot of protection, a weapon

Medieval

    • metal, chain-mail from head to toe

Paul describing the Roman Soldiers

    • Helmet, breastplate, sword, shield, shoes, loin garment

Whole armor of God, Ephesians 6:10-18

"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"

Be strong in the power of His might.

  • Romans 8:31, if God is for us, who can be against us.

We are told to put on the WHOLE armor, vs. 11

Verse 12 tells us that our fight is not against flesh. But it is against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Principalities represents the rule of law, power, those in authority, rulers of this world.

Our fight is not a physical fight bur rather a spiritual one.

The Armor for the Battle Plan

  • Loin garment -- girt about with TRUTH 

"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." - John 17:17

An attack to the loin would likely be fatal. But, being girt with truth protects us against a spiritual attack.

  • Breastplate of Righteousness

We need to obey the righteousness of God. A breastplate protects the vital organs, especially the heart. The Breastplate of righteousness also protects our vital spiritual heart.

  • Feet shot with Gospel of Peace

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16

We can’t be afraid to go when our feet are shod with the gospel.

  • The shield of FAITH

" So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." - Romans 10:17

A shield is a protector, our faith shields us from the fiery darts of Satan.

  • Helmet of Salvation

A helmet protects the head, a blow to the head would be fatal, the helmet of Salvation protects our life, our spiritual life.

  • Sword of The Spirit

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword..." - Hebrews 4:12

A sword is a weapon, it is that which is proactive, for the armor bearer. It both attacks and defends the one who uses it. 

David's Battle Plan

A Look at The Whole Armor of God In Action

  • 1 Samuel 17:3-11, David vs. Goliath

An imminent battle between Israel’s army and the Philistines. The Philistine's champion, Goliath, challenges the entire army of Israel.

Goliath was approximately 9.5 feet tall. 

Why does David go to the battlefield?

  • 1 Samuel 17:17-20, to take food to his brothers who were soldier. 
  • He wasn't even a soldier himself.
  • His brothers accuse him of wanting to see the fight, rather just bringing food

David’s qualifications for the fight

  • 1 Samuel 17:32-37
  • He was a shepherd
  • He had fought a lion, and a bear, and delivered his sheep from their mouth.
  • Trusted in God to deliver him from the lion and bear.
  • Trusts in God to deliver him from the hand of the Philistine.

WHAT CONFIDENCE!

Before the Battle

  • 1 Samuel 17:38-40
  • Saul armed David with his own armor.
  • Helmet, coat of mail, sword of armor.
  • He could not go with these things because he had not proved these elements of a soldier. In other words, he had never used them. And, he was just a youth, Saul was a King, and the Bible tells us he was a tall man, head and shoulders taller than all the other Israelites.

The Battle Pt. 1

  • 1 Samuel 17:41-47
  • With a sling, and 5 stones he goes up against the giant.
  • A battle of words, Goliath scoffs at David’s size.
  • Again, David has confidence

"Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." - 1 Samuel 17:45.

The Battle

  • 1 Samuel 17:48-51
  • David ran toward the army, hit the Philistine with the stone.
  • 1 stone is all it took, 1 out of 5 stones.
  • Their Champion Went Down
  • David defeated him with no armor, He used God’s armor.
  • Ephesians 6:10, Be strong in the Lord

David was strong in the Lord. Goliath was strong in himself.

  • Ephesians 6:11 - put on the whole armor of God

Goliath’s trust was in his armor. David’s trust was in God.

  • Ephesians 6:13, Able to withstand in the evil day… having done all to stand.

In the end David was the one standing over Goliath.

The Real Champion… David.

He displayed the whole armor of God. When we display God’s armor, the devil will not be able to touch us.

As Christians we have a duty to not only fight the spiritual fight, but to teach others, to win hearts and minds, their souls, for Christ. We need to display this armor to our best ability.

Where is your strength found? 

Is it found in God, or, in material things?

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." - Psalm 121:1,2

Our strength is found in God!

When the whole armor of God is applied, we've seen what can happen.


If you are a Christian who needs prayers for strength, we can pray with you to help you be strong in the Lord. Or, if you have never to put on Christ in baptism, you can become a faithful Christian and trust in God to lead you through the spiritual battles of life. 

David slew the Philistine with no sword in his hand. He took the giant's sword and cut off his head. The PHILISTINES FLED.

We can be strong, faithful, and we're told that

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." - James 4:7.