GBL-7- The Whole Armor of God

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GREAT BIBLE LESSONS

GREAT BIBLE LESSONS
“Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 7”

Introduction by narrator accompanied by a cappella singing:
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. Spreading the soul-saving message of Jesus. And now,
Ben Bailey.

Every child of God is in a spiritual battle for his eternal soul. The word
of God says, "Fight the good fight of faith," 1 Timothy 6:12. You can be
sure that our enemy, the devil, is walking about like a roaring lion seeking
whom he may devour. He's going to and fro, back and forth on the earth
looking for people to tempt and deceive to be lost, Job 1:6.
What are we going to do to overcome our enemy, Satan, and to win
the great battle?
Friend, the good news is the battle has been won in Heaven.
Hebrews 2:14, "Jesus through death overcame him, the power of him who
had the power of death and released those who all their lifetime were
subject to bondage." Jesus has defeated the devil spiritually, and if I am
faithful to God, I can win the battle, as well. I'm going to have to fight it. I'm
going to have to arm myself, and I'm going to have to be prepared for war
against Satan every day.
Welcome to our study of the whole armor of God. What am I to take
up? How am I to live my life? What things do I have at my disposal? What
tools do I have to win the battle?
God has equipped every Christian to win that battle and to be
victorious. 1 Corinthians 15:57 says, "Thanks be to God who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." I can and I will be victorious if I'm

faithful unto death, Revelation 2:10. I've got to be well equipped and well-
armed spiritually in this life.

Get your Bible handy and be looking at all with us in better efforts to
prepare ourselves to defeat Satan and make it to Heaven. As we think
about the whole armor of God and our spiritual battle to overcome Satan,
we need to recognize that I am in a battle for my eternal soul.
Listen to the words of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. The Bible says, "For
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God, for pulling down
strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exults itself
against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity unto the
obedience of Christ." Did you hear those words as Paul started that verse
out? "Though we walk in the flesh." I've got a fleshly body. I live in a fleshly
world. I cannot deny that fact, nor can you, but friend though we walk in the
flesh, Paul says, "We do not war according to the flesh." Our battle, every
day, the real battle every day is a spiritual battle. We live a fleshly life.
Genesis 2:7, "God created man out of the dust of the ground, breathe into
his nostrils the breath of life." Man became a living soul. I have to live in this
earthly tabernacle that I'm in right now, but it's a spiritual battle that I fight.
Fight the good fight of faith, 1 Timothy 1:18. 1 Timothy 6:12 Paul would
say, "We're in a spiritual battle against the spiritual host of darkness in the
present age."
We're fighting at sin. We're fighting at Satan, and we're fighting
temptation on every hand. Friend to overcome and to win this battle, I've
got to make sure that I don't get too attached and caught up in the affairs of
this life. 2 Timothy 2:4, the Bible says that a good soldier of Jesus Christ,
he doesn't get caught up in the affairs of this life or the world. He stays
focused on God and what God wants him to do. Remember Mark 12:30 the
greatest command of all? "You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, soul, mind, and strength." That's what life is all about. As we live this
life and as we strive to do what God wants us to, I've got to be completely
devoted to winning the battle and staying strong in this fight.
Part of winning the battle is knowing you're in a battle. A big part of
winning the battle is knowing your opponent as well. You take, for example,
maybe a football game or a basketball game. A good team and a good
coach are going to examine their opponent and look at their strengths.
They are going to create a game plan to overcome the enemy or the
opponent.

Satan is the spiritual opponent. If I'm going to win the battle, I need to
know my opponent. The Bible says that our opponent is looked at as the
god of this world. That is, by worldly people, he's the one who's in control of
their lives and whether they know it or not. He's the one whom they serve
and worship. Listen to 2 Corinthians 4:4. The Bible says of Satan, "Whose
minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, less the light of
the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God should shine on
them." Satan's the god of this world or the god of this age as it were. He is
described in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 as presenting himself as an angel of
light -looks like something you might want to be involved in or have. Friend,
at last, it bites like a serpent and stings like a viper. It may look good, and it
may seem good-but we always need to check and make sure according to
the word of God that it's what He wants us to do.
When you think about the opponent, there's another thing to
consider. Not only is he the one in control of the people of this world, not
only does some of the things he do seem and look and feel as though it
were light or right, but we need to realize Satan is very conniving and he is
a very widely opponent. Ephesians 6:11 and 1 Timothy 3:7 warns us of the
wiles or the trickery of the devil. How could we best describe the devil? The
devil is the best con artist you've ever met. You ever heard of people who
were really good or known people who were really good con artists? They
could con people out of their money. They could sell them some grand
scheme that wasn't legit to begin with. Somehow they could get their
money or they could get them involved in something and before you know
it, the joke's on you as it were. Satan is the greatest, most conniving con
artist you've ever met. He will convince you to sell him your soul. He will get
you involved in so many things, you can't put God first. He'll deceive you
morally. He'll corrupt you in any way possible.
I need to know ahead of time, going into the battle that he is a smooth
talking; smooth acting salesman who is only trying to con me out of what is
right and good. Satan is described in the Bible as a liar and a murderer.
John 8:44, he is the father of lies. He's a murderer from the beginning.
Take your mind back to Genesis chapter 3 for just a moment. God said to
Adam and Eve, "You can have anything in the garden, anything, except
you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The day you
eat it, you'll die." Satan said, "Did God say you couldn't do that? Why did
God say that? He doesn't want you to be like Him? He doesn't want you to
be a God, as well. He's trying to hold you back." They bought it and death

came to them. Think about Genesis chapter 4. Cain murdered his brother,
Abel, and Satan was behind the jealousy, envy, and the strife there. Friend,
if you think Satan is just a good old boy, realize this, he cost Adam and Eve
their soul. He was the culprit behind the murder of Cain and Abel. He'll cost
me my soul, and he'll deceive and destroy people today quicker than we
can even begin to realize it. He is a devourer, a devourer of souls.1 Peter
5:8 the Bible says, "Be sober. Be vigilant. Your adversary, the devil, walks
about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." Look at the picture
here. He's a lion. He's trying to devour something. In the spiritual sense,
Satan wants to devour and consume us spiritually, so be on guard. Be alert
of who the enemy is, and in so doing, you're prepared for the opponent.
Let's ask these questions as it relates to overcoming the devil. What
has God given me and what has he given you to help us defeat the devil?
God wants us to be victorious. We are well equipped in every way, 2
Timothy 3:16-17. How am I equipped to defeat Satan? God has given me
the perfect armor to make sure that Satan isn't able to penetrate or infiltrate
my life and yours.
In Ephesians 6:10-18 the Bible says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong
in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of
wickedness 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. Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with the truth, having
put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the
preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith with
which you'll be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one 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, being
watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the
saints."
When you think about armor, think about the different parts of that
armor. The Bible describes each of these parts as being something I need
to put on so that I can win the battle against Satan.

Let's take just a few moments to think about the individual parts of the
Christian armor and how important they are. Paul says, "We need to have
the belt of truth," Ephesians 6:14, "We have our waist girded with the belt of
truth." When you think about a belt, it holds everything together and ties
everything together. It's essential to keep both the top and the bottom part
of the armory connected. Friend, that's the belt of truth. Spiritually
speaking, if everything's going to stay connected and I'm going to be fully
protected, the belt of truth is what holds that together.
A question was asked by a pilot in John 18:36-38 where he said,
"What is truth?" Yet, Jesus had already answered that. John 17:17, Jesus
said, "Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth." When we talk about
the belt of truth, we're talking about girding our waist, being completely
attached together, with the word of God. John 8:32, Jesus said, "Sanctify
them by your truth. Your word is truth," and Jesus said, "You shall know the
truth, and the truth will make you free." God's word is that lamp to our feet
and that light to our path, Psalms 119:105. Whatever it cost, the truth is
worth it. ‘Buy the truth and sell it not.’ Friend, here's the good news. This
book right here, the Bible, is all truth. John 16:13, Jesus prayed to the
Father and made the promise that when He, the spirit of truth, has come,
He would guide you into all truth. 2 Peter 1:3 says, "In the Bible, we have
everything we need for life and godliness." What is it that completely joins
the Christian's armor together? Truth is what we need to be committed to
so that everything can be bound together as it ought.
A second part then of the Christian armor is the breastplate of
righteousness. When you think about a breastplate, that which protects the
lungs and the heart and the internal organs, that which keeps our heart and
life pure as it were- it's the breastplate of righteousness. If I'm going to be
fully protected against the devil, I have got to set before my life and before
my heart the mindset that I'm going to do what's right, whatever God wants
me to do. I'm going to try my best to do it. I'm going to live right. I'm going to
try and act right. I'm going to try to do what God wants me to do. Matthew
6:33, I'm going to try to seek first God's kingdom and His righteousness. I'm
going to do as Hebrews 12:14 says, "Without holiness, no one can see
God." It was God who said in the long ago, in Leviticus 11:44 and repeated
in 1 Peter 1:15, "Be holy as He who called you is holy." I want to think on
the things that are good and right and noble and pure in the sight of God,
and I want to have that attitude that whatever God wants me to do, that's
what I'm going to do in this life. We need to try our best to live right, to act

right, to think right, and to avoid that which is evil. You are putting on the
breastplate of righteousness, and Satan cannot penetrate that if we try to
live as God wants us to.
Then a part of that Christian armor, Paul says, "We have our feet
shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." This is as it were the
gospel boots or the gospel shoes we might say. We're prepared by putting
on the gospel and wherever our feet go, the gospel goes with us. As I
prepare myself, I'm studying. 2 Timothy 2:15, ‘study to show yourself
approved under God.’ 1 Peter 3:15 says, "We're to be ready always."
Friend if I've got the word of God in my heart and mind, wherever my feet
go, the gospel goes, as well. I have the ability to ward off Satan. Listen to
Psalms 119:10-12. How can a young man cleanse his way? The Psalms
have said, "By taking heed according to your word. Your word I have
hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you."
Boots are such an essential part of any soldier’s armory. Without a
good pair of boots, you won't go very far. If your feet sweat, if they get wet,
if you get blisters and you get sores and your feet are not protected, you're
no good as a soldier. Friend, what are those boots? What is that shoe that
is to equip us? Having our feet shod with the preparation, the prepared
gospel, in our hearts and in our lives helps us to put one foot in front of the
other and walk in the footsteps of Jesus, 1 Peter 2:21.
Then Paul mentions as part of the Christian's armor the shield of
faith- having the shield of faith, by which will be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked one. There's an interesting image that comes from
some of the language in Ephesians chapter 6, the original language. The
shield here would often be not only just a metal shield as you would see,
but sometimes they would be wooden and sometimes they would have
leather over those and that leather would then be soaked in some wet
solution to keep it wet, and as though they're approaching a city, an archer
shoot arrows that have fiery arrows. They hit that shield, and as soon as
they hit it, the fire goes out. It can't be set on fire. That shield has the power
to put out that fire and to protect the soldier from the arrows.
Friend, that's the idea as it relates to the Christian. Satan is shooting
those arrows at us. Sin is trying to pierce that armor. It's trying to find a
chink in that armor. Doubt, discouragement, sin- whatever it may be- is
trying to find a way into that armor, and it is with the shield of faith that

we're able to ward off all the fiery darts of the wicked one. You see, faith
has the ability to overcome.1 John 5:4, "This is the victory we have, even
our faith." Faith helps me and it helps you as a Christian to be victorious.
What is faith? It's more than just I think or I feel or maybe. It's conviction
based on the word of God. Faith comes by reading the word of God. Faith
comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17, "Faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen." It's
substance. It's evident. It's fact. It's knowing that God is real and that I can
trust Him always. Friend, without faith, it's impossible to please God. He
that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of
those who diligently seek Him.
Then, friend, as we think about the Christian armor and especially as
we think about defeating Satan, being a spiritual battle and, oftentimes, a
battle of the mind, the Bible gives us the perfect helmet. We have
according to Ephesians 6:17, the helmet of salvation. If you don't have a
helmet in a battle and you get hit in the head, it may hurt you internally, and
you may have brain damage. You're not able to think and you may not be
able to see. You may not be able to function in the way you ought to.
Spiritually speaking, how important is a helmet for a Christian? It's
one of the most important ideas because Satan wants to work in my mind.
He wants to get in my heart, so I've got to protect my mind and my heart
with the helmet of salvation. Think about salvation as a helmet. How does
that help? If I have obeyed the gospel, I've been saved. In Acts 8:36-42 we
have the example of the Ethiopian eunuch. When that man obeyed the
gospel, he came up out of the water, he was saved. He knew it, and he
went on his way rejoicing. He had hope. He had purpose. Death could no
longer defeat him. Death had been defeated in Christ, and he could now
live faithful unto death knowing that he's right with God.
Friend, if I've obeyed the gospel, I'm a Christian. Salvation is that
helmet. No matter what Satan throws at me, no matter how the world tries
to assault me, if I'm faithful unto death- I'll receive the crown of life,
Revelation 2:10. Even death cannot defeat us. Revelation 14:13 the Bible
says, "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yes, says the spirit that
they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Remember
Psalms 116:15? "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
saints." Our battle is a spiritual battle, since we are bringing every thought
into captivity, into the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5. Knowing that

I've obeyed the gospel, my sins have been washed away and that I am a
Christian that I'm Heaven-bound encourages me, even greater than in any
other way to ward off Satan.
Why do you not want to give into Satan's temptation? Why do you not
want to go down the path that leads to destruction? Because I have the
pearl of great price. I'm a Christian. I have a reservation in Heaven. My
name is reserved in God's Book of Life. If I live faithful and if I don't give up,
one day I could live with God forever in Heaven. You talk about something
that protects you! It is knowing you're saved! 1 John 5:13, "These things we
write to you. Believe in the name of the son of God that you may know you
have eternal life and that you may continue to believe." Knowing that you're
saved ought to encourage each one of us to never, ever give up on the
hope of salvation.
Then we talk about that last part of the Christian armor. I can have
the breastplate of righteousness. I can have the belt of truth, the helmet of
salvation. I can have a good shield. I can prepare my feet with the correct
boots, the gospel of peace, but what tool am I going to take to defend
myself? The sword of the spirit. Ephesians 6:17, "And we're to take the
sword of the spirit, which is the word of God." Not only am I defending
myself, but I can use that sword against the devil. How do we know that? In
Matthew chapter 4, Jesus was tempted by Satan in three ways. ‘If you're
the son of God, turn these stones to bread, cast yourself off the temple, all
these things I'll give you if you fall down and worship me.’ Jesus
unsheathed that sword and said, every time, "It is written. It is written. It is
written." Jesus used that tool, the sword of the spirit, the word of God, to
defeat the devil. Friend, we can do the same thing as well today.
Do you remember the words of Hebrews 4:12? “The word of God is
living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even the
vision of soul and spirit and of joints and marrow. It's a discerner of the
thoughts and intents of the heart.”
If there's one thing that Satan surely fears, it is God and His divine
word. If I put that word in my heart and in my mind, it'll help me to
overcome Satan and his temptation.

We want to speak the truth in love, but I want to let God's sword,
which is sharper than any knife you could ever have, sharper than any
sword you could ever imagine, tougher than any sword that's ever made- I
want to use it to defend myself in the greatest battle ever.
As we mentioned, that battle is still raging on today, and Satan is
trying to do everything possible to cause men to be lost and to come to his
side. God's already been victorious, as we've seen, Hebrews 2:14 and 1
Corinthians 15:57. That doesn't mean the devil doesn't want to take people
to hell with him. He absolutely does. Don't let that be you. I don't want that
to be me. God doesn't want that to be me or you. God wants all men to be
saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.
How do you prepare yourself against the battle? Well, first and
foremost, if you've never obeyed the gospel, friend, you put on that helmet
of salvation initially by becoming a Christian.
In Acts chapter 2, as Peter stood up and for the very first time
proclaimed salvation in Jesus, here was his statement. "Therefore, let all
the house of Israel know assuredly God has made this Jesus, whom you
crucified, both Lord and Christ." They realized that truth. They were cut to
the heart, and they cried out, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" The
answer was this. "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins." They believed in Christ.
They then needed to repent and change their ways, turn from sin and to
God, and they needed to be immersed in water for the remission of their
sins.
Have you done that, my friend? Have you obeyed the gospel? Is that
helmet of salvation yours? If so, then continue to put that armor on. Make
sure that we're properly shod, that we're not letting any chinks in that
armor, and that we're doing everything we can every day to be faithful unto
God so that we can hear those words, "Well done, good and faithful
servant."
May God help each of us to win the battle against Satan.

Study Questions for: “Great Bible Lessons: Lesson 7”
1. What does Job1:6 tell us about the devil?

2. According to Hebrews 2:14, who overcame death and won the
battle?

3. Where do we find victory according to 1 Corinthians 15:57?

4. How long must we be faithful according to Revelation 2:10?

5. What kind of battle are we in according to 2 Corinthians 10:3-
5?

6. What does a good soldier of Christ not get caught up in
according to 2 Timothy 2:4?

7. According to Mark 12:30, what is the greatest commandment of
all?

8. What is the devil the father of according to John 8:44?

9. List the full armor of God from Ephesians 6:10-18.

10. According to 2 Peter 1:3, where do we find everything we
need for life and godliness?

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