Tag Archive: Ephesians

10
Jan

Praying in the Spirit for Strength

Ephesians 6:18–20

God wants us to know our weakness apart from Him, so that we will be dependent upon Him, thus giving Him all the glory when we achieve anything – including standing against the schemes of the evil one.

The Holy Spirit enables us to pray by showing us our desperate need, by giving us access to our Father in Heaven, through Christ, and by showing us through the Scriptures how we should pray. So how foolish and how proud we are if we neglect what we so desperately need — the privilege and the joy of communion with God in prayer!

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27
Dec

Combatting the devil’s lies with the Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6:17b

Almighty God has given us His inerrant and precious word, the “sword of the Spirit”. Believers are commanded to take it, and use it, to combat the lies and deceit of the devil. How? Christians can wield God’s trustworthy word against temptation, against unbelief, and against the false doctrine which has gone unchecked in the church.

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13
Dec

The Helmet – the hope of our salvation

Ephesians 6:17

The Christian life is a violent war – as believers we are assaulted by the devil and his spiritual forces. The devil is against you and will do all that he can to stop you living God’s way. It was well said by the English pastor, Charles Simeon, “A man armed with a helmet, feels himself ready for battle: he fears not to meet his adversary, because he has defense which, he trusts, will prove sufficient for his preservation. Thus a man with a hope of salvation enters into the combat with holy confidence. He is not intimidated by the frowns of an ungodly world because he knows in whom ‘he has believed, and that God is able to keep that which is committed to Him.’”

Simeon said that such a hope of salvation prepares a saint for the fight, sustains him when the battle is fierce, and brings him victorious through his conflicts.

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29
Nov

God’s Armour for the Believer – Part 1

Ephesians 6:14–15

All unbelievers are dead in their trespasses and sins, blind to the glory of Christ, and unwittingly follow the ‘prince of the power of the air,’ the devil. The devil spreads lies and deceit throughout the world. The devil seeks, by means of a society opposed to the rule of God, to lead believers into sin. Believers are charged to stand against such schemes of the devil, by means of the armor which He has provided. At conversion we take up this armour and enter into a struggle against the evil one — this sermon looks at four pieces of armor you must keep on and make us of, if you are to stand.

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22
Nov

Are you aware that the Christian life is ‘warfare on a grand scale’.

Ephesians 6:10–13

Believers, being loyal to Christ, are constantly under attack from God’s enemy, the devil, and have to endure the onslaughts of his hostile schemes. Here are three warnings to Christians that are essential if we are to be kept from being defeated. We are not to try to discover all the ins and outs of Satan’s spiritual forces, not to fear the devil, nor go on the offensive against the devil. But we are to flee to the One in whom there is protection and victory, and avail ourselves of the means of withstanding, which He supplies.

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15
Nov

Working by Faith not Sight

Ephesians 6:5–9

All our work, not only paid employment, should be done wholeheartedly as unto the Lord Jesus Christ. Our heavenly Master is concerned about how we work, such that our heart motives and attitudes are vital, and He gives us a great motivation; there will be a day when Christ Himself will judge His people and recompense each one of them for whatever good they have done — such a truth should encourage us to do our best in all that we do, with a humble heart, in the power of the Spirit, to the glory of God and the honor of Christ.

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01
Nov

Spirit-filled Parenting

Ephesians 6:4

Whether they plan to or not, all parents indoctrinate their children — by their lips and their lives they teach their children what is important, what to value, and what to avoid. Fathers, in particular, have a daunting and dreadful responsibility to bring up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. This sermon gives four instructions for Spirit-filled parenting, and in particular urges fathers to teach their children to treasure Christ.

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