Dr. Oscar T. Moses
W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Spiritually Equipped for Battle
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 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.
As Christians we must realize that we are in constant battle with a common enemy, Satan. Satan is the enemy of God and his wicked seat of empire is powerful. It is designed to unleash war against the people of God. However, God has equipped His people with spiritual arms for battle. This lesson is designed to teach the members of MHMBC how God has furnished each Christian with spiritual arms, an armor and taught how to use his or her spiritual weaponry.
The 6th Chapter of Ephesians instructs the believer on how to build their spiritual infrastructure to withstand the tricks of Satan. Paul is describing the church of Jesus Christ as an army and each Christian is a soldier in the Army of the Lord. The soldier must be aware that he or she is at risk of being attacked by the enemy at any time. Every soldier should go into battle prepared.
The first part of this chapter deals with instructions in the home and workplace for the Christian. This introduction may appear obscure to the life of a soldier at first glance. However, a good soldiers training starts in the home as a child then proceeds to how he or she conducts themselves in the public square. These arenas are considered “basic training” and where good soldiers are prepared before going into battle. It also addresses those who are employers that they should be fair and just. However, Paul shifts the focus to the Christian soldier’s enemy in verse 10.
Key Thought #1: If you take a weak man or woman and put the best armor on them and give them the best weapons they would still be ineffective as a soldier. They would be easily defeated. The equipped Christian must be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
- What does Paul mean when he says “Be strong in the Lord”?
- Name some ways one can become strong in the Lord.
- Why should we build up spiritual strength in the Lord?
- Give 2 other scriptures where Paul speaks of building spiritual strength.
Key Thought #2: God gives the believer a full set of equipment before He sends the Christian soldier into battle.
- What is the difference between spiritual armor and physical armor?
- What are the wiles of the devil? Give 3 examples.
- Give an example of standing against the wiles of the devil.
Key Thought #3: Paul uses an assortment of terms to refer to our spiritual enemies. The bottom line is this; God is encouraging us to fight a spiritually wicked fight against Satan’s elite warriors that are evil and malicious spirits. We can come to the conclusion that politics, religion, economics, and racism are used by Satan to war against God’s people.
- Why do Christians need to put on God’s armor?
- What does “we wrestle not against flesh and blood mean?”
- What do you think principalities powers and the rulers of darkness against this world mean?
- Describe spiritual wickedness in high places.
- Why is it important for all believers to prepare for spiritual battle?
- In what ways can the church help its people to prepare?
Personal Probe Question
Dear Member of Mount Hermon,
If our spiritual struggle were compared to a conventional war, where would you see yourself at this time: in the heat of the battle, at the front lines, with the reinforcements, mapping out strategy, helping with the supply lines, back at the base, in training, at boot camp, on leave, AWOL?
Dr. Oscar T. Moses – W.A.R. Bible Studies 2017.