BONDAGE BREAKER SERIES | REVIEW
Introduction | Jesus Wins | Temptation in the Dessert | Luke 4:1-12
CARRYING THE BADGE OF AUTHORITY | Luke 9:1-2
The Right and Ability To Rule | Matthew 28:18,19 NLT
Pulling Rank Luke 10:17 NLT
THE RICHES OF OUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST | Ephesians 1:1-13
In Christ | Ephesians 1:1-13
The Depth And Breadth Of Authority | Ephesians 1:19-23
Authority Conferred | Ephesians 1:19-21
Qualified For Kingdom Work
1 BELIEF | EPHESIANS 1:19
2 HUMILTY | PHILIPPIANS 3:3, JOHN 15:5
3 BOLDNESS | PROVERBS 28:1, REVELATION 21:6-8
4 DEPENDENCE | EPHESIANS 5:21
FREE FROM FEAR | 2 Timothy 1:7
Not Fear But Power, Love, Self-discipline
7.16.17 OUTLINE | JESUS HAS YOU COVERED |THE ARMOR OF GOD
INTRODUCTION | BEING PREPARED VERSUS BEING CAUGHT OF GUARD
DRESSED FOR BATTLE
Armor You Have Already Put On
Belt Of Truth
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The Shoes Of Peace
The Rest of the Armor
The Shield of Faith
The Helmet of Salvation
Praying for Spiritual Insight
Binding the Strong Man
GOD’S PROTECTION | EPHESIANS 6:10-18
EPHESIANS 6:10-18 NLT 10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
ANDERSON | “You may be wondering, “If my position in Christ is secure and my protection is found in Him, why do I have to get actively involved? Can’t I just rest in His protection?” That’s like a soldier saying, “Our country is a major military power. We have the most advanced tanks, planes, missiles, and ships in the world. Why should I bother with wearing a helmet, standing guard, or learning how to shoot a gun? It’s much more comfortable to stay in camp while the tanks and planes fight the war.” When the enemy troops infiltrate, guess who will be one of the first soldiers to get picked off!” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 94). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
DRESSED FOR BATTLE | EPHESIANS 6:14-17
EPHESIANS 6:14-17 NLT 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
ARMOR YOU HAVE ALREADY PUT ON
THE BELT OF TRUTH | EPHESIANS 6:14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
ANDERSON | “The belt of truth. Jesus said, “I am…the truth” (John 14:6). And because Christ is in you, the truth is in you. The belt of truth is our defense against Satan’s primary weapon, which is deception. “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). The belt of truth (which holds the other pieces of body armor in place) is continually being attacked.
I believe that lying is the number one social problem in America. Ironically, most people lie to protect themselves. But Paul says that truth is our first line of defense. Truth is never an enemy—it is a liberating friend. Facing the truth is the first step in any recovery program. You have to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) if you want to live free in Christ and have meaningful relationships.
The only thing a Christian ever has to admit to is the truth. If a thought comes to mind which is not in harmony with God’s truth, dismiss it. If an opportunity comes along to say or do something which compromises or conflicts with truth, avoid it. Adopt a simple rule for living: If it’s the truth, I’m in; if it’s not the truth, count me out. Jesus prayed, “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15). How? “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy Word is truth” (verse 17). You overcome the father of lies with divine revelation, not human reasoning or research.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 97-96). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS | EPHESIANS 6:14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
ANDERSON | “The breastplate of righteousness. When you put on Christ at salvation, you are justified before our holy God (Romans 5:1). It’s not your righteousness but Christ’s righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 3:8,9). Putting on the breastplate of righteousness is your defense against the accuser of the brethren. So when Satan aims an arrow at you by saying, “You’re not good enough to be a Christian,” you can respond with Paul, “Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies” (Romans 8:33).
Even though we stand on our righteous position in Christ, we should be aware of any deeds of unrighteousness. We are saints who sin. Putting on the armor of light means we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:6-8). Walking in the light is not sinless perfection. It means living in continuous agreement with God. It is part of our growth process. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Confession is not saying “I’m sorry.” Many people are sorry, but usually they are sorry they got caught, and even then they will only acknowledge as little as they have to. To confess (homologeo in Greek) means to acknowledge or to agree. It is very similar to the concept of walking in the light. To confess means you say, “I did it,” the moment you are aware you have done something wrong. Covering up anything is the same as walking in the dark.
You can walk in the light because you’re already forgiven. You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Your relationship with God and your eternal destiny are not at stake when you sin, but your daily victory is. Your confession of sin clears the way for the fruitful expression of righteousness in your daily life. We should be like Paul, who said, “I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men” (Acts 24:16). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 97-98). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
SHOES OF PEACE | EPHESIANS 6:15 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
ANDERSON | “The shoes of peace. When you receive Christ, you are united with the Prince of Peace. You have positional peace with God right now (Romans 5:1), but the peace of Christ must also rule in your heart, and that is possible only when you let the Word of Christ richly dwell in you (Colossians 3:15,16).
The shoes of peace become protection against the divisive schemes of the devil when you act as a peacemaker among believers (Romans 14:19). Peacemakers bring people together. Peacemakers encourage fellowship and have a ministry of reconciliation. They understand that fellowship and unity in the body of Christ are based on common heritage. True believers are children of God, and that’s enough to bring us together in peace. If you wait to receive someone until you agree perfectly on every point of doctrine, you’ll be the loneliest Christian on earth. We need to work at “being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). We have the promise that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 98). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE REST OF THE ARMOR
COMMENTS | PROTECTION OURSELVES FROM SATAN’S ATTACK
THE SHIELD OF FAITH | EPHESIANS 6:16 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.
ANDERSON | ”The shield of faith. The object of our faith is God and His Word. The more you know about God and His Word, the more faith you will have. The less you know, the smaller your shield will be, and the easier it will be for one of Satan’s fiery darts to reach its target. If you want your shield of faith to grow large and protective, your knowledge of God and His Word must increase (Romans 10:17).
These flaming missiles from Satan are nothing more than smoldering lies, burning accusations, and fiery temptations bombarding our minds. Whenever you discern a deceptive thought, accusation, or temptation, meet it head-on with what you know to be true about God and His Word. How did Jesus deflect the missiles of Satan’s temptation? By shielding Himself with statements from the Word of God. Every time you memorize a Bible verse, listen to a sermon, or participate in a Bible study, you increase your knowledge of God and enlarge your shield of faith.”
Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 99). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE HELMET OF SALVATION | EPHESIANS 6:17 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
ANDERSON | ”The helmet of salvation. Should your shield of faith be a little leaky and your daily victory elusive, be confident that the helmet of salvation guarantees your eternal victory. In the metaphor of armor, the helmet also secures coverage for the most critical part of your anatomy: your mind, where spiritual battles are either won or lost. As you struggle with the world, the flesh, and the devil on a daily basis, stand firm, knowing that your salvation is not based on your good works, but on the good works of Christ. You are a child of God, and nothing can separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35).
The temptation is to doubt our salvation when under attack. But the Christian warrior wears the helmet of salvation in the sense that he is the receiver and possessor of deliverance, clothed and armed in the victory of his Head, Jesus Christ. Since we are joined to the Lord Jesus Christ, the devil has no legitimate claim on us, for Christ has “delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Colossians 1:13). Be assured of your salvation. “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16). Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 99-100). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT | 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
ANDERSON | ”The sword of the Spirit. The Word of God is the only offensive weapon in the armor of God. Paul uses rhema instead of logos for “word” in Ephesians 6:17 because he wants to emphasize the spoken word of God. There is only one Word of God, but the Greek word rhema brings in the idea of proclamation. For instance, Paul says in Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word (rhema) of Christ.” It is appropriate to use rhema in this context because the emphasis is on preaching the good news and hearing it.
Our defense against direct attacks by the evil one is to speak aloud God’s truth. Why is it so important to speak God’s Word, in addition to believing it and thinking it? Because Satan is not omniscient, and he doesn’t perfectly know what you’re thinking. By observing you, he can pretty well tell what you are thinking, just as any student of human behavior can. But he doesn’t know what you’re going to do before you do it. If you pay attention to a deceiving spirit (1 Timothy 4:1), he is putting thoughts into your mind, and he will know whether you buy his lie by how you behave. It is not hard for him to tell what you are thinking if he has given you the thought. Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (p. 100). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
THE PROTECTIVE POWER OF PRAYER | 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
ANDERSON | “What is prayer? It is communication with God. God knows what we need in our battle with the powers of darkness, and He is more willing to save us and meet our needs than we are willing to ask. Our attitude in prayer should be, “You are the Lord, not I. You know what’s best; I don’t. I’m not telling You what to do; I’m asking. I am totally dependent upon You.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 102-103). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
PRAYING FOR SPIRITUAL INSIGHT
ANDERSON | “There are several specific needs we should consider as targets for prayer in spiritual warfare. One need relates to the condition of blindness which Satan has inflicted on unbelievers (2 Corinthians 4:3,4). People cannot come to Christ unless their spiritual eyes are opened. Theodore Epp wrote, “If Satan has blinded and bound men and women, how can we ever see souls saved? This is where you and I enter the picture. Spoiling the goods of the strong man has to do with liberating those whom Satan has blinded and is keeping bound….This is where prayer comes in.”2 Prayer is a primary weapon in combating spiritual blindness. The apostle John wrote: “If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14,15). Then he immediately challenged believers to apply this principle by asking God to bring life to unbelievers (verse 16). Our evangelistic strategy must include authoritative prayer that God’s light would penetrate satanic blindness. We also need to pray, as Paul did in Ephesians 1:18,19, that the eyes of believers may be enlightened to understand the spiritual power, authority, and protection which is our inheritance in Christ. As long as Satan can keep us in the dark about our position and authority in Christ, he can keep us stunted in our growth and ineffectual in our witness and ministry. We need to pray for each other continually that Satan’s smoke screen of lies will be blown away and that our vision will be crystal clear.” Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 103-104). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
BINDING THE STRONG MAN
ANDERSON | “Another target for authoritative prayer is the “strong man” mentioned in Matthew 12:29. Jesus said, referring to Satan and his demons: “How can anyone enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man?” He was saying that you cannot rescue people from the bonds of spiritual blindness or demonic influence unless you first overpower their captors. Satan’s power is already broken, but he will not let go of anything he thinks he can keep until we exercise the authority delegated to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we pray we are not trying to persuade God to join us in our service for Him; prayer is the activity of joining God in His ministry. By faith we lay hold of the property in Satan’s clutches which rightfully belongs to God, and we hold on until Satan turns loose. C. Fred Dickason, who taught systematic theology at Moody Bible Institute for years, gives several helpful suggestions for how to pray for someone who is being harassed by demons:
1. Pray that the demons may be cut off from all communication and help from other demons and Satan. 2. Pray that the demons would be confused and weakened in their hold on the person.
3. Pray that the person would be strengthened in his faith to understand his position in Christ and to trust and obey God’s Word.
4. Pray that the person may be able to distinguish between his thoughts and feelings and those of Satan.
5. Pray that the person might recognize the demonic presence and not be confused, but willingly seek godly counsel and help.
6. Pray that God would protect and guide His child and set angelic forces at work to break up every scheme of the enemy.
Anderson, Neil T.. The Bondage Breaker® (pp. 104-105). Harvest House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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