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Putting on the Armor of God

         Overcoming Sin and Temptation series

Many of us have heard about the armor of God, but we may not understand how each of the individual pieces of armor relate to the spiritual battles we face each day. Here is a quick summary of the armor and how each piece protects you against the enemy.

Put on your armor (Ephesians 6:10-18)

1) The belt of truth protects against the enemy’s lies (14a)
   – John 8:44

2) The breastplate of righteousness protects against the enemy’s accusations (14b)
   – Revelation 12:10

3) Gospel shoes protect against the enemy’s distractions (15)
   – Matthew 28:18-20

4) The shield of faith protects against the enemy’s spiritual attacks (16)
   – 1 John 5:4

5) The helmet of salvation protects against the enemy’s physical attacks (17a)
   – Luke 12:4; 1 Peter 5:8-9

6) The sword of the Spirit forces the enemy to retreat (17b)
   – Matthew 4:11

7) Prayer reminds us that the battle is the Lord’s, that we can’t do any of this on our own (18)
   – Zechariah 4:6

Note: For more detail on each of these pieces and how they protect you, please see the sermon, “Preparing for Battle” from the Overcoming Sin and Temptation series.

New “Praying For” Series

We are doing a new series of messages Sunday mornings on praying for various things. Here are the links to the various messages in the series.

Praying For … Series
(Click here for a PDF of all the sermon outlines for the series.)

Praying For series

Praying for Things – 1 John 5:14-15
Praying for Forgiveness – 1 John 1:5-10
Praying for Healing – James 5:13-16
Praying for Victory over Sin – 2 Peter 1:3-4
Praying for Church and Family – Matthew 6:9-13
Praying for the Lost – Colossians 4:2-6
Praying for Missions – Matthew 9:35-38

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/1/2015

Sunday’s message was called Beating Temptation, taken from Matthew 4:1-11. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The reality of temptation (Matthew 4:1)
   A. Know your enemy
      1) The devil is real (1 Peter 5:8)
      2) The battle is spiritual (Ephesians 6:12)

   B. Know your God
      1) God is faithful (1 Corinthians 10:13)
      2) God is good (James 1:13)

   C. Know yourself
      1) Your desires are evil (James 1:14-15)
      2) Your flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41)

II. The nature of temptation (Matthew 4:2-10)
      – see also Genesis 3:1-6

   A. Satan tempts you through your physical desires (2-4)
      – Deut. 8:3

   B. Satan tempts you by twisting God’s word (5-7)
      – Deut. 6:16; Psalm 91:11-12; Numbers 17:1-7

   C. Satan tempts you with the things of this world (8-10)
      – Deut. 6:13; 1 John 2:15-17

III. Victory over temptation (Matthew 4:11)
   A. The power of God’s Word (Psalm 119:9,11; Eph 6:17)
   B. The authority of Jesus (Matt 28:18; Eph 6:10; James 4:7)
   C. The mercy of Jesus (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15-16)

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