May 26, 2002
v. 10 - “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”
The ever-reoccurring formula - “in the Lord”
Only in Christ can this be experienced! “My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
weakness” - II Cor. 12:9
Only one way to be strong, it is furnished for us, all we
have to do is put on the whole armor of God!
To be strong is our duty, to be weak is our sin.
At Ft. Campbell, readiness is an issue of national &
Our enemy is strong, escalating & fluctuating from
physical to spiritual warfare, the issue of spiritism and drugs
transcending from natural to supernatural, because we are
warring against “principalities, against powers, against
the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places” - v. 12
Since the Flood, we have come full circle, to where once
again violence is in the scenario. Gen. 6:11 - “The earth
also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled
v. 11 - we are told to “put on the whole armor of God”,
the G.I.’s at Ft. Campbell are equipped for their tasks
and the term is G. I., government issue.
G. I. here but in a different light, God Issued! The
weapons mentioned in vs. 14-16 are for both protection
and aggression, defense, as well as offense!
Whether you admit it or not, the equipment of the
highest spiritual technology is available for all, and
it has been here from the beginning. Who will may
know it and God wills everyone know it, because He
has given it to us through revelation.
We are not required to provide the Divine armor,
only to put it on, its efficacy entirely depends on Him!
If you are having problems in this age, it is because
you are like the foolish virgins in the parable of the
Lord who had lamps but not oil! Matt. 25:3
Life is a battlefield, not a scene of soft ease as much
as we would like to have it. Human nature cries out
for an easy life, for a truce with the world, with the
devil, and the flesh. There are spirits of evil hovering
about us, trying to obscure & pervert the truth, to
blind us to the fruits of sin, to dazzle our eyes with
the glory of the earth, to entangle us with subtle
temptations, to fill our minds with doubts & fears,
luring us to the edge and then prepared to burst
into their bitter & scornful laugh at our misfortune
and or calamity. There are foes within
and there are foes without.
God has thought of us and provided for us - His
armor will do the job, each part of us needs to be
protected and we need suitable and adequate
equipment and armaments.
Put on the entire armor of God. Why?
So that we can “stand against the wiles of the
devil” - Satan does not always engage us in
open warfare, but deals in tricks and stratagems
designed for our demise, in fact, nothing would
please him any better than for us to become so
frustrated and hopeless so as to commit suicide.
We live in an age where secularism, headed
by the prince of demons, Satan himself, wants to
control government, especially world government,
but that cannot happen unless the United States
Now since the Supreme Court of the United States,
various organizations, like the ACLU, pushing for
such realization of a godless world, and a minority
people in our various communities, desiring to have
it so, therefore it being illegal in the public life of
the United States today, to incorporate religious
teachings into secular institutions, perhaps it will
be okay for me to bring secular teachings into
a religious setting, in hopes that God will use this
to reach many or few, lost and anxious souls concerning
the state of affairs in the world who cry out Peace,
peace, but there can be no peace to the wicked!
Who has problems? EVERYONE HAS PROBLEMS!
How to deal with problem? Adaptive Behavior.
a. handle problem in healthful ways
c. handle emotions in healthful ways
d. short term plans
e. long term plans
f. develop and maintain close relationships
Can’t cope - Use of Maladaptive Behavior.
Maladaptive Behaviors generally opposite to
Problems associated with Maladaptive Behavior.
a. frustration - feelings of dissatisfaction
when can’t do what we want.
d. substance abuse
Some use mental mechanisms either to escape a
problem or to disguise a problem.
Attention Getting, Compensation, Conversion,
Displaced Aggression, Denial, Displacement,
Fantasy, Humor, Idealization, Identification,
Misery Loves Company, Projection, Rationalization,
Regression, Self -Pity and Sublimation.
Only way to deal with problems is to face them!
Socialization Process - A process whereby society’s
attitudes, beliefs, and patterns of behavior, are
taught to all members of society.
Goal of Socialization - to equip people with
the knowledge they need to become
useful members of society.
Five Agents of Socialization
Five Outcomes of Socialization
a. the individual develops a sense of
individuality and identity.
b. the individual learns how to interact
with others in a variety of situations.
c. the individual is equipped with the
knowledge and skills needed to do
the tasks expected by society.
d. the individual learns how to behave
in a disciplined fashion.
e. the individual can view his future with
some degree of certainty.
Normal Behavior - behavior within the
bounds set by society.
Abnormal Behavior - behavior outside
the bounds set by society.
Four Stages of the Human Life Cycle
a. conception to birth
b. birth to biological maturity
c. adulthood to old age
d. death ends the life cycle
Five Causes of Breakdowns in Whole Societies
a. military conquest
b. acceptance of new ways
c. internal disruptions
d. failure to adjust to new conditions
Three Basic Physical needs of Man
Three Basic Emotional needs of Man
v. 12 - World-rulers denotes the extent of the
dominion of these invisible foes.
No part of the globe to which their influence
does not reach.
Don’t underestimate - looking deep within does
not work - look to Jesus - ch. 1:19-22 - He is
above all these principalities and powers.
Observe the contrast with Christ’s servants who
are children of light, order, knowledge, purity, joy,
peace, etc., while the element of the devil’s servants
is darkness, equivalent to confusion, ignorance,
crime, TERROR, strife and all misery.
Even in our most sublime service to God we often
are bombarded with attacks from wickedness -
Wrestling implies close personal encounter.
v. 13 - Take entire armor of God - “having done all
The command to be “strong in the Lord” is fitly
associated with our “having done all”.
We are not called upon to do as well as our neighbors,
or as good as the next fellow, but to “do all”, leaving
nothing undone that contributes to the success of the
v. 14 - “stand” - in v. 13 - the end of the conflict,
here, the beginning - the idea of FINISHING
UK-Duke - As easy to do something right as it is wrong.
Obviously, there must be a firm stand at the
beginning if there is to be one at the end.
“TRUTH” - honesty, sincerity, as it is in Jesus,
the substance of gospel revelation.
Truth is the proper girdle, it gives the Christian
boundless confidence in his conflict with evil.
We fight for a God of truth and against Satan,
the father of lies! John 8:44
Wrapped in truth.
“RIGHTEOUSNESS” - breastplate - imputed
righteousness of Jesus.
v. 15 - “feet shod with the preparation of the
gospel of peace” - Roman sandal was
furnished with nails that gripped the ground
for slopes or slippery places.
v. 16 - “shield of faith” - in its widest sense,
covering the entire body enabling one
to escape the fiery darts of the enemy,
fire-brands of lust, pride, revenge,
or other evil ideas from the tempter.
Happen suddenly, against our desire, often
in the middle of holy exercises, the experience
of every Christian.
In a word, “faith is the victory that overcometh the
world” - I John 5:4-5
The shield of faith makes the soul impenetrable
to such wiles of the devil, because it falls back on
the Divine Word, apprehends the mercy of God,
the merits of Christ, and the help of the Holy Spirit!
Faith enables us to see how narrow are Satan’s
limits and how wide the order and interests of our
v. 17 - “helmet of salvation” - the glorious truth
that we are saved, rested in, rejoiced in,
will protect the head from intellectual
surrender and rationalistic doubt.
“the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” -
enlightens us, applies it practically to our every day
life, a weapon to use offensively as Jesus did in
Matthew 4 when tempted by the devil - “then the
devil leaveth Him” - Matt. 4:11
The Bible is a wonderful weapon! It cuts men &
devils to the heart - it is a discerner of the
thoughts and the intents of the heart.
Thus preach to people, regardless of what the
world says - the Christian who masters most
thoroughly the Word of God will be most powerful
among his fellows, he is ahead of his time and
understands best what to do in this generation.
The sword is the saint’s only weapon of offense.
Whether the temptation to atheism, to impiety,
to despair, to unbelief, to covetousness, to pride,
to hatred or to worldliness, “It is written” is
clearly imprinted on the handle of this sword.
How earnestly we should practice using this sword
by study and application by the Holy Spirit, our Ally!
v. 18 - The metaphor of armor is dropped but not the idea
of a conflict, for prayer is insisted upon as of vital
importance for successful warfare.
All the armor - truth, righteousness, Gospel of peace,
“all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” - habitual,
sporadic, secret, spoken, domestic, social, congregational.
Without prayer we shall be unskillful in the use of the
Word. Constant use and prayer, those are the keys!
“praying always” - at all seasons - no period of life
without it - youth, middle life, old age, all demand it.
No condition in life to be without it, adversity,
prosperity, sunshine, desolation, under sore
temptation, under important duty. under heavy
trial, under all the changing circumstances of
life, personal, social, moral.
“in the Spirit” - true prayer is spiritual and not
true prayer unless by the Holy Spirit, the heart
is filled with heavenward longings and aspirations,
changing our prayer from cold form to heartfelt
realities. Realizing the Presence of God and
looking for grace and guidance.
“watching thereinto” - against formality, toward
spirituality, also against forgetfulness and
neglect of prayer.
Emancipated from self, we can pray with a large
public spirit - Job 42:10