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The Need for Spiritual Armor

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August 16, 2021 8:00 am

The Need for Spiritual Armor

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August 16, 2021 8:00 am

If it feels like Satan has you backed into a corner, Dr. Tony Evans says you have things backward. In this lesson, he’ll explain who the real hostage ought to be as he talks about how to avoid getting distracted by the spiritual battles going on around us.

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Problem is missing one thing they will have the last word.

Dr. Tony Evans reminds we don't have to be victims.

Spiritual attacks dictate of your life. It makes a lot, but they will no longer have sites celebrating this is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the alternative Dr. Evans are said spiritual temptation in opposition can be avoided, but they can be overcome. Today were going to hear about how to do that as he takes us to Ephesians chapter 6 let's get started think that the devil is women thinking he's running the show calling the shots. We are puppets own history.

We've been duped into thinking that he is the final decision-maker about joy, happiness, well-being, spirituality, and all the other elements that make life work because he seems to be running the show like you with some good news today finally brother in chapter 6, verse 10, be strong in the Lord and the strength of my armor of God will stand firm against the's of the devil. It is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and power was darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in places. People are not your problem. I know you think that the problem is that what you see is 12. What is going wrong in your world people. The conduit for the room. We wrestle not against flesh and blood. The battles we have in life. What they may be not only cool in nature, flesh and blood battle against principalities and world.

This darkness located in the heavenly places, and places means the spiritual what is going on in your world, your life has gone on is going on will go on first in the spiritual realm.

Heavenly places.

It is the battle scene that is responsible for the battles in the sling if you don't know how to navigate background you can fix this. That's why he says in verse 10, be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might.

Translation not show strength. Or you might not your strength. Why can I get them off my back because you been using your strength and your human strength doesn't work in that well Realm your strength can work in that realm to usual strength strong enough of that room was please notice what he said over and over in verse 11 stand firm.

What has he done that I need to stand firm in stand firm in the Lord. All he says be strong in the Lord of the strength of his might not your determination power positive thinking promises a grit your teeth saying I'll never do it again.

All that you as you try to be a better you.

While you can be a good are you, you were but you discover that your strength to overcome because the evil world can make no strength if given them strength so your strength is only helping them to become stronger. Be strong in the Lord and the strength of my What happened when Jesus Christ died listening.

The Bible says in Colossians chapter 2 verse 10, you are complete in him, no additives needed when you accepted Jesus Christ. Colossians 1 1315 for you were transferred out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. You will be located in chapter 2 verses 14 and 15 says that Jesus Christ, by his death rendered Satan powerless Jesus has rendered him powerless. So that's why you can't beat, you would probably think it only beat you with deception that looked like it says that he is no longer in control.

Verse 15 said that when Jesus Christ conducted a three parade in heavenly places. He went public with in the spiritual realm. That was a Macy's parade and the spiritual realm.

The Bible says of Jesus Christ, declaring Satan and his demons follow Jesus Christ. The class victory over them so that Ephesians 122 1527. Seven. Everything is now under C that Jesus Christ and only Jesus Christ once and for all that he cannot do with you with permission that's been handed to him by our own strength, be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might. What this power gives not what your policy can conjure up what you know not want you to know already been whipped because you will treat him different in different you will talk to him different around say like the devil made me do it because as long as you granting the power people use it see what was wrong. Devil came make you do anything, but you can pick your permission for him to do it and use it against her will. You know that I am going to be as many of you do the NFL network. Develop for politics in adult network show you last year's games games last year but when I show you last year's game. They'll tell you the school at the beginning of the game. Let's look at last year when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Houston Texans. So let's let's review the game wins when the Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Jets they will they will tell you they will put the school play jet but to let you know this is going. In other words, you start with victory you know where the careers so you get all shook up when you see a fumble on interception or a pop-up blocker will tackle when this thing is going you already discovered an advanced web victory which change your approach to how you view the game because you're viewing it from victory not to determine victory stand for the Lord, be strong in the Lord is like you are not trying to win has already one you want to view your life through the eyes of the victory of Christ, not the eyes of something you're trying to wear your God is already playing this thing in advance. Okay, that victory has already been the class victory is already been one. So when you talk to yourself when you talk to somebody else. If you're Christian you will be talking as one trying to locate the talking as one who is leading the class victory because you are using the Lord strength not just right victory as we don't talk like that. We talk like I'm trying to make hope to do better.

One day this will pass. I think God that more media niche is better than last year when talking as people not knowing we victory so we talk and uncertainties. We talk in hopefulness. We talk and desire. We do not talk that has been achieved.

We quote the verses but we don't believe verses we quote we talk about pregnancy does in the world.

We are more than conquerors in Christ loved us and gave himself as religious speech that's not victory parade will be parading as a victim because then Satan knows he can piggyback off what you loaning if you loaning us to kill beat you over the head with. He says I will be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might. He does not want you to come out on the umbrella of God's perspective on what God wants you to know it was a son will be the exorcism of Emily Rose, you haven't seen it next to the completed watched the exorcism of Emily Rose, Emily Rose has a demon in heavenly role can get rid of this deep. She calls the priest over to get rid of the demon.

The priest tries to get rid of the demon but the demon won't go anywhere. A child is held against the priest is trying to do the exorcism they call in an expert on demons and exorcisms to testify at the trial the latest six on the stand and says that most certainly of the demon in Emily Rose.

There is a demon that won't go away. The priest did what he was supposed to do to get rid of the demon that scarified Emily Rose, but the reason why but it won't come out of Emily Rose is that Rose has been medicated with Matrox and gamma trawl does the thinking so that she's not thinking right so that the demon doesn't have to react to her thoughts because I thought the been confused by the addition of the medication. The medication is really liking the demon in what she has gone to all of the human level test The demon functioning in her ability to react to the spiritual impulses that would remove the demon and since the spirit can be gotten to because of this intrusion of the matter: it's because the demon to be trapped inside of her equipment is gone to man's way of thinking introduced that way of thinking and wonder why the divine pile is not working because they can open the demon in so I can free the person out. We have introduced elements to the spiritual realm, so that was no longer strong in the Lord with strong in the Lord mixture want to mix with human and divine, and hope it all works out in the end he says be strong in the Lord and I want you to stand firm. Dr. Evans will come back with more of our message in a moment, including a look at how the spiritual realm affects our day-to-day lives. That's coming up after this reflection on 40 years of God's faithfulness. Little did I know that he would take humble beginnings and turn it into an international ministry. Now 1400 stations daily and hundred and 30 countries around the world reaching hundreds of hundreds of thousands of people with the truth of God, and now using social media in all manner of ways, and the impact individuals and families and churches and even communities would take us on all levels of society from the homeless person to the White House in bringing God's truth my praise God for 40 years of his favorite no chillier said that the more people who meet Jesus, the more lives will be transformed. It's a simple equation and it's the driving purpose behind this ministry. None of what we do here would be possible without the faithful contributions of people like you and that's why I want to let you know about a special package we put together has a way of saying thank you, when you make a donation to keep this ministry going. It starts with Tony Evans top 40, 40 classic messages covering some of the most important topics in the Christian faith.

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To do this in remembrance of me.

And this is an interesting phrase to communion and proclaimed my death till I come. The question is proclaim your depth to whom to the spiritual realm.

When you bring up Jesus Christ to the spiritual realm. When you bring up what he accomplishes Satan you been defeated and what you're doing to me has already been defeated telling me I gotta be on drugs that's been defeated telling me I have to be able.

That's been the life that you don't have to be depressed today and they are hearing that you're off what you're telling me proclaim to you what happened to you on the cross of Jesus Christ. In case you forgot, we try to find some new we want to be entertained out of our problems.

We want to look at signs in the sky.

We want to find out what the horoscope is all the time I was singing Jesus is introducing that which tracks the demonic inside and keeps us from being free. If you are tired of being trapped in that room. You gotta stop using this realm. The fix this realm can fix that room. The Bible says in Romans Satan is now under your feet. Supposedly you have to did you not supposed to be his running your life running your emotions running your passions running going that I'm not going that you stop standing for stuff, standing firm, we have relocated opposition and were now out in the rain. Okay what what what what what do what he says.

He says verse 11 put on the full armor of God, he says in verse 13 take up the full armor of God. This is sweet the honor of God, our spiritual resources. In other words, dress for success. It's all about what you wear, which is where he says put on the full of God. Okay, so let's get this straight.

If not your own natural glow is God's clothes. Why is God lives in that room. So you know what you suppose the way you want to tell you how to dress for success. He says I want you to put on the floor of God.

And when you get dressed for success. What will happen when you get dressed for success. You will be able to handle anything Satan throws a temper your addictions and you will become nothing you want to problem the thing he wanted nothing want to frustrate something they will have the last word, they will no longer be the dictator controller will no longer be beef up your life, they may show up, but they will have final say so, but you dress for success with over six things and six things the six items of apparel that you got away in that realm. If you want that room to submit you notice the difference between the first and last, the first that all begin with the word having stand firm. Verse 14 having loans having put on the breastplate of righteousness. Verse 50. Having charge a fee with the preparation of the gospel, you would have the next three begin with. They begin with another. Notice it says take up the shield of faith.

Verse 17 take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit to take six items, two different categories of three. The first group says to be the state of being, means the first three UL all the time you don't take off like a wedding ring ring where you never take all those you never take off the last three pick up as needed to go get the okay to me. The last three go get the last three but you don't take off the first three understand how all six of those works as we go through this one.

I wanted to God gives the doesn't put them on you once is now. He tells you to put on the floor. He knows that God dress me he will not ask you, he will give you the buyer to be dressed in okay this work in grace God has supplied everything you need. Grace is all God has already done. God can do nothing new for you. You can do nothing more for you because everything is never going to do 10 years from now. He's already done so to even ask God to bless you, Ms. no month because Ephesians 13 you have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings where they located in heavenly places. Let's get this straight. God is ever going to give you. He's already provided it.

It's called Grace what God is already provided, that's God's responsibility responsibility responsibility is faith is reaching back to grace and grabbing what grace is reaching back to the spiritual so that it's made, God will do that for you that your response to what God has already done so, you will in grace supply, you must put no it doesn't put on grace. Grace will be beneficial to you, not because it's not available because you didn't do something for it but if you don't put it all you have is been completely asking God.

It already given asking God to do. It already done with asking God to accomplish already provided, but because they grabbed it. We haven't got you don't have to put on the full armor when you get to know you understand what the Army is scrap it up, put it on so that you can now walk out dress for success and is permanently dressed in three pieces, but have three other people by pick it up and use it at a given moment. He says you must put all the pool of God.

So what I'm trying to tell you. Maybe it's something you not known before not know before your problems on in this room they just show up at the root of your problems all in the spiritual realm. So if you want to fix what's visible and difficult. You got a dress was spiritual coherence with the good news is when you get dressed, you will know with nothing but God. She was sick for 18 years, but the revision was sick with the demon but when she gently she was healed he will leave that thing (let me know when you know was God when year then immediately nothing changes immediatelybut immediately you can turn off the computer. You can deal with that said that struggle, whatever, and it is not an immediate person.

That's why I've been there for 25 years because you are not an immediate, so when God shows up and you find out that the 12 step program you know that that was a supernatural invasion of God Dr. Tony talking about how God's armor eclipses to attack our problems at their real root that protection is something available to all who put their faith and trust in Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross are only way to bridge the gap between human failure and divine forgiveness. If you never made that connection, visit Tony today and follow the link that says Jesus there. Tony will explain everything you need to know about what it means to be a real Christian, and how to start a brand-new life. That's Tony and while you're there, don't miss out on your chance to take advantage of our current special offer volumes one and two of Tony Evans top 40 packed with 20 of Tony's most popular messages, including the one you heard today plus his powerful booklet on how fasting can lead to the breakthrough you been praying for this special resource bundle is yours is our thank you gift when you support Tony's work here on the radio, on television and with pastors, their families and churches around the world make the arrangements today before time runs out by visiting Tony or call our 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222.

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