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The Need for Spiritual Armor

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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December 10, 2021 7:00 am

The Need for Spiritual Armor

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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December 10, 2021 7:00 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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The problem is just something that will have the last word. Dr. Tony Evans reminds us we don't have to be victims of spiritual attacks dictate control of your life and make sure they will knowcelebrating faithfulness.

This is the alternative Dr. Tony author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship Dallas, Texas, president of the alternative, Dr. Evans, who said spiritual temptation and opposition can't be avoided, but they can be overcome today will hear about how to do that as he takes us to Ephesians chapter 6 let's get started in the thinking that the devil is winning thinking he's running the show calling the shots and we are puppets own history.

We've been duped into thinking that 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 wiped the sweat off your phone drive you we take those gibbering fingers out of your clashing teeth because you gets to make the final no matter what's going on will and the resurrection was God's will is will for victory. What's going on in your life you no matter what it is I'm going to share with you today and throughout this series how you use final move that we are introducing this with today. Finally brother in chapter 6 were established in the strength of mine put on the armor of God will stand firm against the devil. It is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in public places.

People are not your problem. I know you think that the problem is that what you see 12 what is going wrong in your world. The conduit for the root we wrestle not against flesh and blood battles we have in life. What they may be on not only will it make? Battle against principalities and while this darkness located in the heavenly places, places, means the spiritual what is going on in your world, your life has going on is going on all will go on first in the spiritual realm spiritual walk there to find the ballroom that affects what you're going through the visible realm. It is the battle that is responsible for the battles in the sea give you 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 natural strength or your might not your strength. Why can I get them off my back because you been using your strength and your strength doesn't work that well Realm your strength K work in that realm to usual strength strong enough for that room washes please notice what he says over and over in verse 11, Stan 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 and the strength of his might not your determination and power of positive thinking promises a grit your teeth saying I'll never do it again. All this you as you try to be a better you.

While you could be a good are you, you were but you discover that your strength keeps getting overcome because the evil world can no strength is given them strength only helping them to become stronger. Be strong in the Lord and the strength of my what happened when Jesus Christ died. 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 relocate chapter 2 verses 14 and 15 says that Jesus Christ, by his death rendered Satan politics so that's why it can't be taken on the beach with the section that looks like Paul 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 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 Corinthians 1527 says that everything is now under that Jesus Christ only Jesus Christ once and for all that he cannot do with you with permission that's been handed to him by us by our own strength, be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might. What this power gives not what your power can conjure up what you notice not want you to know already been whipped because you will treat him different in different you will talk to him different LC like the books and the devil made me do it because as long as you grant them the power people use it see what was wrong. Devil can make you do anything, but you can pick your permission for him to do it and use it against her. You know I want to be as many of you do the NFL network, football and NFL network show you last year's games, social games last year but when I show you last year game. They'll tell you the school at the beginning of the faith. Let's look at last year when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Houston Texans. So let's let's review the game when 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 the one you start with victory, you know. It's all shook up when you see a fumble on interception or a block or 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 firm in the Lord be strong like you I'm not trying to win has already one you want to view your life through the eyes of the victory of Christ, not because of something you're trying to wear your God is already playing this thing and it will take that victory has already been the class victory is already been one. So when you talk to yourself when you talk to somebody else you're Christian you will be talking is one trying to locate victory be talking is 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 of more media niche is better than last year when talking as people not knowing we victory so we talking uncertainties we talking hopefulness we talking design. We do not talk in victory that has been achieved.

We quote the verses but we don't believe verses we quote we talk about the world's way more than conquerors in Christ who loved us and gave himself as religious speech that's not victory parade will be parading as a victor 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 want you to be strong in the Lord and the strength of his might. He does not want you to come out from under the umbrella of God's perspective on what God wants you to know that was a son moving the exorcism of Emily Rose never seen it mixed on the company to watch the exorcism of family rows and rows haven't been in heavenly role can get rid of this deep. She calls the priest over to get rid of the deep. 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 lady sits 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's terrified Emily Rose but the reason why but it won't come out of Emily Rose is that Rose has been medicated with capital 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 had gone to all of the human level test The demon canceling her ability to react to the spiritual impulses that would remove the payment and sense the spirit can be gotten to because of this intrusion calls it's because the demon to be trapped inside of her. What many of us have done is gone to man's way of thinking introduced that way of thinking and wonder why Paul is not working because the trap the demon in all of the banks can't 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 the 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. Stay with us right now God is encouraging with truth by sending you this is 2021 on scene featuring 20 of Dr. Evans most popular messages from this this series is our thanks for your year and helping urban alternatives stay on here bringing messages of hope and life confusing out of control go online to Tony Evans.org to request yours. That's evidence. Tony has said that the more people who meet Jesus more lives will be asked to driving purpose behind this ministry please visit Tony Evans.org today or call us at 1-800-800-3222 and make a year and contribution to help keep this important ministry moving forward. When you do will say thanks by sending you the best of Tony Evans, 20, 21, and as an added bonus will also include an additional resource. Choose from the popular King demand rising devotional.

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Do this in remembrance of me.

This is an interesting phrase simply take communion and proclaimed my death till I come. The question is proclaim your depth to whom to the spiritual realm, so because the spiritual realm don't want to hear that your standing firm. See when you bring up Jesus Christ to the spiritual realm. When you bring up what he accomplishes Satan you been defeated and what you doing to me has already been defeated telling me I gotta be on drugs that's been defeated telling me I have to be a model 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 is proclaim to you what happened to you on the cross of Jesus Christ. In case you forgot will proclaim because we have relegated to history something happened 2000 years ago.

So we stopped standing firm we come up with new tricks of the trade new gadgets and gimmicks. We try to find something 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 thinking Jesus is enough introducing that which tracks the demonic inside and keeps us from being free. If you are tired of being trapped in that room you gonna start using this realm, the fixed this realm can fix that room. Your point of reference has to be what God has provided.

The Bible says in Romans Satan is now under your feet. Supposedly, your house, did you not supposed be his running your life running your emotions running your passions running doing that I'm not doing that you stop standing firm on stuff standing firm. We have relocated opposition and were now out in the rain's okay what what I do 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.

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The armor of God, our spiritual resources. In other words, dress for success. It's all about what you wear, what you where he says put on the full armor of God. Okay, so let's get this straight is not your all his natural clothes is God's clothes. Why is God lives in that room. So you know what you suppose the way he wants 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 venture to temper your addiction and you will become a problem. I think he wanted just flushing one of something they will have the last word, they will no longer be the dictator's criminal law to be the controller they would no longer be brief of your life. They may show up, but they will no longer have final say so, but you got dressed for success with over six things and six things the six items of apparel that you got where you can bet realm. If you want that room to submit to 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 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 the sword of the Spirit to take six items, two different categories of three. The first group says what is happening from the verb 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 off those you never take off the last three you pick up as needed to take three okay so whenever you made 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 God gives the doesn't put them when you okay what he tells you to put on the floor. Don't say God dress me he will not rescue people 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 love because Ephesians 13 you have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings but 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. What are your responsibility and 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 convey 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 put it all you have is been completely asking God. It already given when asking God to do.

Already done with asking God to accomplish already provided, but because they grabbed we haven't done yet.

You won't have to put on the full armor when you get to be fixed. Now you understand what the armor 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 nearby to pick it up and use it at a given moment. He says you must put on the full armor of God so what I'm trying to tell you baby is something you not know before when not know before your problems on and this will 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 in the spiritual coherence with the good news is when it gets addressed. You will know with nothing but God meant that woman she was sick for 18 years. But the reader, she was sick with the demon but when she the same way she was healed he will leave that thing (let me know when you know is God when you hear that immediately. Nothing changes immediatelymust change immediately.

You can turn off the computer. You can deal with that said all that struggle, but whatever it is not a person.

That's why I've been there for 25 years because you're not an immediate, small but 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 equips us to attack our problems at the real root before we go today. Let me remind you to take advantage of our special year-end package the best of Tony ever is 20 2120 of Tony's most popular messages on CD or digital download plus your choice of one of three popular and powerful books and devotionals you can get the details and select your favorite bonus resources Tony Avenue and start org. This special package is yours as I thank you gift when you support Tony's worker on the radio and television, as well as with pastors, their families and churches around the world.

Get Tony's best so you can be your best make the arrangements. When you visit 2011 start or we can find a huge selection of great life-changing gifts for the people you care about. That's 2011's.org or call her 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222 two. Many Christians build their lives around what people say about the Bible instead of what the Bible says about people on Monday. Dr. Evans will explain why that's such a dangerous temptation talks about the real authority kingdom. Christian hope will be back with the alternative with Doctor Tony Ave., Irvin alternative celebrating 40 years of faithfulness, thanks to the generous contributions of listeners like you


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