In the ninth installment of the “Destined” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Paul discussing how Christians are predestined to be prepared warriors in Ephesians chapter 6. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including telling the truth about yourself.
People of War
Destined, Part 09
Everyone arrives somewhere. Christians arrive at a predetermined destiny.
Christians are predestined to be prepared warriors.
Ephesians 6:10-12 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Romans 8:29 – For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son…
1 John 3:8 – The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Ephesians 6:13-15 – 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
1. Tell the truth about yourself. Aletheia [A-lay’-thee-a] – truth,
2. Apply God’s truth to your life.
personal excellence and transparency, a sincerity of mind
free from emotion, pretence, deceit
Dikaiosynē [de-kay-ah-soo’-nay] – Righteousness, integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking feeling, and acting, practical application of truth
3. Have the gospel on your mind and be ready to share it. Hetoimasia [he-toy-ma-see’-a] – prepared, ready, eager