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Christians in Spiritual Warfare

Course: The Armour of God  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Lesson One

Lesson Title:  Put on the complete armour


Text:  Ephesians 6:10-11  'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'


Theme: It is essential to put on the complete armour of God.


Details concerning the Roman armour:


1.      Scripture puts the armour into two groups. 

·        The first group is fixed to the body;

·        the second group is moveable.

2.      The fixed pieces are

·        The Belt,

·        The Breastplate and

·        The Shoes.

3.      The moveable pieces are

·        The Shield,

·        The Helmet and

·        The Sword.

4.      The Roman soldier had more armour than Paul mentioned,

·        The Pillum was a long throwing spear. 

·        The solder also had a dagger.

5.      The armour Paul mentioned was necessary in close combat fighting with the enemy. 

·        We cannot keep our distance in spiritual warfare. 

·        We cannot rely on the skill of others

·        We must be ready to wrestle against the enemy ourselves.

6.      An army fights together, but



Introduction:  Personal fight - needs all the armour for close combat.






Introductory Story:  The Maori Hauhau warriors



During the New Zealand Maori Wars of the 1860’s, a Maori by the name of  Te Ua Haumene claimed that the angel Gabriel had visited him in 1862, and that it had been revealed to him by the angel that bullets could not harm a warrior who shouted the words "Pai Marire, hau, hau!" (or "hapa, hapa!"). 


Those who followed Te Ua Haumene were known as the Hauhau warriors (1864-65).  They believed that God had chosen them as His special people and because of this He had provided a way for them to be supernaturally protected from the enemy.


The Hauhau warriors had great courage and were incredibly daring because they had no fear of the enemy’s weapons.  But their belief was wrong and despite their sincerity and bravery they were any easy enemy to defeat. 


The error of Haumene's teaching was seen on May 14, 1864 when 120 Hau Hau warriors moved without fear towards the enemy guns on Moutoa Island.  Within minutes 80 of them lay dead or injured and the rest ran away.  






The teaching of Te Ua Haumene deceived the Hauhau warriors because it provided them with a false hope.  Their armour was only the words "Pai Marire, hau, hau!" but the words had no power (1 Corinthians 4:20).


We must wear the right armour in order to stand against the attacks of the enemy. If we do not wear the right armour then we can be very sincere in our beliefs but we will still be defeated.




Main Points:

1.      The armour of God requires a close relationship with Christ.


Putting on the whole armour (panoply) of God means putting on Christ, Romans 13:14  ‘But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.’

Every piece of armour reveals Christ.

The fixed parts of the armour:

a)     The belt of truth.

·        The doctrine (teaching) of Christ.  2 John 1:9, ‘Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.’


·        The word of Christ, Colossians 3:16,  ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.’


b)     The breastplate of righteousness.

·        The righteousness of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:21. 


c)      The shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace

·        Christ is our peace, Ephesians 2:14. 


The believer must stand firm on Christ with the fixed pieces of armour.  They must never be taken off.

But then there are the moveable parts of the armour.  The believer does not have these on all the time, but he or she must always be ready to use them.



People who are in ministry must be careful to put on Christ

If a person does not keep the armour on then the devil has an opportunity to destroy the persons life and ministry.  No armour leads to tragic consequences.


Personal Story:  Leader in Church who was building many up in Christ.  Appeared to be a strong Christian, with a good Christian wife who was his helper in the ministry, and a teenage daughter. Suddenly heard that he had left his wife to live with a younger woman. 

Family destroyed, ministry destroyed, testimony destroyed. 

He did not have the armour of God on.



Some who confess to be Christians have never put the armour on.





2.      The armour of God requires watchfulness at all times.  Being prepared for the warfare means always keeping the armour on.    


Story:  Police woman in London who was killed on October 24, 1997.  She took off her body armour but when she broke down the door of a flat she was stabbed in the chest. Full time - armour must be on all the time.



Story:  The danger of not being properly prepared.

The Battle of the Bulge (December 1944)   Allies were not ready when the German army tried to break through the allied forces in order to gain a negotiated settlement.  The enemy was eventually defeated but the allies suffered 80,000 casualties.  Many of these casualties could have been prevented if the allies had been prepared for the attack of the enemy, Amos 6:1. 'Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!'




3.      The armour of God requires discipleship.  The believer to be skilful in using the armour.





4.      The armour of God must be put on with courage, Revelation 12:11.


When we serve the Lord, we will encounter the enemy.  Those who do not preach the Gospel will not face the same conflict.  If we do not have a heart for the fight then we will preach a watered down gospel.  Paul told Timothy,

‘Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.’ (2 Timothy 4:2)


‘Preach the Word’






It is necessary to

1.      …put on the complete armour.

2.      …be ready with the complete armour.

3.      …learn to be skilful in wearing the armour.

4.      …be courageous in order to stand against the enemy.