This week's message
January 14, 2018
Many thanks to Brother Matt Gillentine for bringing God's word to Heartland this morning.
Matt spoke on "Walking on the Battlefield Without Fear"
 
 
Ephesians 6: 10-18 (NIV)
10 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.
 
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.
 
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
 
 
We must rely on His power
 
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
 
Ephesians 1 (NLT)
19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power
for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power
20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand
in the heavenly realms.

 
2 Corinthians 10 (NIV)
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary,
they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

 
 
We must know our enemy
 
…take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood…
 
1 Peter 5 (NLT)
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil.
He prowls around like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour.
Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.
Remember that your family of believers all over the world
is going through the same kind of suffering you are.
 
 
John 10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
 
 
We must use ALL of the armor and weapons that God gives us
 
Put on the full armor of God
 
Ephesians 6: 10-18 (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God
 
 
Truth
We must know what we believe and know why we believe it
 
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)
- always be ready to give a defense to everyone
who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you
 
Righteousness 
 
Romans 3:21-26 (CSB)
But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed,
attested by the Law and the Prophets.
22 The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe,
since there is no distinction.
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
24 They are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
 
25 God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood,
received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness,
because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.
26 God presented him to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time,
so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
 
 
Sharing the Gospel
 
Romans 10 (NLT)
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?
And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?
That is why the Scriptures say,
“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
 
Colossians 4:5-6 (NLT)
Live wisely among those who are not believers,
and make the most of every opportunity. 
Let your conversation be gracious and attractive
so that you will have the right response for everyone.
  
 
Faith
 
Ephesians 6:16 (ESV)
In all circumstances take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one
 
So what is the shield of faith?
Trusting God in every situation and circumstance
 
 
Salvation 
 
1 Thessalonians 5:8-10 (NLT)
But let us who live in the light be clearheaded,
protected by the armor of faith and love,
and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ,
not to pour out his anger on us.
Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns,
we can live with him forever.
 
 
The Word of God
 
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true
and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
 
 
Prayer

 Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.
Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
 
 
What now?
Identify any weak spots in your armor
  • Make a plan to improve those areas 
  •            (without neglecting the others!)
     
    Remember that we only win the battle by His power