Wednesday: Helmet and Sword
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The helmet of salvation in Ephesians 6:17 is most likely taken from Isaiah 59:17, although Paul applies it differently.

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In Isaiah 59, it is God who wears the helmet of salvation; here, in Ephesians, the Christian is called upon to receive it. Whereas the previous items may have been laid out for the soldier to be picked up, the helmet is handed to him. Perhaps this is to emphasize the total “giftedness” of salvation. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Paul speaks of the [...]

07: Arming for Victory – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : We are called to put on God’s armor of truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, and His Word for protection against Satan.

[Teaching plan for Arming for Victory November 12, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 6:14-17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Since there is no armor for the backside of the Christian, what does it mean to flee from the devil?
C. Personal Application: [...]

Tuesday: Preparation and the Shield of Faith
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The Roman soldier armed himself to ensure that his steps would not be impeded on rough terrain.

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To facilitate movement over all kinds of roads, Roman soldiers often wore shoes studded with sharp nails. Such shoes ensured a good grip, and Paul likens the shoes to the “readiness,” or “preparation,” of the gospel of peace (Eph. 6:15).

Read Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15, and Ephesians 6:15. Paul’s idea seems to be steadfastness in the Christian life of warfare. In what sense [...]

Monday: Girdle of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness
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“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph. 6:14, NKJV).

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Though it’s a little difficult to know the exact nature of the girdle, it seems that in Ephesians 6:14 Paul may have been referring to a leather apron that offered some protection to the lower abdomen but also made freedom of movement and readiness for action possible. In this sense, the girdle was a piece of basic armor. And that [...]

Sunday: The Need for Arming Personally
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In Ephesians 6:12, Paul describes the Christian life as a struggle, saying, “we . . . wrestle.” Notice, he uses the plural.

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The passage reads, literally, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood” (NKJV). Every Christian is brought into the picture. In verse 13 he urges his readers to put on the whole armor of God. It is with God’s armor that we are to equip ourselves, and it has been made available for our use. Paul begins the verse [...]

Further study: Victory Over Evil Forces
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Read Ellen G. White, “‘Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,’” pp. 662-680, in The Desire of Ages;

“Appropriating the Righteousness of Christ,” p. 93, in Faith and Works; “Science and Revelation,” p. 310, in Selected Messages, book 3.

“Jesus gained the victory through submission and faith in God, and by the apostle He says to us, ‘Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.’ James 4:7,8. We cannot save ourselves from the [...]

06: Victory Over Evil Forces – Thought Starters
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[Thought Starters for Victory Over Evil Forces November 7, 2012]

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1. Religious power. What wars can you think of that were fought in the name of religion or religious values? How much persecution had its roots in religious zeal? Have you seen the battle between Christ and Satan raging where you live and work this week? this year? What about the conflict in your own mind about what is wrong, what is right, and what you [...]

Thursday: Examples of Victory (Book of Acts)
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The examples of victories over demonic forces that we looked at in yesterday’s lesson happened in the days of our Lord on the earth.

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But the victories were by no means restricted to that period. In the book of Acts we find the continuing victories of Jesus’ followers over demonic forces.

Of course, this shouldn’t be surprising, not with all the promises that Jesus left to His followers about the Holy Spirit being with them when [...]

Wednesday: Examples of Victory
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So far we have been shown by the Bible the hope and promises of victory that the Christian may have.

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Actually beyond these, we have real examples of Christian victories over evil forces recorded in the Bible. We begin with the example of the ministry of the early disciples whom Jesus sent out.

Read Matthew 10:1-8; Mark 6:7,12-13; Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:1-20. Look at what these people were commissioned to do. How are these texts to be understood in the [...]

06: Victory Over Evil Forces – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The weakest soul will be victorious as they seek God’s power to overcome temptation through faith.

 

[Teaching plan for Victory Over Evil Forces November 5, 2012]

1. Have a volunteer read Ephesians 1:18-23.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. From the Bible, what examples do we have of followers of Christ getting victory over the devil?
C. Personal Application: What mighty power does God work to those who [...]