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Ephesians 6:18 The Strong Knight of God-Conclusion Part 2

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INTRODUCTION:

1. The King has provided His knights with everything that is needed to win the war:

2 Peter 1:1–4 NKJV
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

A. The Armor-Ephesians 6:14-17a (The ability to protect ourselves)

B. The Sword-Ephesians 6:17b (The ability to fight)

C. Instructions on how to fight the war-Ephesians 6:18-20 (The ability to win the war)

2. gives three instructions to the knight of God.

Ephesians 6:18–20 NKJV
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

A. Pray always.

B. Be watchful for all the saints.

C. Open your mouth boldly.

BODY:

1. BE WATCHFUL FOR ALL THE SAINTS.

Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

A. This is the watchfulness that Jesus wanted His disciples to have.

Matthew 26:38 NKJV
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”
Matt 26.

1. What was Jesus asking His disciples to do?

Matthew 26:39 NKJV
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

A. He wanted them to pray with Him.

Matthew 26:40 NKJV
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?

B. How is praying being watchful?

1. In prayer, we watch out for ourselves.

Matthew 26:41 NKJV
41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

A. Jesus was praying so earnestly His sweat was like drops of blood.

Matt 26.

A. Prayer can keep us from entering into temptation.

Luke 22:44 NKJV
44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Ephesians 6:18–20 NKJV
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Ephesians 6:18-
1. Paul knew he needed the prayers of the saints, because of how easy it is to fall into the temptation of not being bold to speak the Gospel.
A. How many of us so easily fall into this snare of the devil?
2 Timothy 2:26 NKJV
26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
B. Instead of having to endure temptation, wouldn’t it be nice to not even be tempted to do evil?
2. Temptation is the snare of the devil.
1 John 2:15–17 NKJV
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
3. The Bible offers the solution, once you have been led to temptation, to keep you from ultimately sinning.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
A. Being tempted is not sin, because our Savior was tempted.
Hebrews 4:15 NKJV
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
B. Being caught by the snare is sin; then we are drawn away by our own desires and enticed.
James 1:14–15 NKJV
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
C. The Bible also offers the solution, if you have fallen into the snare and been caught by it.
James 1.14
2 Timothy 2.22-
2 Timothy 2:22–26 NKJV
22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
Luke 13:3 NKJV
3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Acts 17:30 NKJV
30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
2 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV
10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
1 Corinthians 7:10 NKJV
10 Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband.
4. The Bible also offers the solution to keep you from being led to temptation, to ultimately keep you from being tempted.
Matthew 6:13 NKJV
13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
A. Prayer gives one wisdom.
James 1:5 NKJV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
1. Wisdom is knowing how to use knowledge.
2 Timothy 2.25
2 Timothy 2:25–26 NKJV
25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
2. Wisdom will keep you from walking into places where you will be tempted.
Proverbs 4:4–7 NKJV
4 He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live. 5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

2. In prayer, we watch out for one another.

Proverbs 4.4-
Ephesians 6:18 NKJV
18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Eph 6.

A. Paul recorded in

Ephesians 1:15–16 NKJV
15 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:

B. Why did Paul make mention of them in his prayers?

Eph 1.17
Ephesians 1:17–23 NKJV
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
1. Notice, Paul prayed that they may be given the spirit of wisdom.
2. Having wisdom to understand:
A. His revelation or His Word (Vs. 17).
B. The hope of His calling (Vs. 18).
C. What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Vs 18).
D. What is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe (Vs 19).
E. His mighty power, which He worked in Christ, raising Him from the dead (Vs. 19-20).
F. That Christ is Head of the Church (Vs 22-23).
3. Paul was watching out for all the saints, because he understood that wisdom in these things would keep them away from temptation that could lead to sin.
Philippians 1:3–11 NKJV
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; 7 just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. 8 For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Phil 1.3-
A. Paul wanted the saints at the church of Philippi to have:
Knowledge, because without knowledge, one cannot have wisdom.
Hebrews 11:16 NKJV
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2. Then discernment, which is wisdom, so that they may approve the things that are excellent.
2 Timothy 2:15 NKJV
15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

CONCLUSION:

1. Are you watchful for yourself?

A. Do you pray that God will lead you out of the things which tempt you to sin?

B. Then, do you avoid those things or do you go running headfirst into temptation?

1 Thessalonians 5:22 NKJV
22 Abstain from every form of evil.
James 4:7 NKJV
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

2. Are you watchful for all the saints?

A. Do you pray for the wisdom of the saints?

2 Thess 5.22

B. If you know of individual weaknesses of the saints, do you pray for them to have wisdom to overcome that snare?

C. Or do you ignore their sin, thinking it is none of your business?

James 5.16-18
James 5:16–18 NKJV
16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
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