IC@MK Sunday Service (31 May 2020)

IC@MK Sunday Service (31 May 2020)

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Posted by International Church at Mont Kiara on Saturday, 30 May 2020

Spiritual Warfare Part 1 – The Need to Stand Strong (Ephesians 6:10-13)

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In the summer of 1997, I had a job working at a Christian camp as a counselor. It was one of those camps where the kids would come and spend the whole week and sleep in cabins, and we, as the counselors would oversee them throughout the night. Some of the weeks when I had a cabin full of younger campers, the boys would want me to tell them bedtime stories as they were falling asleep in their sleeping bags. I remember one week there was a couple of boys in particular who were fascinated with battle stories from the Old Testament, especially stories that they had never heard before. And so, one night I told them the story of Eleazar the son of Dodo, remember that story? We read in Scripture that Eleazar was one of King David’s mighty men. And in the biblical story, there was a battle between the Philistines, the main enemy of the Israelite, and David’s forces, the people of Israel. The battle did not go well for David’s men and most of the Israelite soldiers turn and ran away in retreat, but not Eleazar the son of Dodo. No, we read in the text [1 Chronicles 11:14, Eleazar took his stand in the midst of the plot and defended it and killed the Philistines. And the Lord saved them by a great victory.] that Eleazar took his stand right in the middle of a barley field and took on the oncoming Philistine soldiers left and right. And we can presume this battle perhaps went on for hours because the text tells us that towards the end of the battle, his hand was stuck to the hilt off his sword so tightly had been clenching it during the battle. And through Eleazar the Lord gave victory to David and to the people of Israel. Standing firm and God’s strength, against a spiritual enemy is what all of us as Christians need to do. Is what we as the ICMK family are called to do as the people of God. We come to the final main section of our study of the letter of Ephesians 6:10-20, Lord willing, we’re going to spend three weeks here in this passage. Listen, as William reads it for us, [Ephesians 6:10-17] “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God,” We’re going to be focusing on this first section this morning verses 10 through 13 where we see three main commands.