February 22, 2015 Sunday School Commentary
Clothed and Ready
Bible Background- Ephesians 6:10-20
Highlighted Text- Ephesians 6:10-20
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. – Ephesians 6:11
Are you ready for battle? Are you dressed for warfare? Today’s lesson tells us that we have to be clothed and ready to face the attacks of the enemy. The enemy may be attacking you in a manner in which you have never experienced before. You may feel like you are backed into a corner. Today you will be reminded of what you need to fight back and win your current battle.
The Call to Arms (Ephesians 6:10-13)
When you consider your current problems it is easy to put a face to them. If you are having problems at work, you see the face of your coworker or supervisor. Problems in your marriage causes you to look at your spouse with bitterness. A discouraging health report makes you fixated on your physician. Regardless of how convenient it is to blame or see these people as a courier to your problems, they do not have that much power.
From the first part of his letter, the apostle Paul informs the church in Ephesus about the principalities and powers that reside in the spirit realm and seek to bring opposition to the Body of Christ. He doesn’t try to pacify the church about the intentions of satan. Paul exhorts for them to be strong in the Lord and of power because the enemy will seek to destroy them and their fight is not a physical fight. However, as a soldier prepares for battle by arming himself, believers must be armed with spiritual gear.
Point to Ponder: Are you familiar with your spiritual armor?
The Soldier’s Armor (Ephesians 6:14-17)
Can you imagine the predicament a soldier would be in if every time he went to war he had to struggle with his gear? What if he put on the wrong helmet? What if his sword was dull or his gun was full of blanks? What if he left his shield or bulletproof vest? A good soldier is familiar with his armor because he has to wear it when he is practicing for a battle, preparing to go to battle or in the midst of warfare. As Christians, we must be familiar with our spiritual armor. We can not become familiar with it if we only try to use it when we are in warfare. When the enemy works through people to push us out of character, how will we know how to resist him? How will we know that we can’t resist our enemy without submitting to God if we haven’t read James 4:7?
Point to ponder: How often do you wear God’s armor?
The Call to Prayer (Ephesians 6:18-20)
Prayer is the means to communicate in the spiritual realm. Prayer allows believers to talk to God, to hear from God, to dispatch angels and give them assignments, to release blessings and to bind curses. It is a secret weapon that the enemy can not authenticate. Soldiers utilize different means of intelligence in order to scope out their enemies and wait for their commanders to give them instructions. Christians use prayer as a way to access intelligence. We listen to the Holy Spirit for instructions. This is why we must pray about everything.
Point to ponder: Are you utilizing your secret weapon throughout the day?
This week, examine the areas in your life that seem to be making it difficult for you to stand your ground. When new situations arise, check your armor. When people say false things about you that tempts you to react, will you girt up your loins and allow truth to prevail? When you are deliberately given more on your job for spite, will you trust the shield of faith? When you feel as though your armor is not all together and don’t know how much longer you can fight, access your secret weapon and trust God to restore his gear back to you. STAND FIRM, because it’s manifestation time
Commentary by, Evangelist Shulanda Hastings
Lesson guide, Direction by Urban Ministries
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