Know the Enemy [Part V]

Know the Enemy [Part V]

– Brother Bern’s Sunday Bible Study Series –

  • “The breastplate of righteousness” and “shoes of the gospel of peace.”

Key Theme: Christians are to always be alert and aware of Satan’s devices. 

Good morning everyone. Today we are still under the lesson titled “Know the Enemy”. We learned that Satan exists. He is a created angelic being and powerful. The Bible calls him as the Anointed Cherub [Ezekiel 28:14]. We also learned his original name as “Lucifer” [Isaiah 14:12]. 

Later sin was found in him. He claimed, “to be like the Most High” [Isaiah 14:14]. With that, God judged him with his final destiny in hell! However, he is not there yet!

The Devil is no joke! He is real, and he is dangerous. 

Our key scripture for this lesson is from 1 Peter 5:8. Let us read together aloud.

(1 Peter 5:8)  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

***Prayer***

Today we will continue with how we deal with the Devil. Let us do a quick review.

Step #1 We are to remember that Satan is a defeated foe [Hebrews 2:14 and John 16:11]

(Hebrews 2:14)  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

(John 16:11)  Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Step #2 We are to remember we are on the winning side [1 John 4:4]

(1 John 4:4)  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Step #3 We are to remember to Put On The Whole Armor of God 

God has designed a spiritual armor just for you. Let us go to [Ephesians 6:10-18]

(Ephesians 6:10)  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

(Ephesians 6:11)  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

(Ephesians 6:12)  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

(Ephesians 6:13)  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Ephesians 6:14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

(Ephesians 6:15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

(Ephesians 6:16)  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

(Ephesians 6:17)  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

(Ephesians 6:18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

When we observe these scriptures, we can see 6 pieces composed of a spiritual armor. We have the

Belt of truth Breastplate of righteousness Shoes of gospel of peace
Shield of faith Helmet of salvation Sword of the Spirit – Word of God

2 weeks ago, we already covered the belt of truth.

Today we will cover the breastplate of righteousness and shoes of the gospel of peace.

Breastplate of righteousness [Ephesians 6:14]

(Ephesians 6:14)  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

What is “righteousness”? 

Dictionaries define righteousness as “behavior that is morally justifiable or right.” Such behavior is characterized by accepted standards of morality, justice, virtue, or uprightness. 

The Bible’s standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word. 

Therefore, God’s laws, as given in the Bible, both describe His own character which He measures human righteousness.

The Bible describes the righteous person as just or right, holding to God and trusting in Him [Psalm 33:18–22].

(Psalms 33:18)  Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

(Psalms 33:19)  To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

(Psalms 33:20)  Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.

(Psalms 33:21)  For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.

(Psalms 33:22)  Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

The bad news is that true and perfect righteousness is not possible for a man to attain on his own; the standard is simply too high. 

The good news is that true righteousness is possible for mankind, but only through the cleansing of sin by Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But Christians possess the righteousness of Christ [2 Corinthians 5:21]. 

(2 Corinthians 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

This is because we have been “declared” as righteous.  This is an amazing truth. On the cross, Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see not our sin, but the holy righteousness of the Lord Jesus. 

We are accepted as righteous and treated as righteous by God on account of what the Lord Jesus has done. He was made sin; we are made righteousness. 

On the cross, Jesus was treated as if He were a sinner, though He was perfectly holy and pure, and we are treated as if we were righteous, though we are defiled and corrupt. 

On account of what the Lord Jesus has endured on our behalf, we are treated as if we had entirely fulfilled the Law of God and had never become exposed to its penalty. We have received this precious gift of righteousness from the God of all mercy and grace. This also reminds me of [Romans 4:7].

(Romans 4:7)  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Shoes of Gospel of Peace [Ephesians 6:15]

(Ephesians 6:15)  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Oftentimes, we hear the word “the gospel”. What is the gospel? The Word of God is very clear about this. Let us go to [1 Corinthians 15:1-4].

(1 Corinthians 15:1)  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

(1 Corinthians 15:2)  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

(1 Corinthians 15:3)  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

(1 Corinthians 15:4)  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

I once heard the preacher said “if you find yourselves with stress having no peace, then go out and share the gospel with someone” or “if you cannot find anyone, then preach it to yourselves”. 

Oftentimes, we let life situations to gain control over us. Job, money, family, or physical health. 

Let us be honest with one another. We all tend to value all of these things higher than the promise of God – eternal life. 

We still say “But what about my job [I just lost one], my dream [it failed], my family [my husband cheated on me] or my health [I got cancer]! 

No doubt these can take away our peace if we are not anchored ourselves in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Ask ourselves this tough question today. 

“Is Jesus really our true peace?” 

“Does our peace come from the job we have, the money in our bank account, and the dream fulfilled?”

Remember that we once were dead spiritually. We once were God’s enemy. We once belonged to the Devil. 

And we once were heading to hell. Until the Lord Jesus Christ came and rescued us from all of this. 

He died, shed His blood, cleansed all our sins, rose again. We are sealed by the Holy Spirit. He also promised us our true home in heaven. 

When Satan attacks with a doubt, like “If God really loved you, He wouldn’t have let this happen”, then be ready with truth from the Word of God [Romans 8:28].

(Romans 8:28)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Are you saved? 

Do you love God? 

Then we can be sure of His word that He just said. 

… all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose…

We must stand firm in the truth of God’s Word, regardless of how terrifying the circumstances may be. 

I would like to end our lesson today with one of my life verses. Let us go to [Philippians 4:6-7].

(Philippians 4:6)  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

(Philippians 4:7)  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

***Prayer***


Full teaching script is adapted from The ABC’s of Christians Growth. “Study #5 E – Enemy (Satan)”, Robert J. Sargent.

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