How to stand our ground against Satan and his attacks
In 2 Samuel 23 a light is shone on the 30 mighty men who served as the back bone of David's army. Each of
them was a brave and distinguished warrior pledged to support David and give their lives for him.
One of those men was named Shammah. In 2 Samuel 23:11-12 it says of "Shammah son of Agee the Hararite.
When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils/beans, Israel's troops fled
from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines
down, and the LORD brought about a great victory."
This morning we are going to take a look at Ephesians 6:10-18. In this passage, which is built around the
image of Roman soldier putting on his armor, we are exhorted to equip ourselves spiritually that we might be
able to stand against the Devil's schemes, that we may be able to stand our ground-- much like Shammah
stood his ground against the Philistine invaders, experiencing a victory- not because of his strength but
because the LORD worked a great victory.
READ Ephesians 6:10-18
HOW TO STAND OUR GROUND AGAINST SATAN AND HIS ATTACKS
A. WE HAVE AN ENEMY AND HIS NAME IS THE DEVIL
-The Devil, also called Satan, Lucifer, an angel of light, the Father of lies, the Dragon is our enemy.
-He once served God as a high ranking angel in God's courts. Sin entered into his heart and he - a created
being and not eternal nor all powerful- sought to take to God's throne- deceiving a large number of God's
angels, leading them into rebellion against God
-Though he is a defeated foe and will soon be cast into the fires of Hell, he is powerful
-Over him we can have victory- this victory is in and by the power of Christ.
-He is so deceptive that he has convinced the majority of people that he does not exist.
-As for his tactics and methods they are varied.
The Devil tempts us to sin (to go against God's laws). He appeals to our pride, to what we see with the eye.
He incites persecution against the saints. He incites the corruption of justice. He twists the Word of God. He
seeks to raise doubt in our minds as to God's goodness, love, holiness, justice, the life to come. His agenda is
to destroy, enslave, ruin, break up marriages, disqualify Christians from service, paralyze godly people-
stopping them from acting, serving, and standing up for what is right.
The Devil hates all people and is doing everything in his power to mess people up. Death, destruction, idol
worship, Gay marriage, the concept of multiple genders beyond male and female, disease, mental illness,
alcoholism, pornography, witchcraft, the occult, the rest of the religions of the world (all having to do with
people getting to God on their own terms), violence, hate, unforgiveness, greed, etc. These all trace there
way back to him and to his encounter with Eve in the garden.
B. AS THE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST WE ARE INVOLVED IN A SPIRITUAL CONFLICT WITH THE DEVIL
"Our struggle is not against flesh and blood"
Yes, our flesh and blood brother or sister or co- worker, or teacher, or leader may be giving us trouble- trouble
for our faith in Christ, and trouble because we have chosen to live the way God has set out for us in His Word.
YET behind the material/flesh is demonic/Satanic influence.
In 2 Corinthians 4:4 it says "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see
the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God."
All those who are not in Christ are held captive by Satan. They under his power and they do not even know it.
As ones who realize this we understand that the clashes in values that we have, the persecution and
harassment that the followers of Christ endure for righteousness sake, it has to do with the spiritual conflict
the Devil and the rest of the fallen angels
Further: We realize that everything is spiritual. Everything in life has a spiritual component. It's always a good
question to ask "What is going on here spiritually? What are the issues at hand?
C. VICTORY OVER SATAN CAN BE HAD! YET, IT'S NOT OUR STRENGTH THAT IS GOING TO WIN THE
BATTLE, IT'S GOD'S v.10
In 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says; "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God
is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also
provide a way out so that you can endure it."
Shammah didn't win the battle in the field because he was strong and healthy. The Israelites didn't defeat their
enemies as they entered into the Promised land because they had a large and well trained army (they were
vastly outnumbered and outgunned). David didn't become king because he was stronger than Saul (he was
hugely outnumbered). The prophets didn't stand before Kings and rebuke them and call them to repentance
because they had more courage than the average person. NO, all these things were because of the LORD and
As for God's strength and power being available to us let us remember Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1:17-21
"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and
revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order
that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy
people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty
strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly
realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in
the present age but also in the one to come.
The Devil, and the temptations that we face (many of them coming from our own flesh), these things cannot
be stood against by our own strength. It is the LORD's strength and power that we need. This is why we are
urged in v.18 to "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests"
With God nothing is impossible. Upon Him we must be continually calling and the great news is this: His power
is available to us.
D. HOW TO TAKE OUR STAND AGAINST THE DEVIL AND HIS SCHEMES? PUT ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF
How is it that we can stand against a foe who is so fearsome and who has so many under his control and
enslaved to him? How is it that we can stand as lights and beacons of righteousness in this dark world?
Be strong in the Lord. Put on the armor of God.
To help us remember how to stand up to Satan's attacks Paul provides us with a beautiful and easily
memorized illustration: A Roman soldier prepared for battle.
THE ARMOR OF GOD- our key to standing up against Satan and his schemes
1. Stand firm with the BELT OF TRUTH buckled around your waist
We need to stick to the TRUTH
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, the Life.
We need to stick to Christ, the Words and teachings of Christ, the Bible
We need to stick to this truth: Truth is absolute. Morality/right and wrong does not depend upon the situation
we are in. Right and wrong has been decided by God and doesn't change.
The Devil's lie is "That's true for you, I have my own truth" NO!
2. Stand firm with the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS in place v.14
Breastplate guards ones heart. The Bible tells us to guard our hearts
We need to commit ourselves to being righteous
To be righteous is to pursue holiness. It is to do the right thing- the right thing according to the Word of God.
It is to be patient, kind, gracious, forgiving, loving, tender, honest.
We, by virtue of our faith in Christ as Savior and Lord have been clothed with the righteousness of Christ. This
is why there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ
No matter what people around us decide to do, we need to stick to what we know from God's Word, pleases
Him. We need to do what is right and holy- even if our brothers and sisters in Christ are compromising.
3. Stand firm with FEET FITTED WITH READINESS that comes from the Gospel of peace v.15
Interesting: Roman sandals have rivets, plugs on the bottom that gave them traction
We need to remain forever and always ready and willing and able to tell people the Good News of Jesus Christ
and how they can be saved from there sins and the judgment to come.
No matter the blow back we get, we are to love those around us, warning them of the danger they are in,
pointing them to Christ.
When people turn to Christ in faith and repentance they are delivered from the Judgment to come. They are
saved from their sins and Hell. This is a defeat for Satan- for Satan has come to kill and destroy. Jesus came
that we might have life.
4. Stand firm by taking up the SHIELD OF FAITH- with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows
of the evil one v.16
Interesting: Roman shields soaked in water to extinguish arrows. Roman shields when used with other soldiers
highly effective at repelling the enemy (we always stronger together!)
We need to hold on to our faith
Satan is always working to discourage us. His aim is to cause us to doubt the love, power, goodness, holiness,
and promises of God.
We are saved by faith in Christ. We are to hold on to our faith, believing God. Trusting God
When we like Abraham choose to believe God- no matter the circumstance- then whatever Satan throws are
way, we can will be able to stand firm. They key: Trust God
5. Stand firm by putting on the HELMET OF SALVATION v.17
To stand firm against the Devil we as the followers of Christ need to remind ourselves that we are SAVED v.17
We need to remind ourselves that we have been bought by the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
We need to remind ourselves that because of our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that is why we have
right standing with God
We need to remind ourselves of our identity in Christ. We are the children of God. Our sins have been forgiven.
He who began a good work in us is keeping us and will keep us secure in Christ.
6. Stand firm by taking up the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the Word of God v.18
Yes, this is another plug for us getting into the Word of God, studying it, memorizing it, committing ourselves
to doing it.
Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God
The Bible is God's Word. It tells us how we came to be, who God is, why we need Jesus as our Saviour, how
the end of the world is going to play out, how to live in a way that pleases God, the kind of people we are to
Hebrews 4:12 says; "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it
penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the
When faced with Satan's temptations Jesus responded with the Scripture. God's Word teaches us right and
wrong. We need to always be asking the question "What does Scripture teach?"
6. Stand firm by giving yourself to PRAYER v.18
As the followers of Christ we are involved in a spiritual conflict
At the centre of this conflict is the Devil, our enemy
We can have victory over the Devil
We can have victory over the Devil and stand our ground against his attacks by putting on the Armor of God