LIFE IS PERFECT (John 10:10) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (Matt. 10:16). "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves (John 16:33). "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 15:12-13, 18-19). 12“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 18“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 19“If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. EPHESIAN 6:10-18 The Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 1. YOU MUST BE STRONG IN THE LORD • A. YOU MUST BE IN THE LORD • YOU MUST KNOW YOUR WEAKNESSES • YOU MUST KNOW THE LORD’S STRENGTH 2. YOU MUST PUT ON GOD’S FULL ARMOR SO THAT YOU MAY STAND FIRM AGAINST THE ENEMY How about you? To stand firm against the enemy, you must be strong in the Lord and put on His full armor.