INTRO: In the previous message we introduced Ephesians 6:10-20. Since some time has passed since then because of summer schedules, let me remind us briefly what we looked at. Verses 10-20 are a tacked on, concluding point that is unrelated to all the previous information. It is a conclusion, before the final conclusion. These verses give us a picture of the Christian's battle in this life. We saw that the Christian's opposition in this passage is Satan and his demons. It is most important when one will go into battle with another, that one knows one's opponent. Many professing Christians do not even believe in the devil, how then can they win in this battle?
One of the important things to understand is that we are fighting an unseen enemy. He and his army are there, but we do not see them. The only way we can know this enemy and stand against him is to know the Word of God that reveals him. This is a formidable and relentless foe. He is even now out to destroy you. Pastor Daryl gave a good message on darkness recently. The whole world lies in the wicked one, and thus lies in darkness. He pointed out that we do not naturally like physical darkness, but we love spiritual darkness.
I mentioned that demon possession is much misunderstood. The phrase, "demon possessed" does not ever occur in the Scriptures. The actual wording is "demonized." A Christian cannot be possessed by demons, but a Christian can be demonized. This is most obvious to those who work in this area.