Sermon Securing Your Security in Our Insecure World
We find ultimate security by being secure in the One who made the heavens and the earth. Which is how Paul centered himself while a prisoner in Rome. He was falsely accused, unjustly arrested, and being unfairly tried. Yet he found a way to see his situation not as a victim but as a victor. The Roman soldier guarding him thought he was in control. Wrong. Paul was the ultimately free man. He leaned into, “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” Here is how he did it and so can you…
As the Book of Acts closes, Paul was in Rome under house arrest by order of Caesar. However, he saw his imprisonment as an opportunity, not a hindrance. By being inwardly free, he could be outwardly free in spite of wearing chains. He saw his circumstances as a unique way to be a witness for Christ.
As Paul prayerfully thought through his current circumstances, he saw the Roman soldier’s armor as a way of understanding how people can live in the power of God’s might. Instead of envying what he did not have–political freedom and the Roman soldier’s armor–he claimed the greater power offered by God.
Out of this background, Paul wrote his now famous imagery of putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:14-17). God’s armor frees us to live the unhindered life by wearing the belt of truth, which keeps us balanced; the breastplate of righteousness, which protects our character; the footwear of gospel peace, which steadies us during unsteady times; the shield of faith (God’s trustworthiness), which absorbs the world’s enflamed darts; the helmet of salvation, which is the mind of Christ; and the Spirit’s sword, which is God’s word.
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. – Ephesians 6:10
Pastor Les Hollon - January 31, 2016
Your Security: Securing Your Security In Our Insecure World
From Series: "Ephesians: God's Pattern for Living in 2016 and Eternity"
We are created by God. erefore it makes sense that if we are to live our best life we need to grow our lives in God's provided ways. God did not make us by using a cookie cutter pattern. erefore, one size does not t all. is means we are incredibly diverse by God's design. We each have our own DNA. HOWEVER, we do share basic characteristics, and there are common ways for us to grow. By understanding these common ways, we can best celebrate our unity and our diversity. And through these patterns we can daily lean into God's eternal pattern for us.