Monday, January 18, 2016
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)
We want to continue our look at what it means to get dressed for warfare – spiritual warfare – that which every Christian faces every day.
So far we’ve taken a look at the enemy, put on the belt of truth, body armor of God’s righteousness, slipped on the sandals of peace, and picked up the shield of faith.
This morning we put on the ultimate defensive piece – our helmet – and pick up the indispensable offensive weapon – our sword.
The Helmet of Salvation
In his book, A Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football, Paul Zimmerman quotes a physicist who made a rather startling discovery. When a 240- pound football lineman (capable of running 100 yards in 11 seconds) collides with a 240-pound running back (capable of covering the same distance in 10 seconds), the resultant kinetic energy is enough to move 66,000 pounds (33 tons) one inch. The scientist says further that, in all likelihood, the collision would deliver to the player's helmet a blow nearly 1,000 times the force of gravity. Obviously, modern football helmets have to withstand tremendous blows, or no player would survive long.
The same is true for Christians who face spiritual warfare.
Paul knew what he was doing when he told us to put on salvation as our helmet. The phrase put on actually means to accept, and means to receive from God's hand something which He has prepared for us. What a great picture this is, because all we can really do in salvation is accept what God has given us.
The Sword of the Spirit
In December 1986 three masked burglars broke into the Louvre Museum in Paris and stole the 152-year-old diamond-encrusted dress sword of the French king, Charles X. A museum spokesman said that the sword, made in 1824 by French artist Frederic Bapst for Charles' coronation, has such historical value that one cannot set any value on it.
Well, if there was ever a truly priceless Sword, it is the Word of God:
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12(NLT)
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15(NLT)
As a Pastor, I rely on the Word of God more than anything else I’ve learned. That is especially true in counseling. When rightly handled, the Word will reveal things to people about themselves and their problems, about which I could only wonder.
There are some counseling techniques that seem to work very well – but upon closer inspection you will find these so called techniques are really Biblical principles.
How vital is God’s Word?
The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive part of the soldier’s outfit. In Christian living, it is vital for conducting spiritual warfare.
Remember, a soldier outfitted in every perfect way, but without his sword, is only prepared to stand there and take a beating, or run away!
Pick up your sword today; or get ready to lose.