by John Barnett

Wearing His Word
John Barnett
Ephesians 6:10-18

I'd like to conclude this study of the armor of God in Ephesians 6 by focusing on what I believe is the most wonderful aspect of that armor and that is the sword of the Spirit. The sword of the Spirit speaks of the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to be wearing the sword which His Spirit supplies. Now there's a little bit of confusion in some circles--they thing that the sword is the Spirit and they have the Spirit that they can use like a sword. Actually the way it's constructed--- it is the Word of God which the Spirit supplies--the sword and so it's the Word of God which the Holy Spirit supplies to us as a sword and that concept I call this that we are to be having word-filled lives. Lives that are so full of the word of God that they fill us and the Spirit of God can take the Word of God and use it as a sword as an effective tool out of our lives and that's the concept. To introduce that let me share with you a sequence of people who had this type of a life.

Late in 1996 a plane went down in South America in the Andes Mountains. It didn't make much news. All aboard were lost. The investigation later revealed the cause of the crash. As with all planes in snowy regions, the maintenance crews had to spray off the wings in their de-icing routine. As with all crews, some of the sensors were duct taped so that the spray would not damage them. Unnoticed at take off, these sensors were never untaped. Moments after takeoff into the snow, the pilot cried out that he was getting no readings on his sensors as he slammed into the mountain side of the airport region. Taped warning systems doomed that flight.

Well I compare that news story with: living without a Word filled life is like flying into a snowstorm on a dark night with your sensors taped - you will crash sooner or later. How do we untape them if they are taped up some how? I believe that the best place to look is not so much at what the Bible say ...

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