Sunday, February 28, 2016

This week's lesson (February 27 - March 4): Paul and the Rebellion

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 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. 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.  
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 saints. -- Ephesians 4:10-18, NIV
Think of Paul as a spiritual MacGyver.

MacGyver, remember, was TV's fictional master of improvisation -- the kind of man who could build an MRI out of a cellphone and two paperclips . . .

And do it without any kind of special equipment.

No, with nothing more than his Swiss Army knife (and maybe a little duct-tape), he could defuse any bomb, escape any trap, and fend off any foe . . .

Kind of like Paul.

When Paul talks about spiritual warfare, after all, he does not discuss any "special weapons" that ordinary Christians don't have. No, he doesn't say we need the Sword of Anduril, the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, or even an unlicensed nuclear accelerator.

Instead, he talks about things like truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the word of God -- all of which every Christian should have . . .

And all of which every Christian should use every day.

Like MacGyver, in other words, we don't need anything we don't already have.

No, God's made sure we have what we need.

We just need to make sure we use it.

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