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What’s on Your Head?

Spiritual Warfare

Part 8

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.  For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:8-9 NIV)

 

I recently attended a costume party. People adorned their heads with everything from curly wigs to lighted buckets, from tiaras to goggles, from cowboy hats to alien heads complete with buggy eyes and antennae.

While all brought a little laughter, none would’ve proven beneficial in combat. Throughout history people have worn headgear to intimate their enemies and to protect their heads. Native Americans wore impressive, massive headdresses incorporating feathers, animal pelts, bones, jaws, and even heads of fierce beasts. They did this to make themselves look bigger, scarier, and mightier than their foe.
In Biblical times, Roman soldiers wore plumes on their helmets. A soldier decked out in his military garb and helmet marching down the streets in Jerusalem struck fear in the hearts of the people. Not only did the helmets frighten defenseless people on the streets, the headgear warded off the blows of the enemy on the battlefield.
As effective as these headdresses and helmets were in their day, they would do little to intimate or protect against today’s warfare. They would do even less in spiritual combat.

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Next Week:

Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about Ephesians 6:10-17. The more we study this passage the better prepared for battle we’ll be.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

Fatal Faith

Spiritual Warfare

Part 7

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 NIV)

 

SHIELD OF FAITHEngaged in brutal combat, Bernardo the Belligerent swung his shield to the left, warding off a flaming arrow. He tilted the hunk of metal over his head to escape the blow of a sword and pivoted in time to thrust his own sword through the heart of an enemy soldier.

Bernardo plunged the tip of his shield into the ground. Crouching behind it, he took aim with his bow and arrow. He fought diligently until the enemies attack seemed to subside.

He sank to his knees behind his shield and surveyed the area. Soldiers lay dead or dying all around him…some his foes, some his friends. The stench and terror of the battle crushed his soul. He stood and walked away, leaving his shield stuck in the blood drench sod.

Bernardo died that day.

 

During spiritual warfare…

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Next Week:

Prepare by reading, pondering, and pray about Ephesians 6:10-17. The more we study this passage the better prepared for battle we’ll be.

See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks

Captive or Free?

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)? But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.  And having been set free from sin, you have become the servants of righteousness (of conformity to the divine will in thought, purpose, and action). (Romans 6:16-18 AMP)

July 4th marks the day of independence for Americans. We celebrate it with pride. And so we should…many good men and women have died for our freedom to pursue life and happiness.

Freedom seems to be the desire of every human soul. But is it possible? Were we created to be free?

Face it, liberties only seem to free us from one form of bondage to enable us to chain ourselves to another form.

According to the Bible, we are slaves to whomever or to whatever masters us. We become servants to other people, our spouses, our parents, our children, our employers, obliged to do their bidding. If not people, food, drugs, alcohol, materialism, video games, the internet, or some other substance becomes our master.

What a pathetic lot we humans are!

Not only do we submit to physical slavery, we yield ourselves to spiritual lords as well. We either succumb to the laws of sin and thereby become slaves to it, or we surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ and thereby become the servants of righteousness. See Romans 6:18.

God created humans to worship, praise, and serve Him. But we resist His control and subject ourselves to other forms of control…other masters…masters that set us in chains, weighing us down with shackles so cumbersome we sink instead of soar. And our souls continue to cry out for freedom.

Thus, we find our only hope for freedom comes from submission to Christ. He came to set the captives free from physical and spiritual bondage. He did it by submitting Himself totally to the Father’s will. By His example, we understand how to live free from the bondage of sin and dependent on God the Father.

Yeah, it sounds like an oxymoron to say He frees us to make us slaves to righteousness. But since we are prone to slavery, isn’t it better to succumb to God? In doing so, our souls are set free.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks