Wearing His Word
Late in 1996 a plane went down 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.
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 the best place to see the Word filled life is through the eyes, heart and words of God's great servants.
Very literally, the "whole armor of God" Paul describes in I Colossians 3:12-17 is a picture of Jesus Christ. In verses 14-17 is a list of the combat equipment that the Holy Spirit issues to every believer at the moment of salvation. By faith and obedient experience we find Christ is:
1. We wear His Truth
2. We wear His Righteousness
3. We wear His Peace
4. We wear His Faith
5. We wear His Salvation
6. We wear His Word as the sword of the Spirit when we are letting His Word dwell in us. Ephesians 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;"
Colossians 3:16-17 : "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father."
Just as food nourishes your body, God's Word is real spiritual nourishment. It's like vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates! Without food, you become malnourished and sickly. Eventually you die. And if you don't have a healthy, regular practice of taking God's Word into your inner man, you'll experience similar results in your spiritual life.
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