Monday, October 18, 2010

Movie Quote Monday

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." Bette Davis, All About Eve


We live in a messed up world. And sometimes, life is rough.

People die, babies are aborted, there is disease, famine, corrupt governments, crime, unemployment, bankruptcies, foreclosures, and immorality…..The list could go on and on.

Bumpy doesn’t even begin to describe the road we are on now a day.

A seatbelt is something that is strapped across a person’s body to keep that person safe and secured. Its purpose is to save our life in the event of a car crash, or at the least keep the injuries to a minimum. Just as it would be foolish to ride in a car without our seatbelt fastened, it would also be foolish to try to make our way without Jesus.

The Bible has a passage about how to use God as our “seatbelt”:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17(NASB)

Let’s take this passage a little at a time and see if we can learn to buckle up with Jesus.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,

This says we need to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Notice it doesn’t just tell us to be strong. It says in the Lord and in His might. Quite simply, we cannot do this alone. Our strength and our might are not enough. And thank goodness for that, because I’m not really a very strong person physically or mentally. I’m the first one to crack under pressure. In gym class I always failed that fitness test when you had to hang on the bar by your arms for as long as you can. I just couldn’t do it. So I am quite glad to rely on God’s strength and might especially in light of the next few lines. It says our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, …powers….forces of darkness….spiritual forces of wickedness… Oh, good grief! That sounds about as bad as it could be. Evil in this world is real, very real. Just look around and you’ll see that this is true.

But wait, there’s more, it doesn’t end there with all the bad things.

The next few lines read “…and having done everything to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, Having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” In this section God uses the parts of armor as symbols for the way we need to cover ourselves for battle against all of this evil. The loins, breast or heart, and feet, all vital areas of the body that need to be protected. But it’s not just the literal armor that protect us, it is what each piece stands for. Truth, righteousness and peace. We have the truth of God’s word and what it says as a weapon against the tricks of the evil one. We are made righteous before God through the sacrifice of Jesus. We have the peace of Jesus through the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. All of these things when used simultaneously will help us in our time of need. Who we are, how God views us, what we know of Him, are all valuable resources when we hit those bumps in the road.

And finally the passage says “….in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As if all that other protection wasn’t enough, God says we still need more. (the evil one is very crafty, I think God is right, we need all the protection we can get) We need a shield, a helmet and a sword. All of these pieces represent one final barricade against what is being hurled at us every day. Our faith, our salvation and the word of God. Each of these serves to protect us in times of trouble. Our faith: Trusting in God even when we don’t know what is going to happen or in the midst of tough times, can knock the evil one back bit. The last thing he wants is for us to trust and depend on God. Our salvation: Once we believe and accept Christ, no one can take that away from us. No one can take us out of God’s hands. Nothing separates us from God once we belong to Him. The Word of God: Our place to find out how to fight against the evil. This is God’s instruction manual. Knowing what it says can go a long way to deflect the hard stuff that comes at us.

Yes, our ride in this life is definitely bumpy.

Things happen every day that can hurt us, or knock us around.

But if we wrap ourselves in Jesus, we can rest assured He will aid in our protection.

He will enable us to get bumped and not be damaged.

Psalm 121:7 (NASB) The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul.

So go ahead, buckle up!
 
Josey

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