Saturday, February 1st, 2014
Acting School (Part 32)
The Sword Of The Spirit
And take the helmet of salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (NKJV)
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…
Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
Jesus changed everything--including the way we fight. He simplified it. He reduced our enemies to a single source: Satan. He revealed Satan's strategy and exploited his weakness, which is pride. The Captain of our salvation (in the form of a Man to teach us) engaged the devil in a brilliant counter-offensive.
Jesus won a resounding victory, and the ruler of this world was leashed, but not muzzled. In a grand plan only God understands, the evil one continues to run a government on earth--until the King of kings returns. In this mean time, we are told to fight as soldiers in the army of Christ.*
We are told to submit to the rules of our leaders (even the corrupt ones), because God allows them. But we are told to resist the flow of a corrupted culture. Against it, we must move upstream with a smile on our faces--picking up anyone we can along the way.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: here's the battle plan: Look good. Be magnetic. Attract attention. Rise above the muck of media. When God lifts you higher and you begin to fly, expect resistance from the prince of the power of the air. If you won't fly in his direction, he'll try to knock you down.
But your witness is desperately needed. Millions are stuck in the muck, and they're not happy. Remember your enemy is not them, but him: the flying serpent.
So here's how to punch him in his slimy gut: put God's Word in your head and heart. Speak It through your mouth. You are actors. Recite His Lines with authority, because Jesus gave Them to you: 'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
Here's how to get him to leave you alone: 'Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7). Don't forget step one: submit to God. It's a prerequisite. Once done, resist that serpent of old, because you're new: you're cool and hot at the same time, with the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Use the Sword God gave you as often as necessary, because the enemy won't leave you alone this side of Heaven. But faced with God's Word, He will flee every time.
To Be Continued...
* 'Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses' (1 Timothy 6:12). 'You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier' (2 Timothy 2:3-4).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting School series.