Wednesday’s Word

In my Monday post, I mentioned that I was at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina for a seminar. The speakers for the seminar Stuart and Jill Briscoe. The topic was Look Back to the Future. And their text was Romans 8. It was an incredibly thought-provoking, humorous, and in-depth seminar.

Stuart started out by saying that the overall message discussed creation, man’s fall, redemption, and glory.  As he was speaking about verses one through five, as listed below, he told us a story. After a sermon at his church in Wisconsin one of his parishioners asked him how could the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus make us free from the law of sin and death. It was a difficult concept for him to grasp.

The parishioner asked him when he could meet to discuss this more in depth.  Stuart told him that he could meet on Wednesday afternoon. The gentleman told him that he had a standing activity on Wednesday afternoon and he could not change it. Stuart asked him what it was. He said I always carve out time to fly on that day. So the parishioner asked Stuart to come with him. Stuart wasn’t excited about going up in a small plane.

Stuart then asked him how the plane could stay in the air and overcome the law of gravity. The gentleman said by the law of aerodynamics. So they were in the plane, and again Stuart asked him about the law of gravity versus the law of aerodynamics. The gentleman told him that the law of aerodynamics negated the law of gravity.  

Stuart, who had in mind what he was going to do ahead of time, started to open the door of the plane. Of course the gentleman shouted you can’t do that! And Stuart said why? Of course the pilot said you have to be in the plane for the law aerodynamics to have the proper effect.

Can you see where I’m going with this? As this object lesson played out, the parishioner had a light bulb go off! He now got it! The law of sin and death can only be overcome by the law of the Spirit when we are in Christ!  I am going to remember this. It was simple, profound, and quite humorous!

Romans 8:1-5

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

Jill was a nice complement to Stewart’s analytical way to break down the Scriptures. She is more passionate and creative; she has written several books of poetry. She told a story of when on 911 her plane coming to the USA from the UK was rerouted to Newfoundland. She met a young woman army recruit during this time.  As they were stranded for several days in Newfoundland they began to learn of the tragedy. The woman was very fearful because she said she had not joined the army to go to war.

Sometimes we as Christians can look at God and say I didn’t join the body of believers to go to war. And yet, sometimes our lives seem like a war zone. I know mine has on several occasions. But the beautiful thing about that is that God gives us weapons with which to fight.  Ephesians 6:10-20 is a wonderful description of what those weapons are. As you go through them you will see that the only offensive piece of weaponry is the sword which is the word of God. As Jesus did in the wilderness, we can look tragedy in the face and say “it is written”!

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

And that is why we are to hide his word in our hearts!

Psalm 119: 10-20

With my whole heart I have sought You;

Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.

12 Blessed are You, O Lord!

Teach me Your statutes.

13 With my lips I have declared

All the judgments of Your mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,

As much as in all riches.

15 I will meditate on Your precepts,

And contemplate Your ways.

16 I will delight myself in Your statutes;

I will not forget Your word.

7 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Word

  1. Stuart is a very clever man. That parishioner quite literally walked into that lesson. What a great learning experience that must have been. Things stay with me more when someone can relate a personal experience–this is such a great example.

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