Monday, September 20, 2010
The Full Armor of God - Special
One of our favorite words in life is "special."
Not sure you agree? Well then, take this little quiz:
Would you rather buy something at the general price, or at the special price?
When you go to a restaurant, do you want to hear the day's specials?
Have you ever watched a news special or a Christmas special?
Have you ever been drawn to check out a blue light special? (For those of you who grew up with a K-Mart in town...)
Have you ever used a special coupon, went to a store specifically for a special offer, attended a special showing, donated for the special olympics, ordered a breakfast special, received a You Are Special card or thanked a soldier for his service in the special forces?
The thesaurus says that special can be exchanged with exceptional, unusual, singular, uncommon, notable, noteworthy, remarkable, outstanding, unique, significant, momentous, specific, and more words of that timbre.
So here's my real question for you this morning: If a "special" gets us excited, why aren't we more excited about special revelation?
We've looked over the past two weeks at the full armor of God. We have concluded that basically everything we need to battle the enemy is found in the Word of God. And yet, we still find it difficult to use. We live as though general revelation is enough for us to know God, while special revelation sits untouched in our homes. And, in addition to ignoring or avoiding it ourselves, we don't share the good news with those around us.
When's the last time you found a great special and didn't tell anyone about it?
Bottom line, we have the exceptional, outstanding, inerrant, inspired, significant and highly special revelation of God Himself. We need to use it and we need to share it. Within the Word is found everything we need pertaining to life and godliness (II Peter 3:1). So let's dig in and put on the full armor of God.
This isn't just any old armor.
This is special armor - in this world, you will find nothing that compares.