For Lord’s Day, January 17, 2021
Mr. Delgado showed me a video today that was really amazing. Expert archer Lars Andersen is seen shooting 1,120 arrows in 1.4 minutes: 100 arrows in 18 seconds; 1,000 arrows in 25 seconds! What’s most impressive to me is how he can load so many arrows on the string all at once so fast before shooting. What skill. What speed to keep sending myriad piercings into the target!
See the video here:
This reminded us of the following Scripture: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (Ephesians 6:16). I recall during my studies for the sermon on this text (requested by Mr. Sanchez) how several Puritans warned that just when we endure one arrow’s impact we must be careful to not let our guard down but keep our shield of faith held high and constant, for another arrow has already been launched and is in its flight toward our head or heart.
The sermon for that text was, Fight the Devil with Faith (Above All Hold Up This Shield to Quench His Fiery Darts). The message moves were as follows:
Faith is the Christian’s most important defense against the attacks of the Devil.
The Devil is constantly seeking to destroy your life.
To stand against the Devil’s attacks you must constantly believe God to deliver you.
Fight the Devil with Faith.
Keep up the good fight, beloved. And keep alert for other attacks by your adversary with constant faith in your Advocate. Never think the war is over until you are in heaven. But trust you can be more than conquerors in your spiritual battles. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4).