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Spiritual Loopholes

Armor of God Spiritual Warfare God's Protection

Source: WHY YOU SAY IT by Webb Garrison, pp. 146-47

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-08-20

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10

Author: Webb Garrison
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ILLUSTRATION

“If you find a loophole in a contract or an insurance policy, it will constitute an escape route for one of the parties. …

“During the Middle Ages, architects and builders had to deal with the matter of defending a castle once it was erected. Long-bows, followed by crossbows, were formidable weapons typically used by both the attackers and defenders. A narrow window, often oval at the top and wider at the inner side of a thick wall, was found to offer a difficult target from across a moat. At the same time, such an opening was big enough to enable defenders to fire at will.

“This special form of ‘loophole’ saved the hide of many a lord of the manor. When firearms made it obsolete, its name transferred to any ‘opening’ that provides an advantage to one party in a dispute or an agreement.” 

Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book before his death in 2000.

APPLICATION

Likewise, God's word serves is a "loophole" to those who take refuge in it. By donning the word of God, we are able to stand firm against the fiery darts and assaults of the devil.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17).

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Grace on the Molecular Level

God's Protection Spiritual Warfare Armor of God

Source: IN HIS IMAGE, by Philip Yancey and Paul Brand, p.85

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-02

Author: Philip Yancey and Paul Brand
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ILLUSTRATION

Speaking of the vast dangers confronting our physical health and wellbeing, authors Philip Yancey and Paul Brand have this to say

"Because of the staggering range of invaders confronting a person in a lifetime, the body must stockpile an enormous arsenal of weapons. Immunologists share a little joke which they cite when asked how the body can possibly prepare every type of antibody required on our perilous world: 'GOD,' they reply: In this case GOD is an acronym for Generator of Diversity, expressing the body's astounding ability to manufacture whatever defense is needed. Dr. Ronald Glasser calls the process "a mixture of mystery and chemistry ... a combination of physics and grace down at the molecular level."

Philip Yancey worked for 10 years as an Editor and then Publisher for Campus Life magazine before beginning a career as a freelance writer in the 1980s. He has written over 20 books and is among this generation’s most respected Christian authors.

Dr. Paul Brand, son of missionary parents, was a world-renowned hand surgeon and pioneer in developing tendon transfer techniques for use in the hands of those with leprosy. He trained in medicine at the University College Hospital in London and later gained his surgical qualifications while working as a casualty surgeon during the London Blitz. After visiting a Leprosy Sanatorium at Chingleput, he was motivated to explore the reasons behind the deformities of this disease. He established the New Life Rehabilitative Center and authored/coauthored several books, including Fearfully and Wonderfully Made and In His Image.

 

APPLICATION

In the physical realm, our bodies are attacked on a molecular level. This means that for our health's sake, God must defend our every molecule. It shouldn't surprise us to discover that He does exactly the same thing for our spiritual health. God protects and defends our souls so that there can be no breach, no threat that would put us in peril. His grace covers us down to the molecular level.

"My God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence." (2 Samuel 22:3, NLT).

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Martial Arts Mosquitoes

Armor of God Contentment Trials

Source: “How do mosquitoes survive collisions with raindrops?” by Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 6/4/12

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-16

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:8 ; Isaiah 40:31

Author: Illustration Exchange
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USA Today reports that mosquitoes might hold the key to victory in modern warfare:

“Engineer David Hu of the Georgia Institute of Technology is taking a close look at mosquitoes, in order to understand how they can withstand the pounding of heavy rainfall. … Hu's research could help improve the design of insect-sized flying robots, which he says are currently being designed for use in military surveillance and search-and-rescue operations. …

“His research looked at how mosquitoes, which often thrive in rainy, windy regions … manage to survive impacts with raindrops during flight. ‘These raindrops are moving at a very high speed of about 22 mph, which is too fast for mosquitoes to dodge while in flight,’ he says.

“Though similar in size to mosquitoes, a single raindrop can weigh more than 50 times what a mosquito does. (In fact, a mosquito has the same ratio to a raindrop as a person would while trapped under the wheel of a car.) …

“The study authors found that a mosquito's strong exoskeleton and low mass . . . helps them survive collisions, causing raindrops to lose little momentum upon impact. …

“Likening it to the martial arts principle of Tai Chi, where the idea is to allow an opponents' force to go through or around you, Hu says the mosquito and the raindrop fall together for about 20 body lengths, and then release each other." By merging with and then riding the raindrop the force of the impact is reduced.

APPLICATION

Do you ever feel like a mosquito in a tropical rainforest, with driving wind and rain assailing you from every direction? Life can seem that way. Every time you turn around you're bombarded by something much bigger and faster than you.

How do we survive these onslaughts? The mosquito offers us three clues:

  1. Rather than seeking refuge under a leaf, try putting "on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes" (Ephesians 6:11). The Word of God, obeyed, serves as our exoskeleton.
  2. Rather than searching for fulfillment in material things, try seeking "first his kingdom and his righteousness . . . " (Matthew 6:33). We reduce our "mass" by being content with what we have in Christ. The less we cling to in this life, the less we'll feel the impact of earthly losses.
  3. Rather than fighting your circumstances, try considering "it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds" (James 1:2). Survive the collisions of life by learning how to ride them out. Allow yourself to completely merge with your circumstances, accepting them as a part of God's work in your life.

Like the martial artist mosquito, apply the principle of Tai Chi and you, too, will become impervious to the falling rain drops of life.

“We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NLT).

Cats, Rats, and Leprosy

God's Protection Armor of God Persecution

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-13

Author: Dr. Paul Brand
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Bullies Beware

Spiritual Warfare Parenting Armor of God

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-12

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10

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The Wizard of Weaponry

Spiritual Warfare Armor of God Obedience

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-04-23

Scripture: Ephesians 6:11

Author: Fred Gates
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How The Redwoods Grow

Testing Armor of God Spiritual Growth

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2011-12-30

Scripture: Ephesians 6:16 ; James 1:3

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Terrorized by Turkeys

Fear Armor of God Spiritual Warfare

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2010-11-14

Scripture: Ephesians 6:10 ; Joshua 1:9

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Getting Through The Security Gate

Salvation Confession Sin

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2019-08-11

Scripture: Revelation 21:27 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Corey Sawyers
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Finding Our Fixed Point

Word of God Jesus Christ Truth

Contributed By: Allen Snapp | Date Posted: 2019-05-01

Scripture: Proverbs 14:12 ; Hebrews 12:2

Author: Allen Snapp
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