The Armor of a Knight

Swords, knights and jousting were what we saw yesterday at Medieval Times. I went with two of my previous roommates for a night out before school starts (they will be back in Norman and I will remain in Fort Worth). Emily and I had both been to the castle in downtown Dallas for dinner and a show, but it was the first visit for Kristina.

Other than the fact that our yellow knight was wimpy (he was the very first knight to die) and he was stupid (refusing to throw flowers at the three prettiest girls there), our evening was amazing. It’s fun to put yourself into a new world of magic and mystery, to pretend you’re someone else living in a different time long ago. Imagining how you would act, what dress you would wear and in our case, which cute knight you would date. It was a night full of adventure.

In the Bible, a knight’s armor is used to describe how we should clothe ourselves in the attributes of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 talks about the belt of truth, shoes of peace, body armor of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword which is the word of God. Each day we are called to ‘dress up’ like knights to fight against the evil one, who is roaming around like a lion waiting to devour his prey (1 Peter 5:8).

Check out this wisdom from John Piper regarding the sword – the Word of God.

“Satan’s number one objective is to destroy our joy of faith. We have one offensive weapon: the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. But what many Christians fail to realize is that we can’t draw the sword from someone else’s scabbard. If we don’t wear it, we can’t wield it. If the Word of God does not abide in us, we will reach for it in vain when the enemy strikes. But if we do wear it, if it lives within us, what mighty warriors we can be!”

We have such great power right at our side, if only we choose to use it. It takes time, effort and discipline, but in that moment of weakness when we are attacked by the enemy’s jabs, all of our hard work will greatly pay off. The Word of God is powerful and can protect us just like a knight’s sword.

If we don’t want to fall to the first attempt of the enemy (like our wimpy yellow knight did during the show yesterday), we need to start filling our lives with the Word and preparing ourselves for battle. “What mighty warriors we can be!”

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