Summary: Learn to Drive Series Week 4. Buckle Up is a sermon about the Whole Armour of God, and how it protects us from the dangers of life.
Learn to Drive Series Week 4
Last week we talked about
working on the habits necessary to grow spiritually
as we learn to drive through this spiritual journey.
Is Everyone working on those good habits?
I told you that it takes 21 days to establish a habit
and 6 months for it to become part of your personality.
So let’s keep working on those good habits!
So far, we’ve picked the type of vehicle
we’re traveling through life in,
we know where we are, and where we’re going.
Tonight, I want us to focus on being prepared.
What’s the first thing you do or should do
when you climb into your car?
Why do you buckle up?
Over 63% of people killed in accidents
aren’t wearing seat belts.
Seat belts save over 9,500 lives each year.
ILL. Caleb and his friend
were headed back to his house, it was 10:30 at night
and they were traveling 85 in a 25 mph zone
in the 2000 Toyota Celica
that Caleb just bought with his own money
2 months earlier.
They approached a slight curve in the road
and spun out of control,
flew up an embankment,
did 3 end over end flips,
went through a fence and a tree
and landed up-side down
hanging from their seatbelts in a horse field.
Fortunately neither boy was hurt.
A seat belt could be the only thing
that stands between your life and your death
when you venture out onto these dangerous roads.
In New Kent
we have all kinds of obstacles on our roads
from deer, to cows, to teenagers, to women drivers!
Kelli and I were leaving home a while back
and she grabbed my arm and said,
“Neil! There’s a cow in the road!”
Let me give you some advise.
If you ever see a cow in the middle of the road,
DON’T run into it.
A guy named Mark hit a cow at 45 mph,
and the cow came through the windshield,
knocked him out instantly,
and peeled back his roof like a sardine can.
He was lucky to live through the accident
with only some broken facial bones,
a severe concussion, several cuts and bruises,
and a complete loss of vision in his right eye.
He did say that he was wearing his seatbelt
and the airbag blew up.
We don’t know what we’ll encounter on the road
and we can’t predict what will happen to us
when we get behind the wheel.
So we should buckle up!
Life’s the same way.
In order to survive crises in life,
we must take the necessary precautions
to prepare ourselves spiritually.
I don’t know about you, but in life,
I would feel safer with more protection
than just a seat belt!
That’s why God commands us
to put on the WHOLE armor of God,
so we can stand against the evil that will come at us.
Look with me at Ephesians 6:11-17,
Put on all of God’s armor
so that you will be able to stand firm
against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.
For we are not fighting against people
made of flesh and blood,
but against the evil rulers
and authorities of the unseen world,
against those mighty powers of darkness
who rule this world,
and against wicked spirits
in the heavenly realms.
Use every piece of God’s armor
to resist the enemy in the time of evil,
so that after the battle
you will still be standing firm.
Stand your ground,
putting on the sturdy belt of truth
and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
For shoes, put on the peace
that comes from the Good News,
so that you will be fully prepared.
In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.
Put on salvation as your helmet,
and take the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God.
Most of the time when preachers preach
from this passage of scripture,
they look at the part of the body
each piece of armor is positioned to protect.
Tonight, I want us to look at the armor itself.
Just like seat belts
are not JUST recommended in Virginia,
they are LAW,
so is the armor God commands us to put on.
Have you noticed that
God doesn’t make suggestions?
He gives commands. Commands we are to obey.
The armor we need to put on is
Sword of the Spirit
God said we need to have
our “Loins girt about with Truth.”
Why does God feel that truth is so important
to list it as the first piece of protective gear?
Because there is only ONE absolute truth.
Everything that comes into our lives