Avengers vs. Disciples (Church, Assemble!)

I love story lines. And a story line I have fallen in love with and can’t get enough of are those of the Marvel Universe. I never really got into reading comic books. My love of words far overpowered that. I love how each character has his own movie, his own story, and then all of the super heroes come together to fight something bigger than they can take on themselves.

What if . . . these super heroes were Christians, trying to make a difference in God’s kingdom, instead of doing that super-hero-thing-they-do? If Iron Man was a disciple, how could he win people to Christ with his powers? Captain America? The Hulk? They all have some pretty great testimonies. I can envision Captain America being the cool pastor of some inner-city church. Black Widow would use her skills to help the church out, as well as Hawkeye. I could see those two heading up outreaches or something. I’ve read a few blog posts on the subject, and the Avengers are an awesome analogy of the church. We are all so very different, yet when we come together and “assemble” in church on Sunday, or at a Lifegroup or Bible study, we glean from each other’s’ differences. While Iron Man is trying to fix an engine that went down, The Captain awaits to pull the red lever. We all get distracted, but the job gets done! Thor would be in the nursery at church, gathering up the toddlers and teaching them about Jesus during church. Or maybe the kids would be climbing all over Hulk—but on second thought, the Hulk’s gifts could be much better used . . . parking cars? Or doing all the heavy lifting.  What jobs would you give these heroes if they went to your church?

What I set out to do with the book that I just released on Amazon, was to create that different kind of super hero—the one that serves Christ and each other. Although there are some deeper issues in the book that probably aren’t fit for children, who doesn’t love a battle scene where scripture shuts down the enemy? In my book, I explore the armor of God, and things of the spiritual world being visible—but only for those with the eyes to see.

If this peaks your interest at all, check out my eBook for Kindle on Amazon here!

Anna E. Meyer

What do you suppose your spiritual gift is? How is that your “super power?” How would having the super power of Christ behind you change the way you live life?

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-20: “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 the 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 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. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” [emphasis mine]

I italicized all of the things we are to do. These pieces of armor aren’t just automatically on us when we become a Christian. We have to put it on daily. Just like you don’t leave your house without putting clothes on, why should we, as Christians, venture into the world without our armor? I am just as guilty as anyone when it comes to leaving without my armor. Simply speak it on: “I buckle the belt of truth around my waist, put in place the breastplate of righteousness, and fit my feet with the readiness that comes from the gospel of God, our peace. I take up the shield of faith, as well as the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.” While you are speaking these things on, pray for your day! Surrender it to the Lord, who takes much better care of it than we can ever dream of doing!

How well do you understand the armor of God? I love the visualization of it so much, that I wrote it into my book a whole lot. It was fun! Let me share some of my notes on what the armor of God all means.

woman full armor of GodWe first buckle on the belt of truth. The enemy sends lies our way as often as he can. The world is full of it. But remember the TRUTH about all things, especially your identity in Christ! Next, put in place the breastplate of righteousness. I imagine this breastplate as one that wraps around my entire torso. Under the breastplate, you see, are our hearts. Our heart is the hub of our emotions, self-worth, and trust. Many have built extra walls around our hearts from past hurts, but the breastplate of righteousness is especially important. It ensures God’s approval and protects our hearts better than we ever could. God approves of us because he loves us—he loves us so much, that he sent his son to die for us! Next, fit your feet with the readiness to share the good news. Sharing the gospel with everyone you can seems like a daunting task. The word says that the gospel will reach every nation and tongue before Jesus comes back. “What if people respond negatively? What if they attack me, or sharing the gospel turns out to be a hopeless task? That’s what missionaries and pastors do. I can’t!” you say. Let me tell you: the footgear that God gives us is the motivation to proclaim the gospel of God—the good news that everyone needs to hear! Take up the shield of faith. Satan attacks us in the form of insults, setbacks, temptations, etc, etc. But the shield we are given protects us from ALL the flaming arrows of the enemy! Take up the helmet of salvation. Satan loves when we doubt. He tries to make us doubt God, Jesus, and our salvation, as often as he can. The helmet protects our minds from doubting God’s saving work for us. With the helmet, we can remember in our heads who we are! As you can see, all of this defensive gear works together to protect us!

There are two weapons of offense listed with the armor. The first is the sword of the Spirit. Hebrews 4:12 tells us, “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Tempted? Trust in the truth of God’s word! The second weapon of offense is prayer. Prayer is simply talking to God, as if he is in the room right next to you! When you talk to God, you are strengthening your relationship with him, and the devil ain’t got ground to stand when God speaks!

To read more about the armor of God in action, check out Acts of the Apostles in the Bible or Saving Vindicity,” the book that I recently published!

 

Be blessed, everyone!

Anna E. Meyer

Super Strength?

So, last night, I dreamed that I discovered that I have super-strength. And that this whole MS thing only affects me when I forget about it. But nobody else knew about it, and because I really do have MS, my secret identity was safely hidden. But then, because I was so excited at the dream, I went and shared it on Facebook. And now I’m telling you all. When I woke up, I thought about it and mixed it with ways it could be even awesomer, cuz that’s what I do. I thought about writing a fictional adventure based on the dream, but then I started thinking in analogies, cuz I do that, too.

God HAS granted me with super-strength. It’s pretty cool, but he is the only source of that strength. Nobody or nothing else can give me that power. It may not be visible (as I DO have MS and have trouble even walking sometimes), but it starts on the inside. It continues to grow on the inside until the strength has captured the outside, as well. When I forget about my Lord and all the good he’s doing in me, sometimes I get caught up in the wallows of this MS and it gets the best of me. But then Christ shows me his face, face, and he helps me through the race, race, I’m reminded of all his grace, grace (taken from my Tik Tok Parody…not exactly, but the jist).

My grandma had MS, too. She was super strong and didn’t let it get her down, because she had Jesus. Well, I know this Jesus, too. He is awesome and super-great. It was not his will for me to get MS, but now that I have it, he will use it. He has supplied me with what I need. I will not let MS get me down, either, for I, too, have been given this strength. It’s so great!

The Lord is my light and my salvation. What shall I fear? He is the stronghold of my life. Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

Certainly, not MS. “God is bigger than the Boogie Man, he’s bigger than Godzilla or the monsters on TV” (Veggietales) and the ones that try to show their faces to us here. “Our God is greater, our God is stronger; God You are higher than any other! Our God is Healer, awesome and power, Our God, Our God…!” (Chris Tomlin: Our God). I hope you were singing right there, cuz I certainly was. Songs pop into my head randomly, and sometimes I sing them in conversation. You got a taste.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

God gives us all that we need when we need it.  And remember:

I was reminded this week by multiple sources (all coming from the Lord!) that even though it’s hard sometimes and I don’t realize it, God is working in me.  “Tick tock on the clock, but the work of God don’t stop, no!” =) He’s working in you, too.  Just…wait for it.  Sometimes, it takes time to discover that you have access to a power you hadn’t realized you’ve had.  But, when the time is right, the Lord will reveal it to you.  Christ has given more people this strength than we even realize right now.  All of his followers and those who believe in him have access to it!  And each person has spiritual gifts that we have power in from the Lord, who supplies it all.  But, that’s a whole ‘nother post.  Just, keep that in mind!  =)

Smiling, Anna =)^2