A Question of Reliance -- The Soapy Lady Knox: Victory Series, Part 22 (Our Armour)

Bar of soapThrowing the soap in the geyser

Have you ever tried to make a geyser erupt? No matter how hard you try, you won't have much success.

Or will you?

In the past, the New Zealand government used prisoners to build up the Waiotapu region on the north island. These convicts planted trees and built roads, and once in awhile, they needed to wash their dirty clothing. One day a group of these inmates sat around a hole in the ground. Their intent was to wash their clothing in one of the abundant hot springs, but one of them, by accident, dropped his bar of soap into the hole. Imagine the surprise of these men when soap suds began bubbling forth from the hole, to be followed by a stream of boiling water, shooting 20 metres (65 feet) into the air! I can just see those poor inmates tearing back to their prison cells!

And this is how the Lady Knox geyser was discovered.

Lady Knox now erupts at exactly 10:15 each morning. It is the only geyser in the world with a precise time frame! Wow!

Well, not really.

The park ranger drops a bar of pure, white soap into the opening of Lady Knox at exactly that time each day, and pouf! Off she goes!

In her recent devotional, Lady Knox, my wife explains this reaction: "Apparently the geyser has two water chambers, a hot one that is lower, and heats up due to the volcanic activity below, and a cooler one on top, which cools because of a large opening to the outside. When the soap is thrown into the upper water chamber, the lowered surface tension of the water allows it to mix with the warmer water below, and this causes the eruption."

My friend, the same is true in regards to obtaining victory over our nasty and vicious sinful habits. We can't free ourselves through our own efforts, no matter how hard we try.

When we experience defeat, like the Israelites in Eli's time, and we start crying out, "Why did the Lord bring defeat upon us today?" (1 Sam 4:3 NIV), we have to ask ourselves: "Did we really and truly depend on the Holy One for victory?"

The Israelites in those days sure didn't (See 1 Sam 3:1)!

The message about God's armor, found in Ephesians 6:10-18, can be summarized in three words: Rely on God! Just like that park ranger depends on a pure white bar of soap to ensure Lady Knox's timely eruption at precisely 10:15 each morning, we must also rely on God for victory! Only then can the Holy One push us to triumph!

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Cor 3:17-18 NIV)

We can't have victory without complete reliance on God's Holy Spirit. He is the One who can give us freedom, not ourselves! Paul confirms this again in Rom 8:13 "For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live." NIV

The message of Ephesians 6 is to encourage us to stand firm and resist the sinful temptations from the evil one. This is only possible through ardent prayer and fervent reliance on God's Word, the Bible, something we more often than not neglect! God will do the rest! Total trust in God is the secret to our victory! The devil isn't greater than God! God is!

"My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." (Ps 62:1-2 NIV)

Are we willing to trust Him even amidst the fieriest temptations we encounter?

I sure stink! It's time I wash in the refreshing waters of God's presence. Do you have a pure white bar of soap I can borrow?

Rob Chaffart

Eruption of geyser

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