Are You a Polished Arrow in God’s Quiver? 1

God wants to use you, but before he does, he needs to prepare you so that you can “hit the mark.” Jeff explains this time of preparation using the steps taken by an archer to create the perfect arrow.


Shownotes

  • Arrows in the Bible
    • Isaiah 49:2 —
      “He made my mouth like a sharp sword,
      in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
      he made me a polished arrow
      in his quiver he hid me away.
  • Process of Arrow-making
    1. The Pruning— 
      twigs
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      Cut away the obvious imperfections of a dead branch (11:00)
      1. Everything on a perfect arrow must be perfectly conformed to the arrow head–Jesus must be the point of our life
        1. Romans 12:2 —“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
        2. Hebrews 12:1 — “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us”
        3. 2 Corinthians 3:18 —  And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
        4. 1 John 2:3 — “And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”
        5. John 3:3 — He must increase, I must decrease
        6. Romans 6:12-14 —“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13 Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”
      2. This is the process of sanctification
    2. The Sanding (17:11) —
      sand-arrow
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      The sanding away of the more subtle imperfections that appear small but keep an arrow from hitting its mark
      1. These are the imperfections that might be hidden in our hearts.
      2. 2 Corinthians 12:20-20 — “For I fear that perhaps I may come and find you not what I wish, and that you may find me not what you wish; that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfishness, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
      3. 1 Peter 2:1 — “So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander.
      4. Sin causes one to “miss the mark”
        1. Torah comes from the Hebrew word yarah, which is an archer’s term for instruction that leads one to hit the mark
        2. The Hebrew word for sin means to “miss the mark”
        3. God’s word leads us to hit the mark, while sin causes us to miss the mark
    3. The Fletching (21:45) —
      fletching
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      The placing of feathers on the side of the arrow that stabilize it in flight by giving it balance
      1. The feathers are from one side of the bird or the other for consistency’s sake
      2. We need to be all or nothing for Christ
      3. John 14:25 —Jesus told us that he would give us someone to help guide us
      4. John 16:13 —When the Spirit of truth comes…
      5. Ezekiel 36:26 —“A new heart I will give you…”
    4. The Cresting (25:00) —
      cresting
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      The marking of an arrow in order to identify to whom the arrow belongs
      1. Do people look at you and know that you belong to Jesus Christ?
      2. John 13:35— “By this all men will know that you are my disciples: if you have love for one another.”
      3. Exodus 21 — master and slave relationship denoted by a slave’s earring
      4. Galatians 6:17 — “Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.”
  • The Mark of a Good Arrow
    • Jeremiah 50:9 — “For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon a company of great nations, from the north country; and they shall array themselves against her; from there she shall be taken. Their arrows are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty-handed.
    • An arrow cannot make itself
    • It has a notch (a space at the end of the arrow so it can be placed on the bow by the archer)
    • A good arrow speaks of balance
      • If the arrow goes to the left, the arrow is not flexible enough—we have to be flexible in the hands of the Lord
      • If the arrow goes to the right, the arrow is too flexible
      • It bears good fruit—it hits the target intended by the archer
      • It is resting in the archer’s quiver—we need to rest in the Lord so that we are always ready to be used by him at any given moment
      • The most important thing (38:00)—Can the arrow withstand the power transferred to it by the archer?

 

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