Sunday, April 19, 2009
The Armor of God, Continued
Ephesians 6:17b - "...and take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."
This week, we are getting back into our study on the Armor of God. And we find the second offensive weapon in the Armor. We find the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Hebrews 4:12 - "For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
Here, we find that God's word is a sharp sword. It is sharper than even a double-edged sword; and It is able to divide and even discern.
It is also a piercing sword. It penetrates to the very core of who we are. It gets down where we live, where the rubber meets the road. It can discern our thoughts and the intents of the heart. It is a great book to die by, but it is also a great book to live by. It is the blueprint from which we build our lives. It is the solid rock, which we build our lives upon, and when the storms come and the rains fall and the winds blow, our lives will not fall apart. But when we build it on the shifting sand of human wisdom, secular thought and psychology, it will fall flat on its face!
But with all this said, In order for a sword to be an offensive weapon, it has to be picked up and used. We must speak the word in due season! We must use it in witness; use it in edifying, exhorting and rebuking; and use it in prayer! When we use it, it's powerful. When we ignore it, we are powerless! Let's study the word, hide it in our hearts, heed it in our lives, and use it to do great things for God this week! God Bless You!