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Armor of God (pt.7: words)

 

sword

 

I am really excited about this. Even if you have missed the first 6 parts, keep reading! It might just change your life!

 

God has been so good to me lately, I’d almost forgotten about this little series we have going.

 

I should amend that. God is always and equally good to me. Sometimes I open my eyes wider so I can see it.

 

Anyway, as for this series, I am happy to continue in this thread.

So far we have discussed…

 

14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and …

the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

 

You may have noticed that so far each item in this armor is protective. They are mostly used to defend against attack or to prevent the battle all together. But the sword! There is nothing passive about a sword. It has one purpose and that is to disarm and destroy the enemy. Sounds harsh I know. Stick with me. It’s about to get real.

 

Let’s look at some characteristics of the sword.
It is heavy. It takes a strong person to wield it. Weaklings need not apply.
It requires skill. Walk into battle half-cocked and half-trained and see how long you last.
In the middle ages, a sword was the most treasured thing a knight or noble person could own. It was a symbol of power, strength, honor, and authority. It was often a birthright passed down through generations. Sometimes a sword would have its own name, as if it were a member of the family.

 

Let’s go back and look at that verse.

{Take} “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

 

So this sword, this powerful, cherished, honorable weapon, is actually an extension of the Spirit of God.Let that sink in. I am in possession of the power of God. I hold in my grasp the power of the Spirit of God.
Should I be quiet and leave with that thought for a moment?

 

Okay so if I am holding a sword which is in effect God, what is it really? I mean in the real world?

the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Words!

 
I decided a few days ago (on Monday), to use a single bible verse as sort of a mantra. I whispered it to myself all day, whenever I needed some help. By Wednesday, I felt like a brand new person. (See “Manifesting” posts.) That is the power of words.

 

Yes the bible is the word of God, but if I am created in God’s image and I am filled with the Spirit of my Creator, are my words—when done in the right spirit—not also the words of God?

 
My point is this. We don’t have to just sit and wait to be attacked. We can offensively combat the enemy. And we do it with the power of our words. Now before you get ahead of me, and think I’m talking about using my words to put up an argument, let me explain.

 
Okay, so what is the enemy? Simply put, it’s fear.
Fear takes the form of hate, anger, conflict, prejudice, resentment, hostility, jealousy, negativity, bitterness, depression,….the list goes on…

 
We disarm and take down the enemy with our words. Anger and hostility are dismantled when confronted with words of compassion. We have been given what we need to banish fear.

 

 

fear-2tim1-9

 

perfect love

 

Our weapons are:

Words of worship
Words of prayer
Words of affirmation
Words of kindness

 

When we

Speak life
Speak love
Speak peace
Speak truth
Speak hope

The enemy doesn’t stand a chance.

 

 
Don’t be afraid to pick up that sword. Be strong and brave. Your words have power. They are the story of grace. No one can wield them exactly like you.

 

 
When used skillfully, your words can bring hope to the hopeless and light to a dark world.

 

 

Someone needs what you have to say.

 

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