What’s a Sword if You Don’t Know How to Use it!

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Ephesians 6:10-18; “To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.  Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks.  Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places.  That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.

“So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living.  On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.  And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One.  Accept God’s salvation as your helmet. And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times. Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people.”

When you’re in a battle, the first thing you must recognize is this; It’s not a battle you can win with your hands, it’s a battle you must win with knowledge of the Word. Not only do you need the knowledge, you need wisdom to use the Word as a weapon. If you want to be strong in the Lord and operate in His great power, you must put on His armor and fight like He does, “He sent forth His Word and healed them and delivered them from destruction.” Psalm 107:20

Our primary weapon is our words lining up with His Word, because He backs up His Word. We can’t keep agreeing with the way the world speaks and expect to live out the promises of God. ‘You’re killing me!’, ‘I’m sick and tired!’, ‘I’m afraid I’m going to get the flu cause it’s going around’, are all ways we speak like the world. But when you know who you are and WHOSE you are, you’ll begin to take notice of what comes out of your mouth. You think I’m joking? Let me tell you just how important your words are.

The other day I backed my car into my parking spot at the condo we live in. Shannon and I were joking about the condo rules and how senseless some of them are. I made the comment, “Watch, next they’ll say something about me backing into my space!” We laughed together, but as we approached the elevator, the president of our condo was standing there and asked me not to back into my space anymore. Coincidence, or was God showing me just how quickly I would begin to see the things I say come to pass. The Holy Spirit is in me to lead me into all truth. I don’t want just a part, I want the whole. Satan can only ensnare us with the words of our mouth, so it’s time we took our words seriously.

Father, thank you for this reminder and every other reminder you’ve given me lately. Put a watch guard on my lips so that I may not speak evil, ungratefulness, or curse the things you have blessed. Your Word says I will give an account of every idle or unproductive word I speak because you intended my words to yield fruit. So this morning, I put on the entire armor You’ve provided for me. I have the mind of Christ! You have given me power over all the power of the enemy when I speak your Word, stand on Your Word and continue standing on Your Word. I will not speak contrary just because I see something different with my eyes or hear something different then Your report. My trust will remain in You and Your ability, not my own. I will continually pray in the Spirit just as you said to. Even though I don’t know what I’m saying, YOU do, and I am praying Your perfect will over my life. It’s in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen

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