Full Armor of God | Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
“the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints”
“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.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
The only offensive piece of equipment in the armor of God is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As covered in the Belt of Truth, the word of God is the Holy Spirit with us every moment of the day and the Holy Bible, the written Word of God.
We read the scriptures, dwell on them, consider them, study them, and discover God’s faithful nature throughout. When we declare God’s word, it fortifies us. This is the powerhouse of victory!
Word of God :: Jesus :: Holy Spirit :: Bible :: Truth
The word of God is a love letter.
A love letter that shows how to walk in a way that will not lead to destruction. A love letter that warns us of the consequences of living any other way. We are watching the manifestation of the alternative ways of living in the world all around us.
While violence and fear plagues our world, God calls us to fight this fight with love. And this isn’t sissy love. This is fierce love that goes to battle for God’s children, speaking liberty to the captives, rescuing victims of sex slavery, reporting child abuse, becoming a foster parent, volunteering in the hospital, feeding and acknowledging the homeless. Christians should be leading the charge in fiercely going into the trenches to fight this fight with the sword of Love.
Too many of us sit in our comfortable lives while the world is crying out for solutions.
The Solution came 2000 years ago and walked among us. His name was Jesus. He allowed us to crucify Him so that He could deal with death and defeat once and for all of us. He has since ascended back to Heaven but He did not leave us here helpless! He taught us how to love like He loved. He walked it out. He left His powerful Spirit of love with us, passing the baton. We’re on! This is not a dress rehearsal.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask[a] anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14
Greater works than Jesus?!
What are we waiting for?!
Comfort may be our greatest enemy. We would go talk with the homeless people downtown, but we have a show to watch on our comfy couch. We would research how to run for office to make changes in our city, state, and country, but we don’t know how and we already have a job, so we just stay put.
If we don’t do it, who will?
Jesus already gave us everything we need. It’s up to us to love others in the meantime before His second coming in which we will have all made our decision and live for eternity with the consequences. We have eternity to sit on the couch in heaven. Get up and get to work! There are captives waiting on you. Lives are dependent on you pursuing your destiny.
Take up your sword! Love relentlessly.
May we not worry about what people think – who are they anyway?! God shall be our governor. Our discernment shall be in alignment with His heart. Daily studying the word of God, and Jesus who was the physical embodiment of this Word.
It all boils down to belief. Our belief creates trust. Our trust is what faith is composed of. Faith is not what we believe when we are comfortable and nothing bad is happening. Faith is what we believe when everything appears to be falling apart, we are under attack and terrified. This is when we will learn the true depth of our faith. God is so gracious, if we ask Him to increase our faith, to teach us how to believe on deeper levels, He will!
Cry out to God and ask Him to teach you how to wield your sword of love. Ask Him to teach you how to walk in His ways. Study the word and watch your life change.
You are a conqueror!