Stand Firm: Sword of the Spirit

“…and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17

“At the end of my life I want it to be said that I fought with my hand frozen to the sword.” I saw this quote from Mandy over at Suburban Stereotype. When I saw it I cried out, “YES! This is my desire!”

With each passing year of my life, I find myself more desperate and hungry for God’s Word. Maybe it’s because I realize just how little I know as each birthday comes and goes. Sure, I thought I knew it all at the ripe age of 17 but now? Now I am so utterly aware of everything I do not know and how much more I need to learn.

So I run to the Word. It is my source, my strength, my hope, my truth, my life. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that it is “alive and powerful…sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword….cutting between soul and spirit…it exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Friend, we have a sword at our disposal for all of life’s worries, questions, concerns and fears and yet we too often don’t use it as it was meant to be used.

Allow me to share some things with you that you might find helpful as you “take the sword of the Spirit” and do battle:

Dive into the Word. Nobody has enough time these days. But we do make time for what’s important. Spending time every day in God’s Word is vital. This is a must for the Christ follower. To not spend time in God’s Word as people leading others in ministry is dangerous. We have to know what God’s Word says so we can share the hope we have from it to a lost and dying world. Meditate on it by asking God to reveal new insights to you. You will be amazed at just how much He wants to speak to you through His word. Journal about it. Write down verses in different translations and compare them. Read a chapter a day and ask God to have a verse or two jump out at you then write about it. Start today.

Pray the Word. I have a journal where I write down prayers for my sons. I take scriptures and put their names in. From Psalm 51:10, I would pray, “Create in Noah, Jack and Seth a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within them.” Now, that doesn’t mean that immediately their hearts will be pure. What it does mean is that I am faithful to do my part and trust God to do His. His Word never returns void in our lives. Never. (Is. 55:11)

Stand on the Word. As Christ following women, the Word of God must be our standard, our guide. When we are facing situations in life, we must go directly to God’s Word for the truth. When we receive advice from someone, we must make sure it lines up with the scriptures. When our circumstances overwhelm us, and they will, we must make sure we don’t wrap God’s Word around them. Instead, we need to wrap our circumstances around God’s Word.

In what ways are you yielding the “sword of the Spirit” in your life? Are there improvements you need to make in this area as you lead people within your churches, organizations and families?

 

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