2008-04-07 - What Do I Need with the Armor of God?
Part 7 ~ Sword of the Spirit
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
What was God thinking? He wants us to put on armor and carry a weapon. (Ephesians 6:17) Am I really living in a war zone, with opposition lurking about? Shouldn't the fact that I am a Christian be enough? I've professed my faith in God the Father and in His son Jesus Christ. I have asked forgiveness for my sins, I strive daily to live according to His word, and place my hope in His promises. Surely that is all I need to get by in this life. That keeps me busy, as it is. Besides, I know God will come to my rescue; I am His child, after all.
While all the above statements are true, it's not an accurate portrayal of a believer's responsibilities. Ugh. The "r" word responsibility. I already have enough responsibility trying to make a difference, and to be a good example. I do not think I could find the time or the energy to handle more duties. Beside, God, will anyone really notice if I don't have the armor of God on?
The sword of the spirit is not a literal sword, but rather is the Bible. It isn't enough to have the tangible book in our possession; we have to be familiar with what is inside the book. For the times when Satan attacks, make it a two-sided fight, by saying a particular Scripture verse. Here are a few that we can say, when difficult times loom in.
Philippians 3:15: I forget the past and look forward to what lies ahead.
Psalm 18:17: Thank You, Lord for delivering me from the strong enemy.
Jeremiah 4:14: I will not allow wrong thoughts to live within my mind.
According to Matthew 19:29, I have the Lord of Lords and King of Kings on my side.
2 Corinthians 3:17: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Lord, I want and need to learn more of Your word, to guard me when battles come. Help me stay accountable to this decision. Help my dull sword become a sharp one, so I can have confidence in the words I speak. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.