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August 20, 2006

Sword of the Spirit

Filed under: Blogroll,It's My Life,Success! — Dan @ 11:34 pm

the-sword-of-the-spiritTonight I’ll finish up on God’s Armor. This what the Sword of the Spirit might look like. But actually the Sword is God’s Word. The Word of God is pure, there are no lies contained in His word. You can trust that when you pick up your Bible and read it t everything in it is the truth. There is so much in the Bible that pertains to your daily life, and God’s word will always protect you. God’s Word counters everything a non-believer or non-Christian has ever told you. God’s word counters all deceptions and all accusations made against Him.

God’s Word, the Bible, has great power over all that is evil, and one of the greatest pieces of God’s Armor. You can depend on it in your daily lives, and if you carry it with you and read it daily will protect you. As you read the Word of God it will start to make an impact on you and your life, you will look at people differently, and you will be successful in whatever you set out to do. If you are still trying to find yourself, or are confused about what your role in this precious life really is, God’s Word will answer those questions for you. I was like some of you out there, who are not sure what your true calling is, or that if there really is a God. I understand that , however, if you will give God’s Word a chance you too will see the truth.

Hebrews 4:12

12- For the word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are.

 

In this day there is so much temptation, and as I said in an earlier entry, Satan is at work in this world very hard. Satan is using modern technology to turn brother against brother, friend against friend, and nation against nation. You can turn on the television at any given time and see what Satan is doing in this world. And folks it is sad to say, in some parts of this world he seems to be winning. But, listen to me and listen good Satan could not tempt Christ because knew the Word, Christ carried God’s sword and used it on many occasions to ward off Satan. You know what, when Satan figured out that he could not win over Christ he would give up and leave. This why God’s word is so important to you. when Satan is tempting you to drink, to do drugs, or do anything else, ask the question “What good would doing this do for God?”.

 

Matthew 4:2-11

2- For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry. 3- Then the Devil[a] came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, change these stones into loaves of bread.”

4- But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God.’ “

5 – Then the Devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, 6- and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, `He orders his angels to protect you. And they will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.’ “
7- Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, `Do not test the Lord your God.'”

8- Next the Devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him the nations of the world and all their glory. 9- “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will only kneel down and worship me.”

10- “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, `You must worship the Lord your God; serve only him.'”
11- Then the Devil went away, and angels came and cared for Jesus.

Look closely at the scripture, above. Christ was not tempted by Satan; because He carried the Sword; the truth. Satan knew that what Christ was telling him was the truth, and because it was the truth, Satan had no where to go but, away. You can do the same thing. Folks I was called to go to attend Church this morning, and man oh man was Satan working on me hard not to go, the kids were grumpy, nothing seemed to work out as planned this morning, but I prayed for me and my family and asked God to Bless us because, I knew we needed to be there. I listened to a speaker, Greg Vaughn, this man wrote a book entitled “Letters From Dad”, and Wow he made an impact on me. Mr. Vaughn made several points to the congregation that I truly believe in and had already implemented in my life. See, through the Word of God I understood that prayer will always make a difference. Mr. Vaughn said, in his Sermon, that as long as you have a breath to the breathe, you can make a change in your life. Is that not so true, so true that most of us do not even think like that. We think, “Well this is what I was born to be, or I will never amount to anything because this is the way I am”, I hear this stuff all the time. It is not true, all that is, is Satan working on you and Satan is winning if you believe him. Take up the Sword of God, carry it where ever you go, read it daily and believe in it. And when Satan comes to you and tries to tempt you, pull out that sword and fight back. The Bible is more than a book, more than words just written down for your reading enjoyment. The Bible is true, every single syllable in it. Whatever you do in life, never be afraid of what someone is going think about you for being a Christian.

 

1 Peter 3:15

15- Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

 

By reading the Bible, is how you explain it. Folks, there is something that has always bothered me; why is it that if you walk up to a group of people and open a novel and start reading it, someone might ask you what are you reading? And you return with this new book by such and such. But if you walk to that same group of people and you open the Bible, chances are some of those people are going to get uncomfortable, some will think; “Oh my we have a Bible thumper sitting with us”, what’s wrong with that? I tell you what is wrong with that, non-believers are afraid of the Bible. Why? Because the Bible carries with it Power! The Bible is the Sword of the Spirit, and some will have nothing to do with you, you may even be asked to explain yourself. Well, explain it. Do not be afraid of them, they are just people.

 

Psalms 119:110-112

110- The wicked have set their traps for me along your path, but I will not turn from your commandments.

111- Your decrees are my treasure; they are truly my heart’s delight.

112- I am determined to keep your principles, even forever, to the very end.

People pray with your children, pray for your children, and do not be embarrassed to pray with your family. If you have a child who is going through some tough times at school, at work, or just in life, take time to pray with them. And teach them that the Bible is God’s sword. Lift them up, praise them, and like Greg Vaughn says in his book “Write your children a letter”.

I pray that you all have God’s Armor now, The Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, The Sandals of Peace, The Shield of Faith, The Helmet of Salvation, and most of all The Sword of the Spirit; God’s Word. And as I pray tonight, I pray that everyone who reads these messages finds in their hearts something new, I pray that the void you have been trying fill with alcohol, drugs, or whatever is now filled with the one and only thing that can fill it, the Holy Spirit; Jesus Christ. I pray that your Monday will be great! You are now outfitted in your new suit of armor, and there is nothing to fear, for you are protected. If you have reservations about believing, please give God’s word a try, it cannot hurt anything. Just pick up His Word and read it, you might learn something you did not know about yourself.

 

God Bless you all!

Moderndad

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