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Monday, March 12, 2012


Today’s post is the seventh in a series about putting on the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:17 Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The pen is mightier than the sword.  

There is power in words. The universe was spoken into being by God. How much mightier is His word than a mortal sword! 

A stick of iron that is sharpened becomes a sword. A blunt sword is still a valuable weapon—good for hitting and whacking. But a sharp sword is better. We can sharpen our swords (understand the Word of God) better when we sharpen them in the company and with the help of other Christians.  

Proverbs 27:7 tells us: As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. 

We can gain better understanding when we read, meditate on, study and discuss God’s word in communion with other believers. Our swords—whether blunt or sharp—can be made sharper and therefore more powerful—when sharpened at the local sword sharpening shop of believers. 

We do this not simply to be able to spout scripture. But because an understanding and application of God’s truth at a soul level, builds us up, fortifies our faith and guards our minds and hearts in a proactive way. And perhaps builds up, fortifies the faith and guards the minds and hearts of other believers also. 

  • When feeling afraid, we can recall: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. (Psalm 23:4) 
  • When we are in despair, we can recall: Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. (Isaiah 51:11) 
  • When we need protection and safety, we can recall: You, LORD, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked. (Psalm 12:4) 

The photograph of the sword at the beginning of this post is one of several “fantasy” swords hanging in my daughter’s room. It’s a thing of beauty.  

When I imagine the sword of the Spirit, I don’t think of a heavy, bulky club. I imagine a sword—intricate in detail, carved with depth of beauty, elegant in its enormous power.  

Except that God’s sword isn’t a “fantasy” sword. It is real. Grab hold. 

PRAYER: Thank you God for your Word. Thank you Jesus for leaving the Holy Spirit to live in us, allowing us to equip ourselves with your armor. Holy Spirit please protect us inside as well as out. Please help us dive into your Word to better arm ourselves against evil. Amen. 

WHAT ABOUT YOU? If you were making a movie, what would the sword of the Spirit look like?


Terrie said...

When I think of the sword of the spirit- I think of a grand sword that is masterfully created. Much like your pic. that has grown over time. My first sword was nothing more than a toy, then as I grew in faith so did it! Over the course of time it has lengthen, became sharper and is becoming a wonderful weapon to cut through the devil's lies and to help break the chains of those around me. My sword is not as beautiful as I would like- but the Lord sees it perfected! Great post!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Terrie - Ah! It never occurred to me to think of it as a sword that changes. Interesting. I'd always thought of it as the same, great big sword and me just getting stronger the more I wield it. Thanks for the comment!

chris said...

I've really enjoyed this series, you've done an excellent job!

The sword... or the word of God... this part of our armor is our only offensive weapon, so we need to know it well... and I'm very thankful that we have your writing to help us all learn and grow!

From Carols Quill said...

@ Chris - thank you for the kind words. You're such an encouragement.