STS eBook- Chapter 3 Con’t, OUR WEAPON
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Psalm 100 A Psalm of Praise
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
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CHAPTER 3- THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD, Part I:
- LOVE GOD, LOVE HIS WORD
- GOD’S WORD BUILDS FAITH
- WHY WE NEED TO STUDY THE BIBLE
- THE WORD OF GOD AS OUR WEAPON- Part II
God has given us a powerful weapon so that we can “resist the devil and he will flee from us” (James 4:7).
Read Ephesians 6:10-18 about the description of the WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD which every believer must have to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
The Apostle Paul says,
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”… verses 10-11
He describes who we are fighting with, which is the devil, Satan, and how to arm ourselves with the last and most important piece that completes the armour:
...”the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” vs 17
Without a weapon we cannot face our enemy; without knowing how to use it, we don’t stand a chance in a battle! King Saul, who stood head and shoulders above everyone, and his soldiers would not challenge Goliath. It took a brave shepherd boy with only a slingshot and 5 stones, who knew His God and skillfully wielded his weapon, to bring down the fearsome Goliath! Knowing the importance of our weapon is highlighted in Judges 7 when God chooses His army to fight the Midianites. God whittled down an army of 32,000 to 10,000 men, letting all the ‘fearful and afraid’ go home, then puts the rest to a ‘drinking water’ test. The lappers are separated from the non-lappers. There were 9,700 men who set their weapons down, got down on their knees and drank water with both hands.
Judges 7:6 says,
“And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.”
The Word of God is the believer’s ‘sword of the Spirit’, his weapon in spiritual battles so that we can “resist the devil and he will flee from us” (James 4:7). No one goes into battle without a weapon or not knowing how his weapon works!
The Word of God Brings Conviction
The Word of God has CONVICTING POWER as described in Hebrews 4:12-13:
“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power (making it active, operative, energizing, and effective); it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the (immortal) spirit, and of joints and marrow ( of the deepest parts of our nature), exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (AMP Bible).
A simplistic explanation of the power of God’s Word is that whether God is speaking to us, or we are speaking His Words, the very Words of God will bring conviction on the hearers which will ultimately draw them closer to God, or cause them to step back. From God’s perspective, it is either full acceptance of His Word or rejection of the ‘thus saith the Lord’. This demonstrates how the Word of God is a two-edged sword that brings out the humility or rebellion in man to accept God’s Word for what it is. As such it could be said that God’s Word DIVIDES AND SEPARATES the righteous from the unrighteous, the holy from the unholy, the lovers of the kingdom of God from the lovers of the world, the lovers of God’s Word and the corrupters of God’s Word, sheep from goats, wheat from tares, believers from unbelievers and make believers, the hot from the cold and compromisers, etc. Is it no wonder then that Jesus said in Luke 12:51, “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;” (New American Standard Bible)
And John 7:43 says, “So there arose a division and dissension among the people concerning him” (AMP Bible). And it continues today.
We Will Be Judged By God’s Word
It is God’s Word that will judge us. How many believe Jesus when He said,
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: THE WORD that I have spoken, the same SHALL JUDGE him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” (John 12:48)
In Psalms 138:2b it says, …”Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name”. GOD’S WORD reveals Who He is, which is more than or higher than all of His attributes or names combined together!
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the WORD WAS GOD”. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Jesus was in the Beginning and in Revelation, at the End of time, in the final war at Armageddon in the valley of Megiddo (Rev 16:16). He returns to earth on a white horse with His armies.
Rev 19:13 ‘And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called THE WORD OF GOD.
Ps 19:10 David writes,
“… (His Word is) more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them (His laws, commandments) is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward”.
About Shofar/LizI have a Christian blogsite-'God's Enduring Love' at https://heulu.wordpress.com with 'Words of Encouragement from the Bible and Liz's Journal'. Also, an art blogsite-'Art with Aloha' at http://artwithaloha.wordpress.com 'A Journal About Art and Life. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite pencils and pen and ink.
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