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Thursday, July 28, 2016

This Means War XI




Today we examine the last piece of the armor of God.  This piece is unlike any other.  The piece that we are commanded to take up today is the only piece of offensive armor.  All the other pieces would be described as defensive pieces.  That is to say they help fend off the attack of the enemy.  This offensive piece attacks the enemy.  Notice the last section of Ephesians 6:17…


“and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”


We are now introduced to the weapon of the believer.  It should be no surprise to any true believer that the Word of God is the weapon assigned to the believer.  It is the Word of God that kills the enemy in our lives.  One author wrote, “The Bible is an armory of heavenly weapons, a laboratory of infallible medicines, a mine of exhaustless wealth.  It is a guidebook for every road, a chart for every sea, a medicine for every malady, and a balm for every wound.  Rob us of our Bible and our sky has lost its sun.”    


The Bible is the only book God ever wrote.  It has been said, “The Bible doesn’t contain the Word of God; it is the Word of God.”  The Bible itself makes some incredible claims about itself.  Note just a few verses in which the Bible speaks about itself.


Psalm 19:7-9
The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
   making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
   enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
   enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true


Proverbs 30:5-6
Every word of God proves true;
   he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
   lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.


I believe one of the greatest evidences that the Word of God is our sword is Jesus Himself.  God in flesh provided for us an example of how it is the Word is the sword.  In Matthew 4 we are given the account of the devil tempting Jesus to sin.  The devil tempts Jesus on 3 separate occasions and every time Jesus resisted.  What I would like to point out to you is what Jesus used to stand against the attack of the devil.  In each case, after the devil had tempted Him, Jesus quoted Scripture to refute the temptation of the devil.  This is an example of Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  It is by the Word of God that we defeat the devil.


I am convinced, more than any other time in human history, we have more access to the Bible.  We have apps, books, programs, and churches everywhere.  Unfortunately, it is a sad sentiment that we are doing less with more than ever before.  The pews of America are stuffed with biblical illiterate people.  My friend, this ought not be so.  If you are serious about defeating the devil, you better be serious about reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture.  


If you would like some extra resources regarding this subject, send us an email of what you are looking for, and we will be happy to help.  May God bless you as you hide His Word in your heart.

JCH

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