The Sword Of The Spirit

24th June

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:17

We often think, when Paul wrote that the word of God is the sword of the Spirit, that it is an offensive weapon that we use to hack down the enemy’s lies. However, in a recent sermon, a famous preacher gave another interpretation of what this means. He described this ‘sword’ more like a dagger that Roman soldiers used to use to pluck out the arrows that penetrated their bodies during battle. He compared that to the work of the word of God. When the enemy throws lies at us, sometimes we allow them to penetrate our armour because we believe them. But through the truth of the word of God, we learn that these are lies and pluck them out.

It is God’s word that is the dagger to purge out the enemy’s lies. It is the word of God that helps us fight the enemy’s lies. And it is the word of God that protects us from the enemy’s lies. Finally, it is the word of God that tells us the truth about who God really is and who we are in Him.

The Scriptures Say….

23rd June

Then the devil said to Him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone.”

Luke 4:3-4

There is power in the word of God. It is not some fairy-tale story book that was written thousands of years ago to entertain today’s modern readers; it is the words of God. It is the power to save and the power to heal and the power to set us free. Jesus knew the importance of the scripture, hence why He quoted it to the enemy when being tempted by him.

There is great victory in the words that are written in the Bible. The hard truth is, is that we have to know them. If we believe that the battle is already won, then God’s words have even more power than just words. It is our sword, it is our strength and it is our victory. If Jesus, who could have easily just said, ‘get away from me satan’ saw it necessary to use scripture to silence the enemies lies, then how much more do we need to use it. When the devil speaks his native language, lies, we can fight his lies with the truth about what God says about us! When he tries to knock us down, we can remind ourselves that we are not on a loosing side but on the winning side. When the enemy tries to lie to you, stop and stand firm in what the ‘Scriptures say…!’

God’s Word: The Greatest Love Letter

22nd June

How can a young man person stay pure? By obeying Your word….. I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You!”

Psalms 119:9,11

Have you ever heard what the letters B.I.B.L.E stand for? One old pastor said that it meant ‘Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.’ A simple truth yet one that is so true. Without the Bible, we cannot know God’s character fully. We don’t know our purpose and we can’t know what to do. Of course God can divinely speak to us all, telling us all there is to know about Him through His revelation, yet God’s word is His 100% accurate and 100% truth about who He is and who we are. It is God’s very own words written down on paper, preserved throughout history (through many hardships), and translated into thousands of languages that enables everyone to access God’s words personally.

If you buy something new and don’t know how to use it, the first thing to do is check the manual. If you don’t read the manual and your machine or appliance doesn’t work properly, your immediate reaction is to blame the maker or the manufacturer. Yet most probably, the answer to your ‘faulty’ product is in the manual. It is the same with the world. People are so quick to blame the creator (God) for all the problems in the world, yet they haven’t read the manual (the Bible) about how we should live. God has given us His word, as David says, to keep our way pure and holy and away from sin. If all creation would read life’s manual, then we would live in a better world. It is our responsibility to share the truth of God’s words with others, so they too may find their purpose and find their Creator.

God’s Mirror

9th February

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and then forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

James 1:22-25

Yesterday we looked at the power of God’s word as a double edged sword, having the ability to tear down the strongholds of the enemy, and the ability to expose our sins and make us accountable before God through His word. Today’s message further highlights the power of God’s word to transform our lives. After all, the Word is living and has throughout generations brought people closer to Jesus through the revelation of God’s character.

James adds that God’s word should be like a mirror for us. We should be able to look into His word and see our lives reflecting the character of Jesus and reflecting His perfect law (i.e. righteous living). Rick Warren, the author of the best selling ‘Purpose Driven Life’ book, shares his reflection on James’ wise words and summarises James’ message with the following points:-

  • Read your Bible. “… whoever looks intently …” (look carefully..)

  • Review the Bible. “… and continues in it …” (do what it says..)

  • Remember the Bible. “… not forgetting what they have heard …” (don’t forget it..)

  • Respond to the Bible. “… but doing it …” 1 (do what it says..)

Simply put, reading God’s word should not become a religious act of reading one verse and then moving on with your day, forgetting what you have read and not even letting it transform your life. Reading God’s word, is about intentionally giving time to God, to allow Him to speak to us, reviewing what He is saying, remembering it and responding by putting into practice in our lives. It is then that we can experience true freedom and receive all the blessings God has in store for us.

God’s Anointed Words

16th November

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word… I Have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Psalm 119:9,11

How can any of us stay pure in a world where temptation is so ‘in your face’ and where it is deemed strange to stand up for purity and holiness? Although there is an easy answer to this question, it is in reality a hard teaching to put into practice. The Psalmist’s answer to the question we looked at, is to obey God’s word. Yet how can we obey God’s word if we are not familiar with it?

Hiding God’s word in our hearts is not just daily habitual readings of it but meditating on it, thinking about it during our day, reciting His word, rejoicing in His laws and studying His commandments. God has graciously given us His word to help us along life’s hard journey, equipping us with the tools to withstand temptation and sin, and to become more like Christ in all we do.

Our challenge, is in the midst of our busy lives, to find a moment to take time out and reflect on God’s word. What is He is saying to us today? What verses will help us live a life of purity against the enemies scheming attacks? How can I learn to rely on Jesus in all I do? Friends, may we know the power of God’s word in our lives as we surrender to Him, to be shaped and moulded for His glory and Kingdom.

The Word Of God Hidden In Our Hearts

23rd July

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word……I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 119:9, 11

God’s word is essential for our growth in Him and for our personal growth too. It contains messages of hope, direction and focus. It is a source of strength when we are weak. It is a daily encouragement to our souls. It’s words can convict us and it stands as direction manual that leads us to Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit’s revelation, each day we can learn something new as our eyes are opened to God’s thoughts through His word.

Yet one of the greatest attributes of God’s word is that it is a double edged sword that it used to defeat the enemies scheming plans and evil ways. David comments in Psalm 119 that the way to keep pure and holy, the way to have our hearts and minds fixed on the Lord constantly, is to have God’s word in our hearts daily. To have something hidden in your heart doesn’t suggest that it is a well kept secret that only pops up every now and again. It is the continual meditation on His word. It is reading His word everyday, not in a religious habitual practice but in knowing that it is our source of trust in God.

Our challenge is not just read or meditate upon it but to live it out in our lifestyles, obeying God’s commands and allowing His word to impact every part of our lives. Let us daily spend time with Lord, asking the Holy Spirit for His revelation and allowing His word to increase our love for Jesus and trust in Him.

Taste and See

30th March

“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!”

Psalm 34:8 

Today’s verse talks of the simple truth that God is good. Yes we may have raging battles around us, as did David when he wrote this psalm but through every circumstance, he knew that God is good and God was always there to watch over him.

It is often said that when we hear a good word from a preacher or fill the presence of God in a tangible way, it almost feels like we are eating. It is a strange sensation but if we are to take the word of God as food for our bodies, then this analogy makes sense. Tasting the presence of God may seem odd, but it comes from knowing and spending time in the most intimate place with God. Although it may not feed your stomach, it definitely feeds your spirit.

David comments in psalm 119:113 that God’s words as a sweet as honey to his lips. If David could experience that delight in God’s word then we should also strive for a love and hunger for that also.

We not only are encouraged to taste but also to see the goodness of God. Look around you. God is good. When we see God’s hand in our circumstances, when there is no hope or light at the end of the tunnel, we can but rejoice in God’s goodness and provision. David experienced God’s deliverance time and time again. Why? Because he had complete trust in a God whom he knew would deliver him. He probably read the stories time and time again, of God delivering Moses and the Israelites from the hand of the Egyptians. He had read of Noah’s miraculous deliverance when the great flood threatened all humanity. David not only read these stories, but he experienced God’s deliverance on a daily basis.

How good is our God. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Taste and see God is good.