I pray that all is well in the Lord, Christ Jesus!
Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Faith. Without faith no one can please God. The Word says that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him without faith (Hebrews 11:6). One must have faith. Nit faith in just anyone or anything, but faith in God.
Salvation itself is based on two phenomena. Christ sacrificing Himself to offer mankind salvation by His GRACE. People receiving salvation by FAITH (Ephesians 2:8).
And that is also why the Apostle Paul described faith as the most powerful weapon, speaking that above all of the other parts of the armor of God, one must have faith.
Furthermore, when it comes to warfare there are two different sides that one might be on. The offensive side or the defensive side. One may be marching to go and attack, being on the offensive side. Or one may be guarding one's self from an attack, being on the defensive side. I have come to see that no matter what side one is on, the shield is able to both attack and guard.
Yet, what is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is a grasping of that which is hoped for and a firm belief in that which is not seen.
It is to hold on to that which one awaits to have. It is to believe in that which cannot yet be seen or heard or tasted or touched. Basically, faith is illogical. How can one hold on to something that they do not have? How can one believe in something that has not been proven? For, to believe is to accept a concept as true, yet how can a concept be true if it has not been proving to be true?
That is why faith, true faith, cannot be apart from God. For only He can speak that which we have never seen, heard, tasted, touch or could ever even imagine and for it to be absolutely true. For, He is God and cannot lie.
And how does faith work as a defensive weapon?
I believe that this is quite simple. Every time the enemy comes with his attacks, one must hold on to faith in God's Word. For, too many times, we allow what this world, the enemy and even ourselves have to say about our situations dictate our thoughts, words, actions and decisions. Instead, we should look unto God's Word for what He has to say about any situation that we may encounter in this life, hold on to it, believe it and live it out.
To share some common attacks and how one should take up one's shield of faith:
I can sin just a little bit. It will not cost me much...
Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
I can live a life of constant sin with no repentance whatsoever and get not only God's providence (Matthew 5:45) but also His blessings...
Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.
1 John 3:22
And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
I can never be a good Christian. I might as well go to hell...
2 Corinthians 12:9
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
I am bonded by the sins of my past, both my own and those of my ancestors...
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
I just want people to like me...
For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
I am worthless...
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
I am not good looking or beautiful...
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
I will be alone for the rest of my life...
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
My life is a failure, has no purpose and is hopeless...
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
My needs will not be provided for...
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
And so we see that it is not only the sword of the Holy Spirit that is able to destroy the devil's lies, but also the shield of faith.
How does faith work as an offensive weapon?
The sword of the Holy Spirit, which is the Word, is very important for when it comes to the shield. We must look into His Word to have faith. For, the Bible explains to us in Romans 10 verse 14 and 17 that faith comes hearing the Word of God.
Many times, we come up with our own concepts and say that we shall have faith and it shall come to being. The thing though is that God does not serve us. He is not bounded to our words. Instead, He is bounded to His Word. In Isaiah 55:11, the LORD explains that His Word cannot come back to Him empty-handed.
That means that whatever God speaks, it must come to being. Therefore, when we call God out on His Word, knowing that we stand in the right conditions, He must fulfill it.
There are times when we must be the ones marching forth on the verge of an attack. There are times when we must call out the Lord upon His Word. There are times when we must awaken His right hand and cause Him to act.
There are times when we must have the faith to tell the storm to be silent and walk on the waters that separate us from the other side, the side of our deliverance (Matthew 14:22-33). There are times when we must have the faith to tell the trees to be uprooted, the mountains to move and the valleys to rise up (Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:5-6). There are times when we must have the faith to sow for an abundant harvest and call the rains of blessings to come down (Matthew 13:31-32; 1 Kings 17:1-6).
And the storms will be silent. We will get to the other side. The trees will be uprooted. The mountains will move and the valleys will rise. The harvest and rains will come...
If we believe that He will act. Amen.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
P.S. All Bible verse are from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
I pray that all is well in the Lord, Jesus Christ, who is Our Mighty Warrior and Victor forever and always. Amen!
In continuation on the biblical studies series on the armor of God, it is now time to speak of the sword of the Holy Spirit, which is the Word of God. I believe that the concept of the sword of the Spirit is quite clear. It is the Word. One must know the Word of the Lord to fight against the devil and his ruses.
I emphasize the word "know" because it is not the memorization and recitation of verses that demonstrate that one knows the Word. It is not the regurgitation of what others have to say about the Lord and His word that demonstrate that one knows the Word. Instead, it is meditating, experiencing and living out the Word of God that demonstrates that one knows the Word. In 1 John 2:4, the Word says that those who say that they know God but do not live out His commandments are liars. They do not know God. Just the same, those who say that they know the Word but do not live out the Word are also liars. They do not know the Word. They do not know Its depths, heights and widths. They do not know of Its expansions nor of Its limitations. Instead, what they have is a book summary.
Actually, this makes me think of a student who reads a book summary or review instead of actually reading the book in order write a book report. The teacher is able to clearly see that the student knows about the book but never read the book. Just the same those who profess that they are Christian but do not meditate on, experience and live out the Word, know of the Word but do not know the Word no matter what pretense they put on. And those who actually do know the Word can discern that of them.
Why is it so important to know the Word?
Well, John 1 helps us to understand that Jesus Himself is the Word, the Word is God and the Word came to be among mankind. The Word is God. Not some other god, but God Himself. One cannot know God unless they know the Word. The Word speaks to us God's heart. It tells us of who He is, what He does and what He wills for us. It reveals to us the greatness of His godliness, the depth of His character and the immensity of His love and faithfulness. The Word brings us into His heart and presence so that we have a deep connection with Him. It enables us to worship Him by the Spirit and truth, by both teaching us how to worship and by giving us reasons to worship Him. Knowing that He is God is reason enough.
Second, the Word guides us on the right path. Proverbs 2:6 says that the Lord speaks and gives knowledge and wisdom. 2 Timothy 3:16 says that all scripture is breathed by God and that It is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and raising up in righteousness. Thinking of the phrase, "breathed by God," I can see that the Word is God breathing life into our souls and our whole beings. This leads to my third reason for why it is important to know the Word.
The Word gives life. Psalm 119:25 speaks: "My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word."
Fourth, Romans 15:4. The Word gives encouragement.
Fifth, the Word delivers and keeps one from sin. In Psalm 119, the Word speaks: "Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You." And while there are a plethora of other good reasons for why one should know the Word, I would like to focus on the fifth reason.
When the devil went to tempt Jesus while He was in the dessert, Jesus did not simply tell the devil to be gone (Luke 4:1-13). Instead, He used the Word to combat the devil and to have victory over him. To say, "The devil is a liar!" is not enough. Why is the devil a liar? As light exposes darkness, so does the Truth expose all lies. The Word is the Truth. If one does not know the Word, one is susceptible to the devil's lies no matter how much they speak of how he is a liar. The devil is a liar but also know the truth so that you do not fall for his lies.
When temptation comes, come with the Word. Know the Word and have it deep within your heart. I believe that when David spoke in Psalm 119 of hiding the Word deep within his heart, he was speaking of planting the word inside of his heart. Not all plants can grow and prosper side by side. There are certain plants that are able to destroy the plants that surround it. The Holy Spirit does not reside where the devil resides. Nor can the devil prosper where the Holy Spirit resides. The Word tells us that where the Holy Spirit resides there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17). Amen. So, then, when the Word is planted within the heart, it destroys all evil seeds that the devil may have planted. The truth eradicates all lies. Amen.
Now, I would like to speak on how the Word is the Sword of the Holy Spirit. First, this speaks of how the Holy Spirit witnesses to Christ Jesus (John 15:26). If a person is preaching a gospel that is not the gospel of Jesus Christ, they are not preaching by the Holy Spirit though they may put on false manifestations to make it seem as if they were. If a person is teaching that which does not glorify Christ, it is not by the Holy Spirit. Whenever the Holy Spirit manifests through, He brings the Word. Whenever the Holy Spirit comes to fight against any sin or demonic force, He brings the Word. Amen.
Second, it shows us that we are not really the ones fighting. While we are soldiers in Christ, the Holy Spirit is the one who fights through us and for us. For, we are not strong enough. Never can we ever be strong enough. But no one and nothing can have strength like or greater than that of the Almighty God. Amen. Greater is He who is in us than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4). When the devil comes up against us to steal kill and destroy, he will have to fight the Holy Spirit. He will have to answer to the Good Shepherd who is here to give life (John 10:1-18).
And as I expressed in the spoken word piece, "The Voice of Sin," when sin comes to knock on the door of the heart of Christian, it will find the Holy Spirit standing behind the door.
We may stumble, but we will not fall for the LORD UPHOLD US WITH HIS RIGHT HAND (Psalm 37:24-26). His right hand. His strongest hand. His hand of power and victory. Amen. And even if we do fall seven times, we will get back up (Psalm 145:14; Proverbs 24:16). For He knows what we are made of, dust, and that we are weak (Psalm 103:4). He is faithful to bring us back up.
And no one is perfect (Romans 3:23). Therefore, do not allow any self-righteous person who acts like they can do good all by themselves make you think that they are holier than you and put you down because you are fighting against sin.
For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.
Now, this is not to say that the Christian goes on to sin with these passages as excuses in mind. This does not support the word "we are humans" as in "we are humans, so whatever, we will sin." And there are always consequences to sin (Galatians 6:7-8). Instead it supports the word "we are humans" as in "our flesh is weak, but the Holy Spirit is strong" (Romans 7:15-19). This is not to tolerate the human condition but instead to be aware of it, to consider it and to pray against it.
For, where sin abounds, grace overflows (Romans 5:20). The Christian cannot spend season after season in the same sinful condition, growing in sin instead of growing in Christ. The Word says that such an individual does not know Christ. For the Christian must tap into the GRACE that there is in Jesus, obtain victory and move on to the next battle.
And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
P.S. All Bible passages are of the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.
I share this:
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For [a]this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu