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Make God’s Word a Weapon

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Make God’s Word a Weapon

Of all the pieces of the armor the Word instructs us to put on in Ephesians 6, only one of the pieces is actually a weapon. There’s a helmet, a shield, boots and a belt, but the only weapon is the Word of God.

“ABOVE ALL … take the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 says, “God’s Word is an indispensable weapon” (MSG).

This blog series comes from the story of the “Temptation of Christ” in the wilderness. The devil came to Jesus and tried to get Him off course. Satan tried to trip Jesus up by tempting Him to do things that were not a part of God’s plan.

And every single time Jesus came back with, “It is written!”

Memorize the Word. Eat it. Read it. Love it. Live it.

Say this aloud:  I will accept the Word as it is written. I will obey the Word! I embrace it! I will believe it! With God’s help, I will try my best to live it!

You can listen to the audio message here.

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God’s Word Confronts My Sin

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God’s Word Confronts My Sin

The Word of God is powerful and alive.

I’ll never forget the day when my daughter, Desirée called and said, “Daddy, God has called me to be an English Comp professor. Words are important Dad. Did you know that the world was created by words?”

Before there was a world, there was The Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.[1]

In your mind, never minimize the Word. In your heart, never take it for granted. In your day-to-day life, never dismiss it. God’s Word is powerful. It has life-changing energy.

The Word of God confronts my sin.

We don’t like to think about or even admit our sins, but the Bible has a wonderful way of confronting the sin in our life.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”[2]

I had a visitor in my first pastorate in DeKalb, Illinois who told me, “You were like a surgeon today. You carefully and tenderly cut my heart.”

I didn’t do it, the Word of God did it!

To listen to this entire message via podcast, click here.

 

[1] John 1:1-3 NIV

[2] Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT

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