In Ephesians 6:16, Paul writes about the importance of taking up the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. The unique part of this mention of the Bible is that the sword of the spirit is a unique offensive weapon in Paul’s list of defensive aspects of the armor of God. The Word is a gift from God that we as christians can use to take ground for the kingdom. If you are like me, it easy to see the Bible as tired or outdated, but I would argue that it has so many things to show us here and how in 2018. It is intimate and individual thanks to the Holy Spirit inside of us. Here are a couple ways that the Bible can be used as a sword in our lives:
The word of God reveals to us the power of God.
In Matthew 22:29, Jesus is speaking to the Sadducees who are attempting to trick Him into contradicting himself. He swiftly ends this by telling them that they are “in error because they do not know the scriptures nor the power of God.”
Jesus, the son of God, is equating knowing the Word to knowing the power of God. How much of our insecurities, worries or anxieties would be silenced if we really understood that God is powerful and can do anything? If you are struggling with this, dive into parts of scriptures where God does the impossible. He rescues. He provides. He protects. Ask the Holy Spirit give you a new revelation of how powerful God is compared to your problems or circumstances. When we know this, we can walk powerfully through life because our power comes from God.
2. The Word is truth and it can set us free.
In John 8:32, Jesus is speaking to Jews who believed that He was the Messiah. He tells them that if they hold fast to His teachings then they are His disciples. He then says to them, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
Obviously, Jesus is speaking about the freedom that comes when believing that He is the Son of God. However, I think this verse also applies to knowing the truth of the Word. When we hold fast to the truths written in God’s word, it actually has the power to set us free from the things of this world that bind us. Reflect on what truth you need to take hold of today. Maybe it is that you are loved, chosen, seen or known. Maybe it a truth about God’s character. He is good. He is Father. He restores, redeems and forgives. Pick some scripture that challenges the way you currently think about yourself or God. Ask the Holy Spirit to use this truth to set you free or change your mindset. It may not happen instantly but as you continue to use the scripture in this way I have found that freedom will come. It is God’s heart that His children are free.
3. The Word of God breeds intimacy with God.
The Bible is meant to lead us into intimacy with God. If you are grasping to know God and you just don’t know where to start, go to His word. He will meet you there. He will speak to you through it. You can see His love for you displayed in the life of Jesus or His faithfulness to His people or so many other things. That is the beauty of God’s word. It really never gets old. Because we have the Holy Spirit in us, we can have a fresh revelation from His word whenever we go to it.
God, I thank you for the gift of your Word. I thank you that it is powerful and active and that you use it to speak to me. I pray that you will give me a new reverence for you word. Show me how powerful it can be. Speak to me a fresh revelation as a I read today. Amen.
If you would like to activate reading God’s word, here are some passages you can choose from depending on where you are at right now. Pick one. Pray to start. Ask God to come and speak to you as you read. Read the passage and then ask God what he wants to show you through this. Write down whatever you think He is speaking.
Read Luke 15:11-32 if you would like to learn more about the love and compassion of the Father.
Read Psalm 23 if you would like to learn more about God as a good shepherd who takes care of you.
Read Romans 8 if you would like to learn about living by the spirit not the flesh.
Read Hebrews 11 if you would like to learn about faith.