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PART 7 - The Sword of the Spirit

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Ephesians 6:14-17
 
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Hebrews 4:12

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.

1. Do you know the word?

  • Do know the Story? Is the following storyline familiar to you? How would you describe each chapter below in a sentence or two?
  1. Creation
  2. Fall
  3. Israel
  4. Jesus
  5. Church
  6. Return (Second Coming)
  7. Glory

What are you doing or will you do to get to know the Story of the Bible better? Could the tools below help you?

  • Do you know strategic passages? What battle are you facing right now? What specific Scripture could help you battle it? Maybe the following will help you find that strategic passage: 

  1. Google
  2. YouVersion
  3. Bible Gateway

2. DO YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE?

The Word of God is not a magic wand that you wave with superstition, but a mighty weapon that you wield with faith. Why is faith so important in wielding the Sword of the Spirit?

  • Do you believe it IS the Word of God? Do you have any questions about the authority of the Bible?
  • Do you believe IT?
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The strength of your stance determines the strength of your swing. So too the strength of your faith determines the strength of your fight. What would help you to grow your faith in the Bible and put that faith into action?

3. do you swing the word?

  • Do you intentionally grab it? When facing a battle, what do you reach for?

- Positive Attitude?
- Personal Opinion?
- Wise Counsel?
- Expert Advice?
- Other?
- Word of God?

  • Do you verbally speak it? Jesus spoke Scripture out loud to Satan (See Matthew 4:1-11). Why is speaking out loud so important?

Pastor Karl really is a Lord of the Rings' geek. What do you think of the graphic below? Why does the Paul picture the Word of God as a sword?

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Share a Scripture passage that has particular meaning for you? Maybe you haven't thought of it in this way, but have you been swinging that passage as a sword?

Karl House