Spiritual Weapons of War - Part 2


2 Tim 2:4 "No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier." The Bible makes it very clear as Christians we are all soldiers engaged in a war.  

The bible is habit forming.  Regular use causes loss of anxiety and fear, a decreased appetite for lying, hating and sin.  Results in increased symptoms of peace, joy, and love. Dr Bernard Remmin“ said the gospels are the greatest literature ever written. They are read by most people, quoted by more authors, translated into more languages, represented in more art, set to more music than any other book or books written by any man in any century in any land.”

We tend to be motivated to do things only when we can see real benefit. I want to give you some very powerful motivations to read the bible daily.

1. You grow as a Christian -
1 Peter 2v2 says...."as new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."

Some Christians are still spiritual babies after 5, 10, 30 years.  To give more attention to the outward man is not wisdom. You may enjoy your outward appearance for 70, 80 plus years but your rewards for eternity depend on the condition of your spirit man.

2. Not destroyed-  Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed due to lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children."

When we don’t know God’s Word, we can lose our way in God and eventually lose our faith. Cults get a lot of their followers from Christians who never took time to know the Word of God.
Our church CU is called to be an arrow of truth. To correct distortions in the body of Christ and uphold the pillars of truth.

Psalm 119:92 Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.

If we are people of the Word we can come through every challenge triumphant. The bible has lost it’s place of central importance in Christian walk. 

Authority of the bible is the basis of the church’s authority. The final authority of God’s Word has been undermined. It began in Eden when the devil said “ has God said?”. Is everything in the bible really true? When you question the truth of the bible, you lose authority in your life.

3.  Fully equipped to handle every challenge – 2 Tim 3v16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Fully equipped means to completely deck out. It is used to depict a ship that had been ill equipped for traveling but the owner had decked it out with new equipment and now it was fully equipped to travel anywhere in world.

If a believer doesn't diligently read and obey God’s Word he is like a dingy that just isn’t equipped for long distance traveling. It might make it across a little lake but will struggle to cross the sea of life and all it’s storms. 

4. Defeat the enemy – Eph 6v17 - "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God."

The Roman army used several swords in a battle. A huge double handed sword that was used for practice sessions to develop stronger muscles using both hands. Then was a long sword we are most familiar with. Eph 6v17 is a different sword, an exceptionally brutal weapon, more like a dagger. 

This is how it works. When you are facing a battle in life, God gives you a specific verse. He  has given you a rhema, a quickened word. The Holy Spirit has just placed a sword in your hand that you can thrust into the heart of the enemy.

When I faced condemnation over fulfilling God’s call, God gave me verse. Psalm 138:8 "the Lord will fulfill His purpose for me." I had a spiritual dagger which I thrust into the enemy and he was defeated.

Heb 4v12 - "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intentions of the heart. "

The original Greek word used here means a 2 mouthed sword. The Word of God first comes out of mouth of God when He speaks to you. Then you use it to defeat your enemy.

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