For example, we see our Lord, don’t we, in Matthew chapter 4 and in Luke chapter 4 and Satan comes to Him three times and Satan attacks Him with three direct temptations. It becomes a weapon. “So that you can give to every man that asks you a reason for the hope that is within you.” So that you have an answer, Peter said. Now this is the sword that Paul has in mind. They were put in a sheath or a scabbard by the side of the soldier and were used in hand-to-hand combat. I don’t know if he brought it with him this morning. Jesus said, “He that is of God hears God’s word. It convicts of sin (Jn.16.7; Acts 2.37). And they go away and they just forget about it. Okay, he’s got his new one. Keep Your Sword in Good Condition Perhaps the best two are these: first of all we can use it as an adjective and take the spiritual sword, small “s” not referring too much to the Holy Spirit but the spiritual sword because we know well that Paul said to the Corinthians, in 2 Corinthians 10:4, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual. And when he sowed, some of the seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them. So powerful that nothing can withstand it and nothing can overpower it. And he said, “Well, I want one with the numbers real big so I can see what verse you’re talking about and watch it while you talk about it.” Well, you know, that really struck my heart. Well, let me just suggest a few. So when you sow it and it falls, for example, in verse 4 on the wayside, immediately the fowls come and devour it. It is the Spirit of God living in the life of the believer who makes the Word of God available to that believer. It was written by men in exile, in the desert, in shepherd’s tents, in green pastures, and beside still waters. We’ve discussed the helmet of salvation, which is confidence in the eternal salvation yet to come. It is so powerful it brings light to darkness and shows you the way. Our FAQ * Send a MessageEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Site designed and developed by Five Q© 2012 MLJ Trust, Enter the Bible passage (e.g., John 3), keyword (e.g., Jesus, prophet, etc.) The Sword of the Spirit — sermon outline By Staff. The dream of my mother, lost and confused by Alzheimer’s, played over and over in my sleep. Look at Matthew 13. The reason I preach it is because I believe it’ll do what it says it’ll do. On the other hand, verse 5 says some of it falls on stony places, and what happens? Do you realize what kind of a book this is? And I’ve always discovered that Satan will find out where you don’t have that information and that’s where he’ll start hitting. Do you remember those in Revelation 12 who overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony? “Luther was held in darkness by the devil even though he was a monk. D. It activates faith (Rom.10.17). They are not willing to say no to the evil system. I pray for those who may have a marginal commitment to learn its great truths. Amen. Number one is to don’t trust God, make stones into bread, don’t wait for God to supply your needs, grab it on your own. Father, we thank You for Your Word. A sword that has a divine origin, a powerful, effective, amazing weapon that is all of those things that I said earlier about the Bible, incomparable, matchless in the hand of a believer. Then there are the spiritual botanists who take copious notes who are trying to make sure that all the vowel pointings are correct but they don’t have the capacity to draw anything out of the flowers; it's pure academics. And so we got a Bible with numbers big enough so he could see the numbers. Every time I take the gospel to an unsaved soul, I see myself with the sword whacking through his dominion. H. P. Barker was a master of illustrations. Among its authors we find a tax-gatherer, a herdsman, a gatherer of sycamore fruit. If one doubts the truth and authority of the Bible, it is like having a broken sword in hand. We’re really impotent in our lives if we don’t use God’s word. Every once in a while I get offensive. Every time somebody is redeemed I see a swathe cut through his dark kingdom. It is the word rhēma, and it means a specific statement. The Bible then is the source of happiness, as well as the source of truth, because, frankly, no man is happier then he who discovers truth. Because we don’t know it like we should we can’t defend ourselves and we can’t use it as an offensive weapon. A. And John 17:17 says, “Thy word is truth.” It’s the truth about life, death, time, eternity, the truth about heaven and hell, the truth about right and wrong. That’s the way it is in your life. Sword of the Spirit. Let’s pray together. You know, have you ever gotten into a conversation and you didn’t have any answers for the person because you didn’t know what the Bible taught about a certain thing? The other night on television I was watching an interview with a lady who had been raped. You can flit from class to class, Bible study to Bible study, seminar to seminar, book to book, flipping your little pretty wings, never changing. And that’s what’s exciting. You say, “Well, even an unbeliever has the Bible.” Yes, an unbeliever has the Bible but does not have the resident truth teacher, the Holy Spirit, who can make the Bible meaningful. They didn't have much earth, and they sprung up because they had no deepness of earth. That’s his implication there. It comes by specific statements about Christ. Because he knows that if it finds good ground it’ll produce. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. Again, the Word is the source of growth. That is not the way the Greek renders it at all. The Sword is a weapon. It is essential if we’re to win the battle. Father, help us to appropriate those resources. It is offensive as we go out and conquer Satan’s dark kingdom. This is done in many ways, two of which are philosophy (man can encompass truth and find God out of his own ability and intellect) and knowledge (any knowledge that man has but science in particular). We have a resident truth teacher. Because, you see, it wouldn’t even matter if all of those other things I said about the Bible were true if you never learned it. Everything from sharing your faith in Jesus to living a life that is wholly pleasing to God. So we have a spiritual sword, a sword not forged in human anvils or temperate in earthly fires. It isn’t just numbers to you. God will enable you to understand as much as you need to understand to win the victory.
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