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189. Sword School

Posted by John Smith on July 4, 2014

Song of Solomon 3:7-8 NKJV (7) Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, With sixty valiant men around it, Of the valiant of Israel. (8) They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night.

In order to stand valiant even though there may be terrors in the dark, these mighty warrior were armed with swords. In the last post “188. The Valiant are Armed with the Word”, we saw that our boldness comes by being armed with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph 6:17). However, just having the Word of God in your heart is no more effective against fearful circumstances than having a sword strapped to your thigh as you go into battle against a physical adversary. Simply having a sword isn’t helpful if you don’t know how to use it.

We arm ourselves with the Word of God by reading, studying, and hearing the Word. Once you are armed with the Word you’ll need to use it. To use a sword there are a number of techniques that one can employ. Regardless it first begins with you grabbing a hold and getting a grip on your sword. We want to get a good grip on His Word regarding us and for our circumstances. This has to do with our understanding of His Word. Simply being able to quote a Scripture doesn’t mean that we grab a hold of what it means for us. I remember talking to a lady once and asking her if she knew what God said about Himself in Exodus 15:26. She told me, “That’s the verse God says, “I am the Lord that heals you.” Then just a couple of sentences later in our conversation she told me that God was making her sick to punish her for something she had done years before. You see, she knew something that the Word said but she didn’t have a grip on what it meant for her in the midst of her circumstance. She had a sword, but she didn’t have a grasp on it.

After you get a good grip on the Word of God concerning His will for you and your situation, then it is time to unsheathe your sword. Having the Word and even having a good understanding of how it applies to you doesn’t do you any good if you keep it stored away and sheathed inside. You unsheathe your sword through your mouth. Speaking the Word of God is how we wield it against our circumstance. Romans 10:8 tells us the Word is near us, in our mouth and in our heart. We need to keep it in both places to be effective. 2 Corinthians 4:13 tells us we need to speak what we believe. Both are important. I’ve heard a lot of people going around speaking what they believe about their situations… the problem is what they believe isn’t what the Bible says.

Mark 11:22-24 lets us know that our faith and our confidence is to be in God. In verse 22 Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” Having faith in God is where we have grabbed a hold of His Word. Then He goes on to tell us that we need to speak (or unsheathe and wield the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God) to the situation in our way or coming against us. What are we going to speak? We are going to speak the covenant promises and realities we have in the Word of God. We will speak the Word of God that we’ve heard and understand concerning us because faith begins where the Will of God is known (1 John 5:14-15).

Just like picking up a sword for the first time, in the natural, might be a little awkward, picking up your Spirit Sword and speaking the Word of God to your situation might feel weird too. Don’t worry about it. As you start, don’t go out against the biggest obstacle in your way. Start with something small; an attitude or a small concern. As you speak the Word of God and see your circumstances begin to change, you’ll become more confident and comfortable speaking His promises and you will soon stand valiant, Sword strapped to your side, and confident in your ability to use the Word of God to fend off any fearful circumstance and foe hiding in the darkness.

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