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Concluding Thoughts on Chapter 7 – The Sword of the Spirit
Nothing holds the power to cut through a lie more than the sword of the Spirit. One simple lie can drag you down faster than you ever deemed possible. Remember, it only took one lie to deceive Eve. A half-truth so twisted that it almost made sense.
Satan is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In other words, he masquerades as an angel of light. If you think that he’s harmless, you’re wrong. He seeks to destroy God’s army and extinguish the light of His church.
How many people have dimmed their light because of their doubt? How many give up on spreading good news because of their fear? How many have stopped going to church because of division and strife? How many are believing his lies because they’re not in the Word?
Don’t you dare dim your light. Pick up your sword and fight!
Matthew Henry writes, “The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls.”
I know what a lot of you are thinking right now. “The Bible is hard to understand. How can I use this sword effectively when I can barely hold it myself?”
Here’s the thing. It’s not your sword and it’s not your battle. It’s the sword of the Spirit, and by His power and might we’re able to wield it. Throughout scripture we see God using the weak to shame the strong, and the foolish to confound the wise.
We see that Samson was strong in his weakness. Powerful yet frail. He saw God in his blindness, because he had faith. As long as Samson was strong, he was weak. So easily deceived by the women around him he fell time and again. But when he finally came to that place of faith and reliance on God he was mighty and strong both inside and out.
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27, KJV)
God’s Word has power to stand on its own, all you need to do is to be willing to use it. Willing to study it. Willing to gain a deeper understanding of God’s will for your life. Willing to fight for your faith.
Pick up your sword, girl! Get back in the fight!
Answer Key Chapter 7
Q. What advantage do we have when we are in the Word, and know the Word of God?
A. When we truly know the scripture, we can discern when it’s being manipulated and when it’s being used for God’s glory.
Q. What are some of the tactics the devil uses against us?
A. He manipulates with tactics like shame, humiliation, and guilt.
Q. What disadvantage is there to not studying God’s Word regularly?
A. If you don’t study God’s Word, it won’t come to mind when you’re in need of a sword. If you’re not reading the Bible and learning God’s Word, you’ll be easily swayed by half truths.
Q. How was David made wiser than his enemies?
A. The commandments made him wiser than his enemies because he loved and adhered to God’s Word.
Q. What are some examples of “wolves in sheep’s clothing?”
A. Preachers or churches who are more interested in money than the truth of God’s Word.
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