"In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -Ephesians 6:16-17 (NLT)
Like you, I have my one really special knife. I carefully researched and studied before choosing the knife. It had to be well made of the finest steel. It had to be perfectly balanced. My personal knife is cared for with utmost diligence. No one is allowed to use it, wash it, or sharpen it but myself. My special "knife" is a prized possession.
Now let's consider what the Bible has to say about "swords." Can it be the "sword" of our trade, our "knife" can teach us some valuable lessons concerning our spiritual walk as a Christian?
Here are a few scriptures for us to consider.
1 Samuel 25:13 "Get your swords!" was David's reply as he strapped on his own.
This was how David responded to Nabal, a man who was mean and dishonest in all his dealings according to 1 Samuel 25:3b. This tells me I need to be ready with "scripture" in order to deal with life's difficult seasons.
"In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." -Ephesians 6:16-17
This tells me again how important it is to study and memorize God's Word. We MUST take time to study God's Word and memorize it.
"For the Word of God is full of living power. It is sharper than the sharpest knife, cutting deep into our innermost thoughts and desires. It exposes us for what we really are." -Hebrews 4:12
In the same way, we must, in our spiritual lives keep our knowledge of God's Word sharp and clear in our minds. We MUST memorize scripture and study its meaning so we can keep our "two-edged sword" sharp and be prepared to share scriptures as needed in our daily walk with Christ in the work place.
I know from my own experience how difficult it can be for chefs to find quality time in God's Word. According to this tiny sampling of scripture, we see our need to keep our "Sword of the Spirit" sharply in our minds at all times. We need to study it, memorize it, pray it back to our Lord. Only thus will our spiritual "knife" be ready to use in our everyday challenges, testing, and relationships.
"Lord, help us put a priority on studying Your Word, listening to Christian radio, finding a Christian Bible Study and spending time in praise and worship. Lord, we know You are beside us to offer comfort, wisdom, and guidance in our everyday lives. We MUST find a way to fellowship with other believers!"
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