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Monday, August 6, 2012

A Conversation With Philippa

Here is a Gospel conversation I had on some down time through Omegle. She was from England. I think it went well and I know that the Lord ALONE has the power to save. Pray for her and her salvation.

*Also, please excuse her foul language.

”And they cried out in a loud voice “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” ~Rev. 7:10

Friday, August 3, 2012

Armor Of God: The Sword Of The Spirit

"...and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."  ~Eph. 6:17

After several posts about the "defense" in our armor of God, now we shall look at our main source of offense, The Word of God.

"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." ~Hebrews 4:12

This being the last post in this series, I feel this one is important as we get to back to school time.  This is a time, especially for Christian in the education system where there is a massive increase in pressure, trials, and temptations

Wielding the Sword

So the question is worth asking, how do we use the Word?

The best way to illustrate this was during the temptation of Jesus in the desert,

"The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” ~Luke 4:3-4

We see Jesus trusted in the promises of the Word of God.  He showed and remembered how God promised to provide, so the temptation is not worth giving into.  Satan tried to tempt the patience of Jesus, and we see His trust in the Fathers provision.

Then we see Jesus acted on the commands of the Word:
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

Just simply obeying His command, even though the offer of sin is greater, is great growth for a Christian.  Once again, Satan tempts Jesus' patience to be glorified at the right hand of the Father, and once again, we see how Jesus uses the Word to spur up affection for the Father.  "He is greater then anything this temptation has to offer."  Through the Word, the Spirit gives perspective.