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The Sword of the Spirit

New Message Series: Suit Up! The Armor of God, Ephesians 6

The Armor of God: The Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17-20

The faithfulness of God is ‘like the waves on the ocean’ as wave after wave brings God’s goodness to shore… God’s love is ‘as deep and wide as the ocean’, volume beyond measure… God’s offspring ‘as numerous as the grains of sand on the seashore’… God’s creation of ‘every sea creature unique, according to its kinds’ reveals his wonder, mystery, playfulness… from dolphins frolicking in the sunlight to the deepest creature crawling in the ocean’s floor of darkness… variety of every seashell shape and size with individual living creatures… all giving praise to GOD.  The sun, moon, and stars all in their orbit… like a grand symphony of praise… the list goes on.  What about us?  Is God’s praise on our lips? 

Sunday, we wrap up a 6 week series, on The Armor of God, with focusing on the ‘Sword of the Spirit.’ The ‘sword of the Spirit’ is God’s word.  The Word of God (Scripture) is ‘alive and active.’ 

The Word of God (Scripture) is alive and active.

The Word is amazing, providing everything we need for ‘life and godliness.’  It is like daily ‘Manna’… water from the ‘Rock’… ‘Light’ for our path… ‘Wisdom’ from on High… 

Like the commercial some time back, “Got milk?”  The Spirit of God says to us, “Got Word?” Drink it, eat it, engage, meditate on it?  Psalm 1 says, the one who does is “like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, prospering, leaves always green…”   

And Paul, in Ephesians 6:10-20 says the Word of God is like a sword, useful as armor in the battle against spiritual forces of darkness and against the evil one.  Again, Paul isn’t telling us we must take up a sword that we generate ourselves.  We are given it, we need only engage it, take it up.    

Looking forward to Sunday, as we meditate on God’s Word together.  After all, we are a community gathered around God’s Word, living (Jesus) and written (scripture).  So let’s gather Sunday to do just that,  see ya then,

Pastor Mark