I don't have a lot of words tonight. Not my own, anyway. The only ones I feel like sharing are the two pieces of Scripture going through my head today.
But before I get to that, thank you for your prayers for my morning. The 101 Wed. group was awesome and I can't wait to share more about it. I was about to burst into tears before I got out of the car because of how strongly I felt the Spirit moving this morning.
Back to my heart right now. Many times today, I thought of how the Bible calls God's word a sword. In Ephesians 6, where Paul is teaching on the armor of God, listing what we are to put on every day in order to be "strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength," the last item is not a piece of armor. It is not a defensive piece of protection. It is a weapon, the only one on his list.
"Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word."
In essence, I read Ephesians 6 to say, "Once you've made sure to protect your heart and mind, pick up your sword and get ready to use it."
God's word is an offensive weapon. Not defensive. It needs to be wielded and used with skill, striking at the right place, at the right time.
The other verse on my mind is this.
That pretty much sums it up.
Standing firm. Head bowed, sword raised.
How about you?