Fight Club 206 - Know Your Tools
We've looked at most of tools in your arsenal when it comes to fight club, and there's really just one left. But it's different than the rest. Not a single one of the others can be used as a weapon. This is your one actual weapon. The one thing you can use to cause damage to the enemy. What is it?
Not just any words. Not your words. God's Word.
Take up the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. - Ephesians 6:17
The sword of the Spirit. The very Word of God.
Paul's not talking about beating people with your Bible. That's ridiculous. He's talking about using the Word. Speaking it.
And the sword he's referring to is a short sword or dagger that's used primarily for stabbing (Strong's 3162). It isn't some huge, long, heavy sword you swing around slash and cut style - looking like a crazy person just hoping that you hit the enemy and do some damage. It's a tool of precision. You have to use it properly. It's a tool of precision. You have to use it properly.
The Word of God is living and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12
The Word is sharper than a material sword. It's more powerful than that. It isn't just powerful in the spirit, but in the flesh. The working of the Word in the spiritual realm is ultimately what affects the natural. Think about it. Go back to Genesis. God said and it was. Throughout the scriptures, we see time and time again where God calls things that don't exist as though they were (Romans 4:17) - and they came to pass. Words are a spiritual, powerful, creative force.
Don't buy it? Stay in struggles. Keep saying the wrong things. What you say is what you'll get (Numbers 14:28). How's that been working out for you? (That's rhetorical. I already know the answer.)
What did Jesus Himself do when the Devil came to tempt Him? He didn't drop to His knees and beg God to get rid of him (like Paul did, who then got scolded by God). He didn't plead for more power to deal with that idiot (because how could God possibly give Him more power? Where would He get it?). He opened His mouth and spoke the Word. He quoted the Word of God. He used specific, pertinent scripture. What happened? The Devil left Him alone. And on top of that, he left Jesus alone for an entire season... for three months.
That is the example you should follow. Use the Word.
Here's the thing... you can't speak the Word in defense - or in offense - if you don't know it. We've come back full circle to knowing your tools and wrapping yourself in the Word. To consuming it. To making it a part of you. When you're put under pressure - when the fight comes - what comes out of you? Will you fight, flee, or freeze? What words will come out of your mouth?
Practice the love of God.
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