“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
The song by William Murphy that says, “this is my season for grace and mercy” keeps coming to mind. I believe that this is our season, and we will reap from the seed we have sown. I am expecting an abundance of God’s blessings for you and your family.
Recently in “Sparking Gems” by Rick Renner I am reminded of the power of the sword of the Spirit, mentioned in Ephesians 6:17. In this devotion, Renner speaks of three different types of swords used by the Roman soldiers. The one used for practice was large, heavy, and took two hands to handle. Another was long, but often only wounded the enemy.
The kind of sword that was used mostly for battle, is the one mentioned in Ephesians 6:17, and comes from a Greek word ‘machira’. Renner describes it as “an exceptionally brutal weapon”.
It was one that was shaped like a dagger-type sword, razor sharp on both sides of the blade, and the tip of the sword often turned upward to do more bodily harm. I think you get the picture! This had to be a powerful weapon the Roman soldiers used against the enemy.
In Hebrews 4:12, the word of God is referenced as “sharper than any two-edged sword.” Today we have one of the most powerful weapons in our hand- God’s Word! It is not only good to fight battles with, but it also equips us to do His good work. It will bring correction in our lives, as well as give us guidance when needed.
Coming off of a three-week Sabbatical, I’m more convinced than ever of the power of God’s Word. I encourage you to make it a part of your daily time, reading and listening to what the Spirit of the Lord has to say. It will empower you to influence those you serve!
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114).
Bishop Tim Lamb combines over 34 years of pastoral and church planting experience to lead LifePoint Ministries. Bishop Tim's unique prophetic insight, forward-thinking leadership, and compassion for people combine to make him an effective leader for our pastors and churches.