This summer, my husband David and I enjoyed some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains with our grandson Landon and his parents. One day, we decided to take a walk, and Landon insisted on taking a knife from his kitchen playset with him.
“He wants to be armed and dangerous,” David said, winking at me.
As I looked at my “fierce” grandson during our walk, it reminded me of how the Lord calls His Word “the sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17, NASB). When we know His Word and live it out, we are armed and dangerous ourselves, and we have a powerful weapon for fighting the enemy.
In His Word, we also find truth. Real truth. Psalm 119:160, NASB, says, “The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.”
I know this from experience. I attended my first Bible Study 21 years ago. I felt like I had been a beggar on the street, and someone had brought me inside and seated me at a huge banquet table full of food. I fell in love with the Word of God because it taught me so much about the God of the Word, who He is and how He feels about us. The Lord’s Word is a valuable gift from Him to us. We are told, “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (Psalm 119:72, NASB).
Since I know the power and worth of God’s Word, I am thrilled to let you know that the Lord has opened a door for me to share it on the radio every Sunday at these times on these stations, beginning this Sunday, September 10:
6:45 – 7:15 a.m., WSAT 1280 AM, Salisbury, NC
9 – 9:30 a.m., WTIX 98.3 FM, Concord, NC
You also can listen live online at 1280wsat.com and memories983.com.
I would appreciate your prayers for this new ministry. I pray others will come to know the Lord better and love Him more as we walk through His Word together.
Why is it important to engage with God’s Word?
We encounter the Lord in His Word.
Psalm 138:2 tells us the Lord has magnified His Word according to all His name. For the Hebrew people, the word name represented the authority, power, character, nature, and ways of a person. So, in this scripture, we see that everything God says is backed up by everything He is. His Word is on the same level as His very existence. Because He is God, He can keep His Word. In Jeremiah 1:12, NASB, He says, “‘I am watching over My word to perform it.’”
In the Word of God, we can discover all the attributes of God—through what He says and how He acts. For example, in Exodus 34:6-7, He says of Himself, “’The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet, He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.’” [He hates sin because He has to deal with sin’s consequences on future generations.]
The Lord makes over 8,000 promises to us in His Word. He can keep them because He is God. Those promises reveal a great deal of His heart toward us, and we can know this: “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ and through Christ, our ‘Amen’ (which means ‘Yes’) ascends to God for His glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20, NLT).
In His great love, the Lord sent His Son Jesus to us to solve our sin problem (John 3:16). We can learn about Jesus in the Bible too, and when we do, we learn even more about our Father who loves us. As He (Jesus) said, “‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!’” (John 14:9, NASB). According to the will of God, Jesus “became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30, NASB). We learn a great deal about our Father when we learn from His Word what He accomplished for us through His Son Jesus. All these truths makes us armed and dangerous.
God’s Word transforms us.
Romans 12:2, AMP, says, “be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind.” The word renewing carries the idea of renovation. When we renovate a house, we throw out the old and bring in the new. In a spiritual sense, we get rid of the old, worldly thinking, and replace it with the truth from God’s Word.
Scripture changes us. It is alive, and it acts on our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit (John 6:63). It works to make us more like Jesus, sanctified [set apart unto God for His purposes], clean, “having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but . . . holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:26-27, NASB). God’s Word moves to accomplish that purpose.
When we expose ourselves to the Word of God, we open our lives to be transformed by the God of the Word. Second Timothy 3:16, NASB, says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” The word inspired means, God-breathed. Just as God breathed life into man (Genesis 2:7), He also breathes life into His Word. He says, “’So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it’” (Isaiah 55:11, NASB).
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NASB). It points the way, showing us how to live: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
God’s Word repels the enemy.
In Ephesians 6:17, NASB, we are told, “And take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” That word take means, to take with the hand, take hold of, take up. In other words, we are to use the Word of God in combat against our enemy. We are warned about our enemy in 1 Peter 5:8, NIV: “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.”
The word for Word (of God) in Ephesians 6:17 is rhema, and it means a specific word for a specific situation. The Lord has specific scriptures to fight specific attacks of the enemy. You can see how Jesus demonstrated this truth as He used scriptures to combat the devil in Matthew, chapter 4. The truth and power of God’s Word slice away at the lies of the enemy (John 8:44). The enemy cannot gain any territory in our lives if we resist him by putting our faith in what God says in His Word. We triumph over our enemy by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:10).
I loved watching my grandson walk through the woods with his “knife”. Very soon, when he can understand, I will teach him how to take up the sword of God’s Word—and then, he truly will be armed and dangerous!
Question: How have you made God’s Word a priority in your life? What advice do you have for others to incorporate God’s Word into their lives in order to become armed and dangerous? Comment at the link below.
Ephesians 6:17; Psalm 119:160, 72; 138:2; Jeremiah 1:12; Exodus 34:6-7; 2 Corinthians 1:20; John 3:16; 14:9; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Romans 12:2; John 6:63; Ephesians 5:26-27; 2 Timothy 3:16; Genesis 2:7; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:105; 1 Peter 5:8; John 8:44; Revelation 12:10