3. May 17th sword of the day. Today the sword I draw from my Bible reading comes from Psalm 31:19. It talks about, “Great is God’s goodness which He’s laid up for those who fear Him.” Did you hear that? Great is His goodness. God’s goodness isn’t limited. It isn’t restricted to some who fear Him and not others who fear Him also. It’s great, enormous, tremendous, spectacular, huge, and immense, It is something that will never run out. Satan will try to tell us otherwise. He will tell us we have been excluded from God’s goodness. Don’t believe the Father of lies, Satan. As long as we fear the Lord His goodness never runs dry. It’s not a matter of being afraid of God but fearing Him is an act of respect knowing He is the superior one. Knowing He could end the existence of the earth and its entire context in a heartbeat if He wanted. A Heavenly Father capable of punishing us when we do wrong, loving us when we mess up, and forgiving us when we come to Him on bended knee. His goodness is our reward for doing our part. Praise the Lord.
Sword of the Spirit
All throughout the Bible are promises made by God. They are ones that have or will eventually come true. They are the fighting tools we need to use to stand up against Satan to fight our way to victory in Christ.
Promises such as the one in Psalm 2:12b “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” That is a promise to us that those who put their trust in God will be blessed. We need to claim that promise, believe in it, and use it to fight against those moments in our lives when we aren’t feeling so “blessed.”
During the time of my cancer diagnosis the last thing I felt for a moment or two was blessed but I was. God hadn’t forsaken me. I didn’t show up on His hit list of people to bring down. He was there all along; I was just temporarily distracted from that truth.
This is why we need God’s Holy Word to keep us aligned with His thinking, His perspective of things. When we do this we have our fighting tools in place to fight against those temporarily distracting moments and get back to where we need to be. To the place surrounded by God’s promises, His strength, love and mercy.
According to Ephesians 6:17 The word of God is the Sword of Spirit. It is what Christ used to fight Satan when He repeatedly told him, “It is written.” It worked for Christ and it will work for us. Just like any tool it is one that is often abused. We like to pull out scriptures to prove our point or make ourselves look good but that is not their purpose. His words are there to guide us, to strengthen us, to use against Satan and his filthy lies.
Therefore ladies say what Psalm 45:3 says, “Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty.” Then pick up His Word and fight along beside Him to a victory yet to come.
If you watch anyone conducting a sword fight the tools they use are sharp and strong. They have the ability to pierce anything. That is the way the promises of God are. We need to use them as a sword with the ability to pierce anything that goes against God. We can’t use it as a noodle that is flimsy as a nerf toy for a three-year-old child.
When we use these swords we need to say them like we mean them as we wag our finger in Satan’s face and firmly repeat God’s promises to us. So let the sword fight begin, dust off your Bible’s, open it wide and draw out the swords with me that we can use to stand our ground against the attacks of Satan.
There is no want to those who fear the Lord. Psalm 34:9
Satan would love nothing more than to tell us there is a lot of our wants that aren’t being met. That Christ doesn’t care about us. We could all sit down and make a quick list of all our wants that God has filled.
The want in this promise is far different that want we list as our “want list.” I want to be cancer free. I want to be skinny. I want to have a great singing voice. That’s my want list but what God is telling us that if we fear the Lord we don’t need anything else. We don’t need to “want.”
Our biggest want, whether we know it or not is a spiritual want. A want that is built in to us that we seem to search to fill all our lives. With God in our lives that want is filled. It won’t get rid of my cancer or make me skinny upon demand but it takes care of something far more important, my eternal salvation and the health of my soul.
Whenever Satan tries to trick us into thinking our want list is more important we need to stand up to him and tell him to his face, “There is NO want to those who fear the Lord.” In other words, I have all I need in Him. The rest are mere blessings that can come my way.
Praise you Jehovah Jerah, our provider. The source of all we need!
Sword #2 for May 3rd Today the sword I got out of my devotional reading is the fact that the Holy Spirit gives new life from heaven. (John 3:6) Too often in life Satan tries to convince us we are stuck in the life we have that there is no such thing as a “new life.” We also fall too easily for the trap that once we do accept Christ into our lives that instantly we change into something of spectacular measures. Our new life is born when we accept Christ and it takes time to develop like our physical life does. Claim that new life, claim that promise, and draw that sword whenever you think you’re stuck where you are with no hope for something better. In Christ, we have something better. A new life worth reaching for, custom designed just for us.