The sword of the Spirit

I’ve been challenged again this week about digging deeper into the Bible. I passionately believe it’s the word of God and, yes, I believe that every word is true. Jesus himself turned to the words of scripture to combat the devil’s attempt to tempt him. The responses of Jesus in the famous wilderness account (see Matthew 4:1-11) began with the phrase ‘it is written…’ followed by an appropriate piece of Bible truth. Jesus didn’t embellish it, dissect it, excuse it or dilute it, he used it with authority and total belief!

The account of Jesus’s temptation also tells us that the Lord had been fasting for forty days and nights. I can’t even begin to imagine what that must have been like, but it obviously galvanised his dependency on scripture and on the Father to the max, bringing victory in the place of wilderness!

In Ephesians 6:17 the apostle Paul refers to the scriptures as ‘the sword of the Spirit’, a powerful metaphor proclaiming that the Bible is not dry and dusty; it works in keen partnership with the Holy Spirit. To neglect both Old and New Testaments is to miss out on so much that God wants to teach and convey. If reading isn’t your thing, use a recorded version, but let’s be inspired by the testimony of Jesus himself: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew 4:4).

Feeling spiritually malnourished? It’s time to feast again!