Double-Edged Sword - Week of May 3rd

By Judy Nichols

May 3, 2015

Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. God uses one of the edges on us. It pierces to the division of soul and spirit and judges the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. Just the other night I was reading one of the Psalms where the writer declares things he does not do because of his reverence for God. Right in the midst of it, as I read, "I do not . . ." I sensed the Spirit saying to me, "Oh, yes, you do." My sinful attitude was revealed to me in all its ugliness. There is no polite denial when God puts His finger on your sin. You know it’s true; you confess it’s true, and you repent..

The other side of the sword is described in Psalm 149:6 and following. "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand." God gives us the sword to use in our spiritual warfare. Since "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places," it behooves us to know how to use this weapon.

These opponents we face are no mere mortals, but they are no match for God’s word. As we faithfully hide it in our hearts, the Holy Spirit faithfully brings it to mind when we are faced with temptation, oppression or doubt. Jesus overcame the direct temptations of Satan himself by quoting God’s word. He validated his actions in cleansing the temple with Scripture. He assuaged John the Baptist’s doubts with Isaiah’s prophetic words.

Trying to do spiritual battle in our own power, wisdom or authority is futile. Some Jewish exorcists attempted to deliver a man of an evil spirit by quoting the name of "Jesus, whom Paul preaches" over him. The spirit said, "I recognize Jesus and know about Paul, but who are you?" And the man with the spirit leaped on them and subdued them and they fled out of the house naked and wounded. (Acts 19;13-16.)

The writer of Psalm 119 said, "Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You" (v.11). What do we do with things we treasure? We keep them close, in a safe place, and we use them or look at them often and lovingly. If we do this with God’s word, we will be kept from sinning. And in refraining from sin, we do what the following verses of Psalm 149 say. We will "bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron, to execute on them the judgment written" (v.8).

Living for Christ in this world not only honors God and benefits us, but it also has ramifications in the spiritual realm. Jude 1:6 says God is keeping the fallen angels in eternal bonds until the day of judgment. Our godly behavior, prompted by God’s word in our hearts, strengthens those bonds and contributes to the judgment they will suffer. "This is an honor for all His godly ones. Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 149:9).

© Judy Nichols 2015

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