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Oh, yeah. My co-editor Cornell is here with me too. But honestly who cares? All the attention should be on me.
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Anyways, I’m here with my co-editor Cornell to bring you Scriptural Sunday!
**All quotations in the NKJV.**
Just one phrase, two words, eight letters, and yet eternity is in it. Hebrews 4:12 states that God’s Word is “living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Whoa. That sounds like a stretch…why would the Bible, this simple book with its black binding and gold lettering, be compared to a sword?
Ephesians 6 is a chapter entirely dedicated to armor: armor is for fighting, and Christians certainly have a fight. But who is their fight against? No, not against any terrorist group or opposing earthly kingdom. Verse 12 states the answer clearly: “…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
In this famous biblical chapter, Paul uses this analogy of armor to describe each vital part of Christianity; we cannot fight the devil without them.
Defense. The Christian soldier needs to gird his waist with truth, to put on the breastplate of righteousness, to shod his feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, to take the helmet of salvation. And above all, he needs the shield of faith, with which he will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
Offense. There is only one thing the Christian needs: it is the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Jesus himself used this weapon to combat the devil in Luke 4. Every time the devil turned a new temptation onto him, he shattered it with a Scriptural quotation:
Luke 4:3-9, 11-13 – 3 And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ” 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 “Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” 9 Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. … 11 “and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ ” 13 Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Our own willpower cannot see us through every situation, and we are helpless against the schemes of the devil. We need the word of God.
Here are some situations, and below them, vital bits of the word of God which we can use to ultimately hack them to pieces!
Isaiah 35:4 – Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Psalm 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 34:4 – I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 27:1 – The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 Timothy 1:7 – For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
James 1:12-14 – Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Luke 22:40 – When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Matthew 6:13 – And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
Ephesians 4:26-27 – “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.
James 1:19-20 – So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Proverbs 29:11 – A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 16:32 – He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.
Revelation 21:4 – “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Psalm 34:18 – The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
Psalm 73:26 – My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
John 10:28-29 – “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
James 1:6 – But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Matthew 21:21 – So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.
Mark 11:23 – “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Matthew 6:31-33 – “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 – He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; Nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.
Psalm 37:16 – A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.
Psalm 32:1 – Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
Psalm 107:9 – For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Isaiah 40:31 – But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 55:22 – Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Matthew 11:28 – “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Galatians 6:9 – And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
So there you have it! You can memorize those verses or write them on sticky notes to have an easy recall when you need them.
Which one of these verses was your favorite?
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