Ephesians 6:17 – …And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. (AMP)
Have you ever wondered how you can make a difference in the life of someone else when you can not control what they do? Sure, you can control how you think and believe. You can control what you listen to or read. You can control how you spend your time. You can control how aggressive you get in your spiritual life, but the question still remains, “How can you help someone else win their battle?”
I was pretty jacked about receiving a revelation about this the other day. As I cried and prayed for several situations, I asked the Lord, “How can I really help this person? I have no direct influence to help them grab ahold of some of the truths that I have learned.” I had several days of just periodically crying. Then, as I sought the Holy Spirit one morning on this in my Quiet Time, it was like He just dropped a simple verse in my brain, and for the first time, this verse MORPHED into a visual of something I had never seen before. In Ephesians 6, if you’ve been a Christian for long, you most likely know all about and have maybe even memorized the Armor of God. In verse 17 it wraps up the pieces of the armor by telling us to take up the sword which is the Word of God. (Then verse 18, also important and something I do a lot, it talks about praying in the Spirit and interceding for God’s people.) For the interest of time, I’d like to just focus on TAKING UP THE SWORD, which is the Word of God.
Envision a battle. Obviously there are two armies. The good side and the bad side. If you were in the heat of Roman times battle, you may have on all the armor gear, the shield, helmet, breastplate, all the essential things to keep you alive if someone struck you with their sword or spear. So what do you do? You are passionate about winning this battle, you are aggressive. You rush forward (picture Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart) screaming, charging towards the enemy, swinging your sword, killing the enemy as your sword slices through a neck, or goes into a heart. You leave a trail of the enemy lying dead on the ground as you pass by.
THIS is EXACTLY what you need to do in TODAY’S BATTLE! BUT, what does Ephesians 6: 17 say our about our SWORD?? Our sword is the WORD OF GOD!
Is it a battle against cancer? Is it a battle in your finances? Is it a battle in a relationship? Who is the army you are fighting? Get your sword, the WORD OF GOD, and begin swinging. That means first, you may need to do a little homework. Dig in to the Word and find 2, 3, 4 scriptures that you are going to use and declare over and over. To Cancer you may say – “Thank you Lord, Carol shall LIVE and NOT DIE and declare the works of the Lord!”(Psalm 118:17) One swing. One dead enemy. “Thank you Lord, it is BY JESUS STRIPES that Carol is healed and made whole!” (Isaiah 53:5) Second swing. Second dead enemy. “Thank you Lord, Carol shall LIVE and NOT Die and declare the works of the Lord!” Third swing. Third dead enemy. And, Keep. On. Swinging.
How can you help? How can you help someone else fight their battle? The big question is, how many times do you plan to SWING YOUR SWORD, which is quoting, shouting, proclaiming the WORD OF GOD on their behalf? On your behalf? Do you want to help 5 times a day? Quote, shout, proclaim that scripture 5 times. Or, do you want to really put a dent on the enemies army? Swing your sword 100 times a day, 1000 times a day! Like in a battle, you may get tired, sweat dripping from your brow as you swing, swing, swing. But, if it is a battle of LIFE AND DEATH, keep SWINGING YOUR SWORD! With every swing, with every scripture you declare, you are killing one of the demons in the enemies army. They’ve set out to KILL, STEAL and DESTROY, but we have an advantage, we have the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the WORD OF GOD, so get aggressive and KEEP ON SWINGING!
SWING YOUR SWORD!