Word for Wednesday

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:17

Many years ago, long before I was born, the men in West New Annan used to get together for a turkey shoot. In this competition, they would shoot at targets, and the winner would receive the prize of a turkey. With his trusty Winchester 38-55 rifle, my grandfather would usually win those competitions. He was an excellent shot! Years later, when I was a small boy, I watched as my father used that same rifle to shoot a fox that had nabbed one of our geese and was dashing across the field toward the woods. My father was apparently a good shot, too! In time, that rifle came into my possession, and I discovered why my grandfather and father were such accurate shooters. That rifle was incredibly accurate and reliable. I could hit bullseyes and partridge heads with ease, because of that wonderful gun. Our text today speaks of a weapon that is vastly superior to that rifle in terms of its accuracy, power, and reliability.

Every soldier knows it’s critical to have a weapon that works every time, a weapon that will do what is necessary to achieve victory. Soldiers want a weapon that has been tried in battle situations and that is highly recommended by the best of soldiers. As a weapon, the Word of God comes with the highest of recommendations. The Lord Jesus Himself used the Word of God when He was among us. With the Word of God, He confounded the devil’s temptations, refuted the Sadducees’ arguments, and exposed the Pharisees’ hypocrisies. Today, the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to convict sinners and to reprove the world. That is why Paul describes the Word of God as the Sword of the Spirit.

One day, I was in a dollar store, and saw on a shelf a stack of Bibles. The print wasn’t the best, and the paper was cheap, but it was a Bible, and the price was a dollar! Another time, in a Christian book store, I looked at a lovely calf-bound Bible that was filled with features and helps, and cost almost two hundred dollars. On the Internet, you can buy excellent expensive Bible software, or you can download many marvellous Bibles and other resources for free. We are not limited by quantity or availability; the greatest weapon ever known is at our finger tips, and it is the very same weapon that the Holy Spirit uses. Do we appreciate the availability of this weapon? Do we appreciate its incredible capabilities? Do we appreciate that God has not left us to master the use of this Sword on our own but has given us His Spirit as instructor and the fellowship of the Lord’s people as our fellow students?

With the Word of God, we are well equipped to fight; without the Word of God, we are helpless. – Jim MacIntosh

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