Two-Edged Readiness

One part of our winning strategy is to know how to ward off attacks and to be quick to counter-attack. (Perhaps that is the idea behind Hebrews 4:12a which tells us: “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword.”) At any rate, Ephesians 6:17 instructs: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God...” The helmet protects the head and the brain. Our head surrounds our brain. The brain makes it possible to think and our thinking is the enemy’s target. If one of his missiles scores a hit on our minds, it can penetrate our hearts and damage us and others. Salvation provides, among other things, for filling and strengthening the mind with God’s Truth which gives us guidelines to counteract the incoming danger. This is the protective function of the helmet of salvation! We will be a casualty without that helmet! Having said that, we have only thought about defensive action. The old saying is that: “The best defense is a good offense.” While we are warding off attacks, we need to counter-attack with “….the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” While we side-step Satan’s missile, we need to parry with God’s Word and bring Scripture to bear on our attacker, letting the Holy Spirit plunge it deep into our assailant’s heart. The wonder is that if it penetrates Satan’s agent, he or she may be won to our side. If not, it will still disable them. It is absolutely essential to be well trained to be skillful in our use of God’s sword. We turn again to Mrs. C. H. Morris’ hymn, “Victory All the Time.” In the third stanza, she extols the salvation-strengthened warrior, trained with God’s Word: “Brave to bear life’s testing, strong the foe to meet, walking like a hero midst the furnace heat, doing wondrous exploits with the Spirit’s sword, winning souls for Jesus, praise, Oh, praise the Lord!” Selah! We must be trained, equipped, prepared and skillful. But there is one more factor to be considered, if we are to be victorious and we’ll look at that tomorrow, God willing!    Ron

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