Graceful Perseverance: The Sword of the Spirit – 11/25/18

Welcome to this week’s blog. Just as soldiers must put on their full armor before going into battle, Christians and alike need to also learn to defend themselves against the evil battles of this world.

Every day we must be prepared to put on God’s full armor against those whom we come up against in battle. The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. I’m referencing scripture, the bible, God’s instructions for our lives. It will be your greatest defense against Satan’s attacks, his trickery, his temptations in your life. Whether you choose to believe or not, all of mankind, in every corner of the universe is in the midst of spiritual warfare. We are in the middle of a spiritual battle between God and Satan. For thousands of years now Satan has been relentless in his efforts to overthrow Christ as the ruler of the world to come. But Jesus skillfully and intentionally uses the Sword of the Spirit, scripture, to deflect every one of his attacks even today as Satan seeks to destroy and kill each of us. This truth is why there is so much evil in this world.

Not if, but when we face battles in our lives, we must put on our full armor, the Word of God, His scripture, teaches us that when we do this, Satan flees. When we turn to God and ask for his protection against attacks from those who are evil in their ways, those who attempt to lie, deceive, mock, destroy, judge, condemn and persecute us, it is God’s promise that helps us overcome this evil in our lives. When we say “Let’s see what God says about this . . . watch Satan run away.” God will ultimately have his way with evildoers.

Ephesians 6:13-17 tells us to – Take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm . . . and take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The Sword of the Spirit, God’s word, is a military metaphor to help us understand that Christian believers are up against Satan and his followers in daily battles that can only be overcome by the sword, our armor. We must always refer to the Word of God to discern our actions, thoughts and attitudes that are contrary to God’s way. We must use the Sword of the Spirit to demolish any evil strongholds in our lives. This is the Christian battle, and this is how we need to use scripture as our defensive weapon, our armor.

The armor of God is the gospel of peace, is our shield of faith. As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 – For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

The Sword of the Spirit shows us in the days Jesus Christ came in the flesh, that the enemy of every Christian believer was and still is Satan, as he’s relentlessly trying to separate us from God, the master, the creator of Heaven and earth. In scripture Peter warns us –

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings – 1 Peter 5:8-9.

Why is the Sword of the Spirit your greatest defensive and offensive weapon against evil? Because God’s word can and does penetrate darkness, changes hardened hearts and protects us against those who choose to engage in evil thoughts and acts. The Sword of the Spirit also helps us discern the difference between good and evil. The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart – Hebrews 4:12.

Do you desire to become better informed, better prepared for the battles and more knowledgeable in God’s word? Or maybe you consider yourself already skilled and trained in using the Sword of the Spirit as your offensive armor. Either way, see what scripture tells us once we’ve chosen to put on our armor, and choose to live by the Sword of the Spirit – I have kept my feet from every evil path, so that I might obey your word.  I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore, I hate every wrong path – Psalm 119:101-104.

Blessings until next week,

Debra Pauli
Unstoppable Believer

About Debra Pauli

Debra’s life story is truly a testimony of an incredible amount of courage to survive one of the most catastrophic child abuse cases ever recorded in Missouri history. With absolutely amazing strength to overcome a childhood foundation built on daily terror, torment and near-death experiences, Debra has conquered a very horrendous life, and today convinces everyone thru her blogs, books, passion and raw honesty that what they're desperately searching for already lies within. Over several years, Debra prevailed the path of self-destruction, self-doubt and complete life regression, and instead dedicated her mind, body and soul to a life of healing from the inside out, rather than the path of self-destruction. She shares her life lessons, and faith-based teachings to her followers in order to incorporate her years of successful strategies into their work life and personal life. As a woman who has proven time and time again her profound passion to conquer life, Debra's followers are changed forever when she reveals the true meaning in life, why it’s important to take risks when pursuing dreams, and how to focus on the gifts we’ve been given, rather than concentrating on our short comings. Her powerful faith-based blogs and books are engrained, everlasting and timeless for everyone, as her raw truth and humor teaches all of us to embrace every day with the right attitude – good things happen and bad things are only a test! As a successful author and blogger, Debra brings 30+ years of expertise to her readers and followers alike. Debra attended Rochester Community College and Winona State University in Rochester Minnesota, receiving a degree in Psychology and Sociology. For the past 31 years Debra has evolved into an executive, professional, entrepreneur who started her own book publishing company, written and self-published six books, with more on the way. Today Debra is a professional faith-based blogger with over 338,370 followers on social media. Today Debra resides in California with her husband. She is the mother of four sons, a grandmother of nine grand babies (6 girls/3 boys), and a mentor to thousands of followers who are drawn to her inner strength, perseverance, and passion for life through her books and blogging. Debra has been a professional faith-based blogger since 2010 with more than 338,370 followers of her blog café. You can also follow Debra on social networks such as Facebook, Cambridge Who’s Who, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Blog Cafe, as well as many other social networks. Debra Pauli is the author of six books - A Survivor's Closet 2003, . . . And then there was LIGHT 2004, Why we Cry for a Soul set Free 2005, Once Upon a Man (frog or prince) 2013, Saving Three Leaves on a Tree (me, myself and I) 2014 and Where is God (a testimony of conviction) 2015.
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