Sword Play

by Impact Church

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…

At a recent bible study, the discussion centered on a believer’s strategy to overcome the ever present temptation to doubt. Defining doubt as, “to be uncertain, be apprehensive, to question or be hesitant to believe something or someone”, doubt was dubbed a major player in Satan’s arsenal to subvert the underpinnings of faith and love.

Not to be outwitted or outdone by Lucifer’s poisoned arrows of doubt, we returned that night to faith as our shield of defense and the Scriptures as our sharpened sword. And what a powerful and proven panoply of weaponry it is! For with such armor, we found every insidious device to dissuade or devise doubt was forthrightly disarmed by the power of God’s word. And for practicality and courage sake, we found that power residing presently in the castle of our own hearts!

So with renewed confidence and warrior mind, we bivouacked that night in the land of God’s eternal promises. Withstanding the usual anxiety and frustration of present circumstances (and some situations, trust me, bordered hopeless and impossible!), we countered our foe by feasting copiously and fearlessly in the Land of indescribable milk and honey!

Was every hurt remedied that night as we meditated on the Word? Did every situation meliorate as the scriptures were expounded? Did every distressing circumstance improve immediately as we prayed and trusted the faithfulness of God? Did the group fall out in a trance, or everyone have an out-of-the-body experience?

Nope. Sure didn’t.

But you know what did happen?

Our faith was revived in the written Word of God! We shifted our eyes from our perplexities, drenching storms and lightning strikes, and put our focus back on the One who said He’d never leave us! We boldly resisted the Devil’s interposing; and we bravely repelled his darts of doubt with faith and sliced him in small pieces with the Sword of Script! We prayed fervently and we loved one another deeply!

And you know what?

Those dark clouds of doubt left! Those faces etched with fear and trepidation lightened up! Eyes regained their gleam! Shouts came back! Songs did return! Joy did reappear! And love was everywhere! Worship was genuine, and thanksgiving was generous! And God was in our hearts! And we knew this was a special place! And even as our outer raw and rugged world raged, we experienced a divine peace that words are powerless to describe!

Having then such experiences supported by occasions of scripture and the scripture’s excellent promises – we realized the power of authentic faith, hope and love was apparent in that gathering. And though days later things around us continue to swirl, we’ve found the antidote for that dark enemy of doubt. We simply lock in on God’s faithfulness and inherent goodness entwined in every book of the Bible, and we believe breakthroughs of epic peace and joy are imminent!

We pray you have a Word-centered week! Surely in your readings you’ll find God is good, faithful and worthy of being trusted! Be blessed as you discover the riches of our unfathomable redemption!