Good Morning Xangaland!


 


Today Ryan has to go out to the base and get his stitches removed.  Then he has a bunch of paperwork to do and an interview for the retraining process.  Hopefully we will know a little more about what is going to happen soon.  We shall see.


 


I will be going shopping with my mom.  We have to attend a wedding next Saturday and I have nothing to wear that is dressy.  We have also been asked to be Derick’s Godparents, when he is born.  There will be a ceremony for that and so I need an outfit.  So I have to find a semi formal something.  Should be fun.  So no yard tomorrow.  I will let you know how things go!


 


In the mean time…….


 


Thought you might want to see the sermon Ryan and I did last night on the Sword of the Spirit.  It went really well and everyone else did an awesome job.  It was a great evening!  So this is the sermon notes obviously it’s different when Ryan is saying it to the group but I didn’t take shorthand! LOL 


Here is the picture we used for it.


 



 


THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT


 



HISTORY



The armor of God is described in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus.He wrote this letter between 60 and 61 A.D. while imprisoned in Rome awaiting trial.In his letter he encouraged the Ephesians to


14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Ephesians 6:14-18)


Most mainstream Christian views on this passage agree that Paul was looking at a Roman soldier’s uniform when writing this letter.That being the case, the sword of the Spirit he mentions is most likely a Roman spatha.A spatha is a slashing sword with a 28-inch, two-edged blade and an 8-10 inch hilt.Its design was based on the ancient Gallic long sword and was originally made of iron cast but later was made of a steel like alloy.It was used from the Augustan period (27 B.C. – 14 A.D.) to the Vegetius period (383 A.D. – 450 A.D.)The purpose of the double sided blade was to be effective in both directions of swing, so as not to have to adjust fighting stance while engaged in battle with multiple enemies.



SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SWORD


 




Nelson’s Study Bible describes the Holy Spirit (according to Ephesians 6:18) as “the giver of the Word as a sword for battle and the heavenly Assistant given to aid us in prayer and intercession until victory is won.”



When used at close range by a skilled soldier, the sword was a deadly weapon.The sword represents the Word of God, the written picture of Jesus.He is the living version of everything God wanted to say to mankind.God’s Word is a powerful weapon when it’s used under the spirit’s power and direction.



In Hebrews 4:12


 


12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


 


The Word of God is likened to a sword that is so sharp it can divide soul and spirit and even perceive our innermost thoughts and the desires of our hearts.



The Roman spatha was used not only for offensive warfare but also for defensive maneuvering.It could just as easily be used to deflect and redirect blows of the enemy.So too can the word of God be used as a defense of the saints.


15 But sanctify the Lord God[a] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; (1 Peter 3:15)



Finally, we should always be prepared for traps and surprise attacks from the Devil.Having our “sword” always at the ready, we will always be prepared for the big and little surprises.


As in Psalms 119:110-112


 


The wicked have laid a snare for me,
         Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.
    111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,
         For they are the rejoicing of my heart.
    112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes
         Forever, to the very end.



Then I got up and talked about knowing your sword.


I came across the information in all of our research that when a young man was training to become a warrior he graduated from one weapon to another until he received his sword.It then became an extension of his body.All this to say a warrior does not go into battle with an untested weapon.He knows every inch and the feel of the blade as if it is part of his own body.


Since the Bible, the word of God, is our sword the only way to succeed in battle is to know it inside and out.


 


Okay so I’m outta here.  Song of the day? Nothing Compares by Third Day.


 


I’ve heard all the stories
I’ve seen all the signs
Witnessed all the glory
Tasted all that’s fine


Nothing compares to the
greatness of knowing You, Lord
Nothing compares to the
greatness of knowing You, Lord


I see all the people
Wasting all their time
Building up their riches
For a life that’s fine


I find myself just living for today
‘Cause I don’t know what
Tomorrow’s gonna bring
So no matter if I rise or fall
I’ll never be alone, oh no


 


Courtney


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5 thoughts on “

  1. good times. we just talked about the sword of the spirit and all of the other armor in our cell group at church a few weeks ago. i’m glad ryan is having his stitches out already, that’s great!  well have a good monday!

  2. Courtney, this weekend at my Cragfont, Mr. Wylie allowed me to read a poem he’d written a while back about taking up the sword. You would be amazed at the similarities beween what you’ve written here, what youe dreamt, and what this poem spoke of. It is almost uncanny…if it werent for God’s ever knowing hand within all this. It seems…that this sword, the significance of this sword, is about to be known to many people…a call to fight and never to surrender.
    Very good…
    -Gia:)

  3. I had to go down and look at your ticker for weight loss, wow you look great and only 24 more pounds to go…outstanding! Sorry I have not been commenting, fly by my seat the last couple of weeks. I am still inspired by your patience and understanding that you have about what is going on with your husband and the possibility of relocating. You are truly a strong person.

  4. that was sooo good.. hope you had fun finding clothes.. hmmm.. I have a couple dresses but no dress shoes so I never wear them 🙂 ya anyways.. hope all else is going well and congrats on becoming godparents.
    take care,
    Stephanie

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