His Word ...the Sword of the Spirit, comes down from the Heavens!!
The picture on the left was taken by me recently, as I was taking pics of our church at night. The front of the church was so pretty with the light shining through the windows and the soft glow of the street light nearby gave a sweet ambiance and peace. I stood feeling blessed that God has placed me here as the Pastor of this church.
Later, when I looked at the pics I took I saw a streak of light above the church. When I enlarged it, this is what I saw. I am always in awe of the wondrous ways that our Lord shows us His presence and the truth of His word.
In this enlarged picture, I see the Sword of the Spirit coming down from the Heavens above our little church and I am humbled and in such awe that our wonderful God, creator of all things, has chosen me to see His awesome glory and to share it with everyone who reads this message.
God tells us the importance of sharing His Word with our brothers and sisters in this world.
In Ephesians we learn of wearing our Spiritual armor to protect us from the wiles of the devil.
He arms us with the Sword of the Spirit.
Did you know ?
The Sword of the Spirit is the Word of\ God!
Ephesians 6:17... and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God...
And our Father in Heaven desires for us to put on our armor every day and also to yield the Sword of the Spirit, His Word, boldly against the enemy and to set the captives free.
In Ezekiel 37, we are told about the valley of dry bones and in this chapter of the Bible we see how speaking the word of our Lord, yielding the Sword of the Spirit is of great importance to expanding the kingdom of God and taking down the enemy of God and mankind.
Look around you. What do you see?
I see many broken-hearted people suffering needlessly from rejection, people held captive by drugs and alcohol, men, women and children held in abusive relationships living in fear, often with nowhere to turn for help. I see people wrought with disease and sickness claiming their pain as if Jesus never existed or died on the cross for all sin, sickness and disease. I see people caught up in misconceptions and lies that cause them to believe that they are not worthy of love or relationship or any good thing. I see poverty, depression, and pain. I also see arrogance, pride, haughtiness, greed and a total disregard for our Lord because these people don't need God as they live their life full of self attainment and selfishness.
I also see the way God intends for His children to live....walking in obedience to His word, in relationship with Him, as He fulfills our every need, giving us the desires of our heart.
Often as we live in this world, our selfish desires are not the same desires as God has for us and our prayers may seem to go unanswered. Many times, as a result we see people turn away from God, the one and only true source of life, joy, peace, health and love.
God is love and His love for us is so great that He does not force us to come into relationship with Him, but rather gives us the ability to choose Him. And when we do, we are given the keys to His kingdom. We are revealed the secrets that He has hidden away for us.
You may wonder...how does this happen?
Our Father in Heaven gives us this answer in Ezekiel 37:3-5. He tells us about those living in the valley of dry bones. And He gives the promise that if the Prophet will speak His word...and yield the Sword of the Spirit...He will answer.
3 He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know." 4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. '5 "Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.…
And how awesome is that!? The word of our Lord, spoken for you and me that we may live!
No matter what has happened to you in your life from childhood to adulthood, God knows.
He knows every breath you have taken from the first breath the He breathed into you when you were born into this world and He will be there when you breathe your last breath in this world.
If you have fallen away from God or if you've never known Him, He is there in the valley with you. Don't be afraid to listen as others speak His word.
God's word is not spoken in condemnation of you or your past or current sins or situation. God's word is spoken to make you aware of Him, to bring you the truth of His Word in this fallen world.
As Satan seeks to steal your life and destroy you from the inside out, it is God's desire to cause breath to enter you, that you may come to life...and live!
Praise God that He is our Father in Heaven, our Creator, the Great I AM.
Let us sing praises to His name, as we yield the Spirit of His Word.
Let us Praise His Holy Name, as He continues to give us evidence of Who He is, even in the smallest of towns, the biggest of cities or the barrenness of the desert.
Our God is ever present in our lives as
His Word ...the Sword of the Spirit, comes down from the Heavens!
My prayer for today is that we all look up at the sky and know that our Father in Heaven is ready and waiting for us, His children to speak His word to the lost and dying souls. The Sword of the Spirit brings life!
Praise God from whom all Blessings come...Amen.