The sword of The spirit, not what you think , the sword is the word, the word as you will see, means something very different, and for a deep reason.
From G4483; an utterance (individually, collectively or specifically); by implication a matter or topic (especially of narration, command or dispute); with a negative naught whatever: - + evil, + nothing, saying, word.
Probably feminine of a presumed derivative of G3163; a knife, that is, dirk; figuratively war, judicial punishment: - sword.
Arise and shine, the glory of the lord is on you, fear nothing. I was trying to sleep and could not, I got up at 3am with a message burning in me, a few, to be honest, I had to get up and let it out, for this last part was a deep revelation and I hope you get it, man I wanted to preach this part as a separate sermon, but all is asleep and way to late. I almost headed for the outside garage to do an audio, but the winds is very, very Strong tonight. To noisy out there, so this is the revelation that got me up.
The sword of the spirit, part of our armor. That word kept burning in me, knowing what it means in Greek is what gave me this insight, I have posted a message and mentioned this part before, but I understood something I never did until tonight.
The word sword in Eph ch 6, look it up is not the normal word , for the word,- Logo's , in the armor verse, the sword of the lord , the word, is the Greek word rhēma , Knife- dagger, not a long sword, a dagger, it hit me. A sword is long, you can keep a distance between you and your combatant, and fellow Christians, and those in need . This word means select verses insights promises you cling to that see you through. It is not a little bless me promise bible, that is not the meaning, words that you make your own, ones that you love, think of , quote a lot, this is your dagger. Why would the armor have a dagger and not a long sword? A personal or corporate revelation form the word.
The whole dagger and not a full sword, is bible, as the sword as it shows in Greek in this verse is a knife, A Dirk, meaning a small weapon a dagger, the word is the knife we will be calling it a dagger, knife same ting, not a sword.
DIRK, n. Durk. A kind of dagger or poniard.
This is what the spirit of the lord said to me.
Far to many of my people are living life at arms length from others, afraid of others, they keep their distance, even in Church, lest they be found out to be not what they claim, it matters not if your a deacon, a teacher, in the Chorus, or, the Sr Pastor, many know inside they are dead and are not what they act to be, they know the secret sin, the weakness, hypocrisy and so, they keep their distance. This is crowd one. Christians at a distance from others, because they are now distant from the lord.
The next message, the dagger is a close up weapon, not one you would think of, Men chose your weapon, who would chose a tiny dagger over a nice longer sword? It almost makes no sense, I said, " Lord why is part of our Armour include a dagger and not a long sword?" The lord spoke. " I want my people to see the whites of others eyes, up close and personal, able, willing to lay your hand on a leper, a spiritual one , a sinner, or saint. The dagger is a effective weapon , but only for very close face to face action. The action is not always with the devil, that is part of it, but the dagger length is so you must get that close to others to do as I did". That is what the lord said to me.
This up close and personal touch was the very ministry of our lord, the only time we read of him departing others, getting away at a distance, alone, was to pray, find it anywhere else, at all other times Jesus ministry was very up close, very personal, he layed hands on people, he put a child on his lap, on and on, our lord knew what the dagger Armour means, he said it, by the spirit through Paul.
Are you a Christian that is an at length one? Are you a dagger Christian, that is willing to give your life for Christ if needed, willing to stop, and get close to your fellow man, drop your guard, take off your mask and be a real, honest, humble, bold Christian? It takes being that close to the lord first, that is why it is called , " Putting on the full Armour of GOD" one must be close to the lord to properly put this armor on , dagger and all.
Spiritual warfare lastly, and the small but sharp dagger, the word of the bible.
We are not to fear demons, the devil, evil ones, we are to come at the enemy in the power of the holy spirit, and stand toe to toe, make a line in the sand with that dagger and say, " This far and no further you demons of hell"
Have you made that line, have you said this far and no farther, you are not welcomed in this place. I evict you asap, and call the sheriff if they do not get out, Jesus, the blood, his name, they must flee.
Many Christians are so beat down now days, but the dagger, O' the dagger, small, close and very effective. In soul winning we carry small pocket bibles, we call them are dagger, walk up near someone with a 50 pound family bible and the bird will see the net and run, the dagger is to be put where they can not see whats coming, the Bold deceleration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, out comes the pocket bible, out comes the dagger, your now face to face , eye to eye, and the battle for a soul is on, saints arise use the dagger, get close.
To the lord
To demons, only to evict them
To anyone, anywhere in any position
The whites of the eyes must be seen, hands extended to help them up, lay hands on them, hand them a little help.
Compassion is up close and personal, it is not carried out from a distance, it is in your face, manifesting the power and love of Jesus Christ. That is a deep insight. Amen, now use that dagger and do close battle, in compassionate Christian service, and close to the lord, the giver of this dagger.