17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The Holy Spirit wields the Word of God. It is His sword. He does not promise to use human arguments, exhortations, stories, or illustrations. He wields the Word of God in people's hearts.
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The Sword of the Holy Spirit is sharper than any man-made sword. It alone can divide soul and spirit. It alone can judge the thoughts and attitudes of a heart.
1 Peter 1:23
23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
Only the Sword of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, can convict of sin and impart faith in a heart.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Only the Sword of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, can truly build us up in the Lord, and equip us for His service.
2 Timothy 4:2
2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage -- with great patience and careful instruction.
This verse is not just for preachers. It is for all of us. The Greek word for preach is just as easily translated as proclaim. When we share the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will wield it in the hearts of people.
Lord, please use Your sword to cut as needed in my heart and in many others.
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