The Sword of the Spirit
War: Sword of the Spirit
Distorting our understanding of the truth is the best opportunity the evil one has for disengaging us from the battle. Ultimately, our hope is everything if we place it in the right thing: Jesus. With a living hope in Jesus, we have a reason to fight for the Gospel. As oxygen is to the lungs, so is hope to the human heart. We must persevere through the challenges in life because of what God has given us in the death of His son.
- How does Blaze Christian Fellowship renew your passion for scripture? Your community group?
- What Scripture do you have ready right now to help remind you of the hope you have in Jesus?
- What do you think is the difference between knowing the Word of God and loving the Word of God?
The last few weeks have helped us look at many of the tools, which we’re able to use in a defensive manner. Now, we’re finally able to look at the one tool that is offensive in nature. We know that the enemy wants us to lose hope and the will to fight. Inspiring others to use the word is in vain if we are not testifying to it in the way that we live. If we’re trying to live without the Word of God, we’re essentially going into war unarmed. This is folly because we have access to an offensive weapon that can kill the threat of distractions and lies. If we’re going to imitate Jesus in our actions in obedience to Ephesians 5:1-2, we have to grow a love for God’s word.
- Can we be the best examples of following God’s word without saturating ourselves in it? If not, why do we try to?
- Has God given you seasons of struggle where you were able to use Scriptures to fight off the attack of the enemy and in doing so, keep your hope alive?
Spend some time in the Scriptures below. What themes do you see and how can you use these themes to continue your fight in the Gospel? Also, get into each other’s lives and pray for any issues that the members of your groups might be going through.
Matthew 4:1-11 ESV:
 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple  and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Romans 10:14 ESV:
 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 ESV:
 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.  And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:17-29 ESV:
 For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,  but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 ESV:
 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 6:14-18a ESV:
 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.  In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,  praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV:
 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV:
 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV:
 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
James 1:22-24 ESV:
 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.