THE SWORDLESS CHRISTIAN
Colossians 3:16… Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.
It is without a doubt that you have heard about a sword. It is a battle weapon much like a big knife.
Picture a knife but a bigger form. Swords were used predominantly in wars of old more like the arms and ammunitions of today. It is a battle weapon used against the enemy. We are in the kingdom and our enemy is the devil (We are not referring to earthly battles now).
As Christians, we need a sword to engage in spiritual warfare. We need the sword to attack our enemy-the devil. what type of sword do we refer to? In the word ‘SWORD’, we have ‘WORD’. In ‘SWORDLESS’, we have ‘WORDLESS’.
The sword of a Christian is the word of God. The bible in Hebrews 4 vs 12 tells us that ‘THE WORD OF GOD IS QUICK AND POWERFUL, AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD, PIERCING EVEN TO THE DIVIDING ASUNDER OF THE SOUL AND SPIRIT….
In that verse, we observe that the word is no ordinary sword. It is two-edged. That is both sides of it function effectively. It has not just one sharp edge but two edges. If you look at a knife, it has only one sharp edge while the other side is blunt and cannot cut anything. Imagine a knife with two sharp edges, I think there would be a lot of kitchen accidents as people will hurt and cut themselves frequently.
The word we have as Christians is two edged. Halleluyah! It is to be wielded by us and not for our hurt. It is for the hurt of our enemies and to change our situation around.
A sword brings victory if used appropriately. The word of God only makes us victorious. Every Christian is supposed to be equipped with this important weapon-THE UNDILUTED WORD.
Imagine going to war without a sword, such person will be one of the first casualties of that war. The word of God is the most potent weapon ever to fight the good fight of faith. I repeat, the most potent weapon to fight life’s battles. This is because we do not wrestle against flesh and against blood but against spiritual and unseen forces.
Note that a swordless Christian is – A bad ambassador of the kingdom
A word-equipped Christian knows the word. It is not enough to know the word but also using it to send back every arrow sent against you by the enemy. The word renders the enemy powerless. Our Lord Jesus Christ was a perfect example of a warrior who wielded his sword against the devil in the wilderness. He was tempted at all points but he overcame using nothing but the WORD. Simple words of ‘It is written…’ The word in the mouth of a Christian will have the enemy run as far and fast as possible.
There is nothing the word of God cannot achieve. It is all powerful. There is no problem on this earth that has no solution in the word of God. As a Christian, are you equipped with the word of God? Or are you swordless?
How can you have and wield your own sword?
1. STUDY the word of God day and night. Joshua 1:8, ps. 1:1-3
2. MEDITATE and memorize the word you have studied. You can make use of memory verses. Place written ones in strategic places you can see them. Any method that works for you as a reminder. But, always meditate.
3. Don’t just know the word, USE it. You use the word by constantly speaking it. If you find yourself sick, speak portions of the word that relate to healing and so on. Personalize the word. It was written specially to you by God and for you.
4. Finally BELIEVE it. Don’t just speak it. Speak it in faith. Without faith, you can’t move or please God. If you do not believe in your sword as a potent weapon, wielding it becomes impossible.
If you can do all these, you are on your way to becoming a SWORD EQUIPPED/ WORD FILLED Christian.
Ajayi Opeoluwa. E.