What’s in Your Scabbard?

Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17 NIV)


Sword of the SpiritWhether written or spoken, words are powerful tools.

When my husband started elementary school, other kids harassed him unmercifully, calling him names like “monkey” or “monk.” The seeds of self-degradation began to sprout. The poor little guy cried to his father about it. His father didn’t approach the bullies, their parents, or even the school.

Instead, he said, “Son, what’s your name?”

“Eugene Van Hendricks,” the boy replied.

“No one can take that from you. Be proud of who you are.”

Not only did those words empower my husband to thwart the insults of those grade-school bullies, they enabled him to become an advocate for other kids.

If our earthly fathers’ words produce confident men and women, how much more so do our Heavenly Father’s words produce positive results?

God intends for us to use His word in combat not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Quoting Scripture when under attack forces the enemy into retreat. But there is an underlying, stronger force than mere repetition of words written by prophets and eye witnesses. In fact if you don’t tap into that force, spouting memory verses at Satan will get you as far as a plastic sword against a fully-equipped army tank.

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See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks


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