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Protection by the “sword of the Spirit”
Our young son has always loved playing with sticks while walking in the woods, and he has bought many a toy sword with his own money. In his sword-wielding moments, we have reminded him of the biblical promise that “the sword of the Spirit . . . is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
In Bible times, a “two-edged sword” was the ultimate weapon because it could cut in all directions. But the book of Hebrews says that the Word of God is even sharper than a human sword because it can pierce and divide even down to the “thoughts and intents” of the heart (4:12). Wielding this kind of sword is not a passive thing. Sometimes it takes real strength and persistence. The results are both preventative and curative, bringing blessings and healing. Recently, our son, along with my husband and me, has been more proactively than ever wielding the sword of the Spirit.
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