Ephesians 6:17 …And take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
A sword cuts. A sword does damage. A sword in the hands of a skilled swordsman is a great weapon of offense and defense.
The sword of the Spirit has been in my heart for months now. I kept having vision of a fiery visions of a sword being swung and feeling Ephesians 6:13-18 being impressed on my spirit. I sat before the Lord with this and a great revelation come. This is one of them….
If the sword isn’t cutting, it’s not effective. And if it’s not effective…what then?…..
The word of God is living, sharper than a double edged sword and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit of both joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrew 4:12). I began to have this deep burning desire to see the sword reaching deep down in my marrow and infusing me it (God – John 1:1) and I and the Word (God) becoming one. So I prayed and prayed and yearned for the word of God to be in me like never before. I wanted to feel Him deep in the recesses of my soul. I asked Him to make me live it so when I preach, people can feel it go deep.
The hunger created by this prayer was so intense and I knew if He could touch me this deep, He can go even deeper. No limits. Once times as I was reading, I started sobbing and couldn’t stop. I was seeing the word play out before my eyes. I felt taken back to the very moments the events were happening. I was reading Ezekiel 12 which is one of my favorite books and I could see Ezekiel packing a bag and leaving as instructed by God. In that moment, the Author was present; the Author had revealed Himself to me in a most intimate way. He showed me what I had only imagined, I felt His heart mirrored in the prophet Ezekiel and mirrored in mine. I love what Eric Gilmour says – the bible is the only book whose author needs to be present when reading it. I can testify to this statement. It’s true. For us to understand the Word – The Author needs to be present for us to fully receive the sustenance of its nourishing richness. He cracks the scriptures open and we get to drink it’s nourishing substance as we read; we get to partake of Him and drink Him in because the word lifts off the pages of our Bibles and enters into our beings. We became raptured by His Presence and become one with Him.
The sword needs to go deep, so deep so it can deposit the goodness of our Father and the word be deeply etched in the tablets our hearts.
I encourage you to invite Him when you sit to read your Bible. Ask Him to crack it open and reveal Himself to you like never before. Go deep. And when you start to feel Him, yield and lean into Him. you will need the word of God when the day of trial comes. you will need to stand when the enemy wants to knock you down. The sword is a weapon of offense and it’s not enough to just read it and memorize it, read it and let it go deep, understand it, and the intimately know the Author.
Love and blessings!