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The sword of the Spirit

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By Dave Henning / June 3, 2015

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”- Ephesians 6:16-17

As Charles Stanley continues Chapter 6 of Waiting on God, he reminds us that we courageously can face times of waiting by remembering that God is with us and has an important purpose for all we’re experiencing.  But there is a third principle that is crucial if our season of waiting is to end victoriously.  Dr. Stanley stresses we must realize that we are in a spiritual battle.  Disheartenment strikes at the depths of our soul because Satan strikes at the very core of our personhood- through what we think and believe.

The most effective time for Satan to torment us, Dr. Stanley states, is when we are waiting on God:

“He (Satan) know exactly how to pinpoint the most painful, vulnerable places in your life: the areas of fear, insecurity, rejection, anger, bitterness, pride, and guilt that so readily lead you to despair.”

When Satan moves in, we must confront his lies with the truth of Scripture- the sword of the Spirit.  As the Holy Spirit works in our heart, the Lord will identify Satan’s lies one by one and each us how to overcome them with His truth.  The Holy Spirit will lead, counsel, and strengthen us.

Today’s question: What powerful truths of Scripture have enabled you to confront Satan with the sword of the Spirit?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Courageous praise”

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