Christian Sword- The HandleFebruary 12, 2009
The Sword Itself
Let’s look at the sword as a weapon and it’s relation to the spiritual warfare we, as Christian Warriors find ourselves exposed to daily.
Starting with the basics, the handle is critical to the sword. It goes without saying that you must have a handle on the sword in order to be able to use it. Otherwise, it is too sharp and would slice you as much as it would your enemy. This is true of the Word of God as well. Oftentimes, a Christian Warrior wears their most powerful weapon in a sheath around their waste as a way to prove they are truly a Christian Warrior. Unfortunately, in order to effectively deal an effective blow against our spiritual enemy, we have to be able to first pick it up.
The “pick it up” aspect of the weapon is as simple as spending daily time in the Word. You can learn so much about previous battles and heroes of our faith who used the Word of God effectively. Learning how the heroes of our past used the sword of the Word will have an impact on how you use it. Granted, we may not be able to identify totally with Peter or Paul and their struggles, but we could empathize and see some of the similiarities in our struggles. How did they use the Word to either get them through the battle they were in or simply use it for peace?
Another aspect of the handle of the sword is the ability to know how to hold it or in our example, how to wield Scripture. I am not endorsing a blanketing of Scripture for all of life’s worries. That’s a great tool to use if it works for you, but for most, this is not effective. One tool or method to use this highly effective weapon is to memorize Scripture.
Before I lose you, I want to be clear that we are not talking about memorizing all of the Bible and be able to draw some Scripture verse out of the recesses of your mind at any given moment. I am, however, inviting you to look at the battles you’ve already faced. Now, let’s look at Scripture to find verses that are applicable for those battles.
Perhaps you have dealt with some financial warfare. (Yes, our enemy can use financial strife to get to us.) Would you need to pull out every verse that deals with financial issues? Of course not, but what you could do is use the verse that most applies to your particular situation and memorize it. When the enemy begins to stir up anxiety, stress, anger or whatever other fire-bomb he decides to use, you can simply repeat that memorized verse to yourself as a reminder of the promises Christ has given us. That is using the handle. If you aren’t in it, you won’t know it, if you don’t know it, you won’t wield it.
If you would like more on the Christian Sword, check out the series of post covering the uses of Scripture in the daily life of every Christian Warrior.
About the Writer:
Trent Cotton has spent a number of years in management and business consulting. After spending some time in the field, he joined the HR department, beginning in recruiting and eventually serving as the Department Head of HR for one of the major lines of business. With such a varied background, he works to bring all of these together to help churches and other Christian organizations incorporate some common business practices into their ministries to enable them to better serve the Kingdom. He currently works for SourcePointe, an HR Outsourcing Agency while continuing to own and operate Christian Management Consulting as a ministry. In his free time, he also writes a lot on Church Development as a Church Consultant.