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Where is your Sword?

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Where is your Sword?

Ephesians 6:16–17 KJV 1900
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
In a Spiritual Battle
++Choose the right Fight
++Choose the right Equipment
2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV 1900
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
To fight a spiritual battle
++Our weapons are mighty
++Powered by God
++Effective
2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV 1900
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Our battle ground
++Imaginations
++Ideas _I know more than God_
++Rebellion & Disobedience

Where do these things exist?

Proverbs 23:7 KJV 1900
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.

The power of the heart

The Heart
++Thinks
++Shapes reality
++Reveals connection
John 5:39 KJV 1900
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

The Heart can be Deceived

Biblical Knowledge
++Is not the source of salvation
++Reveals the source of salvation
If you want to be delivered
Move beyond mental exercise
Searching the scriptures
++Insight
++Information
++Knowledge
Israel had a knowledge of scripture but did not recognize Jesus
When you read it right
++You will know me
++You will recognize my work
++It testifies of me
Matthew 11:28 KJV 1900
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Deliverance does not come
++Though mental activity
++Religious practices
++Following the rules
Deliverance comes to those
++Who Sees Him
++Who recognizes him
Mark 10:47 KJV 1900
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
Bartimaeus recognized him
++By Name
Matthew 1:21 KJV 1900
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Philippians 2:9 KJV 1900
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Philippians 2:10 KJV 1900
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Ephesians 1:21 KJV 1900
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Bartimaeus recognized him
By Name
++By Position
The Son of David
The descendant of the King
Bartimaeus recognized him
++By Name
++By Position
++By Power
Luke 4:18 KJV 1900
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Matthew 6:7 KJV 1900
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6:27 KJV 1900
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Matthew 3:9 KJV 1900
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Ephesians 6:16–17 KJV 1900
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Above all choose wisely

Many Shields
++Human reasoning
++Past Achievements

Only the shield of faith

1 Corinthians 2:1 KJV 1900
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV 1900
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Psalm 20:7 KJV 1900
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
Many Swords
++Activity
++Religion
++Work

Only the Word of God

John 1:1–2 KJV 1900
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
John 1:14 KJV 1900
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Hebrews 4:12 KJV 1900
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
1 Samuel 17:39–40 KJV 1900
39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 40 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:45–47 KJV 1900
45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.
1 Samuel 17:50 KJV 1900
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
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