Sunday, October 21, 2012


My son is left handed. My husband has a gun safe full of right handed guns. I’m grinning. Like me, Pearce will have to learn to shoot using a right-handed gun in his left hand. Typically, people have a dominant hand, a dominant foot and a dominant eye. When Pearce started kindergarten he would write “Pea” with his left hand and “rce” with his right. It is rare that a person is truly ambidextrous like that. Since we had to settle on a hand, we are working on the left hand as the dominant.

The reason you want to know which is your dominant hand is because that is the hand you want to use to hold the only weapon in the armor of God – the Sword of God which is the Word of God. The only way to defeat the evil in this world is Scripture. Jesus used it and won, so why shouldn’t we? Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Here’s the thing about putting on the armor of God and picking up the Sword, the Sword does all the work. Did you get that? The Sword does all the work. We aren’t supposed to pick up our Bibles and go slap somebody upside the head with it tempting as it may be. We aren’t supposed to hold it while we sit in judgment of someone else. In Hebrews 4 it clearly says, “it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” “It” being the Word of God. The Bible does not read, “The one who holds the Sword rules and judges.” Jesus used Scripture to defend Himself from Satan. He quoted it. That means He memorized Scripture. I’m thankful we live in a country where we go to church and read our Bibles to learn Scripture. With that being said, the words that come out of our mouth should be the ones that God puts there, and not the ones we feel like we want to say or feel like we have the right to say. 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Let me tell you sweet friends, that reproofing is for you as well. S

Now in the morning when I wake up my kids I grab an arm. Sometimes I grab the correct one. Sometimes I don’t. I grab their arm and proclaim this is the arm that carries the sword which is the word of God. Then I flop their arm. Seriously, Erin, this is the best you can do? How can you possibly be strong enough to carry this sword with flabby arms like this? Show me those muscles, girl?  Pearce, you planning on dragging your sword to the fight. I don’t think this arm is strong enough to carry Excalibur into a fight much less even be able to hold up. Can you imagine how ridiculous it would look if Pearce was dragging Excalibur behind him into battle? You’d see a track where he feet had been and a separate trail left by the dragging saber. What am I getting at here? What AM I getting to here? Oh yeah, the point is this…Satan knows the Word of God probably better than you do. If you are going into a gun battle, don’t take a water pistol. You gotta know the Word of God. Meditate on it. Learn to apply it to your life. It takes strength and courage to live a Christian life.

Excallibur was King Arthur’s magical sword that he pulled out of a stone. It was said to have all sorts of powers. That was make believe. The Word of God is real. Dig into it. Grow deep in your relationship with Him. Meditate on God’s Word. Memorize Scripture that way when the day comes and you are confronted, the words that come out of your mouth will not be what comes from hate or anger, but rather the words you speak will be what God has placed in your heart to speak,  and watch God work through you.


I'm not sure what we will do next 9 weeks...maybe the fruit of the Spirit, or we may continue on the armor of God just depends on where God leads us. Hope you are able to use some bit of what you've read here of the past couple of weeks. Can't wait to watch my kids grow in their faith. Sometimes we have to reapply those pieces of armor throughout the day because we take them off for no good reason...usually because we want our own way. Don't be afraid to reapply the armor. After all, we are to take it into EVERY situation.

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