The Sword.

“I had laid down the sword & accepted defeat, on a battle I’d already won.

I had subconsciously settled for less than God’s best; but that’s not why God gave up His son.

Then somebody looked me straight in the eye and said: “Child, go pick up your sword.

The battle is won and the victory is yours, now you go and claim it in the name of the your Lord.”

So I put on my armor and I readied my hands for war.

I picked up my shield and my sword.

I went out and fought; He delivered my victory.

So, ready your hand, and you put on your armor.

You pick up your shield and your sword. You get back in your battle, you pick up the fight, and go claim it in the name of the your Lord.” 🎶

I wrote this song in 2002. It’s crazy that remember the lyrics and tune 18 years later.

When I moved to Joplin, I had a little one bedroom duplex. It was tiny; yet I made space for my piano. While I made friends quickly, the first few weeks of evenings were spent at my piano writing songs or poems.

From these lyrics, it sounds like I must have been in quite a struggle. It probably felt so important then. Yet, I can’t even remember it. The good news is, I’m still here so I guess I didn’t quit.

Pastor Hank’s latest sermon was on the sword. He talked about the importance of knowing how to handle the weapon. The sword represents the Word of God, which is meant to be active in our lives.

In the midst of this crazy season of uncertainty and constant change, remember what you know to be True.

Call to remembrance the Word of God that dwells richly inside of you. Constantly pour in more and stir up your faith. We are sustained by every Word. (Matthew 4:4)

“Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” Psalms 144:1-2

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you.” II Chronicles 20:17

Remember, when we speak the Word, He fights the battles. The Word is your sword, be sure you know how to wield it. True warriors train for war, engage in battle, and kill their enemy. Don’t let your sword be rusty or dull, sharpen it daily. ⚔️

Child, Go pick up your sword.

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