Welcome back, my friends. It is Day 25 of the Sword Training Challenge. This is a challenge to read the Bible for 40 days as a way of spending time with God. It’s inspired by the 40-days that Jesus spent with the disciples after his resurrection, and the 40-days that God spent with Moses on the mountain.
You haven’t seen me in a few days, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been reading the scriptures. I hope you’ve been sticking with it too – 5 chapters of Psalm and 1 chapter of Proverbs each day. We are almost done with both books, then we’ll finish up the 40-days with Ephesians and Colossians. Day 23 readings were Proverbs 23 and Psalm 111-115. Day 24 (yesterday) readings were Proverbs 24 and Psalm 116-118 and 120. You may be wondering about Psalm 119…well, if you’ve been doing the daily readings then you’ll know that Psalm 119 is a very long chapter, so we are giving it its own day. Today, Day 25, we are reading Psalm 119 and Proverbs 25. Let’s jump in.
For me, Psalm 119 really speaks to the heart of the challenge. We are reading the scriptures because Paul told us that the Sword of the Spirit IS the Word of God. I’ll even go further to say that it is the spoken Word of God. Throughout scripture we see several examples of the power of speaking God’s Word.
- God spoke the universe into existence. “God said, ‘Let there be…and there was.’”
- God told Ezekiel to prophecy (speak) to the dry bones, and they raised up as a mighty army.
- Jesus commanded the lame man to walk, and he did.
- Jesus spoke the scriptures to the Devil when being tempted.
Most assuredly I say, If Jesus quoted scripture to fight off the Devil and temptation, how much more so should we be doing that. The key, however, is that we have to have the scriptures in us to be able to speak them in a time of need. If we do not have scripture committed to memory and in our hearts, then we will not be prepared to fight the enemy when attacked. Go back to my podcast on the Sword of the Spirit to get the full picture.
Bringing it back to Psalm 119, this is where David wrote two key verses:
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Psalm 119:9
“Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my past.” Psalm 119:105
If any chapter of the Bible stresses the need to know and follow the Word of God, it is this chapter. There is power in the Word of God. Read the word. Study the word. Pray the word. Live the word.
May the Lord bless you and keep you my friends!