And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (NASB)
Since it is much more dangerous to part with God”s truth than with our lives, heretics or seducers are more to be feared than persecutors. It is far worse to have our souls damned by God than to have our bodies killed by man. If the martyrs had dreaded death more than heresy they could never have walked willingly into persecutors” flames.
The sword of the Spirit in another person”s hand will not defend you. If you are to lift it up in victory against this dangerous enemy you must first give yourself completely to the leading of the Spirit in God”s Word. The outward expression of Scripture is only the shell, and the meaning is the pearl which you must search for until you find it. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the online casino australia churches” Revelation 2:7" rel="nofollow">(Revelation 2:7). God spoke an imperative ear, not a suggestion– we must listen to what the Spirit says in the Word as we hear or read it, for the one who has an ear for the Spirit will not have an ear for the seducer.
To help you seek and find meaning in the Word, look through these windows that follow.
The only way you will ever know the mind of God in His Word is for the Spirit to reveal it to you. But the holy God will not take a filthy hand and lead you into understanding: “None of the wicked shall understand” Daniel 12:10" rel="nofollow">(Daniel 12:10). The angel who took Lot”s daughters into the house struck the Sodomites with blindness so that they would grope for the door but not find it– and so are those who come to Scripture with unclean hearts. The wicked have the Word of God but only the holy have “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).
Paul persuades Christians with these words: “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” Romans 12:2" rel="nofollow">(Romans 12:2).