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In October '17, we began this “dare.” Many started but you have faithfully persevered! It is a tough plow but it’s invaluable forever! Truly you are almost finished. I figured that as soon as we were finished that we could jump into Psalm 119 together. After all, there are only 176 verses to that one! (Just kidding!)
I’ve said in before, but aren’t you amazed at how frequently Romans 8 appears?
Today something dawned on me while in prayer that I don’t know if I can adequately communicate but I’ll try. I daily put on the armor of God and as I reflected on the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, I realized how important that sword is but I was a bit dismayed how infrequently that I use it to jab the enemy. But then I realized that we don’t have to dazzle the enemy with flailing our sword but rather, as it is part of us and is pointed at the enemy, he flees. If we approach someone who is standing there with a sword, we back off without them trying to strike us with it. Of course, there are times where, as Jesus did when He was tempted after fasting, that He needed to strike back at His tempter. But that sword that we brandish is also hidden in our heart and it gives us confidence as we face the accusations of the enemy because it is not our truth that we lean on but His truth that we always have sheathed in our hearts.
May the Holy Spirit speak His Truth to each of our hearts in these and the past verses that we have memorized. Here are the new ones:
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
Romans 8:36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” (ESV)
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Romans 8:36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." (NIV)