Pastor Tony Evans – The Sword of the Spirit Part 1

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Your personality how you arranged your orientation your thought your perspective keeps getting in God’s way dr. Tony Evan says since our souls aren’t always lined up with the Lord’s agenda the sword of the Spirit has some surgery to do God’s got a slice you out of the way so his spirit can break through this is the alternative with dr. Tony Evans author speaker and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible fellowship in Dallas Texas God’s Word isn’t just powerful its precise it can cut right through to the heart of the problem even if the problem is our heart let’s join dr. Evans in Ephesians chapter 6 as he talks about the sword of the Spirit we want you to clearly understand what it is to have this Alma operating in your life the armor of God he wants you to stand firm that is to hold the ground that Jesus has already won Jesus has already been victorious legally he wants us to experience it literally he doesn’t want you and I to go out and create victory he has already crafted victory he wants us to stand firm he says beginning in verse 10 through verse 13 stand firm stand firm he says you’re not fighting for victory you’re fighting from victory you’re not trying to achieve something something has already been achieved so stand firm but make sure you have the right wardrobe on make sure you have the belt of truth and breastplate of righteousness and shoes of the gospel of peace with the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation he comes at the end of verse 17 and gives the last piece of the armor verse 17 he says and take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God remember the verb take means pick up as needed the last three of the armors use that verb the first three uses the verb to be that is this is the state you should always be in but these last three deals with the verb to take pick up as needed or as appropriate he says I want you to pick up the sword of the Spirit the sword of the Spirit this is very important because this is the only offensive piece of weapon in the arsenal everything else is designed to hold you steady from what the enemy is seeking to do in the evil day but now in this last one he has put a weapon in your hand the soldier has two types of swords in the Roman army the long sword though the sword that allows you to fight at a distance because it is extended but the Greek word for sword here is not the word for the long sword like the swashbuckling kind of sword that you would see in movies and on television the Greek word sword here is the word dagger it was approximately an 18-inch dagger the dagger was used for up close fighting in-your-face fighting the dagger was used when you were in hand-to-hand combat and your enemy was right up close so the word for sword here the Greek word for sword is the word for dagger and the dagger was needle sharp it was used for giving a death blow because the enemy is up on you as enemy ever been up on you on you own you see in a general way we know the devil and his emissaries are like always there the attack is creating consternation and conflict and chaos it’s like somebody getting up in your face well the dagger was for that kind of battle he says I’m going to give you the sword for the up close in your face battle he says it is the sword of the Spirit it is the tool that the Spirit uses but here’s the most important thing it is the only tool he uses it is the spirits offensive weapon it is the tool he uses in the spiritual realm it is the tool he uses to address what’s happening in the invisible world for what’s in your face in the visible world he says it is the sword of the Spirit it is what the spirit uses to deal with what is causing you consternation in the world in which you live that comes from the invisible world that you do not see now if you don’t believe it’s coming from the invisible world you won’t use sword you’ll do like Moses and Peter with Moses tried to deliver Israel he killed the Egyptian Peter wanted to deliver Jesus he cut off the servant’s ear he pulled out his sword and he sliced the servant’s ear off in order to protect Jesus Jesus had to God in the Old Testament Jesus in the New Testament had to instruct both of them I don’t need that I don’t need your human methodology human approach human perspective human the orientation to fight a spiritual battle one of the reasons why so many of us so often are losing our battles is we go to human and once you go to human that’s not a sword the Spirit uses you don’t use that you don’t use that sword when you choose to use a man-made method for a spiritually derived cause you have no support from God in your faith that’s why the Bible says that the wrath of man does not accomplish the purposes of God in other words your human anger that’s why the Bible says vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord I will replay I’ve got my own approach and your method is not my method my ways are not your ways I don’t handle it like you handle it in the spiritual realm the only tool that the Spirit of God uses is this dagger and it is needle sharp it is because we have lot believed in the power of the dagger and we know we don’t believe it because we don’t use it that we don’t see the enemy being sliced and diced he says this sword is what the Spirit of God will use in your battle conflict evil day and it is the only one in the arsenal maybe it’s the only one you have because it’s the only one you need what is the sword he says which is the Word of God now let me give you three words for the Word of God so that you can understand how this works because what you use a sword correctly gruffy that is the Greek word for the writings Groff a means the writings scripture is called in the Bible graphic this is the Word of God but it’s the Word of God graph a in other words as I’ll sit it down there on the podium as you hold the book in your hand you are holding graphic you’re holding 66 books and the words that make them up that compose the Canon of Scripture whether you have it on your shelf at home whether you have it on your coffee table whether they have them copy in your car whether it’s tucked under your arms when you walked in the church you came in with graffiti you came in with the book you came in with the Word of God in written form he says God gives the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God but the greek words like Rafi this is Groff a this is this is the written book and is the Bible but when he talks about the spirits use he’s not talking about you walking around with a Bible in your hand having a Bible in your car cuz see some people use the Bible as the graph they like a rabbit’s foot you see folks got crosses dangling from their rear view mirror like that supposed to stop an accident or something Lord keeper that’s magic what some people do is sanctified a car by putting a graph a in it they have a graph a in the glove compartment like that’s gonna be magic or somehow their living room go get holy because there’s a Bible on the coffee table that’s graphic now don’t get me wrong it is the Bible it is the word of God but that’s not what the spirits using but there’s another side to God’s Word dr.

Evans will tell us about it when he continues our message in just a moment first of all I want to tell you about the follow-up book by dr. Evans that we’ve chosen for our current series victory and spiritual warfare it explains why most of what we call problems are really just symptoms and why they typically don’t go away until we deal with the spiritual battle going on behind the scenes of our lives whether you’re dealing with substance abuse or sexual emotional or relational issues you’ll find there real-life help you’re looking for in victory and spiritual warfare if you’d like to share this information with your Sunday School class or small group we have a study guide available called the victory and spiritual warfare field guide for battle it’s an 8th session adult Bible study that includes discussion questions to help drive the content home and build group interaction get details by clicking on the radio tab when you visit us at tony evans org while you’re there you can download our free smartphone app become a fan on facebook follow dr. Evans on Twitter or sign up for his free weekly email devotional you can also browse through our complete resource catalog make online donations to help us continue our work and check out our growing library of downloadable resources again that’s tony evans org or call 1-800 813 22 and let one of our staff members help you our phone center never closes again that’s 1-800-843-9166 Reema now Reema means utterance or words spoken or declared it is the declaration of the logos that you got from the graph a the graph a is the book the logo says the message the Rhema is the utterance the speech the spoken Ness of the message you could be the owner of a Bible factory and not have a sword until you could make Bibles and not have a sword he says the sword that the Spirit uses is the Rhema of God here it is the graph a the book gives you the locus the message but it is the Rhema that plunges in and draws blood it is the Rhema that for spirit uses so many of us are not seeing the power of the Spirit because we haven’t graduated to the Rhema we the stuff at Groff a because we bought a Bible the church you know that focal bring the Bible Church don’t even all open it until no bring the Bible to church you are stuck at the graph a because it’s a it’s just a book and you feel holier because you walk with it but the Spirit doesn’t use that that’s not the tool for the spiritual warfare it’s still the Word of God but it’s not the tool that the Spirit uses others of us perhaps most of us we come to understand the logos the message we want to understand the sermon we want to understand the truth we want to understand its message we may be inspired by it we’re educated by it oriented by it and so we now understand something we did not previously understand from the graph a that now has become logos in our minds and understanding but when it comes to spiritual warfare when the enemy is all up in your grill you need more than graphic and logos you need Rhema you need the locus from the graph a uttered spoken or declare why do you want to Raymont the logos because I’ll you have to understand it’s fully to fully get this why do you want a Rhema utter declare speak the logos the message because of the intrinsic nature of the logos turn to Hebrews 4 Hebrews chapter 4 we’ll come back back to Rhema in a minute but I want you to understand it because what you are doing the Rhema on is the logos to get the logos you bring the Groff a so I go to the graph a the writings to get the message but I don’t get the message to say I enjoy I get the message so when I need Rhema in Hebrews chapter 4 he speaks about the logos and this is what he says beginning in verse 12 for the word logos of God is living when you get the message not when you carry the book but when you get the message that is a living message it is not just information it is alive the logos of God is alive and it is active it is not only alive it has energy behind it you know it’s got a force field he says the logos of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword and it’s piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit why do you need to know that the low cost of I can get down to spirit and soul because your spirit and soul is your invisible world that’s the invisible world your visible world is a physical your body your invisible world the world where you truly live is made up of soul your personality and it’s made up of spirit the God presence in you he says this thing is so sharp that it can slice the invisible realm separating spirit and soul because your soul gets in the way of the spirit your personality how you arrange your orientation your your thought your perspective keeps getting in God’s Way so God’s gotta slice you out of the way so his spirit can break through see we have so intertwined our souls with God’s Spirit that we keep getting in God’s Way so God wants the logos to get you out the way and this is the only thing that can do that is the lesson of God so when you come and you hear the message you have the content of the word and it dawns on you that what you thought and what God says isn’t the same you just got sliced and diced when you come and you hear the word of God and you discover that your perspective what mama taught you what daddy taught you disagrees with what God says and it dawns on you you had all this stuff mixed up and you had God’s name all up in your soul when God had never do it how you were thinking and how you were functioning and how you operate you got sliced and diced he said is active it is sharper than any two-edged sword it can divide it’s piercing it is penetrating down to the invisible level of joints and marrow and it is able to discern judge it is able to the the thoughts and intents of the heart see here’s the problem with the word with the logo the problem with the logos is it not only attacks what you do it attacks what you think he says it gets down to what you were thinking it gets down to the thought and it goes deeper than before it goes to the intents of the hearts dr.

Tony Evans will come back in just a moment to remind us about the most basic part of God’s message to the human race first though a quick reminder that today’s lesson is part of dr. Evans current series the armor of God there are eight full length messages in this collection containing material we didn’t have time to present on the air it’s available on CD or DVD or you can download an mp3 version check with us at tony evans org for details you can also get today’s individual message the sword of the Spirit again that’s Tony Evans org or call 1-800 813 is open 24/7 to help you again dial 1-800-833-3232 him find out how God has equipped us to do that when you join us right now though he’s back with a reminder about God’s most important message for mankind if you’ve been listening to our broadcast and you have not personally trusted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins so that he can give you the gift of eternal life right now I want you to go to God and transfer your trust from any and everything else except the Oh God who died on the cross for your sins and arose from the dead in fact I’m gonna say a little prayer and you can repeat it after me you just have to mean it for yourself Heavenly Father I know I’m a sinner and that I can’t save myself I believe Jesus Christ your son died on the cross in my place for my sin and I now AM trusting him alone to forgive me and to give me the gift of eternal life that he promised to give to anyone who came to him for it thank you for saving me and help me from this day forward to live a life pleasing to you congratulations welcome to the family find a good Bible teaching Church so you can grow and we are here to help you with resources to move you forward in your spiritual life god bless you the alternative with dr.

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