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Daily Reading: 5th December 2015

John 18.10-11 cont.

10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. Now his name was Malchus. 

11 Then Jesus said to Peter: “Put the sword back into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given to Me”. 

It has always been a subject of debate as to whether or not Christians should be involved in military combat. The debate has faithful men and woman on either side of the debate; each believer must reach their own conclusion, based on the word of God, and not on worldly expediency.

The words of Paul direct us to a different method of warfare:

[3] We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods.

[4] We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds.

[5] With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ – 2 Corinthians 10.3-5 (NLT).

He writes to the Ephesians and describes the believers armour and weaponry:

13) Because of this you must put on (take up) the complete armour of God, so that you will be able to withstand the evil day, and to be able to stand having accomplished all things.

14) Take your stand, then, putting truth around your waist (hips), and putting on the breastplate of righteousness,

15) also wear firmly on your feet the shoes of the gospel of peace,

16) also in everything take up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the burning arrows of the evil one.

17) Also take up the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word,

18) Always be praying by making requests at all times in the Spirit, also be attentive in perseverance with your requests for all the saints – Ephesians 6.13-18.

These are the weapons of the Holy Spirit, and they belong to Him. Earlier Paul had said that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the world rulers of darkness and against the evil spiritual hordes in the heavenly realms – Ephesians 6.12.

In the midst of worldly pressures and trials it can be easy to lose sight of the fact that we are in a spiritual battle that needs to be fought with weapons of the Holy Spirit.

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