I lay awake in the morning, not wanting to get up. My mind drifted back to the middle of the night wake up I had…yet again. These nightmares were relentless. Every night they visited me in my sleep. Every night I woke up in fear and panic. Every night I feared going to sleep. I recognized this as a result of my disclosure of childhood sexual abuse a month earlier. But I had had enough of the terrorization of my heart and soul. My enemy was raging in full strength against me since this lack of sleep and horrifying dreams were not the only repercussions of my attempt to be free from my prison of pain. It was time to draw my sword and fight back. I had to know how to be a warrior. How To Wear Your Armor Like A Warrior Princess: Your Sword.
We have only one offensive weapon in our arsenal. Every other piece of our armor is defensive, created for defending against attack. Our sword, though, was forged for the sole purpose of engaging in spiritual battle. It is for us to obliterate the enemy of our souls. He trembles at the all-powerful word of the Mighty God. And he counts on us not being fit to wield our swords. He counts on us not understanding the power we have at our fingertips. He counts on us not trusting in the word of God. Are you ready to prove the enemy wrong?
Strengthen Those Muscles!
Are your muscles strong enough to confidently wield the sword? Or are you out of shape? God’s word is our only offensive weapon that destroys our enemy – we don’t have any other weapon. Therefore, it is even more important that we know how to use it properly. This sword is powerful, it takes strength to use it well, to accurately wield it and destroy our opponent. This requires regular practice with our sword. We need intense training in scripture so that when the enemy ambushes, our first reaction is remembering His word.
This sword is powerful, it takes strength to use it well, to accurately wield it and destroy our opponent. This requires regular practice with our sword. We need intense training in scripture so that when the enemy ambushes, our first reaction is remembering His word.
Did you catch that? The word of God should be so richly dwelling within us that when a battle ensued, our absolute very first action is reaching for our sword. It should be an immediate response, not even something we think about. Like when a dancer experiences muscle memory.
I used to take adult jazz dance lessons – it was great fun. Over the years, I noticed that steps and combos became automatic for my body. It took me forever to learn the pas de bourree, but once I got it, I could do it with ease, without even thinking about where my feet ought to go. This is what is called muscle memory and we ought to have good muscle memory when it comes to brandishing our swords. I know, easier said than done, hey?
I know, easier said than done, hey? But, over time and with practice, it will happen and we’ll forget that we ever had difficulty knowing His word. Our Father desires to see us handling His word with agility and accuracy. Let’s give Him what He wants!
Only The Best
Sometimes, though, the battle wears us out. We drop our swords and fall to our knees (this is where our comrades in arms ought to help out – using their swords and their shields!). We run to our Heavenly Father to get some much-needed rest.
However, many times we don’t pick our swords up again. We gaze at it on the ground, exactly where we left it, afraid that if we pick it up again, we will soon get tired and need rest again. This is true. We will grow weary. We are in battle after all! But our Father welcomes us into His arms whenever and how often as necessary.
And we’d be right in thinking this. It is true. We will grow weary. We are in battle after all! But our Father welcomes us into His arms whenever and how often as necessary. When we have been in battle, accurately using His word, we can enter into His presence unashamed. And when we’ve rested up, we go out once more and fight.
Our armor is not basic equipment reserved for a third-rate military. We have access to the most powerful armor ever. Did you know that our armour is the very same as Christ’s armour? Isaiah 59 explains the armour Christ is wearing when He returns to wage war on His enemies.
Isn’t that amazing? When I discovered this, I was so excited! I started to see my armour with so much more confidence.
Sisters, we are wearing the very same armour as our Saviour! It is impenetrable! Indestructible! It is stronger than titanium – and it is stronger than the fabled Mithril in Lord of the Rings! We have the very same armour as our Commander in Chief. Now that should give you awe-inspiring confidence in the midst of battle.
Maybe that’s the encouraging word you need to hear in order to pick up your sword again. Go ahead, wrap your fingers around the hilt of your sword. Feel the strength rise up inside of you. And know that your enemy is trembling right now, he is afraid of what you are about to do.
He is scared to death that you might begin to believe the power and authority you have over him in the name of Jesus.
The Fear Of The Enemy
One of my favourite scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy is near the end. Although her uncle refuses to let her fight, Eowyn sneaks into the battle at Minas Tirith, disguised as a man.
She is wielding her sword valiantly, keeping up with the men. She is fighting for liberty! Suddenly, she sees her uncle attacked by the witch-king. He gets knocked off of his horse and he is in grave danger. Eowyn comes to his aid and she comes face to face the witch-king, who is the master of the ringwraiths. His steed is the horrid Nazgul, whom Eowyn destroys. He is the epitome of evil. He is huge and his weapons are massive. One blow would destroy her instantly. She only has her sword for defense.
The witch-king comes to her and he warns her to not try and stop him because no man can kill him. She takes off her helmet, revealing her feminine identity and says “I am no man” and with a battle cry, she drives her sword directly into the opening in his helmet. Immediately, the once immense and powerful witch-king crumples up and there is virtually nothing left of him. Do you see why I love that scene?
Our enemy is defeated in the same way, by our Sword. He is annihilated when we use our mighty sword. He cannot withstand the power of it. He crumples up like tin foil just as the witch-king did.
And he knows this. He knows the power we have when we wield our swords. He knows he doesn’t stand a chance when we use it effectively; when we have trained to fight fiercely.
Ladies, this isn’t a butter knife we are holding in our hands. It is the Holy word of our mighty God. It is powerful beyond what you can even imagine.
Jesus quoted scripture when Satan tempted Him (Matthew 4 & Luke 4). It seems that it is the word of God that is effective in shutting him up. He can’t argue with God and His word. But he can argue with our own reasoning.
Because Jesus is the Word, He is our sword. He is all we need. We don’t need any other weapon. The Word, our Saviour, has to be imprinted upon our hearts. Just as David did, we must saturate ourselves in the Word, we must saturate ourselves in Jesus.
When I would wake in the middle of the night from these horrible dreams, it would take some time for me to realize that I was, indeed, safe. That my strong husband was sleeping beside me. Something had to be done to stop these unspeakable dreams that would leave me full of anxiety. So, I fell to my knees and called out to God. I prayed against those nightmares and I used scripture to fight for me. I prayed for His truth over my life. I don’t know how long I was there for, how long I had been praying, but I was spent. And I was confident that my God heard me and was working on my behalf. That night was my first restful, peaceful sleep in a long time. And it was the first of many more to come. Since that time in 1999, I haven’t had many bad dreams. And when I do, I fight them with my sword.
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Jesus is our Truth; He is our belt.
Jesus is our faith, He is our shield.
Jesus is our peace, He is our shoes.
Jesus is our righteousness, He is our breastplate.
Jesus is our salvation, He is our helmet.
Jesus is our truth, He is our sword.
Are you ready to wield your sword? Are you ready to fight?
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