Just the title of this message makes us think of what is written in Revelation 19:15 as John describes the Lord Jesus Christ at His second coming. “Now out of His mouth, goes a sharp sword…” Notice in verse fourteen also, “And the armies of Heaven (that’s us), clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.” Here it is recorded that the armies of Heaven carried no weapons at all, and that Jesus carried only one weapon, the sharp sword going out of His mouth. So, just what is this sharp sword? Is it literally a sword of metal or is it used figuratively or metaphorically typifying something else? I believe the answer to that question is found in two scriptures, the first is found in John 1: verses one and fourteen (please read) (who also wrote Revelation 19:14-15 mentioned above). According to these verses Jesus is “God” and Jesus is “The Word”! The second scripture is found in Hebrews 4:12 (please read). Here the Apostle Paul completes the analogy between the sharp sword and the Word of God. Paul continues speaking about The Word of God (or the sharp sword) being in our mouth in Romans 10:8, but what does it say? The Word (the sword) is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart, that is The Word of Faith (The Word of God) which we preach. So, this tells me that we also have or should have this sharp sword which is the Word of Faith or The Word of God in our mouth! Well, do we? We certainly should! Paul instructs us to “study” the Word in 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (please read). Notice, both these scriptures were not suggestions, they were commands! Especially in the times we now live, we surely need a weapon and the most powerful weapon we can have is the sharp sword, The Word of God! Paul made a very important statement in Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him…” (please read). So, how do we get faith or increase our faith? Paul answers that question in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”! We should read the Word with our eyes and hear the Word with our ears! That’s how we receive and increase our faith! I remember an old saying that said, “the eyes are the windows to your soul”. That’s certainly true but that’s only half of it, our ears also are a window to our soul! So, we must download the Word of God into our minds and hearts by reading an studying the Word and by listening to the preaching of the Word! So, watch what you watch and watch what you hear! Father-filter what you download through the windows to your souls! Now, take that ultimate weapon that’s in your mouth, that sharp sword, the Word of God and begin to walk by faith! With the weapon in your mouth, you are well equipped to fight the good fight of faith!
Forever Following Jesus,
Gary Pittman, Sr. Pastor