Ink with Wings

Have you ever been in the middle of reading and something just flew off the page and into your head and you couldn’t get it out? Has that ever happened while you were reading something familiar as if this was the first time you had ever seen it? Has it happened with a truth that seems so common sense that you aren’t really sure why it never hit you like that before?

Did Oprah call those lightbulb moments or was that Al Gore?

That is what they feel like to me. Those moments feel like someone reached over and flipped a switch and all of a sudden I see or understand something more clearly than before. My handsome fella is always saying he is going to write a book of common sense. I think the thing that flew off the page at me today might fit somewhere in that book.

“A sword is not a real weapon when it is still in the sheath. It must be taken out and used as needed!” – Beverly Sawyer, HeartQuest devotional

Sounds pretty common sense, huh? Anyone older than two could probably tell you you have to take the sword out of its case in order to be able to use it properly. I suppose you could whack someone in the head with it but that isn’t exactly what a sword is designed to do.

It’s just a common sense quote until you read it in context and THEN…THEN it spreads wings and flies. It comes alive or it did for me.

What happens when you read that sentence in the context of spiritual warfare? What happens when you find out that quote was referring to the sword of the Spirit – the Word of God?

Here it is in context…

“This is “Rhema” – the “living Word”; Stay in the written Word and in close relationship with the “living Word”. Allow Him to show you how to apply the truths you read. A sword is not a real weapon when it is still in the sheath. It must be taken out and used as needed!” – Beverly Sawyer, HeartQuest devotional

Until fairly recently, the past few years, the bible was pretty dry for me to read. I read it. I went to a Christian University and attended the bible classes. I owned more than one. I owned more than one version. I have more than one Bible app with more than one version on each one. I frequent websites on my computer that make it handy to read the bible even when there isn’t one handy. Big deal. It still seemed dry.

And then something happened. It started coming alive. It started to matter. It started to make a difference in my life. I began to see things I had never seen before in stories I had read or heard all my life. God began to highlight scriptures that I needed for particular circumstances in my life. Bible stories began to take on a form other than flannel.

The bible became more than a book to pound people over the head with. The words began to leave the pages and make their way past my eyes and into my heart. The word became the Word in my life.

I’ve got a long way to go. There is much I’ve read but haven’t “seen”. There are promises I struggle to believe are for me. I could write a whole new post about people in the bible who believed the promises without living to see their fulfillment yet they still believed and we got a front row seat into the fulfillment.

Today His Word and word have become much more dear to me. His word has become much more alive. My desire to take his words out of the book and apply them where they go in my life has become much more real. I no longer want to see the words in that book left in their cover. They don’t belong there. They weren’t meant to stay there.

They were meant to fly!

Boots on the Ground

 

Is there something you want out of life that you haven’t seen come to pass? Are you at a place in your spiritual walk that you would like to be? Do you ever find yourself in a spiritual battle wondering what to do to win that thing? Have you ever considered what your role might be in that battle?

I found myself thinking about these questions today. When I think about these types of things my mind automatically goes to freedom and deliverance and things I’ve personally asked God to deliver me from. And then I hear the voices of people I know who minister in these areas…or maybe its God’s voice…reminding me that you have to walk out the things you have been delivered from. Once you have been delivered, you have to be diligent in moving your feet.

Today God seemed to be highlighting my feet as I was thinking about these things.  I thought about what God has said about the authority I have over Satan and where he is in relation to my feet.

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. – Romans 16:20

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. – Luke 10:19

Have you ever stepped on a spider? Where you able to do that while sitting on your coach? Did you have shoes on or where you barefoot? I don’t know about you, but I am NOT stepping on a spider in my bare feet. I have also never stepped on a spider, or any other bug, while in a seated position. I suppose you could if it was on the floor near the edge of your chair, but you would still have to lift your foot up and put it back down on top of the spider. Sounds like common sense, huh?

I’ve asked God to take care of some things for me. I’ve asked Him to crush some things for me that are clearly not in his will for me or those I love.

This weekend I was blessed to hear Todd White speak at my church and part of his message was about the role God has given us on this earth. He talked about God sitting on his throne watching what His kids were going to do with the circumstances in their lives. He painted a picture of God cheering on His kids to carry out His works.

What if we aren’t where we want to be because we haven’t taken Him seriously about the authority he has given us? What if we aren’t overcoming the enemy because we aren’t moving our feet? What if we took God’s word seriously and picked up our feet and got moving? What if “walking it out” is about much more than walking down a path? What if “walking it out” with those feet covered in peace includes doing a dance on the enemy’s head?

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [e]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [f]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. – Ephesians 6:10-17