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Lord’s Day 10, 2019


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against 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. 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. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 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. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

—Ephesians 6:10–17

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

—Hebrews 4:12

The Sword

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For the warfare gird it on,
Nor until the fight be won,
And the day’s sharp work is done,
Lay it by!

Sharp its edge; oh, use it well;
Strong against the strongest spell
Ever framed in earth or hell,
It will prove!

Bright its blade, oh keep it bright,
For the battle, day and night;
Stainless as the flashing light,
Let it shine!

With it hew thy onward way,
Through hell’s thickest war-array:
Nothing let thy soul dismay;
To the last!

Weapon of the true and just,
Trust it strongly, warrior, trust,
Keep it free from earthly rust;
Win it must!

Strike for God, and let each blow
Tell on Satan’s overthrow,
Be the ruin of a foe;
Strike for God!

Not for angels was it made,
Man alone can wield that blade,
Soldiers of the great crusade,—
Hosts of God!

Sword of God, thy power we hail;
He who has thee cannot fail,
He who trusts thee must prevail,
Mighty sword!

Rich in victories untold,
Still the precious sword of old,
Steel and gems and glorious gold,
To the last!

Till the warfare shall be done,
Till the victory be won,
Till the triumph be begun,
Grasp we thee!

—Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, Third Series (James Nisbet & Co., 1878).

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Posted 2019·03·10 by David Kjos
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