During the period I call “the depression years” my best friend suggested I meditate. After that first contact with the King in January 1994 where I learned He loved me and I could hear Him, I asked Him how I should meditate.
A useful book called “The power of Positive Thinking” was loaned to me by my Aunt, the one who read me Bible stories as a child. She didn’t know I’d asked the Lord how to meditate.
As I drove home through the lonely North Island roads with the book beside me, the radio announced news that the author, Norman Vincent Peale had died at the age of 95. Noting the strange timing, I took it as confirmation I should read the book.
The author suggested memorizing Bible Verses to train the mind to think positively. I took it on board, and after putting into practice what he wrote and memorising verses it led me to start thinking differently. I soon found myself knocked off my feet in a spiritual battle.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
I needed to make a stand, but how and with what do you fight an invisible foe?
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4
Sword of the Spirit
“Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
The first weapon that came to hand was the sword of truth, the Word of God.
The sword of the Spirit is one of the six items or armour given to the believer in their fight against evil. Out of the six pieces of armour, it is the only weapon.
The Bible is the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17
The Word of God
This is no ordinary book. It is made up of 66 books by 40 authors, inspired by God. I have heard a very good acronym to describe it;
The Bible is God-breathed, the inspired word of God. The greatest mind in the universe is behind this book.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16
For all that it is God-breathed, it is sealed. Without the Holy Spirit, it is cold and enigmatic. The word only comes alive with the aid of the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor the King promised He would send.
Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. John 16:7
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13.
Our spirit and unconscious mind can normally only be accessed through dreams. The Bible is designed to speak to the three-fold part of ourselves.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
The Bible has not been changed. An ancient Bible called the Codex Sinaiticus, handwritten well over 1600 years ago (around 350AD), contains the Christian Bible in Greek, including the oldest complete copy of the New Testament. It is the oldest substantial book to survive Antiquity. It was preserved in the dry desert air of St Katherine’s monastery at Mt Sinai, said to be the oldest monastery in the world. The Greek words are the same as our English translations.
Jesus said “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matthew 5:18