God wants us to survive the active war zone we must live in.
He wants us to not be wounded, devoured, distracted, and neutralized.
What is His plan?
We Wear the Armor He gives to us.
The final piece is what we use to make it through life.
God said we all need a Word-protected life.
We All Need the Word-Protected Life
The final piece of armor is for us to take up, and use is the Word of God.
The Word of God as vital to our lives is the clearest doctrine presented in God’s Word.
Faith only comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).
Salvation only comes by the implanted Word (James 1:21).
Spiritual Life is only sustained by the Word daily (Mt. 4:4).
Usefulness to God (sanctification) only comes through the Word (Jn. 17:17).
Protection only comes by the Sword of the Spirit the Word (Eph. 6:17).
The Four Purposes God’s Word Was Given to Us
What does the Sword of the Spirit look like when used in the life of a believer?
The Scriptures give us many amazing examples to learn from. But we always must remind ourselves why the Scriptures were given to us by God. Remember what Paul told us in 2
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God’s Words are Profitable for Us
Each person described in the Scriptures, has a life that is profitable for:
For doctrine (that’s what God says is right),
For reproof (that’s what God says is wrong),
For correction (that’s what God says is how to get right with Him), and
For instruction in righteousness (that’s how God says to stay right with Him).
Those four truths Paul says is the underlying purpose for God giving to us His Word.
Anywhere we look we can find doctrines, reproofs, corrections, and instructions in righteousness. So, here are some of those inspired examples that show us doctrines, reproofs, corrections, and instructions in righteousness!