Only the word of God is "quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."Phil hits on something that I have sadly forgotten in recent years. In my desire to reach the community around me and to "grow" the church that I serve; I have been tempted to listen to the experts and envy the ways of others. But like David I find the armor does not suit me and I am now stripping down to the bare essentials. In the battle against today's Goliath's, one would be foolish to trust anyone else but the living God of Israel.
I'm not saying we should give up on reaching the world or be passive and silent. On the contrary, I think we should turn up the volume. But I'm also saying this: Don't distrust the weapons Christ has entrusted to His church. Don't underestimate the power of the plain word of God or the influence of clear and dynamic preaching. Don't set aside the weapons God has chosen and trade them for Saul's armor.
And if you're going to wage war in the spiritual realm, against evil imaginations and false ideologies, you are going to need a weapon like that—"a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" that cuts with precision and pierces to the depths of the heart—not a toy weapon from the fleshly arsenal favored by contemporary worldly evangelicalism.
So today I am re-enlisting in the Lord's Army. An army of the One. Will you come and join me? And with His sword in our hands, let's slay some dragons!