-For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds-
(2 Corinthians 10:3-4)
Today We will Be Preparing to Carry The Sword of the Spirit into Battle, and as We come to a close of our Study on ‘The Whole Armor of God,’
I wanted to Share with You How my ‘bible-toting’ Father, Hubert Horton, Jr., walked before The Lord, Wielding his Sword of The Spirit- The Word of God – His Bible.
My Father was a Great, ‘Faith-Full’
man. He was peaceful and kind and for some reason, I watched him intently. I realize now, that I was awed by his Faith-Walk. He loved Jesus and He loved to read his bible.
It was the the first thing he did in the morning…He grabbed his bible and his cigarettes and spent forever in the bathroom…reading and smoking!! Lol
He was our alarm clock…so after he was done with his ‘bathroom bible study,’ he would wake us up to get ready for school.
He would always make my lunch for school. I loved bacon…and I still do…so as he was making my bacon sandwich, he was having his daily ‘kitchen bible study. ‘
He would have his radio playing, as he listened to the different radio preachers…sitting with his bible open at the kitchen table, with a cup of tea. He would sit there so peacefully, reading his bible, smoking his cigarettes, until it was time for him to take us to school.
Of Course, the bible study continued in the car, as he listened to more radio preachers and as he played, what I call ‘country gospel,’ during the short ride to school.
Back then, I don’t recall him leaving the house carrying his bible, but later in his life…he carried his bible with him EVERYWHERE he went.
My siblings and I were grown, by then…and at that time…we could not grasp the spiritual significance of what he was doing. We were embarrassed because…this was not just Sunday morning – ‘bible-toting’ that Daddy was practicing. This was everyday…out-in-public and we were concerned that someone, who we knew, might see him carrying his bible and say that he was ‘Crazy.’
We realized that there was no way we would be able to convince him to leave his bible at home, so we bought him a book-bag so that he could still carry his bible around…but just keep it hidden.
But Daddy was not Ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…and he knew that his bible was his Sword of the Spirit…and he was ‘Faith-Full’ to Carry it…Read It…and Wield it!!
Although My siblings and I thought my daddy was tripping and considered his ‘bible-toting’ to be extreme, He wasn’t crazy, he knew exactly what he was doing…
He knew that he was actually,
You See…My Dad was a Schizophrenic, and he knew that if he didn’t fill himself up with the Word of God and keep the Belt of Truth strapped around his waist, those schizophrenic voices from Hell, would come back…lying to him…confusing him…stealing his family, his peace, and most importantly, his sanity.
He was diligent and dutiful to take his meds, but he knew he was in a Spiritual Battle for His mind…so he could not afford to give the devil any room, nor another opportunity to establish a stronghold over him.
You see, while he was ‘sword-toting,’ he had read 2 Corinthians 10:5
-[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One-
So he knew how to use The Word to cut-down the strongholds that had once overtaken him…with his Sword!!
When Satan slithered in, telling his best lies…Daddy compared the lies of Satan – to the Truth he learned in God’s Word, which he had hidden in his heart (not in a book bag)…and when the TRUTH of God’s Word prevailed over the devil’s lies…(and it ALWAYS does)…Daddy slashed the lies down!!
So when the devil came…lifting up and exalting schizophrenia, and depression… trying to deceive him and convince him that mental illness was greater than the One True, Living God…Who Daddy knew so well…because he had walked with Him and talked with Him daily, in prayer and study…Daddy rejected It…He refused to Fall Back!!
Instead, he cast down those spirits of schizophrenia and depression…caged them up…chained them up…and he dragged them away captive to Jesus, his Reigning King… where these wicked spirits were forced to behave, bow-down, and submit to The Name and Authority Of Jesus!!
So…For Daddy, the Sword of the Spirit was his Daily Weapon…and We too, must be ‘Faith-full’ and diligent to Read and Study God’s Word daily…so that We are armed and ready to Wield Our Sword, with skill and ease, And Cut that devil Down!!
After All…There is a Real, Spiritual War going on!!
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God-
God Loves You and So Do I!!
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