On Collecting Swords

BibleJesus: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26)

Jesus said this ultimately to His disciples. He was saying that the Disciples, who God would use to write many of the New Testament books, would be guided by the Holy Spirit to remember exactly what He (Jesus) said so that they could accurately put those things on the page. The Holy Spirit’s guidance of the Bible writers is why we can trust our Bibles.

But, the truth of John 14:26 doesn’t end there. In a lesser way, it is a principle we can claim as well. The Holy Spirit will not guide us to write authoritative documents that end up in Scripture. But He WILL bring to our memory relevant verses of Scripture in the times that we need it.

For instance, in times of trial, He may remind us of the verse: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13).

In times of dejection, He may remind us of the verses: “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

In times of temptation, He may remind us of the verse: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

The Holy Spirit, who indwells every Jesus-follower, will point us to Scripture as He helps us to live the life Jesus died to give us. In fact, Scripture is His sword with which He does spiritual battle on our behalf (Ephesians 6:17).

The question arises: When the Holy Spirit desires to help us and He runs to the arsenal of our mind, throws open the doors, and looks for a relevant verse, what Bible verses have we memorized that He can use? If all He finds is John 3:16 and a few other verses, we haven’t given Him enough to work with.

So, spend time in God’s Word. Read it and memorize key verses. Stock the arsenal of your mind with powerful Bible verses. Then, when trial or temptation comes your way and the Holy Spirit looks for a relevant verse to bring to your memory, He’s got plenty to work with.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

2 thoughts on “On Collecting Swords

  1. This was so good, Pastor! Speaking for myself, I feel I do not rely on the Holy Spirit as I should. We have this marvelous access to our Heavenly Father…what a wonderful gift He left us when Christ acsended into heaven!

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