Precision Piece
originally written 20 Dec 15
posted 21 Dec 15

photo by: Shirley/Missouri/December 2015
The Bible has been/is described as a sword.
It is one of our provided weapons in this spiritual war.

There are lyrics to a song that says it "Was never ours to swing”, referring to the habit some have of using scripture to put others down instead of building them up.

How beneficial a sharp instrument is depends on the difference in how it is used.
There is an enormous difference between the skillfully wielded instrument
in the hands of a surgeon and the sharp blade in the hands of
someone seeking to harm another.

Used skillfully, the Word of God can be of great benefit.
Used recklessly, the same scripture can cause much damage.

This great Sword is best used to cut the chains holding humanity hostage.
This mighty weapon is best used against the enemy of God and man...
the father of lies.
It was never meant to destroy our fellow captives.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor 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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:10-17

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

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.
On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. 
Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. 
Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared.
Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good.
How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.
Psalm 119:33-40

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
Psalm 119:-97-104

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