The Adventurer is ready to set out into the darkness of the cave. He does not know what foes lie in the shadow, only that beyond the mouth of the cave lie the unknown. For a moment he is afraid. Around his neck is a small glass diamond and within the diamond is a soft light. Not enough to bring any clarity to the darkness, but enough for him to remember he is not alone. He swallows his fear and begins his journey into the abyss.
As the adventurer is swallowed by the darkness, those on the outside of the cave think he has lost his mind. What would drive a man into the dark depths of the cave? Insanity that’s what! What they don’t know is the adventurer is driven by a dream. While he sleeps he can hear the screams of the inhabitants of the cave. Dwellers of the darkness. Why do they scream? Perhaps because they have never seen the light.
Hours pass as he delves deeper into the cave. He’s now deep, deep in the darkness. A sound stops the adventurer in his tracks. Footsteps. He is not alone. A low growl fills his ears. It doesn’t sound human. He breathes in deep. This is the moment he was born for. He’s not afraid to fight. He grabs the light around his neck, eyes frantic, searching the darkness for any sign of the creature. The light shimmers off of red eyes.
He reaches to his side for his weapon. The dread starts in his chest and slowly moves toward his stomach. There in the depths of dark despair, face to face with something that surely wants his blood, he has no weapon.
Perhaps this was for the best. If the adventurer had his weapon that day, he may have mistakenly used it on the very ones he had entered the cave to save.
Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT) A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:17 (NLT) …take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
As believers, it is so vital that we recognize our enemy is not flesh and blood, but spirit. I was thinking the other day how cool it would be if at the moment of salvation we gave everyone a sword. I would use that as an evangelism tool, “Come meet Jesus and get a sweet sword!” The problem, of course, is that it sends the wrong message. “You love Jesus? Now go cut people!”
I recognize that is ridiculous, but sometimes it feels as if that’s exactly what we do. We take the Word of God and use it to tear people apart. We have to remember our enemy is not the sinner, politicians or other Christians. Our enemy is the devil and the powers of hell. Tragically, we too often use the Word of God as a source to try and force people to see our perspective instead of simply demonstrating the love of Jesus.
Too often people feel beat up by Christians using scripture to condemn their lifestyle. How many times have the drug addict, the sexually immoral or the gay person felt unloved and unwelcome? How many times have they heard scripture after scripture telling them they have to change. I don’t believe we are called to use the sharpness of God’s Word to tear people down, but to build people up. We know we are called to speak the truth in love, but do they know we love them?
We have to remember the lost person is not our enemy, but our mission! We must use the Word of God, not to fight against them, but to fight for them!
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
Today is the perfect day to evaluate how you are using your words. Are they declaring life or death in your family? Your parents? Your siblings? Your friends? Your classmates? Your coworkers? Your teacher? Your boss? We must use our voice to declare God’s word and speak the life giving power of God into every situation.
We must use our voice to cut through the lies of the enemy! Break the lie of insufficiency, that voice that says you’re not good enough. You were created by God and He doesn’t make junk! Break the lie of brokenness with the revelation of God’s healing. Break the lie of valuelessness with the reality of your adoption as a child of God! So many people believe they aren’t worth anything, but God sees you as so valuable He sent Jesus to die so you could have life
We are called to go on the offensive! We must not be afraid to speak out and to use our words to unleash Heaven’s power and build the Kingdom of God! Let’s just be sure we are fighting against the right enemy.
Today I challenge you, pick up your weapon, let God’s Word become your voice. Step into the darkness and bring forth light!