Day Twenty = Testimony Time
And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Rev. 12:11)
In finishing up describing the armor of God, Paul points to the sword. He calls it “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17) Another scripture similarly describes it this way: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
Evangelist Perry Stone explains that the one edge is the published Word of God. It is that written word which He, through the Holy Spirit, has spoken to the prophets and apostles and all those who penned the Holy Scriptures that we now have and can read. This is also known in the original Greek as Logos. There is another Greek word translated as “spoken word”. This is the Rhema. The Rhema is the Word of God that you and I today speak in faith knowing that God will fulfill it. This makes up the other edge of the sword. (Stone)
The Spirit gives to us both the Rhema and the Logos (see 2 Peter 1:21). As we speak the words of God in the power of the Spirit, we cause action in the spiritual realm.
It took a roman centurion, a soldier wearing the armor, to illustrate this principle of the power of the spoken word transcendent to physical objects. The centurion knew several facts:
1. He knew that his servants’ suffering was the cause of spiritual warfare and not just physical elements.
2. He knew that Jesus had power in the spiritual realm; a power which he and others lacked.
3. He knew that all it took was the spoken words of Christ to bring the deliverance he sought.
The Sword of the Spirit: Speaking the Words of God by the Spirit of God. C’mon Church, It’s Testimony Time!