The Bible used as a weapon?

I’ve heard it said…and said myself before that it’s wrong for people to pound the Bible over people’s heads in a way…throwing Scriptures in their face.  It was done to me the other day by someone I didn’t even really know, and was done in a really wrong way that can be hurtful.

That said, the Scripture is called the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).  We are told to hide the Word within us so that we don’t sin (Psalm 119:11).  Jesus, when he was tempted by Satan, every single time, stated Scripture in reply to the temptations, and when he did, the devil gave up and left him (Matt. 4:4-11).  It is meant to use as a weapon, in that way…a weapon against the temptations that we face…the attacks of the devil that come in all sorts of ways, including by well meaning family and friends at times.

I will never be ashamed of the Word of God, or of using it.  I will use my own mind and form my own words too, when talking to people about my faith…especially those who are not Christians.  But that’s who I am, and I am not ashamed, nor will I ever be, of Christ in me.  And I hope that in the end, he won’t be ashamed of me.  And in the end, that’s far more important to me than if someone else is ‘offended’ somehow by my quoting or referencing Scriptures.

2 Timothy 3:14-17

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14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Ephesians 6:10-18

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The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.


About Anne Sikes

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) Sharing the journey through daily thoughts and struggles, examination of Scripture, poetry, music and art.
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4 Responses to The Bible used as a weapon?

  1. God seems to give us the necessary scripture at the appropriate time when He wants us to use it…Diane

    • Anne Sikes says:

      That’s true Diane. I can remember encounters with people when I had no idea what I was going to say, and somehow it was just there. Thank you! –Anne

  2. So true! I think we do more damage than good when we whip out our Bibles in order to win an argument or prove our superiority. But when we step out of the way and allow the Spirit to bring the Scripture to our mouths at the right time, then it is “apples of gold in a setting of silver.” As with most things in life, it’s the heart that makes the difference!

    • Anne Sikes says:

      That is so true, Julia! If Scripture is quoted with an air of superiority…someone looking down on another…it’s not the same as when it comes from a place of God’s love. Thank you for commenting! Blessings –Anne

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