Monday, February 9, 2009

God's Weapons



Certaintly God wants to use our talents. After all He gave them to us. But along with the developing of our talents and spiritual gifts is the perfecting of our character. We are God's weapons; and if the weapon is to be effective, it must be polished and sharp.

You may not think of yourself as a weapon, but the metaphor is quite biblical. In Isaiah 49:2, Messiah is compared to a sharp sword and a polished arrow and "the sword of a mighty man". Paul used the image in Romans 6:13 where he admonished believers to yield their bodies to God "as instruments of righteousness"; and the word translated "instruments" means "tools", or "weapons".

Christian service means invading a battleground, not a playground; and you and I are the weapons God uses to attack and defeat the enemy. When God used Moses' rod, He needed Moses to lift it. When God used David's sling, He needed David's hand to swing it. When God builds a ministry, He needs somebody's surrendered body to get the job done.

There's no substitute for Christian character. No matter how much talent and training we may have, if we don't have character, we don't have anything. A holy life is a useful life. Life is built on character, but character is built on decisions. You are shaping your life by your thoughts, attitudes, and actions and becoming either more or less like Jesus Christ. The more you are like Christ, the more God can trust you with His blessing.

A holy life isn't the automatic consequence of reading the right books, listening to the right cd's, or attending the right meetings. It's the result of living a loving union with Jesus Christ and a life marked with godly discipline.

Remember we are truly Blessed Beyond our wildest imaginations. It is an Honor to be one of God's humble servant's.

Have a Blessed Week!

17 comments:

Beth in NC said...

This is an awesome reminder!

Thank you for sharing this post.

Love,
Beth

Tonja said...

Great thoughts today, my friend! Thanks for these encouraging words!

Nicole said...

Wow, God bumps all over!!! I have been thinking a lot about character, and how everything we go through in life is a chance to either build character or become bitter. I've also been thinking on righteousness, and then today in my Beth Moore study I learned that righteousness really starts with renewing our minds. That brings us closer to God and makes us more effective. Wow, I can not believe (well, I can but wow), how every single word of your post has summed up my life lately, in thoughts and questions. God just used you, as a tool in his hand to speak to me. Thank you!

Love,
Nicole

Sharon said...

Hi Sharon,
This is the best post I have read by anyone in a very long time. It is so refreshing to see someone actually say that we must live with discipline.

Thank you so much for this post,
Have a blessed evening,
Sharon

From the Heart said...

The post is great. I always feel like I've been to church when I read your writings because I know they come from your heart, a heart that loves God.

Thanks for your prayers. I feel so unworthy, but I know that God healed me of something and it doesn't matter what it is, it's the fact that He loved me enough to take care of me before I knew I needed it.
Be blessed, my sister,
AliceE.

Ashley Marie said...

Thanks Sharon, actually. My friend/bandmate that had cancer passed away. Please keep his family in your prayer, his name is Johnathon.

Thank you so much for your encouragement.

Hugs
-Ash

Edie said...

Oh I just love this Sharon. A very wonderful reminder. Rich blessings to you!

Alicia said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for posting this!!

Great reminder for us all!!

HUGS,
Alicia

Greg C said...

I love this post. Yes there is a battle going on and we are teh weapons. The enemy is hiding among us and fighting against us. We do need to keep fighting.

Nana2six said...

Oh, Sharon - how true this is! Thanks for the encouraging word.

Beth

Debra said...

Wow! This was a wonderful post-beautifully written and it hit home way down deep...right where I needed it.
I miss you too-I'm trying hard to do too many things. I would love a day of just blogging....
So appreciate your prayers for my family. You are a treasure.
Love, Debra

Shanda said...

Hi Sharon!
Thanks for your sweet words on my blog. I appreciate knowing that God has me in the prayers of others.

I loved this quote in your post: "Christian service means invading a battleground, not a playground..."
That stood out so clearly to me being a SAHM. I enjoyed reading your words today. Thanks for sharing!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Girl, have you changed your background or am I losing my memory? I like it.

This post makes me think of the verse in Ephesians that says we are His workmanship created by Christ. Maybe Eph 2:18....let me check...close but no cigar...Eph 2:10.

Love,
P

LisaShaw said...

"There's no substitute for Christian character. No matter how much talent and training we may have, if we don't have character, we don't have anything."

All I can say is PREACH! Preach on sister friend!

God Chaser said...

Sharon thanks for stopping by and thnks for missing me. I haven't been writing as much as usual one the computer was taking a lot of my time and 2 I truly need God to pour into me so I can pour into others. Life has gotten a little busy. thanks for this posting - I am God's weapon and I need to be available to be use- I love what you said about Moses and David so true- I must pick uo the weapn for God to use it. thanks so much for this I needed it. Back at you with blessings and hugs. Peace love and joy is yours through Christ.

On Purpose said...

Sharon this post is AWESOME...seriously...what amazing and great words of truth here. I want to lay it all down and let Him use me as HE needs! I feel so blessed coming here today and reading this. Thank You Lord for Sharon and for shining brightly the light of You on this blog. Only You Lord can transform our character...thank You for loving us enough to not leave us the way we are!!! Amen! Amen!

Dana said...

Sharon,

What an awesome post. I really enjoyed it. You are such a blessing to so many of us. Praying God's blessings for you today and always.

Love in Christ,
Dana