What could this mean?

This past fall several people who pray fervently for Q Place let me know individually that as they prayed, words or visions came to them that involved a sword. In one case, I was holding a large sword with both hands and vigorously slashing with it. What could this mean? At barely five foot three inches, I don’t have a large physical stature and certainly don’t come across as a sword-wielding, violent person.

Then another ministry friend shared what came to her in prayer—that as I lead this ministry, I need to speak the Word of God. This message brought clarity. I believe that the “sword” seen repeatedly in prayer is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). That’s more powerful than any piece of metal! 

At the start of this New Year, we reaffirm what has been true for our entire 55-year ministry history—that our priority is to get all people (believers and non-believers) into Scripture so that the Holy Spirit can work through God’s Word, For the word of God is living 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 (Heb. 4:12).

As we work to open the way for more people to get into God’s Word, we are also in a spiritual battle that calls for the sword of Scripture to face the enemy, 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 (Eph. 6:12).

Through 2016 as we pray for this ministry, I’d like to challenge us all to use Scripture to defeat the enemy’s schemes, and to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in sharing His Word with others. Using the powerful weapon He has given us, we can all be mighty!

Grateful for God’s Word,

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Mary Schaller