Sharpening the sword of the spirit

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit–which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)

As believers we know the power, importance, and authority of the scriptures. We cannot and should not neglect the reading of the Bible and our memorization of it. From the moment we come to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ we are involved in combat. Paul’s teaching, inspired by the Holy Spirit, regarding the importance of knowing God’s word expresses such: the truth of Gods promises in Scripture is our only offensive means of battle.

I’ve found in my walk, it helpful to regularly read and meditate upon certain verses and passages. I share them with you in hope they will encourage, strengthen, and guide. Knowing full well that the Father will use them for our best good and His glory!

And by all means add to, and subtract from as you see fit. I only give as a starting point: these are the verses and passages that, in my opinion, keep one focused on what’s important, communicate key truths and essential doctrines. And of course it’s highly suggested that you read the context of all verses and study for yourself.

*all Scripture taken from the Christian standard bible

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be completely equipped for every good work.”

John 8:58 “Jesus said to them; truly I tell you, before Abraham was, I am.”

John 1:12-13 “But to all who did receive him, he gave the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or the will of the flesh, or the will of man, but of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 “He made the one did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. BY HIS WOUNDS YOU HAVE BEEN HEALED.”

Hebrews 7:24-25 “But because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them.”

Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor Angel’s, nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created things will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love–but the greatest of these is love.”

Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”

John 14:6 “Jesus told them, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by me.'”

John 4:9-10 “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

John 3:3 “Jesus replied, ‘truly I tell you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body.”

1 Peter 1:3-5 ” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. And into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come.”

John 6:39-40 “This is the will of him who sent me: that I should lose none of those he has given me but should raise them up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father: that everyone who sees the son and believes in him will have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

Roman’s 13:13-14 “let us walk with decency, as in the daytime: not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and don’t make plans to gratify the desires of the flesh.”

John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

Galatians 5:13 “for you were called to be free, brothers and sisters; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love.”

Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be no more, because the previous things have passed away.”

Luke 11:23 “Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not gather with me scatters.”

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For we are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from ourselves; it is God’s gift–not from works, so that no one can boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”

Philippians 3:3 “For we are the circumcision, the one’s who worship by the Spirit of God, boast in Christ Jesus, and do not pur confidence in the flesh.”

Roman’s 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Hebrews 12:1-2 “Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance, and the sin that so easily entangles us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfector of our faith.”

Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with Thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. “

Philippians 3:9 “…And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ–the righteousness from God based on faith.”

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”

Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have obtained access through faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:8 “But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 Peter 1:24-25 “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever. “

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was upon him, and we are healed by his wounds. “

Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus, because the law of the spirit of life of Christ has set you free from the law of sin and death. “

1 Thessalonians 4:7 “For God has not called us to impurity but to live in holiness. “

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.”

1 Peter 1:3-5 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefilled, and invading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”

1 John 5:4 “…because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. “

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Colossians 1:19-20 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross.”

1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.”

1 Peter 3:15-16 “But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused, those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame.”

Acts 4:12 “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

Philippians 1:21 “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Philippians 1:27 “As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”

Romans 8:31-33 “What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare his own son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies.”

2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen and guard you from the evil one.”

Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.”

Ephesians 2:19 “So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow Citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.”

Ephesians 4:26 “Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the devil an opportunity. “

Colossians 1:15-20 “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things and by him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the chutch; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things in heaven or on earth, by making peace through his blood shed on the cross.”

Psalm 16:11 “You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your hand are eternal pleasures.”

Ephesians 4:4-6 “There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope at your calling–one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who are above all and through all and in all.”

1 Timothy 1:15 :This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–and I am the worst of them.”

1 Timothy 6:6-7 “But godliness with contentment is great again. For we brought nothing into the world, and we take nothing out.”

Revelation 1:17b-18 “…don’t be afraid. I am the First and the Lsst, and the Living One. I was dead, but look–I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

Revelation 22:20-21 “He who testifies about these things says, ‘yes, I am coming soon.’ AMEN! COME, LORD JESUS! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with everyone. “

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. “

Mark 13:32-33 “Now concerning that day or hour no one knows–neither the angels in heaven nor the Son–but only the Father. WATCH! BE ALERT! For you don’t know when the time is coming.”

Colossians 3:17 :And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Romans 8:18 “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed in us.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 “So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. “

Colossians 2:13-15 “And when we were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of our flesh, he made us alive with him and forgave us all our trespasses. He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross.”

John 16:33 “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have sufferings in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation he will also provide a way out so that you will be able to bear it.”

Isaiah 1:18 “”Come, let us settle this,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though crimson red, they will be like wool.'”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 Corinthians 2:2 “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

Romans 6:11 “So you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. “

Romans 6:14 “For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace.”

Romans 8:37 “…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Hebrews 12:28-29 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire,”

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 5:6 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.”

Galatians 6:14 “But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world.”

Joshua 1:9 “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 “Now concerning our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him: we ask you brothers and sisters, not to be easily upset or troubled, either by a prophecy or by a letter supposedly from us, alleging that the day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.”

2 Thessalonians 2:10 “…they perish because they did not accept the love of the truth and so be saved.”

2 Timothy 4:1-5 “I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you. Exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. “

Acts 2:42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.”

Ephesians 6:10-17 “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and his vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so you can stand against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. For this reason take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Stand, Therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandled with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit– which is the word of God. “

James 4:7-8 “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw bear to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hearts, sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minde.”

Galatians 6:7-10 “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the spirit will reap eternal life from the spirit. Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially to those who belong to the household of faith.”

Isaiah 12:2 “Indeed, God is my salvation; I will trust him and not be afraid, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation. ”

1 Peter 3:9 “the Lord does not delay his promises, as sone understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”

1 John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or speech, but in action and in truth.”

1 john 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s possessions–is not from the Father, but from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does the will of God remains forever. “

1 John 2:28 “So now, little children, remain in him so that when he appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming.”

Isaiah 40:28 “Do not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding.”

John 13:34-35 “I give you a new command: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.”

John 14:27 “peace I leave with. My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Don’t let your hearts be troubled or fearful.”

Phillip 4:13 “I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Romans 3:22-26 “The righteousness of God is through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe, since there is no distinction. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. They are justified freely through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. God presented him as an atoning sacrifice in his blood, received through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so that he would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.”

1 John 5:9-13 “If we accept human testimony, God’s testimony is greater, because it is God’s testimony he has given about his son. The one who believes in the son of God has this testimony within himself. The one who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about his son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his son. The one who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, rely not on your own understanding; in all your ways know him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Matthew 6:33-34 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed.”

2 Corinthians 4:18 “So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

Psalm 13:5-6 “But I have trusted in your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in your deliverance. I will sing to the Lord because he has treated me generously.”

Published by TheProdigalSonDiaries

Hello all, I'm, Evan, 36 years old. I'm a born again Christian, amateur writer, lover of The Only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, theology and poetry, and a suicide survivor. I hope to encourage, educate, and spark discussion through my blog. I pray it aids you in your walk with the Savior! You can contact me at powers223322@gmail.com

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