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Luke 22:49-51: “And when those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And a certain one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus answered and said, “Stop! No more of this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.”

While doing the word research on “sword” in the Strong’s concordance a few days ago, God led me to this verse. It’s the passage in Luke after Jesus has been to Garden of Gethsemane, and is being betrayed by Judas. The disciples react, ready to draw their swords to defend Jesus (Peter, jumping the gun, already has done so). Jesus stops them, knowing all these things must come to pass for Him to sacrifice Himself. Peter’s action was an example of how we sometimes “jump the gun” in acting on God’s behalf, when God hasn’t directed us to go that way.

I remember in college seeing sidewalk preachers witness and preach on the main concourse. Some were bold and brash, and some students were actually turned off by their “in your face” evangelism. I had a friend of mine who had a gentler way. He would simply read aloud from the Word on the same concourse. I didn’t stay long enough to see if anyone responded, but I admired my friend Bruce’s way of evangelism…the reading of the Word. Hopefully, someone did stop to ask about it, and there would be the open door to witness.

While God does call us to use the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, in our everyday lives, we need to know when to “draw” that sword. Jesus opens doors that we can’t open, and He shuts doors we cannot shut (see Rev 3:7 and Isaiah 22:22). For us to act contrary to Jesus’s leading in witnessing opportunities can only lead to a mess. We need to seek His will before we witness, to make sure that the open door we see is one He has opened. Then, and only then, should you draw the sword of the Spirit. Then, and only then, should you use the word of God to “go and make disciple makers”.

Have a blessed day in Him!

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