In yesterday's fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Grace Fellowship Church, Sister Air (Yes That's her name!) shared on the following passage of scripture:
5 When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant,[a] ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marvelled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel[b] have I found such faith. - Matt 8: 5-10 (ESV)
Sis. Air spoke straight from her heart, narrating her own testimony of how God continually keeps sending 'His Word' whenever she claims the promises of God in her life. From her testimony of how God multiplied all that she had cheerfully given to the Lord it was powerfully evident that God does provide faithfully in exceeding measure! "Children of God will indeed lack nothing!", she chirped repeatedly.
At the end of the meeting, Pastor 'D' added a couple of testimonies where people who were thousands of miles away were prayed for and were healed just like the Centurion's servant! He confidently testified to the power of prayer and impressed upon the fact that prayer is not limited by distance!
Whilst Sis. Air made us laugh our guts out with all her funny antics as she preached, she did leave us with a good thought - "What is the condition of your sword?"
At first, i did not understand the question. Sister Air went on to explain that every morning, she checks the condition of her 'sword' (i.e. The Word of God in her!) before she leaves for work. She insisted that everyone must sharpen their swords, ready for battle with the evil one. Ready to face the day that is sure to have obstacles thrown your way to steal your peace!
Not only does the 'Sword of the Spirit' help us do battle with the evil one, it also keeps our own thoughts and attitudes in check!...
Heb. 4:12 - 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.