I once read a story about two woodcutters. The first worked constantly while the second took periodic breaks. At the end of the day the man who worked constantly had a smaller pile of wood than the other. When asked the reason for his larger pile the second man said, “Every time I rested, I sharpened my axe!”
In other words, you don’t have to work as hard with a sharp axe as you do with a dull one. There is a spiritual application here. You are a triune being created in the image of God. You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. You know what it is to be mentally sharp—with your mental processes working at full capacity. And you know how it is to have a physical edge—when your body is operating at peak performance.
More important than being mentally sharp and physically strong, however, is to be SPIRITUALLY sharp and effective. In Ephesians 6:10-18 we see a clear picture of the believer’s position and battle attire necessary to win against every attack that Satan brings against us.
Notice that there is battle attire designated for “standing” and then there is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God—the weapon we use to wreak havoc on the enemy. Both are necessary.
Now I want to ask you a question. What does the cutting—you or the sword? Actually, it takes both. Have you ever seen a sword jump up and start cutting on its own without a hand attached to it? Of course not! When you use that sword and speak God’s Word into your circumstances, it will do what it is designed to do. It will put the devil on the run, defend your home, hack poverty out of your life, and stop sickness and disease. However, the sword can’t operate on its own; neither can you do any effective cutting without it, and the edge must be maintained.
I want to give you a few tips on keeping your spiritual life sharp and maintaining the supernatural edge!
Don’t sacrifice God’s best for the good
I’m convinced that if the devil cannot make us lazy, he’ll do the next best thing by making us so busy that the best is sacrificed for the good. The devil will bring GOOD things your way to get you so occupied that you lose sight of God’s best. Understand, the Lord is not interested in mere quantity production. Doing more is not always better. We can often do more by doing less. It’s no mark of godliness to run around in a perpetual fever with your tongue hanging out—even if you’re doing church work or ministering to people!
Hide the Word in your heart, not your notebook
Psalm 46:10 says, Be still and know that I am God. To really get to know God, a person must take the time to be still, sit down and read the Bible, listen to Him, and talk to Him. In today’s world, there are bountiful opportunities to hear the Word—church services, podcasts, television, etc., but NONE of these avenues can substitute for taking time to be with God ALONE.
The supernatural in your life will be evidenced by the way you walk in peace, joy, tranquility and ease. You may be in the heat of the battle, but because you take time to hide the Word in your heart, you are standing and the handiwork of God will be seen.
Keep your sword sharp
In my family, I am notorious for sharpening knives—especially the kitchen knives. I do not like to see anyone struggle to cut something. A sharp knife is a safe knife. More injuries are caused by dull knives than by sharp ones.
Over the years I have seen certain individuals encounter struggle after struggle. These are the same people who are in every prayer line with tears rolling down their face. They want someone else to do their swinging for them, using the other person’s sword. But that’s not the way victory comes. Victory comes when you put the sword in YOUR mouth, and with unapologetic boldness declare it to be yours.
When you encounter a situation, the Word should be the FIRST thing that comes out—not a mention of care or worry or fear. My friend, don’t waste another minute on the devil’s mess. The Word is your answer! Take out your sword and start swinging TODAY!