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Sharpened to Serve

My beloved, I call you to come to arms. Prepare your weapons for warfare.

I watched as a great sword was being sharpened, the sharpening stone ran down the edge of this blade until the edge was super sharp, a keen edge that would cut through anything that stands before it. I then watched as the hilt was unwrapped and the old leather was removed, and fresh supple leather was wound round and round until it fitted perfectly, into the hand of the warrior it was made for.

You carry this sword, it was fashioned for your hand, and it is the perfect fit for you. Its weight and balance is perfected, so that you, the user will flow with ease as you cut and thrust.

My warriors, pick up your weapon and open it, read my word for it is like a two edged sword, and as you read you will begin to be sharpened, the more you study, the sharper you become.

(NIV) Isaiah 49: 1-3
Listen to me, you islands;
hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
and concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant,
Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”

(NIV) Hebrews 4:12-13
For the word of God is alive 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

(NIV) Proverbs 27: 17
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.

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