Many have the wrong idea of what wielding the word of God with skill is. We have no excuses for getting this wrong. None of us want others to think of us as a false teachers. Shouldn't the thought that we may be one cause us to tremble at God's feet? Wielding the word with skill is not: - ignoring God's wrath OT, - watering down a passage that seems to conflict with science or modern thinking, - ignoring scripture that may cause offence, - answering direct questions with indirect answers, - out debating someone, - being biased, - being narrow minded. It is: - judging God properly, - knowing scripture Hos 4:6 - dealing with ALL scripture 2 Pet 1:21, - waiting on God's input when questioned or asked to preach Luke 12:11 - preaching the word as is John 1:1, - using scripture to correct and end disagreements 2 Tim 3:16, - harshly judging and knowing ourselves 1 Cor 11:31, 2 Cor 13:5 - used to attack evil and defend us from it 2 Cor 6:7 - used to separate thoughts and attitudes of the heart Heb 4:12 - constantly discerning saved from unsaved, 1 Cor 5:10 Conclusion: The word of God is our sword. We must 'know' scripture. We must 'know' God . We must 'arrive' at the truth 2 Tim 3:7. We must be open to correction and rebuke from scripture. No more deception and dishonesty. No more ignorant / blissful half truths. God is not evil. God is the epitome of good. Know God. Know scripture. Wield the word of God truthfully with skill. We owe it to God to judge him properly, defend Him properly and share Him properly.