Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NKJV)
If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.
From our bible verse, it’s clear that many will struggle in life’s battle against the enemy as a result of the dullness of their weapon in spiritual warfare, leading to their eventual exhaustion and sustaining of serious injuries. Wisdom will seek to ensure that such deadly risks are avoided by taking vital steps to maintain the weapon’s sharpness. Some of these steps include:
1. Preventing our weapons from degradation:
Sin is to our spiritual weapon the same way moisture is to a metal weapon, causing them to rust or corrode. The tiniest dirt of sin if left unchecked can progressively erode layers of our spiritual weapons, thereby compromising their integrity and as such puts our lives at risk (Jam 1:15)
2. Sharpening our weapons through others:
Iron sharpens iron means we must maintain fellowship with other soldiers in the Lord’s army to enable us gauge how blunt or how sharp our weapons are, to help us improve on the strength and quality of our weapons and to give us support when we are less skilled or our weapons aren’t individually strong enough to face the enemy (Pro 27:17, Eccl 4:9-12).
3. Oiling and polishing our weapons:
Not only does oiling and polishing help to prevent rusting or wrinkling of weapons but it also enhances its efficiency by making its parts work smoothly, giving it a glistening look. The Holy Spirit is the Oil that polishes all our weapons of war to provide the cutting edge with which they cut down the enemy. Without Him, our weapons are powerless (Judg 15:14-16, Psa 89:20-23, Psa 92:10-11, Acts 19:11-16).
Go into today not only fully clad in armor but also making every effort to ensure that it stays sharp and battle ready because your survival depends on it.