Forging The Sword
Okay, I’m just going to take a stab in the dark here and say that the journey toward your dream feels like it’s hot one moment and cold the next. Criticism comes from people in the stands, making you feel vulnerable and small, grinding you down bit by bit as the disappointment of failures and let-downs hammer home that you’re not cracked up for what God placed in your heart, and the gradual pressure of adapting to the shifting, changing angles have left you tired and emotional. Am I right? Well, don’t worry, God is just forging the sword.
Isaiah 54:16 talks about how the covenant of the promise between God and Israel stands and His abiding love will last no matter what plots and projects their enemies have for them. They just need to align themselves with God. “Behold, I have created the blacksmith Who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy.” And for your dream to come to pass, you need God to mould, fashion and shape you so that you become a full scale, fully functioning, fully dangerous weapon to the enemy’s plans.
I watched a fascinating YouTube video on sword making and saw how the craftsman worked patiently, using old techniques that have been passed down the generations. The things I learned about forging a sword was that it requires patience and focus. As the craftsman applied the same consistent pressure at the same consistent angle, he commented that the sword took on a “new frame of mind again and again”. As he used his tools of a belt grinder, drill press, angle grinder and sandpaper to forge the sword, he was constantly thinking about how he wanted the sword to look.
The craftsman let the cutting machine do the work as little by little he forged the piece of metal into a sword. The most crucial step was the molecules needed to form a tight lattice network through the high carbon steel which started to become a blade. The fire changed the sharpened shard of steel into a brilliant weapon that was polished off for a mirror finish.
Know this; your dream will not come to pass without some Spiritual warfare. Taking back the ground that the enemy has claimed will require the lump of metal which is the start of your dream to be forged and tempered so it can be used in the battles. To make a significant impact for God, you have to let the blacksmith do his work so you then can faithfully and obediently yield to the process. God knows that a sharp sword is a powerful sword.
And while the forging takes place, you’ll feel that your dream will become hot one moment and cold the next. Criticism will come from the people in the stands and make you feel vulnerable and small, grinding you down bit by bit as the disappointment of failures and let-downs hammer home that you’re not cracked up for what God placed in your heart. And the gradual pressure of adapting to the shifting, changing angles will sometimes leave you tired and emotional, and at times feel like all hell is breaking loose.
But an obedient will, an ear that listens to God’s instruction and a heart which is yielded and devoted to God’s plan, forges the sword of your dream that will be ready for battle. The craftsman shapes your dream to tackle everything the enemy sends and has enough power for the longevity of the fight. The Psalmist prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties, and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24. God is always moulding, shaping, and forging our attitudes, our posture, and our hearts so we carry the dream to its fulfilment.
So, rejoice in the forging of the sword of your dreams because God is shaping you for a purpose that is so much bigger than you!
Do you feel like you’re in the furnace of affliction today as you keep stepping out in faith toward the desires God placed in your heart? I pray that today God will help frame your thoughts and mind toward a blacksmith forging the sword. Let the process do its work so that when it is finished, you’ll be a full scale, fully functioning, fully dangerous, powerful weapon that is used for God’s Glory