By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Large translucent glittering "ice swords" hang off the roof inviting a sparring match to transpire between two young boys.
The larger of the boys reaches for the larger of the swords thinking, as children do, that his larger sword wields a larger power.
But of course he is wrong.
It is the smaller boy with the smaller sword who, unknowingly, wields the larger advantage.
The smaller boy takes the first stab, slicing through the air with an impressive stroke suggesting courage and confidence reducing the power of his opponent, instantly, to a mere "handle" wielding boy who stands speechless, powerless, and ... not a little angry.
The unexpected swift shift from "large boy entitlement"  to "small boy empowerment" proves too much on the "ego altered" larger boy.
I view him with wonderment, curiousity and interest:
 Angry, overcome, and overshadowed by the smallness of this little victor who has achieved the Ice Gladiator pronouncement by little onlookers, he is almost beside himself.
The sword is replaced with little fists and two little boys, probably brothers, roll about in the snow and duke it out ... and the second battle is over almost as quickly as the first and, again, the little Ice Gladiator enjoys a second and sound defeat.
He doesn't understand the adrenaline and its accompaniment of confidence that is bolstering his success but he most certainly enjoys it.
The smaller boy stands tall ... the true victor.
The larger boy falls flat ... the true loser.
It wasn't the size of the sword or the look of the sword that gave the small boy his power;
 It was the invisible discovery of strength in the solidness of what he was holding that granted him his victory.

Hmmm ...
The sword of the world and the sword of the Word, similarly, avail themselves for our reach.
Some of us grab what looks to be the larger, more visible sword, unmindful, that its power can be reduced in a moment by a greater power that is invisibly bigger.
The sword of the world is held with the support of the arch-enemy Satan and his whispers to promote ego, status, name, and recognition.
It has its day and it has its hour ...
But it will never be strong enough to hold its power for an eternity.
It is God's power:
-The sword of the Word,
-The sword of the Spirit,
-The sword of the Lord gleaming bright, through the child of light, who will reign with Him as victor.
It is the discovery of strength in the solidness of the "invisible" that makes visible God's authority and power.
Hold to God's word and grasp tightly, the sword of His Spirit.
Hold to truth and speak to it in order to realize its power.
The Lord of Hosts is the Ice Gladiator.
He shall reign supreme and stand tall ... the Victor over all.
He shall prevail.
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifested in His sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do."
Hebrews 4:12-12