Prepare for War
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say I am strong.
When I read this verse, I thought, 'How can I relate this to modern-day or any person in general?' I know a bit of weaponry and a bit about plowing. But, how could we possibly turn a plowshare into a sword without having a large kiln in this day and age? And why would we? Well, let's look at it from a spiritual perspective.
Plows have several different components, and when we look at an old hand plow, we see the blade at the bottom that cuts into the soil. This blade has three parts to it, The moldboard, the landslide, and the plowshare. The plowshare is the point at the bottom; it acts like a knife that cuts through the soil, the fallow ground.
Sometimes our hearts can be like fallow ground, barren and void of any compassion or love for God. Hosea wrote it best,
Sow for yourselves righteousness. Reap in accord with covenant love. Break up your unplowed ground. For it is time to seek Adonai, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.
Plowing our hearts is not the easiest chore in the world. That fallow soil can cover seeds of unforgiveness, bitterness, and envy. The Holy Spirit and the word of God are a knife that cuts through the ground of your heart. No surgeon on earth can make this type of cut. Only the Holy Spirit can cut us with righteous conviction. Jesus's passion is to reconcile you to the Father; He sows seeds of righteousness, and when He sows His righteousness into you, suddenly you have access to a new weapon, and it's called the sword of the Spirit!
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Those pruning hooks, words you've used towards others, can now be turned into spears. Instead of pruning your friends with your cutting words, now you can hurl spears at the enemy! And how do you do that? These prayers hurt the devil more than anything, prayers of forgiveness and praying for someone's salvation.
I prayed once for someone's salvation, a person that hurt me deeply. While I was praying, I had a vision of a demon hunkered down in a tunnel, my prayers were like bombs hitting above ground, and he was yelling at another demon, "What have you done to me?" That was great.
Modern-day warfare is fought from your knees.
He is: Jehovah Gibbor Milchamah
Mighty in Battle