Sword of the Spirit
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,"
A Roman soldier would not battle the enemy without his sword any more than a U.S. Marine would be caught going to battle without his rifle. We absolutely need a weapon when we confront enemies on the battlefield who are attempting to take what we have by taking our lives. In the same way the Christian soldier battling the powers of darkness (Satan and his army of demons) needs the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, the Bible.
As an armorer in the Marine Corps, I was responsible for the storage and maintenance of all an infantry company’s weapons. The Marine’s had to have weapons that worked. The Marine’s also had to know how to work the weapons. I made sure each weapon turned into the armory was clean and worked properly. The company commander was responsible for each Marine to know how to use the weapon effectively in battle.
As a pastor of a local church my job is to help God’s people know the Word of God and how to use the Word of God to defeat their enemies, the powers of darkness. Which of these jobs is harder, the armorer’s job, the company commander’s job or the pastor’s job? The pastor’s job is harder because the Christian soldier does not know how dangerous his unseen enemy is as contrasted with the Marine’s knowledge of his seen enemy.
Let’s review the profile of the Christian soldiers’ enemy. John 8:44, "You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies."
The Christian soldiers’ weapon, “the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God,” is able to:
Do you know the Word of God?
If not, you need to start reading systematically reading through the Bible to learn. Start in the Old Testament (the beginning) Genesis chapters 1-11 and then read the New Testament (Gospel of Matthew through Revelation) three times before starting to read chronologically through the entire Bible – some in the Old Testament and some in the New Testament daily.
Do you know how to use the sword of the Spirit to defend against enemy attack?
We use our sword by running everything we hear or think through the grid of Truth (The Bible) to determine if what we are hearing or thinking is from our enemies or in accordance with the word of God. We use the word of God to shape the way we live daily in a hostile world. By living according the word of God we resist the enemy (Proverbs 28:4; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9).
May you daily systematically read and learn the word of God and then start to live out the word of God in your life.
You will be victorious over the powers of darkness if you do. Prudence is knowing the future results of your present actions. Take action today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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