Ephesians 6:17 lists two weapons – the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. As Paul reminded us in verse 16 these weapons are to be ready in all circumstances. The helmet of salvation is an offensive weapon like the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel and the belt of truth. However, the sword of the Spirit is our only physical weapon that can be used both offensively and defensively. “and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,”
The Sword of the Spirit or the Word of God is a weapon for close combat one to one or for group warfare. The Word of God includes the physical words in the Bible, the message of the Word, their intended meaning and the actual saying of the words out loud. Jesus gave us a perfect example of the use of God’s Word in combat when He was confronted by Satan in the wilderness. Jesus did not try to reason with Satan or argue with him. He simply used God’s Word and its truth to thwart him. He answered his questions with the Word of truth. (See Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13 and Luke 4:1-13 for the account of Satan confronting Jesus in the wilderness.)
We can take a lesson in how to use the Sword of Spirit from Jesus. We need to learn to use God’s Word when we are confronted with indecision, confusion, difficult circumstances, temptations, fears, etc. The reason Jesus was able to use God’s Word to rebuff Satan was because He knew the Word of God. That should lead us to the conclusion that we need to hide God’s Word in our hearts so that we will be ready. Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. “ Memorizing scripture has eternal value as once you put it into your mind, the Holy Spirit will use it to shape and mold your mind so that you will be stronger in faith, less led into sin and confidently face situations. We also need to study and immerse ourselves in God’s Word to know more about who God is and what He has for us. Jeremiah 29:11 reveals God’s heart towards us, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Studying God’s Word is essential for growth towards maturity as a believer.
Hebrews 4:12 describes God’s Word “ For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” God’s Word is active and alive, remember saying or using the words of God has power to effect lives for Him. God’s Word helps us to discern God’s truth and discover our hearts intentions. God’s Word has power and should be treated with reverence as it is God’s defensive gift to us for use in our struggles here on earth. Know it, use it and be transformed by it! Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have access to the living Word of God that can and will defeat the enemy.
Wield your sword in battle today. Have God’s power in your hand and on your lips.
Holy Week- Thursday was the day of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. He spent considerable time comforting them and praying for them. They went to Gethsemane where Jesus prayed, arrested and led off to trials throughout the night. Matthew 26:17-46, Mark 14: 12-42, Luke 22:7-46, John 14:1-16:33