The sword of the Spirit

sword of the spirit“Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”  Eph. 6:17b (NIV)

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As we finish examining the spiritual armor that Paul describes in the 6th chapter of Ephesians, we finally come across the only piece of armor that is a weapon.

That weapon is the sword of the Spirit…the word of God.

As followers of Jesus, we believe that the word of God is contained in both the Old and New Testaments. While there is much debate today surrounding divine inspiration of Scripture, the Bible itself addresses the issue.

In 2 Tim. 3:16 Paul tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed.

Every word within the original text came out of the mouth of God.

In 2 Pet.1:20, 21, Peter tells us the mechanism. God used human prophets carried along by the Holy Spirit to bring us God’s word through the Bible.

The Bible as word of God is effective against the spiritual forces of evil because it is just that…the word of the Almighty Creator of the universe…the Creator even of those who now make up the spiritual forces of evil.

His word cannot be argued against.

His word cannot be overcome.

His word cannot be changed.

Since the word of God is the only weapon we can wield against the spiritual forces of evil, our spiritual well-being depends on our ability to use it.

To thrive as followers of Jesus…we need to read the Word…memorize the Word…meditate on the Word…contemplate the word.

But we are busy…distracted…and stressed.

Guess who’s causing that…

Our enemy recognizes that our only spiritual weapon is easily accessible for most of us in today’s world.

Therefore…since he can’t keep the Bible from us…he keeps us from the Bible.

This is one way we must be an overcomer. We must overcome the efforts of the enemy to keep us from reading…meditating…memorizing the word of God.

All kinds of techniques exist…but we must first be motivated.

Motivation begins with the perspective that spiritual warfare truly exists. This perspective leads to the right priorities, which in turn leads to the right practice… the practice of regularly reading, meditating and memorizing the Scripture.

Then you will be able to take up and wield the sword of the Spirit effectively.

Prayer: Lord, help me maintain the perspective that I am in a spiritual war, so that I will prioritize the practice of reading Your word.

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