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LaRosa
10-24-2006, 08:42 AM
Sword of the Spirit - Ephesians 6
Written by LaRosa Johnson
Tuesday, 24 October 2006

Now that we've looked at all of the defensive pieces of the armor of God, we're going to spend today looking at the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Many people have a preconceived idea about how this weapon is to be used, but if we intently look at Scripture and the context and wording in which Paul put this, in reference to the Roman soldier, we will gain a clearer understanding of how we are to use this great spiritual weapon.

For us, as a Christian, the sword of the Spirit is the only weapon that we'll ever need to engage in spiritual warfare. It is a powerful and mighty weapon and it shouldn't be taken lightly. Just like any soldier, ancient or modern, we should know our weapon inside & out. For those that are in the armed forces today, they must know how to handle and manipulate their weapon in every way possible in order to be proficient at it and know its advantages and disadvantages. They also spend countless hours on the rifle range learning to use their weapon, especially before going to war, so that they are well practiced and ready to use their weapon if necessary. Christians need to be the same way when it comes to the sword of the Spirit; if we are going to use this sharp object correctly, then we need to study it intimately and practice with it often, which means that we are constantly reading and seeking to understand the Scriptures.

Now, in terms of spiritual battle, the sword of the Spirit, being the Word of God, doesn't necessarily mean the Bible as a whole, although it certainly can. In the context of this passage, the Word of God refers to a type of Word of passage that is to be spoken in a certain situation. And if we're going to have such a word at hand for any situation, we must know the Word thoroughly. An example of this can be found in Matthew 4 when Jesus is tempted in the wilderness by satan; with every temptation that satan comes with, Jesus' response was directly from the Word of God, which quickly cast down those fiery attacks. You see, the Word of God is the only weapon that is going to kill any sinful desires that arise within us and cut down the lies of the enemy; it is also the only weapon that is going to help keep the rest of our armor from being injured, such as our faith.

When it comes to spiritual warfare, no other weapon will do except the sword of the Spirit. Just like the helmet of salvation, it is given to us by God, and it is the best weapon that we can carry with us. It is the only weapon that can combat both sides of spiritual warfare, both internal and external. But we have to hold it close to us and know it just as well as, if not better than, we know ourselves. It's very easy to misuse it, therefore we must make sure that every word we speak from it is in proper context, otherwise we may just end up injuring ourselves, instead of the adversary.

But it just doesn't stop there, with the sword of the Spirit; there is one more piece to the puzzle that will bring this full circle, and we'll take a look at that tomorrow, as it will tie everything together and keep the armor from falling apart in battle. Be blessed, and use your sword wisely.

devotion courtesy of Trailblazin Ministries (http://www.trailblazinministries.com/the-word/daily-devotions/10-24-2006.php)