Spiritual Warfare 10: Sword of the Spirit (Word of God)

Eph 6:17b (Take) …the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

Here is a list of the components of God’s full armor: belt, breastplate, footwear, shield, and sword. The latter is the only offensive weapon. Imagine you and I having all our defensive gear in place. Belt, check. Footwear, check. Shield, check. These take care of the attacks of the enemy. But it is only the sword which will attack the enemy himself. This particular component of the armor can not be underestimated. It is the key to crushing the enemy.

There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us. (2Tim 3:15-17 MSG)

As we actively seek God’s mentorship through His Word, submit ourselves for correction and transformation, He is able to work His almighty power in us and through us. He is able to use us. It is He whose power through His Word—the sword of the Holy Spirit— that will crush Satan under our feet.

Romans 16:20a NIV The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.

He is the God of peace. It is in Him that we will find harmony, security, and rest, very much in contrast to the manifestations of the ongoing spiritual warfare around us. In Him, we are not necessarily spared from all storms but we will be resting in the eye of the storm.

Hebrews 4:12 NIV For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

God’s Word will lay everything bare so that we will be aware of what things we have in our hearts that shouldn’t be there. All disobedience serves to hinder Him from dwelling in us and hinder our prayers from being heard— forfeiting victory.

Isa 55:11 NIV so is my word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

God uses His Word to accomplish His purpose. Though we may not see the result in a snap after God’s Word is read or shared, His Word will not go back to Him empty. They will accomplish the purposes for which He sends out His Word. We just need to get into the Word nonetheless. The enemy will scheme by hook or by crook to hinder us from reading the Word (a sudden illness, a “timely” emergency, a bad review about God’s Word from a person whose opinion we respect, any other enemy-sown reason for us not to be able to read the bible or get to a place where it is taught) because it is the key weapon that will crush the enemy. Of course, he will put up a fight so we will continue to be serving him in captivity. On the other hand, God wants us to study His Word. It is His will. There are so many commands telling us that Anything that prevents us from doing this is not from God. May we not allow the enemy to divert, deceive, and stop us from uncovering and living out God’s great purposes for our lives. We should encourage one another to read the Word.

For some of us who are in the prime of our careers or are on the waves of blessings, our eyes may not be as open to our spiritual needs. We can just keep in mind that God welcomes us all to come to Him. He wants us to be victorious in Him. His is an open invitation. The more we know, the more we just understand the value of accepting this invitation earlier rather than later while we still have not reached defeat.

John 15:7 NIV 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you

What a powerful promise, like a genie in a magic lamp. But the prerequisites to claiming this promise are (1) remaining and abiding in, obeying God; (2) and His Words remain, stay in us. And how does that get accomplished? By us living a lifestyle of seeking and obeying His Word, according to Psalm 1:2, delighting in God’s Word and meditating on it day and night! And the promise? Verse 3 says “whatever they do prospers”, including defeating the enemy.

Psalm 1:1 NIV Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

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