The Sword of the Spirit
If you know Jesus, then you are equipped with everything you could possibly need for the battles you will face in this life. Ephesians 6 describes the “armor of God”, and each piece has a protective purpose. There is only one weapon mentioned. Paul challenges us to take it up:
...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. - Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
Scholars tell us that there were a couple of different words for sword in the Greek language. Rather than referring to the long, heavy sword used in a full-on frontal attack, Paul here urges us to take up the smaller blade – more of a long dagger – for the close hand-to-hand combat we’re going to be involved in. Sometimes, the battle is too close for comfort, but we have the most effective weapon of all – God’s truth.
When the enemy gets within striking range, which he loves to do, God’s truth is our one great defensive weapon with which to engage the enemy as he attempts to strike blows upon our hearts at close range.
Jesus modeled this when He was tempted by Satan. Three counterfeit offers are made by the enemy in an attempt to lure Jesus from His unbroken allegiance to the Father. And Jesus, for our sakes, answered each attack with the phrase, “it is written…” In other words, what God has inspired in His Word is the key to withstanding the enticements of the evil one.
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. - Psalm 119:11 (NIV)
If you want to effectively stand against Satan’s forces on a continual basis, it means…
- Reading God’s Word.
- Studying God’s Word.
- Applying God’s Word.
- Memorizing God’s Word.
- Meditating on God’s Word.
So stand courageously, sword drawn, and be confident that God’s truth wins.