There are certainly no dull moments having 2 little boys! My oldest son Connor is 5 years old and my youngest son Bryce is 3 years old and even though they have many moments of not getting along, they do have moments where they play together wonderfully…what I would consider “happy mommy moments!”
Oftentimes, my boys pretend to be warriors and run around the house with Styrofoam swords. And Connor…being the older brother…tends to take advantage of his little brother…not surprising.
When Connor chases Bryce…I have observed… that Bryce will not draw his sword to either defend himself or strike Connor back. He runs away! (I guess I would too if I was 3 years old!)
When Connor catches up to Bryce and strikes him with his sword, Connor will then run and hide. Bryce feeling defeated, begins to cry. Ok, game over…
As I began to reflect upon this scenario with my boys, I thought…Gosh, Bryce has a weapon…his sword…to fight Connor back with! But he won’t draw his sword! He won’t pull out his sword and actually use it! (Ok, I know he’s 3 years old but stay with me here!)
Just as Bryce has a weapon…this sword…in his possession to fight…
We too as Christians have a weapon…not a Styrofoam sword…but the Sword of the Spirit…to fight…to fight against the enemy and his lies, deception, and schemes!
And let’s not fool ourselves…there is an enemy…Satan…the devil…whatever you wish to call him…who wants more than anything to defeat us as Christians and make us less effective in spreading the Good News of the Gospel and salvation to others.
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Ephesians 6:10-12 Message
So what exactly is this sword of the Spirit? It is the Word of God! The Bible!
The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesian 6:17 NIV
The sword of the Spirit is actually the final piece of armor we are to put on in the Armor of God. (See Ephesians 6:10-17) And the sword of the Spirit…the Word of God…is the only piece of armor in the entire Armor of God that can be used offensively in fighting and attacking the enemy.
Did you get that? The Word of God is our weapon to fight against the enemy!
Why is the Word of God such an effective weapon?
The Word of God refers to God’s written Word, the incarnate (or comprehensible) Word, and His spoken Word (John 1:1-14). In addition, the Bible is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). What is truly amazing is that when God breathes, life comes into existence! (Genesis 2:7) Way too cool!
The Word of God is alive and so powerful! God created all things out of nothing by simply speaking! And therefore, the best offensive weapon in spiritual warfare is the truth of the Bible!
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. Hebrews 4:12 ESV
Clearly, God’s Word is truth and in it there is great power.
So, are you drawing your sword? Are you drawing this powerful weapon…the sword of the Spirit…the Word of God?
The Greek word translated “sword” refers to a near razor sharp double edged sword (about 18 inches long).
Roman soldiers did not use long and heavy swords. Their swords were short and stubby and razor sharp on both edges… designed to be ideal for very close quarter combat. Roman soldiers practiced frequently with this sword because their life depended on perfecting its use. They had to become strong, quick and dexterous to use this weapon intended to thrust and penetrate.
So how about you? Are you studying…memorizing…God’s Word…or just merely reading it? Are you learning and meditating on God’s Word …like your life depended on it?
The passage in Matthew 4:1-11 is a perfect example of the power in using God’s Word to fight against the enemy…and even more amazing…it’s Jesus using God’s Word to fight the devil!!!
The devil tempted Jesus 3 times in the desert while Jesus was fasting. Jesus fought each temptation by stating, “It is written…” referring to the Word of God.
What more reason for us to study, know, and use God’s Word to fight the enemy…If Jesus did, so should we!
We must fight against the lies of the enemy…the deception…and his schemes that may come to us in feelings and thoughts of discouragement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and temptation.
What are you doing to fight the enemy? Is it game over…like with my son Bryce? Or are you drawing your sword and using it?
You can’t draw your sword and expect to win without studying God’s Word. We must be ready so that when we draw our sword, we can use it with confidence because we have studied and memorized the Word of God.
I can undoubtedly say that I have used the Word of God to fight against the enemy in my own personal life…and won!
Let’s not wait to come up against the enemy and then begin to study the Word of God. Let’s get the Word of God inside of us. Let’s be ready right now! Let’s draw our swords and stand against the enemy…his lies, deception, and schemes…right now!
1) What are you doing to fight the enemy? Are you drawing your sword and using it?
2) Why is the Word of God such an effective weapon?
3) Are you studying…memorizing…God’s Word…or just merely reading it? Are you learning and meditating on God’s Word …like your life depended on it?
4) What are you doing to get the Word of God inside of you so you can be ready to fight the enemy’s lies, deception, and schemes?
1) Use the sword of the Spirit…God’s Word to fight against the enemy. It isn’t enough to just draw our swords…we must be ready to use it!
2) Begin studying and memorizing scriptures so that you will be prepared when the attacks come. And when you fight back…SPEAK the word of God out loud! I have experienced great power in speaking God’s Word out loud!
3) Pray that the Lord would show you specific scriptures to memorize and have in your arsenal…specific scriptures for such feelings and thoughts as discouragement, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and temptation.
4) Don’t wait until you are up against the enemy to begin studying and memorizing God’s Word. Be ready NOW!