The Sword of the Spirit

“Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17)

Now that you’ve been outfitted with all the latest defensive equipment, it’s time to talk about attack strategy.  Remember, though, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).  Conventional weapons will fail in this cosmic battle between good and evil.  Physical violence is bound to simply backfire, and even a logical or rhetorical strike against the enemy will often achieve nothing.  There is only one weapon that the enemy fears.

“For the word of God is living 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” (Hebrews 4:12).  Although we are often tempted to trust in our own powers of persuasion when witnessing for Christ, those who are enslaved by sin and the devil’s lies are not readily won over by logic or worldly counsel.  Faith is a miraculous occurrence, and it takes something far more powerful than our own capabilities to produce this wondrous change in a human heart.  “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

That’s right; Jesus Christ, the Word of God incarnate, the Valiant One elected by God to destroy the enemies of mankind, has been manifested as a weapon of power and placed into the hands of His people.  This same Jesus who overcame sin, death, and the grave has been given to us in the form of God’s Holy Word, and with Him we strike out against the temptations, the lies, the anguish, the despair, the misery, and all the host of Hell.  Through this Word, the Holy Spirit works saving faith in those who are spiritually dead.

Feel the power of the Sword of the Spirit in your hands as it courses through your arms, body, and soul.  Practice using it daily, that you may wield it with grace and agility when in the heat of battle.  Meditate and pray upon it, asking God to give you the right words from His Scriptures at the right time.  Protected by God’s holy armor and armed with His Word, take your stand against the forces of evil as a hero of the faith.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)

Prayer: Lord God, guard and protect me as I venture out into the world.  Help me to confront the evil I find there with courage, perseverance, and above all, love – love for You and love for those who are oppressed by sin and guilt.  Bless me as I hold out Your Word of Life, that it may go forth and produce repentance and ultimately salvation for those who hear it.  All praise and honor to You and the Holy Spirit, through Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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  1. Andew-so many thanks for getting these great devotions to me, and to countless others. I just caught up on the rest of the Eph. 6 and now with the Sword of the Spirit head out for a Gideon presentation(also read Caleb’s hero message) and will get to the others after church.God bless you as you share your gift of proclaiming the love of Christ for many. Mom has the books for St. John and will see what results comes.
    Only by His grace,
    Dad