Monday, June 13, 2011

The Sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6:10-18

It has been a while since I have read the whole section of scripture about the Armor of God.  It is good to reread that section of scripture to see how all the armor fits together.  Please read Ephesians 6:10-18.It is important to remember that even though we do not see the armor that we are to wear daily, it is very real.  Probably the most tangible piece of armor is the one I am looking at this week, which is the sword of the Spirit.  Paul defines the sword of the Spirit as the Word of God, which makes it something we can understand and relate to the easiest because the Bible is the Word of God.

This week, I want to explore how we can use the Word of God more effectively and how it becomes a weapon that we can use.  Something I noticed about the Armor of God is that the sword of the Spirit is the only weapon that is mentioned, everything else is a piece of protection.  The Bible tells us that this sword is sharper than any other sword; please look up Hebrews 4:12.  In this verse we see that God's Word is not passive, it is active.  God's Word is not the past, it is alive.  There is no weapon more powerful than His Word.  God created the world by His spoken Word (Genesis 1) and the Word became man and lived among us (John 1).

We are to use His Word as our weapon in battle.  The battle may be to fight the oppression that we are facing, or it may be to speak encouragement into someone's life.  We are told that His Word always produces what He intends to produce (Isaiah 55:11).  Hebrews 4:12 tells us that His Word judges our very thoughts and desires - it reads our hearts.  This is the very weapon that we are to use!  This is our sword.  God gave us His sword to use.  Since we are told that this weapon is alive and active, I believe that our use of the sword is to be active and not passive.  The Bible wasn't meant just to read, the Bible is meant to be used to change our lives.  This happens when we are actively in the Word.

Are you reading the Bible regularly?

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