The Sword of the Spirit

Filed under Armor of God on Feb 02 13 by


I’ve found that when I’m fighting, it’s so easy for me to turn to my defensive weapons and forget to use this offensive weapon: the sword of the Spirit. While most of the other weapons offer protection, this weapon is the one that truly puts an end to the fight. If you forget to use it, you’ll find yourself curled up in a little ball on the ground while the attack persists. Take that step of fight and recognize that you DO have the power to cause the enemy to flee from you. This power is not found in you, but comes from speaking the Word of God.

“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 NIV

If you are fighting with a sword, confidence plays a huge role in your success. You can train all you want and acquire all the skill in the world, but if you don’t have confidence then you will fall short in a fight. In using this weapon, it’s important that we are confident in its power to win the battle. Fortunately, there’s something different about using this spiritual sword: we don’t need to have confidence in OUR ability to wield it. Rather, we need to have confidence in the power of words that come from God’s mouth. This confidence comes from KNOWING who God is and realizing that He can’t fail.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 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.”
- Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

The Sword in Real Life

Many times, I think that the book sitting on my bedside table is literally the sword of the Spirit (sometimes when I think “sword of the spirit,” I imagine waving my Bible around in the air). It’s not that we shouldn’t use scripture to fight our spiritual battles: we absolutely should. Jesus used scripture when he was tempted by Satan in the desert. But I think sometimes we mindlessly rattle off scripture and think that our job is done. Scripture only has power because it comes from the mouth of God. Don’t glorify the words more than the mouth from which they came. You’ll turn a weapon that is living and active and full of tangible power into something that becomes routine and lifeless if you turn your focus to paper and binding rather than the Living Word of God.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.” – John 1:1-5 NIV

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Lauren D'Alessandro
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  • Scott Dinges

    God Bless!