Spiritual Swordsmanship

While armor is necessary for the protection of the soldier, the warrior would be ineffective in battle if he had no weapon with which to attack the enemy and to defend himself. God has given the believer such a weapon, the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6: 17).

The sword that Paul has pictured in his mind was a short straight sword that was used for close combat by the Roman soldier. Satan doesn’t stop with just throwing fiery darts at us. Sometimes he and his army move in on us, and we are forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. James 4: 7 says, “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

God wants us to use the sword in conjunction with the other provisions He has made for victory. First, we must be careful not to separate the sword from the Holy Spirit of God. We must rightly handle the word of God. Notice also that the sword of the Spirit is sixth on the list. It’s not enough to walk around with your Bible. We must have on the whole armor!

Next, we cannot separate the sword of the Spirit from prayer. This truth is made clear in Ephesians 6: 17-18; “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; always praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…” The word of God enlightens us. God’s word reveals the will of God; prayer enables us to do that will. Prayer is crucial if we are to overcome the enemy!

Finally, don’t separate the sword from praise. In Psalm 149: 6, we read, “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.” Now that would be an exciting choir! Imagine what you would think if, on Sunday morning, the church choir walked in carrying literal swords! Psalm 149 pictures a singing army. Do you know why? It is because God inhabits the praises of His people, and where the presence of the Lord is, there are freedom and victory!

So now we are clothed in the armor of God and equipped with the word of God. We must now commit ourselves to the task of advancing the kingdom of God. We accomplish this task by yielding to the will of God. LET IT BE SO! AMEN!

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