Swinging the Sword of the Spirit
William J. Brown
What is the Sword of the Spirit?...
The Sword of the Spirit, simply put, is the Bible. It's the only offensive weapon we have. So we need to learn to use it wisely.
You see, God could have just left us with our defensive gear and then said..."Alright, you're all protected. Get out there and hold out til I come!" He could have said that. But He didn't.
God handed us the most powerful weapon known to man...the Word of God. The writer of Hebrews described it as something that even causes the...
...dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
That's quite a weapon. The atomic bomb doesn't hold a candle to what God has created in His Word.
And this weapon is at the disposal of everyone who believes in Christ. God makes that power readily available. But we must open, read and study it if it's to do us any good.
The best of example of swinging the Sword of the Spirit properly was Jesus. When out in the desert, He was tempted of the devil. Matthew recounts the events of Jesus' temptation in Matthew 4:1-10...
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
As you can see, Jesus used God's Word to combat Satan. Even when Satan tried to use the Bible against Christ, Jesus came back with the Truth of Scripture.
Jesus successfully fought off the Devil. How?...
Because He knew the Word! If we want to succeed against the spiritual attacks that Satan wages against us, we must know the Bible inside and out, just as Christ did.
To do this we must read it, study it, memorize it and meditate on it. When we neglect these four areas, we, in essence, throw away our only offensive weapon. From then on, we can only hunker down with the shield and rest of our defensive armor and hope for the best.
That isn't successful warfare. And that isn't the way God wants us to exist. He wants us to readily battle the enemy, Satan. We must do our best to ward off his attacks so that we might have success in battle. Anything less brings shame to the soldier of Christ.
Paul put it this way in II Timothy 2:15...
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
These are wise words for the warrior of Christ to heed. We need to always be ready. And to do that effectively, we must have the whole armor of God strapped on. That includes having the Sword of the Spirit polished up and ready to wield.
The attacks will come. There's no doubt in that. What we must do is have our sword always ready. We must know what the Bible says, inside and out.
As Paul put it, anything less is nothing more than shame to the soldier of the Lord. we must study the Bible in order to swing the Sword of the Spirit effectively. Let's commit to do that every day!