When I read through the scriptures in Ephesians 6:10-20, one of the first things that stands out is the completeness of the armor of God.
Since each piece protects us differently I’m going to focus on one piece of armor today, the Sword of the Spirit.
Each piece of armor has its own part to play, and to separate them could be compared to separating the body of Christ.
There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). All parts of the armor work together to stand strong “against the powers of this dark world” (Ephesians 6:12).
What is the Sword of the Spirit?
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.
I’ll just let that sink in…
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God!
What Does the Sword of the Spirit Mean?
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:10 NIV
“Put on the full armor of God”, is not only written in Ephesians 6:10 but again, very shortly after in Ephesians 6:13.
The fact that this is mentioned twice in such close proximity seems to highlight the importance of all parts of the armor being put on in full, working in unity.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 KJV
Sword of the Spirit
Solomon writes much about God’s Word and instructions in Proverbs. Proverbs 4:4 tells us that we are to take hold of the words with all our heart; keep the commands and live.
Without the Word of God, we will lack much wisdom and understanding. It is God’s Word that will lead us along a straight path, (Proverbs 4:11).
God’s Word is the knowledge we need for our protection, it is our strength through the mighty power of God (Ephesians 6:10).
How Can We Use the Sword of the Spirit?
Thankfully, when we acknowledge what Jesus has done for us, and believe and trust in the Word of God and the hope He has given us, we have the Spirit of God within us to guide us and protect us. The Word of God is alive in us!
When we pray in the Spirit, (Ephesians 10:18) we are praying the Word of God. The Word is our armor for survival, the Word is what we should devour.
When we are under attack, we can be confident that the scripture we memorize and hold in our hearts and minds is going to “stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).
When I visualize a sword as part of the full armor of God, I see a strong, glowing, sharp-edged piece of armor held up high, that if seen, would make the eyes of the opposition turn away in fear.
When we rise in the morning, we should rise up with the Sword that God so freely grants us!
How do we Rise up with the Sword of the Spirit?
As a mother, I am often focused on motherhood and family life. I come across daily challenges that require me to get into a position ready for battle.
If I am not properly prepared or equipped, I am gradually broken down. Putting on the armor, holding up the sword of the Spirit, isn’t just a one-off occasion.
It should be a continuous, intentional part of your daily routine. You brush your teeth every day to prevent breakdown, right? You see where I’m going with this!
Proverbs 2:6 tells us that the Lord “grants wisdom!’”
When I read this, it dropped right into my heart. The knowledge and understanding that we can have directly from God is available so easily to us, let’s not take it for granted.
Let’s meditate on it and have the Word of the Lord planted right in our hearts, so that we can flourish and grow through the Holy Spirit. Thirst for the Word of God and water those seeds!
The sword of the Spirit gives us the power to battle through without fear of the opposition. So, let’s rise up in the morning and read scripture, pray and feed on what leads us to the path of His glory.
Never Put the Sword Down!
In Matthew 4, when Jesus was tempted by the devil, we read, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” This is first mentioned in Deuteronomy 8:3.
The Word of God is our food for survival! Our path will bring trouble, but with God’s Word at hand we can walk along it with confidence in the one who provides the sword to press on.
We can have assurance in the knowledge that when we hold up the sword of the Spirit in the confidence God gives us, it will never fail us. We can win the battles in the strength of our Father.
“The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 NLT
How can we stop the Sword from Falling?
Meditate on God’s Word and take time to be in the presence of the Lord!
If we take time to meditate on God’s Word and hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to us, we will be more prepared spiritually for the battles that come our way.
“Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you.” (Genesis 4:7). We need to be ready to “subdue the sin that tries to control us and be the master of it.”
Be prepared for battle with all the provisions God has given us!
“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6 NLT
Are you Prepared to Use the Sword of Spirit?
The sword of the Spirit is a powerful tool. I love how God gives us a clear representation of how we should be using it.
Thankfully, we can read His Word and learn the importance of the Sword. I’m praying this gives you a better understanding of the sword and encourages you to use it!
Hi, I’m Francesca. I am a wife, mother, freelance writer, and qualified nurse. I write to encourage motherhood and family life with faithful steps.