The Sword of the Spirit

Part 9 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series.

 

Read Ephesians 6:10-20

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NLT) 

To be battle-ready, believers must skillfully use the Sword of the Spirit. 

The word of God is the believer’s sole source of offense. This weapon is not a fabled blade wedged in stone but the all-powerful  Sword of the Spirit! Excaliber’s power pales in comparison. The author of Hebrews declares, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) You have a mighty weapon in the Bible!

However, a sword in the hands of a novice is not as useful as in the hands of a master swordsman. Mastering the sword in combat takes years of practice. Becoming skillful with the word of God takes study. Paul writes, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV)  Remember our battle is a spiritual war.  Even Jesus used the word of God to overcome Satan during temptation by declaring, “It is written…”  You need to do the same! Grab the Sword of the Spirit, study it, and fight the good fight!

Suggestions for Prayer:

Thank the Lord for giving you his written revelation. Ask him to give you the discipline to train (study) it.

Further Study:

Read Psalms 119

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Helmet of Salvation

Part 8 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series 

 

Read Ephesian 6:10-20

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)

To be a battle-ready believer, you must protect your thought life with the Helmet of Salvation. 

A warrior must protect their head in battle. The mind is the central command of the body. There is not a single action that does not originate – either consciously or unconsciously – from the brain. Of course, this makes sense when dealing with physical combat, but how does this apply to the Christian struggle?

The Helmet of Salvation protects the believers thought life. Our thinking controls our actions. Therefore, we must know what God says about us in his Word. We must understand what Christ has given us in salvation. The helmet metaphor Paul employs is interpreted as knowing what we have in Christ. We must renew our mind with Word of God (see Romans 12). Martin Luther, once said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Get in the Word of God and let it get in you. Take control of your thought life! The battle depends on it!

Suggestion for Prayer: 

Thank God for the salvation found in Christ. Ask God to help you identify wrong-thinking and to aid in correcting it.

Further Study: 

Read Romans 12 & 2 Corinthians 10.