13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Ephesians 6:13-18
I think it’s safe to say that all of God’s word is my favorite passage of scripture. I want to focus on the one thing we have that is for defense and offense; the sword of the spirit. God does not put us on the front line of battle to stand and just draw a line in the sand. He doesn’t want us on the defense all the time, He wants us out there bringing the battle to the enemy. The sword of the spirit which is the Word of God is a powerful weapon. Jesus used it when He was tempted during the 40 days of fasting and prayer He did before He started His ministry. It’s sad to say that a lot of us Christians, including myself, don’t use this weapon very often. The Word of God being described as a sword is so true, it cuts deep into a heart of a man. We can use the word to encourage our fellow soldiers, we can use it to cut the enemy and we can use it to find what direction God wants us to go. God wants us to use this weapon, not just put our hands up in defense against the enemy. I heard this quote once that says: “A Bible falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. ” It’s so true. The enemy love nothing more than to see us sheathe our sword, or in other words put it up on the shelf or on the coffee table. Don’t let your sword get dust on it.