Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The word of God will never pass away, and it will never run out of style. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35.) The Bible was present in heaven as a complete volume before the foundation of the world. It is like honey, making us sweet, like bread, satisfying our hunger, and like water, quenching our spiritual. Of all the imagery used to describe the word of God, none is more powerful than that of a sword.
There are three times in the New Testament that the sword of the Spirit is used. The word of God as a sword is useful to the believer in three specific areas. Unsheathing the sword of the Spirit in each of these will help you to victoriously “fight the good fight of faith” (I Timothy 6:12.)
Unsheathe the sword for your own protection. The enemy is not moved by our word but by the sword of the Spirit. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,” (Ephesians 6:12.) “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal” (II Corinthians 10:5.) This is the only weapon to use against the wiles of the devil. Jesus used it against the devil as a reliable weapon when He answered him three times with the same proven response: “IT IS WRITTEN!” Napoleon Bonaparte stated, “The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature that conquers all that oppose it.” We must learn, memorize, meditate, and use the word of God in spiritual warfare that we may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all to stand.
Unsheathe the sword to penetrate to the heart of problems. Hebrews chapter four describes the rest that is available to the child of God by first giving an example of the children of Israel who missed out on that rest. They turned an eleven day journey into a forty year wandering. Verse 12 again mentions the word of God as a sword, cutting to the heart and piercing deeply to carry out its problem-solving effect. “For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…” (Hebrews 4:12.) We are a trichotomy, made up of spirit, soul, and body. Our problem is always in one of these three areas, and we need the word of God to reveal to us which part is in need of spiritual repair. It cuts down to the separation of soul and spirit, and it helps us to deal with the flesh. Are you facing problems, needing to know the source of them as well as the solution? Unsheathe the sword!
Unsheathe the sword to personalize a message from God. The Spirit of God will take a Biblical truth and use it to point the finger at something in our lives, making it personal. In the book of the Revelation, the Spirit of God had a message for the churches that came out of the mouth of Jesus like a sword. To each of the churches He had a specific message to communicate. When God personalizes a message to us, He always prompts us to obey His voice. He will often take a sentence or a thought that has nothing to do with the subject being preached and drive in home to your heart. When this happens, don’t reject the Spirit’s use of His Sword, but rejoice that Almighty God has just taken a personal interest in speaking directly to you!
It’s time to unsheathe this valuable weapon in your life! A sword that is sheathed does very little to provoke someone, but pulling it out and positioning yourself for battle let’s the enemy know you are moving ahead. It also let’s God know that you value what He values. Remember what David the psalmist said regarding God’s estimate of His word: “Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2.) Nothing is more effective leading people, raising children, or pastoring than lifting up an unsheathed sword in the face of adversity. Will you unsheathe the sword in your life, not just today, but moment by moment?