Ephesians 6:17b – “and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”
Swords are really neat to look at. My husband collected swords for a while. He had long swords, short swords, practical swords, all kinds of swords. Swords come in all shapes and sizes. They have different purposes. They have special meanings. They are made of different materials. But the one thing that all swords have in common is their main purpose: to cut something, to make something come apart.
In all the verses relating to the armor of God, this is the only weapon we are told to bear. Of course, there were no guns at this time but their were daggers that could be concealed that one could carry. But no, we are told to a bear the sword of the Spirit. And Paul leaves no room for doubt as to what that sword really is – the word of God.
The word of God as a sword has been used before in Scripture.
Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to 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.” Yowza! That is quite the sword! Not only does the word of God have the ability to cut out sin in our life, but it also has the ability to rip through the body, even to the point of determining your very thoughts and intents of your heart. That means, the word of God has the ability to help you determine if what you are doing is being done for God’s honor and glory or your own. And this is the very same sword Paul is encouraging us to carry with us into spiritual battle. This is a serious sword. It can do some major damage.
Revelation 1:16 – “And he had in his right had seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.” Here, John is giving a description of Jesus. Read a few verses before to get the full effect. But it is powerful. Here, we see Jesus with the sword coming out of his mouth. Crazy mental image, right? But when you think about this verse linked with the verse above, that is His words. They are powerful. I don’t think that we really understand the power of Jesus and the power of His words.
The Spirit is God living in us. It is us allowing God to lead us and guide us and empower us. This power is in the sword. And the sword comes from His word. And the only way we can engage this power is to know how to use it. And the only way we can know how to use it is to faithfully read it, to learn it, to ingest it, to apply it. You can’t pick up a sword and expect to win a battle if you have never been trained on how to use it. You can’t expect to be able to stand against the wiles of the devil if you don’t know how to handle your sword. Practice, practice, practice!
Let me encourage you today, princess, to pick up your sword. Feel the weight of it in your hand. Carry it with you and learn its burden. O, the burden is light (Matthew 11:30) if you carry it with the right attitude. But bear it nonetheless. Ask the Giver of the sword to show you how to use it, when to use it and when to stand. Times are a changing, princess, and you have to be ready.