The Personal Journey 365, sword of the Spirit
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:11-17, NIV
In the entire Armor of God, the sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon in the arsenal. Furthermore, the sword of the Spirit is double-edged. This refers to the Word of God, which is both the Bible (Scriptures), and the Word made flesh –Jesus Christ– who left us with the Holy Spirit. Both are needed as one in the tearing down of strongholds in our lives, as well as dealing with circumstances, and other individuals on a daily basis.
The Word, referred to as Scriptures –the Bible– is the side that gives us the God-inspired words from 40 different authors to relate the past, present and future of God’s relationship with us. These words were derived and culminated by direction of the Holy Spirit. It is God’s diary, His instruction book, written by man. It is the one book that has withstood the test of time.
This most holy of books is multi-dimensional meaning that the words are God-inspired –they transcend both time and space. However, the Bible without the power of the Holy Spirit is merely a book of historical events, commands, stories, and direction. In order to understand or even walk in the truths of the Bible we must have the Holy Spirit. If the Bible is read and absorbed through the power of the Holy Spirit it comes alive both through personal application, as well as prophesy.
The double-edged sword of the Spirit, both biblical text and Holy Spirit-filled revelation and insight, can reach into the hearts and minds of the most “learned” as well as atheistic of individuals when nothing else comes close. Since it is the one offensive weapon, as with any battle, every other piece of armory should be in place and protecting when this weapon is wielded for attack is eminent.
Biblical words bridge as the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit and provides us with
1) Spiritual food for growth;
2) Spiritual gifts;
3) Ability to recognize God’s voice;
4) The power of Prayer;
5) Discernment – the ability to tell truth from lies;
6) Comfort, safety, and security;
7) Peace, that passes all understanding;
8) True fellowship with our neighbors;
9) Strength to make it to the end of the journey;
10) Recognition of your own life story written in the Bible.
11) And, the unconditional Agape Love all of us are looking for to fill the void to overflowing that nothing else can fill but God.
In Spiritual warfare, the enemy must be recognized, the Spiritual Armor outfitted, and the double-edged sword wielded through speech and actions. Jesus taught us throughout His earthly reign the power of words, spoken and written. We are in a war of epic proportions, but we as Christians have already won through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Our journey is to walk one day at a time, through the valley of the shadow of death, in victory through surrender to Jesus Christ.
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Regina M. Dick
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