The sword of the Spirit (part 1)

“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance”

(Revelations 1:12-16)

For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

(Hebrews 4:12)

“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 6:13-17)

You see my friend, as we are moving towards the final years of this world, we also have to be aware of the fact that the spiritual fight from the enemy will intensify.
The same fight will expand itself into all the areas of our lives such as the economy, the energy, agriculture, the entertainment industry, education, finance, politics and many others. Therefore, it is in our advantage that we use the Word of God when in warfare.

In Revelation 1:12-16, the Apostle John gives a description of Jesus. In the same passage, it is said that from the mouth of Jesus was coming out a ‘sharp double-edged sword’. Since we know that words come out of a mouth, the same sword also represents Jesus’ words. Therefore, the words of Jesus are a sharp double-edged sword.This view is confirmed in Hebrews 4:12 where the writer describes the Word of God as a sharp double edged sword. Paul in Ephesians 6, wrote that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.

Did you know that the Spirit has a sword? That sword is the word of God.

When you read the description of the armor of God in Ephesians 6, you will notice that most of the elements of the armor such the helmet, the breastplate, and the shield are used as defensive tools. A defensive tool is mostly used to protect oneself against an attack. However, a sword is designed to attack.

Attacking and defending are two different things

In the armor of God and in warfare, Faith, salvation, righteousness, and truth are defensive tools that protect. However, the word of God is used to attack.

Every soldier or army officer will agree with what I am about to state: “ the best way to push back violent and harrassing opponents is by attacking them.”
I know that many of you are good at defending yourself but when was the last time you have attacked?

When you want to attack the enemy, use the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

You can find the word of God in the Bible. When Jesus was tempted by the devil in Matthew 4:1-11, He used the Scriptures to push back the devil.

You use the sword by confessing the Scriptures that fit the fight you are in. For example in Matthew 4:8-10, Satan demanded worship from Jesus in exchange for all the kingdoms of the world. In response, Jesus used Deuteronomy 6:13 to rebuke the proposal that Satan gave him.

For every enemy and for every opposing circumstances, there is a corresponding Scripture to utilize.

How to use the sword of the Spirit?

In order to use the sword of the Spirit, you must:

-Confess the Scripture

-Where compulsory, you will also need to practice the Scripture. Certain Scriptures can only carry effect when they match the lifestyle mentioned in the Scripture.

Scripture vs. spiritual enemies

You see my friend, everything and every situation has a spiritual root.

Since everything has a spiritual root, when you are facing a problem or an enemy (whether at personal or national or regional level), you must first attack the problem spiritually and then face it physically (if needed).

There will be many cases where, after confessing the Scriptures, you will not need to face the issue physically.

However there will be certain cases where you will need to do both. For example in the business and political world, there are so many people who are working with occult forces. If you, as a Christian, decides to go into politics or large scale business, you will definitely need to use the sword of the Spirit before engaging in those fields.

The same is valid for various workplaces where colleagues may be using dark forces to advance or maintain their positions. The same can be said about certain family meetings and various other activities.

For lack of using and applying the Sword of the Spirit, many Christians have lost their positions or battles when encountering the children of darkness.

If someone does not even read or know the Bible, how is she/he going to use the Sword of the Spirit?