by Raymond Mills
In the Book of Ephesians, we see among the armor of God that the Sword we are told to use to fight against Satan is in fact the word of God.
(Eph 6:17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
We are in essence being told to use the word of God as a weapon to fight against satan. Hebrews tells us how very effective that weapon can be;
(Heb 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.
Now I am sure that most of us are very aware of what has just been stated. But, are we actually using it. And could we in fact be using it far more effectively than we are?
As a weapon of war, the sword was always a very effective tool of both offense and defense. In the story of Christ’s battle with Satan, you see Him using the word of God to counter satans demands. This is an excellent example of how we might use this powerful weapon ourselves.
But we have been, historically, denied in a sense the use of this weapon. You see the sword requires training and practice. We have been given the knowledge of how the weapon works and many examples of seeing it in action yet how often have we had the opportunity to put this weapon into actual use ourselves?
Think back to the time when we were beginning to learn about the word of God and what it truly said. During that same period of time, we were discouraged and in some cases ordered not to use the word of God among ourselves unless there was a minister present.
Now, sure I do understand why that was done. The information being given during that period of time was rather new and we were all learning as fast as we could. There was concern that if we started talking about it among ourselves, that false doctrine might be introduced, and the faith of some might be compromised.
And yet, because of that we as individual members of the body of Christ not only do not have much experience using the word of God in our conversations with others but in reality, we actually are afraid that it is wrong to do so.
Using the word of God effectively just like using a sword takes training and practice. We have matured as a people, brethren. We have the understanding to use the word of God but we need to have the practice as part of our training.
As I talk to the people of God around the country and in our online meeting rooms I see more and more are referring to the scriptures in their conversations and that is wonderful but there a many that while I think they could seem to be a little timid or perhaps self-conscious to use the word of God in their casual conversations. Perhaps because of the history, I related above.
But we really need to be doing that more and more. You don’t have to know where the verse is but if you know the words or intent you can use that in conversation to show not only others but to cement in our own minds what God intends for us to be doing and thinking.
This message is to encourage all of us to use those words that God has given us all to live by. Share them often in your conversations with others so that in a time when you may need them to resist satan they will come to you more clearly.
Study the word of God more often.
(2Ti 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Start referring to what God says in His word about how we are to live and act in your everyday conversations. Work at overcoming the built-in reluctance that many of us have had to overcome.
It will not only be good for those who you speak to but it will be good for you as well as you are beginning to USE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT.
Let’s learn to use that sword effectively. The word of God should be in our hearts and minds all the time. It is not that hard to talk about it at all. What do you think? Can you become that Spiritual Swordsman wielding the word of God?
Take a look at how God reacts to His people who fear him and are talking to each other often:
(Mal 3:16) Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
(Mal 3:17) And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.