Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
– Ephesians 6:10-17
The SWORD is offensive…
All the armors Paul lists in Ephesians 6 are defensive, with one exception: the sword of the Spirit. That’s our offensive weapon for defeating Satan.
Our enemy in the high places mentioned in Ephesians 6 is spiritual therefore our weapons also must be spiritual (2 Cor. 10:4). Our sword is spiritual because it is the Word given by the Holy Spirit. He inspired its writing and through it convicts and redeems sinners (John 16:8; Heb. 4:12-13).
The sword of the Spirit is is our offense and at the same time is offensive, and it offends our enemies because its work is to destroy the work of the devil. Not only it destroys the work of the devil in the same way it destroys the flesh within us, it convicts us, we can notice a sword is always double-edged, therefore it destroys both ways. It deals us and our enemies, and it is powerful. The sword is the word of God itself and as believers, the power of it will be manifested if we live by the word and we abide in it and if we are convicted.
In short it transforms us. It supplies everything we need for a godly, victorious life. It builds us up and produces holiness (Acts 20:32). And it equips us for good works by teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
The Bible/the word/sword of the Spirit is a powerful and effective weapon. The question is, Do we know how to use it? Do we diligently study it and apply its principles to our lives? Do we have a storehouse of biblical truth to draw from in the heat of battle?
PEACE AND BLESSING!