Take the Sword of the Spirit, Which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6: 17)

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Take the Sword of the Spirit, Which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6: 17). Satan tried to destroy Jesus when He was born by inspiring wicked King Herod to kill all the babies in Bethlehem. Thirty years later, when Jesus was baptized and led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, Satan attacked Him again. Jesus’ weapon against him was God’s Word-which is the “sword of the Spirit.”

No spiritual battle can be fought and won without our greatest weapon-the Word of God.

God’s Word was inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is God breathed. Each writer of the Bible was moved by the Spirit as his gifts and intellect were used by God to speak to them and thorough them. The Word of God is so powerful that it is a double-edged sword in our hands (Hebrews 4: 12). That means it is a defensive as well as offensive weapon. As prayer warriors, we need both.

Once you receive the Lord, the Holy Spirit in you brings the Word alive to your mind, soul, and spirit every time you read it. Some people say, “This part of the Bible was only for the Old Testament people, and that part was only for the disciples, and that other part was only for the Ephesians, and this was only for the Philippians,” and on and on until the entire Bible is explained away as just a history book. Beware of anyone who wants to make the Bible into just a history book. The Bible is alive. It is living and it has power for today. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).

I feel I must say here that when the Bible says something like “man of God” as it does in the verses quoted above, it is not excluding women. It’s like saying “mankind”. And we all know that word includes women as well. So if you are a woman, don’t become concerned about that. Believe me, I have heard as many concerns from men having a hard time over being called “the bride of Christ.”

Every time you read God’s Word, it will become more firmly planted in your mind and heart. From there it will protect you from attacks of the enemy. Put on the Word like a protective garment every morning. Speak the Word  pray the Word, live the Word, and let it live in you  so it becomes part of your armor.

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