Sword of the Spirit

So far in our Armor of God we learned about the Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness,  Feet Shod with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace (Protective Foot Gear), Shield of Faith, and the Helmet of Salvation. Click on any of those names which are links to the other lessons if you didn't get a chance to read them yet. The last important piece is The Sword of the Spirit.  
At the beginning of these lessons, I explained our fight is not against people but against Satan and his hosts. Our invisible weapons are used against, and to protect us from unseen enemies.

The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive or an attacking weapon. All the other pieces are used for protection.  Swords come in many shapes, sizes, and types. This particular sword is referring to one between 6 and 18 inches long. The sword most likely would be attached to a belt. The soldier would be able to grab the weapon quickly if the need arises. It is used both defensively for resistance to Satan’s attacks, and offensively to destroy the enemy’s moves against the one holding the sword.

In ancient times, swords were used as the main weapon.












Another way swords are used is in a sport called fencing. Players use flexible swords in a sword fight. Fencers wear special gear for the head and chest for protection.  

The Sword of the Spirit is the word of God. You and I need to know God’s word the Bible well enough to fight off Satan’s schemes. Memorizing Gods word is the best use of the Sword of the Spirit. That is why I put verses at the end of these lessons for you to memorize. Satan will tempt us to do bad things or think hurtful thoughts. When this happens, we can quote scriptures or verses out of the Bible. In this way we defend ourselves and fight back against Satan’s attacks.

Let’s say you don’t have enough money to purchase a special toy. You've been saving your money for months and really want that toy. The tax on it will make you a couple of dollars short.

Satan whispers in your ear. “There is money in your mon’s purse. She won’t notice if you take a little. It’s just a few dollars.”

You have a choice. You can listen to Satan and take the money out of your mom’s purse or you can stop and tell Satan, “No!”

The Sword of the Spirit comes in handy in that moment. Scripture says, You shall not steal, Exodus 20:15 You can also and remind Satan you have your sword and quote the memory verse about the sword in Ephesians 6:17 Take…the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Stealing harms others. The Bible says in Romans 13:9 …You shall love your neighbor as yourself, verse 10 Love does no harm to your neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

It is wrong to steal. You wouldn’t want someone to steal from you so don’t do it to someone else. Stealing from your mom would hurt her. Love shows kindness.  

Satan could tempt you to do other things that are wrong. He is very good at whispering in your thoughts telling you bad things to think about others or yourself. Remember Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to your neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Jesus wants you to love people and take good care of yourself.

Satan will be sneaky and try to trick you into doing something wrong. Fight back using the Sword of the Spirit. You may want a mental picture of your sword to fight against Satan and his attacks.

By now you should have much if not all of following passage memorized. Try to say it to someone. Let me know how you are doing.

Ephesians 6:13-18 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.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

 

Verses in NKJV unless otherwise stated



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