Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
As we’ve already seen in this series, the helmet and sword speak of the authority and power of God working in us. God wants to show His power through us in order to bring the Good News of Christ to the world.
We need to understand how our weapons work. Specifically, I’m talking about the sword of the spirit – the rhema – Word of God. For a detailed discussion of the word, rhema, click here.
Remember, we’re talking about the armor of God. That means this is the sword of the Lord. Our knowledge of this got watered down over time. We have used this weapon less and less since the advent of the printing press.
You may not want to hear this, but the Bible is not our sword. The sword is a spiritual weapon. As a matter of fact, the devil doesn’t fear the Bible. He has it memorized. There are even times that he uses it against God’s people.
It’s the rhema – Word of God that’s our spiritual weapon. But does that mean I don’t need the Bible? Absolutely not! We are to study in order to show ourselves approved to use the rhema.
Look at what Jesus said to the Pharisees.
“If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Literally, the Lord said, “If you don’t believe what was written, how will you believe my rhema?” The rhema is the revealed Word of God to me…and to you. This is the greatest weapon of the church; God speaking to us.
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Christ brought us the spiritual weapons that we would use to fight the enemy’s kingdom. The Sword of the Spirit was just what we needed for victory.
Under the Old Covenant, they had no spiritual weapons. All their battles had to be fought in the natural. That’s why the Law of Moses had so many death penalties. The only way to stop the spirit of adultery was to kill those who were controlled by it.
After Christ died and rose again, everything changed. Now there’s nowhere in New Testament that tells us that God will fight the battle for us.
We now have a weapon that the enemy cannot defend against. He can debate the Bible with you. But a sword that pierces the spirit, he has no defense against that.
That’s why it’s so important that we understand, not only what the Word of God is, but how we use it against the enemy’s kingdom. God wants His people to hear His voice and act on it in obedience. That’s the key to our victory.
Question: Why is a Word from God so destructive to the enemy’s kingdom?
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