Part 9 of 10 in the Be Battle Ready Series.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NLT)
To be battle-ready, believers must skillfully use the Sword of the Spirit.
The word of God is the believer’s sole source of offense. This weapon is not a fabled blade wedged in stone but the all-powerful Sword of the Spirit! Excaliber’s power pales in comparison. The author of Hebrews declares, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) You have a mighty weapon in the Bible!
However, a sword in the hands of a novice is not as useful as in the hands of a master swordsman. Mastering the sword in combat takes years of practice. Becoming skillful with the word of God takes study. Paul writes, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) Remember our battle is a spiritual war. Even Jesus used the word of God to overcome Satan during temptation by declaring, “It is written…” You need to do the same! Grab the Sword of the Spirit, study it, and fight the good fight!
Suggestions for Prayer:
Thank the Lord for giving you his written revelation. Ask him to give you the discipline to train (study) it.
Read Psalms 119
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