Last week we learned to put on the armor of light. We need this armor in order to defeat the forces of darkness!
One of the most important parts of that armor was the shield of faith. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” (Ephesians 6:16 NKJV)
It is only by standing firm in our faith that we are able to extinguish all the flaming missiles that the devil hurls our way.
While studying the armor of God, did you notice that the armor only protects the front of your body, not the back? God wants us to face our enemy, not run away from him. He wants us to resist the devil, in the name of Jesus, so that he will flee from us!
In Paul’s list of the pieces of armor, we come to the only one that can be used as a weapon:
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17 NKJV)
We do not only need the shield of faith to defeat the enemy, but we also need the Word of God. This makes sense, because the Apostle Paul wrote:
“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
Faith and God’s Word are linked together. It is impossible to have one without the other. The strength of our faith is based on the Word of God. That is why it is so important to be immersed in the Word of God every day. We need to know what the Word says to be able to fight against the devil!
The second thing we need to notice is that this weapon is called the sword of the Holy Spirit. We cannot wield this weapon in our own strength. We need the Holy Spirit to assist us when we use this weapon against the enemy. He is the One who makes the Word of God come alive to us when we need it. This is why it is also important to have a deep relationship with the Holy Spirit!
How do we use the Word of God as a weapon against the enemy? Jesus showed us, when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. We can read about this event in the Gospels:
“Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” (Luke 4:1 NKJV)
Notice that Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit before confronting the devil. We also need to be full of the Holy Spirit every day. This is where our strength comes from. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Finally, brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” (Ephesian 6:1 NKJV)
That power is found in the Holy Spirit. When we are full of the Holy Spirit, we are full of God’s power!
In the account of Jesus’ temptation, we read:
“And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.” (Matthew 4:2 NKJV)
It was at this point that the devil came to attack Jesus with the first temptation:
“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, ‘If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.’ ” (Matthew 4:3 NKJV)
How did Jesus respond to this flaming missile from the enemy? If He had tried to fight him in the flesh, He might have said, “Of course I am the Son of God. I just don’t feel like changing these stones into bread right now.” That is how many saints try to fight the devil. We cannot defeat the devil in the arena of the mind. The enemy will defeat us every time. We need to use the weapon that Jesus used:
“But He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” ‘ ” (Matthew 4:4 NKJV)
Jesus used the sword of the Spirit in order to fight off the temptation of the devil. He said, “It is written!” We need to do the same thing, when we find ourselves being tempted by our adversary. We need to learn to use God’s Word! This means we need to first have God’s Word hidden in our hearts, and then let the Holy Spirit show us how to use it. Once we are fully trained in the Word of God, we can use it as an effective weapon against the enemy!
You are holy, dear saint!
P.S: Have you become skilled in using the Sword of the Spirit against the enemy? It comes by meditating on the Word of God every day, and allowing the Holy Spirit to teach you how to use it in your conflict with the devil.
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]