When we think about spiritual warfare, there is one part of our armor we must never forget. And that is found in Ephesians chapter six, verse number 17, in the latter part of the verse, and it says this. And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Don’t go into battle without your sword. Now, I think you can see, and this is important, that of all the armor that we’re given that which protects our head, our body, our feet, we’re fully protected, we even have a shield that’s been given to us.
But we have one weapon, one item that we can use to fight back against the devil. And that is the word of God, that is our sword. We see this so clearly portrayed in the life of Jesus.
In Matthew chapter four, we have the details of how Satan attempted to tempt Jesus. In each time that he came to Jesus offering him things that really were appealing, Jesus responded with these words. It is written. He knew what the Bible had to say, what the Scriptures taught.
Of course, he was the living word. He was the author of the book. It’s not surprising that he knew. But when he wanted to fight against Satan, he quoted the revelation, the scripture that he had given to this world, because it’s in the Word of God, that we can fight back against Satan, and the enemy.
We have the word of God. And so I want to encourage you to get to know your weapon well. Don’t let it sit somewhere and get rusted out. Keep it in a place that’s handy, that’s in your mind, so that wherever you go, wherever you are, you take that sword with you. And when Satan comes at you, when he tries to attack you, through temptations, through discouragement, through anxiety, whatever he’s trying to do to draw you away from the Lord. Take out the word of God. Measure that temptation by what God’s word says. And then respond back to Satan, it is written. If we’ll stay rooted in the scripture we’ll have a weapon that will help us to withstand the forces of evil that want to bring us down.