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Devotional - week of June 5, 2016


TAKE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

And take … the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God … Ephesians 6:17

This verse follows Paul’s listing of the parts of a believer’s armor for facing Satan—all of which are for defensive purposes.

The word of God is an instrument of offense.

The Greek word translated “word” means “spoken word.” That is, the believer speaks to the forces of darkness the words the Holy Spirit gives him. They are first spoken by God the Father.

As we go on the offensive by taking the gospel to the unsaved, often the words the Holy Spirit gives us to speak to Satan will be Scripture. Jesus responded to each temptation of Satan by quoting Scripture. Following the third temptation, Satan departed.

We should be open to any words the Holy Spirit gives as we go forward with the Gospel of Jesus.

Notice Paul’s description of those who are still in the kingdom of darkness recorded in Ephesians 2:2-3: They walk:

… according to the course of this world, according to the prince … of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience … fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind …  

By taking “the sword of the Spirit” we successfully come against “the prince of the power of the air.” We live out the words of Jesus to Peter when He explained that Satan would not be able to stop the advancement of His Kingdom. He said to Peter:

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.  Matthew 16:19b (NASB)

This could be understood as the sword of the Spirit, binding Satan and loosing the unsaved to salvation.

We take “the sword of the Spirit” as we live out our crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.