Ephesians 6:17, part 2
The Sword of the Spirit…
Today, we learn about the final piece of the armor of God – the sword of the Spirit:
…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -Ephesians 6:17, NAB
We have been given many pieces of armor to protect ourselves, but finally, with the sword of the Spirit, we are given a way to fight back. When the evil one threatens us, we have the Word of God to defeat any enemy that may stand against us.
It has been said that one of the best defenses is a great offense. If we live, breathe, preach, share the Word of God in every moment of our lives, we have already won the battle.
Many people believe that we cannot fight back against sin and temptation. They wear the other pieces of the armor of God – doing their best to protect themselves – but as the battle rages on, they may begin to lose faith and the protection that comes with it. Eventually, sin will be victorious.
We cannot passively expect God to protect us from every form of temptation; we need to fight back. We need to actively force the devil out of our lives by embracing the Word of God and using it to slay the darkness that threatens our very lives.
Do not allow sin and temptation to continually beat you down. Rise up, take hold of the Word of God, and defeat the lies and deception of the devil, once and for all.