Sword – Word of God
The sword is the inky weapon of offense in this list of armor. There are times when we need to take the offensive against Satan. When we are tempted we need to trust in the truth of God’s word.
Word (special revelation from God)
Deut. 8:3 – He humbled you ….to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord
Moses, the writer of the book of Deuteronomy, teaches the Israelites to remember God’s faithfulness, how He supplied their needs and humbled them…taught them that they cannot live just on the food that feeds their physical body. They must nourish their soul by embracing the Word of God, the scriptures.
For the Israelites, the scriptures were handed down from generation to generation as Fathers and mothers taught their children. We are fortunate in that we have the written word. We are instructed to meditate on scripture, memorize it, and apply it. When we are in need of it, we can speak or pray with scripture and thus gain victory over the enemy. The word is our sword, the weapon of choice in the collection that is the armor of God.
Jenny poured herself a fresh cup of coffee. She sat down in her favorite chair and picked up where she’d left off in her study of the book of Deuteronomy. Brian, her husband, walked into the living room. He turned on the TV as he sat on the sofa. Jenny glared at him. “Can’t you see that I’m studying my Bible here? Why can’t you respect my quiet time?” she snapped.
Brian looked toward her. “Bible study, huh? Lotta good that does. Can’t you even say good morning before you start snapping?” He refocused his attention on the TV.
Jenny bit back the nasty reply that had winged its way to the tip of her tongue. “Harrumph,” was all that came out and then she picked up all her study aids and walked toward the kitchen. She sat down at the table, spread out her notes and Bible, and began to read again. Her concentration was broken. I can’t study when I’m upset.
Then several verses from the book of Proverbs made their way to the forefront of her mind. The one that made the greatest impact though was found in Proverbs 15. Solomon wrote, “A gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.” The verse hit her like a ton of bricks. That’s what she’d done this morning, hadn’t she.
Jenny immediately regretted the harsh words she’d spoken to her husband. She walked slowly into the living room, carrying a cup of coffee for him. “Brian, I’m sorry for the way I greeted you this morning. Please forgive my harsh words.”
Brian smiled, turned the sound on the TV down, and reached for the coffee. “That’s all right Honey. How about going for a long walk with me…after you finish your study, that is?” Brian knew how much Jenny liked long, early morning walks with her hand in his.
The Word of God is like a two-edged sword, the Bible says. If Jenny had not memorized the scripture, the very verse she needed to remind her how God wanted her to act would not have come to mind. The enemy would have succeeded in ruining their day…with his poison arrows of hurt and selfishness.
God’s Word not only reminds us how to act, but reminds us when to act, and what to say. When we pray using scripture, the enemy is vanquished and the Words we speak contain God’s power. God’s Word feeds our soul as the verse in Deuteronomy says, but it gives us a mighty sword to defeat the attempts of Satan to put wedges between us and any relationship we have. Marriages are his favorite targets.
Father, remind me often with Your Words, how to act, when to act, and how to pray. Give me a thirst…a hunger to devour Your word. Keep my mind clear so that I can concentrate. Fill my mind with the right verses so that I can be victorious in all areas of my life. Amen.