Ephesians 6:10-18, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

The sword of the Spirit.  Used on the offense and the defense against the powers of evil that will attack you daily.  The sword is the word of God.

The sword is a very versatile.  For soldiers, there were many different types of swords based on the battle that they would enter.  The common thread with the sword is that on the attack, it can kill what it strikes.  On the defense, it can block other weapons such as axes, maces, and other swords.  Usually forged out of steel, a sword is important to the soldier and would not be a part that would be left behind.

The Word of God is strong.  The words that are contained in the Bible are a matter of life and death.  Life after this life and the avoidance of death in the spiritual realm.  The Word of God can refute any theory that one may have against God or against His creation.  With facing the devil, Jesus would always quote Scripture.  In our defense, we should turn to the Bible to counter issues like worry, fear, or sadness.  The Bible will unlock answers to the questions we have.  With prayer, the Word of God will become available to you and God has put many a verse in my head in times of trouble and in times of need.

The Bible has always been a great ally to me.  I pray that the Bible is yours.  Read the Bible.  Learn the Bible.  Memorize keys parts of the Bible.  The more that you know, the better equipped you will be to fight.  Our fight is not with flesh and blood but with powers far greater.  God will fight for us if we ask.  The Bible will help ward off any danger.  With God around, the devil is not free to stay.  He must leave.  Don’t let the devil get a foothold.  Read the Bible everyday.  Your life depends on it.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the Word.  In John, You say that you are the Word and the Word is You.  There is no time that You have not existed.  Thank You that we can be comforted in the fact that You have always been there for us.  You give us direction.  You give us life.  Eternal life through Jesus, Your son.  You are our God.  Let us serve You and give You all the honor, praise, and worship that our bodies can give.  You only are worthy.  You alone are our strength.  You alone are God.  You are our God.  Thank You.  You are truly my rock in a time of storm.  Be over Your creation always.

In your word-giving name we pray,

Amen

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