The Powerful Arsenal (Ephesians 6:17-20)
The previous post (read it here) focused on preparing for spiritual battle by putting on the full and complete armor of God. The armor can be boiled down to the right understanding and application of the Truth of God’s Word to our lives. The Armor spoken of in Ephesians 6:10-17 is primarily defensive. It is for your protection. We now turn our attention to the two offensive weapons given to us.
The Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)
Hand to Hand Combat
There were two types of swords used by the Roman soldiers. One was a long sword that was meant for combat at a relatively safe distance. The other however, was a small hand-held sword that was used for close-up, hand to hand combat. It is this shorter sword that Paul refers to as the Sword of the Spirit. In other words, God has prepared us to do hand to hand combat with the enemy. There will be times that we are not at a relatively safe distance swinging a longer sword. More often than not, the spiritual battle will be hand to hand battle.
The Spoken Word
Paul revealed the sword of the Spirit to be the Word of God. There are three word in Greek that are translated “Word”.
The point is this, we must pick up the book, seek to rightly understand the content of the book so that in the time of need, the Word can be spoken against satan. The prime example of this is Jesus in His temptations. In each of the three cases, Jesus quoted from the book of Deuteronomy to silence satan and win the spiritual battle in the temptation.
It is necessary at this point to highlight the importance of Scripture memorization and meditation. The ultimate destination is for Scripture to reside in your heart. Memorization is the beginning step in getting the Scriptures into your heart. Memorization allows you to embed the Scriptures in your mind. Once it is in your mind, you can then process it through meditation.
Meditation is simply taking time to think through the scriptures to determine its meaning and how to apply it to your own life. For example, Paul said, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you (Ephesians 4:32).” So, meditation on this verse would look something like this:
- “Be kind to one another” – What attitudes or actions in my life are not kind? What do I need to change to be kind to individuals I have been unkind to?
- “Tenderhearted” – What changes do I need to make to be compassionate toward others?
- “Forgiving one another” – Is there anyone that I have not forgiven? What steps do I need to take to extend forgiveness to them?
Prayer is not listed as an actual piece of the armor. However, Paul does dedicate a good amount of space to the subject of prayer. Let’s not forget that the Church was born out of a prayer meeting. A reading of the book of Acts would reveal that the early church often used prayer as a weapon against the enemy. For example, consider Peter and John. They were told not to continue preaching the name of Jesus. So, they went back to the believers and immediately entered into a prayer meeting. God shook the place where they were gathered. Not only were Peter and John empowered to continue to speak the name of Jesus, but also all who were gathered in the prayer meeting were empowered to speak with boldness (Acts 4:23-31).
So, do not neglect the power of prayer in your life. Prayer can accomplish far more than you could accomplish in your own power.
- Book – Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney
- Book – 100 Bible Verses Every Person Should Know By Heart by Robert J. Morgan
- Website – The Invisible War by Chip Ingram.