The New War
Part six: The Sword of the Spirit
The Sword of the Spirit: Which is the word of God
The Sword of the spirit is the one offensive weapon that we are given for this fight. Paul used the image of a sword that could be wielded to slash from side to side, stab straight in or parry an enemies’ blow. I like to think of it in more modern terms, when I think of the word of God as a weapon I think of it as a rifle with an inexhaustible supply of ammunition. Rifles come in all shapes and sizes. Some are muzzle loading muskets which require time to load each individual component before its ready to fire, others are single shots, some have internal magazines that are capable of holding four to six rounds. Some others are capable of accepting external magazines that can hold from five to a hundred rounds, while others are capable of using belts of ammunition that can be linked together to form a limitless supply of ammo for battle. When we first come to Christ and start fighting this spiritual battle we are almost like the old muskets we require the time to search out the verses, make them make sense to us, then try to fire them at the enemy (use them to dispute arguments, cast down doubts in our own minds etc.) The more we do it the better we get at doing it. After time we become more like the single shots, than the bolt actions and on and on until we become proficient marksmen who can fire well aimed shots at blistering speeds (when needed) to combat the attacks of the enemy. We need to do everything we can to build ourselves from a muzzle loading musket into a belt fed crew serve weapon.
What biblical grounds do I have to make these claims you might ask. Read Matthew chapter 4. While Jesus was in the wilderness he was being tempted by Satan. With each temptation Jesus fired back with scripture. He had spent his entire life searching and studying the scriptures, preparing himself for the day of battle. Read Luke 2:41-52. It tells us of Jesus reading, studying, and surrounding himself with teachers of the law, learning the word of God and how he applied it to his life. There are tons of other scriptures that tell us to do this, as well as a multitude of examples from the writers of the New Testament referring to the sayings from the Old Testament prophets. Joshua 1:8-9 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you may e careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. From the very beginning we have been commanded to memorize and use the word of God.
If we go back to the temptation of Jesus we will see an interesting thing, Satan himself used scripture to tempt Jesus. That is why we need to KNOW our bibles, not just a surface understanding of them. When we are attacked using our own ammo we need to be able to distinguish the source. I remember one time in Iraq my platoon was pulling security on our convoy on MSR 1 (rout mobile) and another convoy approached us from the rear. There was an IED on the other side of the bridge from us and we were waiting for EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) to come clear it. There was an attack helicopter surveying the area and the pilot had informed us that there was a large number of insurgents in the weeds waiting to ambush. Not long after that there were lots of tracer rounds fired in both directions across the highway. I was rear security for my convoy so I walked back to the convoy that had come up from the rear to inform them of the situation. The lead vehicle was the unit commanders truck (not a good idea) and I found myself talking to a Lt. Colonel. I informed him of the situation to which he replied “They are red tracers that means they are ours” and lead his convoy through the kill zone. In that time the units being prepared to go to Iraq were told that the enemy had green tracers and we had red tracers. This particular colonel would have been well advised to listen to the veterans who had already been through the firefights and experienced the fact that the enemy had access to both color tracers. My point is this, yes at one time those rounds were our own, but they were stolen by the enemy to be used against us. It is wise to surround yourself with veterans of the war who know the enemy’s tactics to inform you of when it’s an attack and when you are hearing from God.
Dig into the word of God and load your magazine with powerful scriptures that you can use whenever you, or someone in your life, are under attack. Read your bible and experience the Joy and Blessing that knowing HIS word can bring you!