This brings us to the final element of spiritual armor — the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Leading up to this point, we have learned about: truth supporting our spiritual upright posture through the girding of our loins, righteousness protecting our chest, peace covering our feet, faith shielding everything within our reach, and the helmet of salvation guarding our minds against doubt. Let us dive into our key text coming out of Ephesians 6:14 — 17(KJV) with a focus on the “b” portion of verse 17. The Word of the Lord reads:
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Out of all of the pieces of spiritual armor, the sword of the spirit — the Word of God — is the only element of armor that serves within the offensive capacity. While the other parts of our armor are good about protecting us from blows of the enemy, the sword of the Spirit gives us the capability to be able to cut down our enemies before they can even lift a finger in our direction to throw a punch or fire a flaming dart. Let us not be passive Christians simply waiting to be struck by the enemy. Let us be proactive through the study and command of the scriptures and take advantage of the spiritual resources the Lord has provided us with. May we not forget the power we have through God’s Word and the fact that everything and person within this world must submit to our Heavenly Father’s authority.
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