Well, here we are! At the end of our study, I AM A WARRIOR. We are fully dressed in our armor. The belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, our feet shod to stand firm, our shield to protect against oncoming arrows and our head firmly covered with the helmet of salvation. We not only look like a warrior… WE ARE READY! So, today let’s take up our sword!
AND TAKE UP THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD. Ephesians 6:17
Just like the helmet we studied last week, God tells us to “take up” the sword. The rest of our armor is laid out for us to put on. But the helmet of salvation and the sword we need to “take up”
The greek word for “take up” is dechomai which means to accept deliberately and receive readily. In other words, a Roman soldier would be very glad he had these items when war was inevitable. The way dechomai is written in Greek implies great urgency. As if Paul is saying… Take it NOW!
So, we are to “take up” our sword. The Greek word for sword, here in Ephesians, is macharia. A macharia is a short sword, about two feet long that was meant to be used in close, hand-to-hand combat. It was used for cutting and stabbing with rapid movements.
God tells us through Paul that this sword is given to us by the Holy Spirit. And is it not the Holy Spirit who gave us the word of God, the Bible? The Word of God is our defensive weapon against our enemy Satan and his minions of evil spirits!
Our battle against evil is so close and intimate that not only do we need protective gear, but we need a weapon that will work in this kind of fight!
The Holy Spirit, like an armor bearer, gives us this weapon. Not only does He make God’s word readily available to us but He instructs us how to use it. And use it for complete victory against the enemy!
Just before Jesus’ death He spoke to His disciples about the Helper who would come and teach us…
BUT THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT WHOM THE FATHER WILL SEND IN MY NAME, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS, AND BRING TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE, ALL THAT I SAID TO YOU. John 14:26
It is the Holy Spirit that is our teacher. We need to be students of our weapon. We, like all soldiers, need to know and practice with our weapon and learn it so well that when we need to use it we can use it with skill and purpose and overcome the enemy!
In other words, we need to not just read our Bibles but study them. We need to have scripture tucked away in our minds so the Holy Spirit can show us how and when to use it!
Devotions are a good thing to do but they do not take the place of digging into our bibles and really knowing what God says! I urge you to become part of an in-depth, serious Bible study! Become a student, a disciple of God’s precious Word.
A warrior would never leave his weapon at home when he is going into battle and neither should we.
And study your bible in the morning. Prepare yourself and your weapon for the day ahead! Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to use God’s Word against the enemy for THAT day. And ask Him to let you remember all you have learned. Memorize Scripture so the Holy Spirit has an arsenal of tactics that enable you to use your sword in any situation!
I have a horrid memory! Truthfully! Always have. However, I can remember everything I study from God’s Word. Not by my power, but by the power of the Holy Spirit… the giver of God’s Word! If the Holy Spirit can do this for me, He can do this for you too!
Start today… start right now. Take up the weapon God has prepared for you! One that is sharper than any two-edged sword! Take up… study the Word Of God! Fight Satan as the Holy Spirit guides you.
Put on your full armor EVERY DAY. And stand firm against evil. We are WARRIORS!
Memorization Verses for this study:
THEREFORE, TAKE UP THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD, THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO RESIST THE EVIL DAY, AND HAVING DONE EVERYTHING, TO STAND FIRM.
STAND FIRM THEREFORE, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, AND HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND HAVING SHOD YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; IN ADDITION TO TAKING UP THE SHIELD OF FAITH WITH WHICH YOU WILL BE ABLE TO EXTINGUISH ALL THE FLAMING MISSILES OF THE EVIL ONE.
AND TAKE UP THE HELMET OF SALVATION, AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD.
WITH ALL PRAYER AND PETITION PRAY AT ALL TIMES IN THE SPIRIT, AND WITH THIS IN VIEW BE ON ALERT WITH ALL PERSEVERANCE AND PETITIONS FOR ALL THE SAINTS. Ephesians 6:13-18
If you live locally I invite you to a life-changing bible study that will pick up again in September. We are studying Romans. It is an indepth, serious study in a beautiful location. If you are interested please email me for more details!