And take… the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Eph. 6:17b

If you have run in Christian circles any time at all you already know that the Sword we have available to us is the Word of God. I say available because that is what it is – available. Believe it or not, many do not wield this most useful and necessary weapon. They leave their sword lying around gathering dust, getting rusted, dull of edge and pointless if you get my point. There are many who could not divide a stick of soft butter much less divide between joint and marrow, soul and spirit. Their sword is hanging over the mantle to show and impress, not for touching, not for battle.

This is just for fun and has no truth to it but just imagine if there was a test to find out whether you have a passing grade to get into heaven. Further imagine that this test consisted of 100 good, useful, but lesser known Bible verses (the second hundred most popular bible verses) of which you were given the first few words as a lead in. It was your test to see how many you could complete. Finally imagine that the number correct was the percentage of how much of you could be saved, that you must decide which parts of your body you could not take with you. What would you leave behind if a finger, eye, ear, or other small part was only worth 1 percent and it took a whole leg for 5 percent and the organs were only 1 percenters too. What would you look like in heaven if your grade was 21 percent?

Well, this is just a fun little exercise but the truth is that Christ is the Word become flesh. We are to be complete (i.e. 100 percent) in Christ for God,  "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:" 2 Peter 1:3 And how exactly has God given us all things that pertain to life and godliness? The answer follows, "through the knowledge of him that hath called us". And where is the greatest and most readily available knowledge of him to be found if not His Word, your Sword.

No, the Sword must be picked up to be of any use. The admonishment of Paul is to take the Sword. Go ahead pick it up, carry it everywhere. Now the better question is why would anyone ever put it down? If you want to get an idea of the type of heart that God enjoys and relishes in, a place he can set up shop and abide, read Psalm 119. This guy (David) has it bad. He LOVES the Word, he loves Christ. I bet you couldn’t catch him in an alley without his sword. I bet you couldn’t catch him in the shower without it. He carries it everywhere, and so should we.

The Sword is obviously the only piece of our armour that we can use to fight and advance with. All ground is taken by the use of the Sword. But, at the same time and often overlooked, is the ability to defend ourselves and our position with God’s Word. Jesus Christ Himself stood His ground when attacked by the head honcho of hell himself. If He needed to make use of the Sword how much more we?

Take then the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Sharpen it, polish it, use it at every opportunity. I heard somewhere that Bruce Lee practiced 8 hours a day to refine and perfect his use of the martial arts. Could you say you have taken your Sword and practiced more than 8 hours last week? Last month? Last year? Get the point? Ouch, I get it.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15