This is what God gave me today in His word:
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (Ephesians 6:17)
the sword of the Spirit
What does a sword do? Well, as can probably be gathered by the blade at the end of it, its effective at attacking. It’s also used to parry attacks against you. The strange thing though, is why our sword would be the Spirit. Sure, He can protect us (parry) but can He really attack? For that matter, isn’t all the Spiritual life defending against Satan’s attacks?
As shocking as this may seem, the Christian does not cower in a corner waiting for Satan’s fire to cool down. A battle, like an argument, requires two people to continue. If one person is cowering in a corner, it isn’t a battle; it’s a hunt. However, we in of ourselves can’t fight. Thus the Christ part of Christian. We can’t do anything, however, the Holy Spirit (the sword) and Christ (the armor) let us fight and actually stand a chance. In fact, more than simply standing a chance, it becomes one of those old mythological hunts. The kinds were the knight inevitably slays the dragon. The main difference between back then and now being that we aren’t the knight, Jesus is. And He already slayed the dragon. Really, we’re more like the princess who was trapped inside the tower which the dragon was guarding. Or maybe the writers which went with the knight to sing His praise and write extremely long poems after he slayed the dragon… But now we’re getting off topic.
As Christians, we aren’t supposed to sit around and do nothing. Yes, our opponents commander (Satan) has been taken out of commission. But there are still a couple of guerrillas who won’t call it quits (the flesh). But how does one attack sin?
9But when(U) the archangel(V) Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing(W) about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said,(X) “The Lord rebuke you.” (Jude 1:9)
One attacks sin by letting the Holy Spirit driving it out. Our job is actually incredibly easy when compared to Christ dying for us (though, everything seems easy in comparison to that. So I suppose that’s not really saying much). It may seem hard to drive out sin. Just like it seems hard for someone to have brain surgery.They don’t really do any of the work, the surgeon does it all. In fact, they’re sedated the whole time! Yet it seems to be so hard to have the surgery done. The difference is that our Spiritual surgeon knew that because of the blood we’d lost we’d die, so He gave His own blood to keep us alive. And through that act, allowed us to live and cured our illness of the brain.
In short: in order to fight against sin, we can’t be the one fighting. Christ must fight through us.
You are Loved!