17 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, which is the Holy Spirit’s primary weapon for war against the enemy is vital to our purpose in this world. This sword is called the word of God. There may be some believers who may not know that the word of God is a weapon in the hands of the Holy Spirit (God).
There are three words in the original Greek text of the Bible that are often translated as the word of God in the English translation. The words are graphe, logos, and rhema. We must know which of these words has been translated as the word of God in Ephesians 6:17 because this will ultimately help us appreciate how the sword of the Spirit works.
The Greek word that is translated as the word of God in Ephesians 6:17 is rhema. It refers to the spoken word. Words spoke with a definite meaning. Rhema focuses on the content of the communication that induces understanding in the hearer. In the context of Ephesians 6:17, the sword of the Spirit is the word of God you speak.
Now, this is big! Because God is telling us that we put His weapon to work when we speak His Word through our mouths. Don’t get this wrong – this is not about pastors preaching or teaching the word of God in church – this is about anyone willing to speak forth the Word.
The Sword Of The Spirit Is In Our Mouths
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak. 2 Corinthians 4:13
You cannot believe the word of God without speaking it. God wants His word to be in our mouths. You may be asking why is it so important to speak the word? The answer is simple – in the realm of the Spirit, words are paramount and they rule. It is written that where the word of the king is there is power (ability) -Ecclesiastes 8:4. Words are everything in life.
Satan has taken advantage of many bad words spoken by believers. Comments like, “I am not feeling too well”, “things are tough”, “over my dead body”, “I am sick and tired of”, etc, may sound nice, but what they actually do is to give the devil weapons to fight against you. God also has His weapon – the sword of the Spirit is only activated when we speak His word from our mouths.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords. And your [g]pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ ” Joel 3:10
It may not sound appropriate for the weak to say “I am strong”? But that is the language of a Spirit-filled person. By saying “I am strong” despite the weakness, you put to work the sword of the Spirit. Our conversations must be filled with the Word of God. Rhema (speaks) it all day long. Let the Holy Spirit fight for you. Say things like “by the stripes of Jesus I am healed”, “I shall not lack anything – my prosperity is of God”. Don’t speak words that give the enemy any chance in your life.
Don’t live by sight but by faith. Believe and speak – let the word of God fill your “normal” conversations. If you have nothing to say that will yield the sword of the spirit, just keep quiet. Any word you speak is a sword. Whose sword you speak determines what happens to you. Stay blessed
Read Further: Matthew 12:33-37
Prayer For Today
Precious Father, I thank you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for your word in my life. Your Word is true, life, and a sword that you use to fight my battles. Today, I chose to speak sanctified words. My life is an expression of your glory and honor. Amen