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Daily Devotion | Ulf Ekman
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The Sword of the Spirit

[And take] the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Ephesians 6:17b
Most parts of the armor are weapons of defense, which protect. The sword, on the other hand, is an offensive weapon. It is for actively seeking and destroying the enemy. In this picture, the Word is the sword. In the Bible, God’s Word is many things, including food and a firm foundation. In this case however, the Word is a weapon and a weapon is for fighting. In 2 Corinthians 10:4 Paul explains, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.”

This scripture is not referring to a weapon in a carnal battle against enemies or even believers. This weapon breaks down lies, arrogance, and every thought that raises itself against the knowledge of God. The sword of the Spirit is double-edged. When in use, one edge is toward the user. This sharp edge pierces the heart and separates spirit and soul. The soul includes human thinking, which neither originates with God nor brings Him glory. God’s Word judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart and effectively cuts away that which is not of God.

When Satan tempted Jesus, He responded, “It is written” (Luke 4). He used the Word as a sword, forcing the enemy to retreat. God’s Word is revelation, which breaks down erroneous and false thoughts and enables us to take every thought, plan, idea, ambition and motive captive to the obedience of Christ.


I thank You, God, for giving me Your sword, the sword of the Spirit. Through Your Holy Spirit, it becomes a mighty weapon, resulting in great victory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.