Have you ever picked up a real sword? They can be very cumbersome and difficult to handle at first. A friend of mine has a sword from the Civil War. I picked it up and tried to maneuver it and found it to be much heavier than I anticipated. I was very awkward with my movements because I wasn’t used to how it felt in my hand. I instantly understood why soldiers would practice for hours with their swords. They needed it to be so comfortable in their hand that it felt like an extension of their arm, which would allow them to move swiftly and with great accuracy.
The same is true for believers. If you read through Ephesians 6:10-18, you find the sword of the Spirit listed as one of the pieces of armor. Paul goes on to state the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures. When you look at each piece of the armor of God you realize the sword of the Spirit is the only offensive piece of armor we have; therefore, we must know how to use it and use it well. Just like the Civil War sword, it may feel awkward the first few times you use it; however, if we will practice it daily, it will become a part of who we are.
How do you practice using the sword of the Spirit? First of all, we must spend time in the Word of God so we know what it says. Having a Bible and not knowing the Word is about as helpful as having a gun without bullets. It can’t do much to help you. As you pour over the Word and meditate on it, discussing it with others, it takes root in your heart and becomes part of you [Deuteronomy 6:7]. Secondly, look for opportunities to apply Scripture to your life. Are there times a verse you’ve studied would serve to encourage you or someone else in a situation? If so, then boldly speak it. It will feel awkward at first, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Then, when the enemy comes, and he is certain to come, you’ll be ready [John 16:33]. When you speak the Word of God out loud, you resist the enemy and he has no choice but to flee [James 4:7].
It’s time to pull out your sword and sharpen it for battle. If you are willing to invest the time in preparation for the battle, the victory will be yours every time. It is time for the Body of Christ to be armed and dangerous!