…TAKE THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17 NLT).
Beloved, the Word of God is a great weapon to fight against the attacks of the enemy and how to use it can be best illustrated using Jesus as a perfect example to follow.
How did Jesus overcome satan when led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by him? You see this in Matthew 4:3-11 (NIV);
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “IT IS WRITTEN…”
“If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down…” Jesus answered him, “IT IS ALSO WRITTEN…”
“…All this I will give you, if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him… FOR IT IS WRITTEN: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”
Jesus used ‘IT IS WRITTEN’ and Satan left him after that. He is the Son of God… He knows what He’s talking about.
In the above scenario, it’s important to note that satan also knows the word of God. See what he said to Jesus… “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. FOR IT IS WRITTEN: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” Jesus answered him, “IT IS ALSO WRITTEN: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Matthew 4:6-7 (NIV)
Satan knows the word of God but he was using the text to manipulate Jesus; to get Him to do what he wanted Him to do. This should be a warning for those that either use Scriptures to manipulate people or are being manipulated by people. Satan is an expert at manipulating Scriptures so you must also equip yourself with ‘IT IS ALSO WRITTEN’.
Now the question for you is how many ‘IT IS WRITTEN’ do you know? I once heard of a lady that slept with the Bible under her pillow because she was having so many attacks at night and when she experienced an attack, she would pull it out and hold it up against whatever demon she was facing hoping to scare them away. Isn’t it funny how we tend to treat the Bible like the power is in the Book itself? It’s the Word of God contained in it that is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12) and until you get acquainted with the Word Himself, allowing the Holy Spirit to minister to you, it remains just a Book to you.
Beloved, using the sword of the Spirit involves continually studying and meditating on the word for revelation so you are able to confront the enemy with… “This is what my Daddy says…”
Demons are petrified of Christians who know the power they have in Jesus Christ, the living Word. Don’t you think it’s time for you to wake up? It is my prayer that you start to TAKE UP YOUR SWORD and pierce the enemy where it hurts and as you do so, may you win every battle thrown your way.