Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
The Armor Of God: The Sword Of The Spirit
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
The last piece of equipment in the Armor of God is an offensive weapon: our sword, invisible to man, but more powerful than any force in the universe. It's the Word of God. When we wield it righteously, we can move a mountain, cure a leper, raise the dead, or feed five thousand people. We can transform our lives and the lives of others. 'Death and life are in the power of the tongue...' (Proverbs 18:21).

When we use the Word in a battle, we are guaranteed victory, 'For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword' (Hebrews 4:12). Satan is powerless against it, as evidenced by Jesus' war of words with the enemy during His 40-day fast in the desert. To battle Satan's temptations in His weakened human condition, Jesus quoted scripture.

Satan tried to use God's words for his own purposes that day. Some of our enemies on this earth will do the same thing. 'His speech was smoother than butter, but his heart was war. His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords' (Psalm 55:21).

Ultimately, God's power will always beat evil. Satan was running a big show, but Jesus put an end to it. This Satan-trumping power is only available to those who serve God and know His Word.

'For the Word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God' (1 Corinthians 1:18).

Dearest brothers and sisters in Christ, immerse yourselves in the Word. It's more important than this temporary world would have us believe. Read it. Write it on hundreds of index cards, like I did. Memorize it!--something that comes easily to most actors. But you must also use it. You must speak it to the evil and desperation around you.

'And they overcame him {Satan} because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the Word of their testimony' (Revelation 12:11).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Armor Of God series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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