Ephesians 6:17. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”
The helmet protects the brain, the eyes and nose, and the back of the neck.
The Bible tells us that “as a man thinketh, so is he.” If Satan can tempt us to think unbiblically, he has made a major victory. It is our thinking that motivates our emotions, words, and behaviors. I wish I’d had a clearer understanding of this principle when we were rearing our kids. The importance of teaching them to think biblically cannot be overstated. Biblical thinking eliminates pride, anger, selfishness, malice, rebellion, jealousy, disobedience–well, it’s the antidote to sin, obviously.
The Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, is the only piece of offensive armor we have. Everything else is defensive, for protection but not for hurting the enemy. The Sword, however, is the very best offense there is. Jesus used it against Satan when Satan tempted Him in the wilderness after 40 days of fasting and praying. Each temptation was answered with a direct quote from God’s Word (Matthew 4).
In order to wield the Sword effectively, we MUST use it daily, studying, memorizing, taking into our thoughts and hearts the truth of the Word of God so that we can effectively use it in the spiritual warfare that surrounds us.
I’m still committing verses to memory on a regular basis. It takes me longer than it used to, but it is so well worth it. Also, I’m finding that there are passages I’d forgotten I’d memorized until something comes up, usually in my office, where the passage is perfect to respond to a client’s needs. Sometimes I have to look up the reference, but my computer always finds it in just a few words.
“ For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12.