Do you think of God’s Word as a weapon? Several days ago, I mentioned that God’s Word is used to demolish incorrect thinking, but today let’s look at where that idea came from. In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Paul says,
“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war against the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
Sometimes the seriousness of mind renewal is lost on us until we are attacked fiercely enough that the spiritual battle we’re in suddenly becomes visible. I admit, I focus on what’s seen and often stay clueless about the real-live enemy prowling around me. But if the mind is Satan’s playground, then Bible study provides us with the knowledge and relationship with God necessary for battling our enemy. Very simply, Bible study guards against spiritual attack. It’s a weapon against a devil who preys on our minds since he can’t have our souls.
Ephesians 6:10-20 provides direction for engaging in spiritual warfare, and in it we’re given specific tools for standing against the enemy, in obedience to Christ. Here’s a recap of the pieces of spiritual armor we are to put on for spiritual warfare:
- belt of truth (v. 14)
- breastplate of righteousness (v. 14)
- shoes of readiness from the gospel of peace (v. 15)
- shield of faith (v. 16)
- helmet of salvation (v. 17)
- sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (v. 17)
Based on verse 18, we’re to be fully armed with these things but also in continual prayer. We shouldn’t separate prayerfulness from these other pieces of armor. All of the armor is worn in the context of watchful, ongoing prayer. But looking at the list above, we can see that of all of these things listed, only one is truly a weapon. The others provide protection but a single one is used in battle to cause harm: the sword. God has purposed his Word to be the thing that hurts Satan’s cause, that pushes him into retreat. The beautiful treasure of Bible study that leads us deeper into God’s grace is the same weapon that keeps us firmly planted in the ground Christ has given us. That’s good news for our battle-weary hearts.