Continued from here.
The sixth piece of armor is the sword of the Spirit:
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~ Eph. 6:17
The sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon you have, so you are going to have trouble gaining ground if you don’t use it. The analogy I like to use is that the Bible is like antibiotics – I need regular doses of Scripture that are relevant to whatever I am struggling with. Those doses might not seem to be working at first, but they are fighting the spiritual “infection” a little at a time. As I keep taking more doses, the “infection” will die, and I will be healthy again.
Let me give you a specific example. As I shared, I was recently fired for standing up for what is right by refusing to do something I believe is both unethical and unlawful. At this point, I am unemployed, my former employer is fighting unemployment, and the current state of my circumstances tempt me to believe that I made this sacrifice for nothing as the company continues to profit through my former colleagues doing what I refused to do.
If I focus on parts of the Bible that talk about topics unrelated to what I am dealing with, this will be as ineffective as me taking an antibiotic that doesn’t work on a particular type of bacterial infection. I need to analyze areas of my faith that need strengthening and then meditate on passages of Scripture that are directly related. Some topics and passages of Scripture I have been focusing on include my responsibility to forgive my former employer, trusting that God will avenge me, and trusting that I will reap a harvest from doing good. Each time I focus on these passages of Scripture, I am inviting life into my soul. I am able to silence my doubts & fears and advance against the enemy, knowing that what he intended for harm, God has intended for good. I don’t know how God is going to work this situation out for good, but I believe that He will reward me for standing up for what is right.
[Graphic: Cartoon of Grace unsheathing a sword. Courtesy Bitmoji.]