Sword of the Spirit
Matthew 4:1-11 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into
the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Notice: that Satan tempted him with suggestions. The devil canít force us to do anything, he can only make suggestions.
In Genesis 3:1-7 Satan used the same tricks on Eve, she yielded to the desire of her eyes etc. Praise God, The Lord Jesus never yielded!
Jesus resisted Satan from his position as the son of man, the son of God and not from the position of his deity, as God the Son.
You and I have available to us the same weapon that Jesus used; the sword of the spirit - the word of God.
You and I can also resist Satan in the same way. Before we accepted Christ into our lives we were enslaved to sin and held captive by Satan; we could not resist nor defeat him. (see Ephesians ch. 2)
Praise God for our champion the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to this earth and totally defeated Satan in our behalf!!!
The Lord has delivered us from the bondage of Satan and has legally seated us with him in the heavenly places (see Ephesions 2:6) a place of victory and position, as children of God.
We do not have to defeat Satan only resist him.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
To be effective in resisting Satan one must know who they are in Christ and what Christ obtained for them We find these things out by studying Godís word.
One must become familiar with the sword that God has provided.
Notice the following scripture:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, 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.
God has given to us armor - Why?
The word of God becomes an effective offensive sword when we speak it forth from our mouths.
1Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Ever watch a lion (TV etc.) stalk itís prey? The animals that are strong, usually escape. You and I must be strong in the Lord. To be strong in the Lord, we must realize what it means to be a Christian and what the Bible says about Christians.
Some things about your sword
The Bible was given to us by the inspiration of the
Holy Ghost, inspiration literally means God breathed. Under the divine
influence of God, men spoke and wrote down the Holy Scriptures ( Jeremiah
36:2, Acts 1:16, and 2 Peter 3:15-16 ) Jesus said ď Man does not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (
Matt. 4:4 ) Gods word gives instruction in every area of life, from how to
know God, to how to
2 Timothy 3:16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
2 Peter 1:21For prophesy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Timothy 3:15And from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
1 John 5:13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Revelation 19:21And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Remember: Speaking Godís Word is using your sword!