Ephesians 6:17b (Part 7)
and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s word.
The Roman sword was called gladius in Latin and one of the words derived from gladius is gladiator which means swordsman. It was a two-edged sword used for cutting and had a pointed tip for stabbing the enemy. The person’s name was often engraved on the sword. As Christians, we are armed with the sword and must be prepared as a gladiator for battle with no fear because Jesus is the One who fights our battles. The sword we use for battle is engraved with the Title (Word of God) which belongs to Jesus so when we fight the demonic forces, it is done through an offensive weapon, the sword, to cut and pierce the enemy with the Word of God which has the power and authority. It is called the sword of the Spirit which gives us the understanding of what is revealed in Holy Scripture. The more we read and study the word, the better we get in using the sword against the enemy. We are not just to block the enemy’s attack through the shield of faith but we must go into the offense to slash and destroy the enemy with the Word of God by memorizing Bible verses and using it when the enemy tries to deceive us or trap us so that we might sin against the Lord. Jesus Himself quoted Scripture to attack Satan’s temptations (Matthew 4:3-11). By using the sword, we are depending on Christ’s strength as found in Ephesians 6:10, “Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.” It is important to meditate on God’s Word daily because the day of evil will come to try to destroy our faith in Jesus and a believer must be ready at all times.
Ephesians 6:17a (Part 6)
Take the helmet of salvation,
The helmet in Latin is called a Galea which resembles a calyx, with the main function of protecting the flower while it is developing. In the same way, when a person puts their faith and trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior, one of the first armor given to him is the helmet of salvation which protects his mind while developing into a mature believer in Jesus Christ. The helmet is the most important piece of armor that a person can have because without it, with one blow to the head from the enemy, it could lead to being incapacitated, eventually spiritual death.
The blows from the demonic forces to your head would be false doctrine, lust, hopelessness that leads one to curse God in times of difficulty, but the hardest hit of all is to doubt your salvation in the Lord Jesus. If you have the helmet as you depend in the Lord, the spiritual damage is minimal. Imagine being unprotected not having the helmet on and Satan hits you with thoughts that you are not saved and that God has abandoned you, it will destroy you instantly. The believer will succumb to the lie and stop following Christ. Jesus said in John 10:28, “ I give them eternal life, and they will never perish—ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand.” If anyone ever tells you that you aren’t saved, that statement comes from Satan as an attack (blows) on your mind (head) so put on your helmet by remembering what the scripture promises in the Book of John 10:28. Do not believe the demonic lie because his very intent is to accuse you before God as found in Revelation 12:10 “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night.”
If you are living a lifestyle in sin, never repenting or having remorse and never seeking the Lord through His Word or prayer, then take it as a cue that the Lord is telling you to get saved by putting your faith in Jesus so that you may live a life of holiness in doing His will. The battlefield is in the mind of the believer. It must always be protected by putting on Christ through obedience of His Word and always repenting of your sins, making sure that you are right in the Lord’s eyes by the way you live. The question of demonic attack is not if they will come but when they come…We must be prepared.
Ephesians 6:16 (Part 5)
In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
The shield that Paul was probably referring to was a Roman shield called Scutum. The shield was rectangular with a semi-round shape to reflect arrows from the front and sides to protect the soldier as much as possible. The arrows from the enemy comes in all sizes, purposely doused with tar which keeps the fire on the arrows while in the air to do maximum damage when it hits. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), we must continue to believe in the Lord and keep the faith regardless of our circumstances because Satan desires for us to curse God (Job 1:11), to abandon our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Without the shield of faith, the flaming arrows would hit your armor and splatter fire all over you causing you to drop your sword in order to put out the fire, making you vulnerable and susceptible to a kill shot.
When someone doubts the Lord’s faithfulness especially when one is going through extreme circumstances and they feel as if God has abandoned them, that person has dropped their shield and is in grave danger of their faith being hit by another flaming arrow, Anger, which turns into bitterness and from that to desperation, and from desperation to ungodly behavior, then finally cursing God (abandoning the faith). Jesus said in Luke 18:1, “He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged.” No matter what happens, keep the faith for in so doing you will reap the benefit that the Lord has in store for you and for His glory and He will never leave you nor forsake you.