Bible Reflection: Take Your Sword into Battle

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Take Your Sword into Battle

Memorize Scripture for Victory in Life

by J.M. Troppello

If you’ve been reading my articles for a while, you likely read that I’m a huge advocate of reading, studying, applying, and memorizing Scripture. To live a victorious life in Christ Jesus, you need to fully embrace God’s Word and apply it to your life. When you memorize passages of the Bible, then the Holy Spirit can bring those words to your remembrance as you need them for each circumstance you encounter daily.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Eph. 6:10-20, NKJV)

I have mentioned before that I read the Turning Points devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah each day for my Bible reading time. I read the devotional and the related scripture passage. Then I read the notes and relevant Scriptures as referenced in the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB).

In the devotional for today, Dr. Jeremiah referenced how the Greek scholar W.E. Vine contrasted the two words rhema (spoken word) and logos (written word) as they pertain to the Word of God – and more specifically to Ephesians 6:17. “This passage doesn’t refer to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual Scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in time of need.” Source: Turning Points Magazine & Devotional).

Dr. David Jeremiah continues with “When we commit the Bible to memory, we will always have a rhema in mind that the Spirit can remind us of to defeat the attacks of the devil. By committing Scripture to memory, you will always be the victor in spiritual battles. Remember to take your swords into battle!” (Source: Turning Points Magazine & Devotional)

Wow! That’s a lot to unpack.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; (Eph. 6:17, NKJV)

According to the TNSB, “The helmet of salvation refers to how the Roman helmet was intricately designed to effectively protect the soldier’s head. These helmets also made the soldier look taller and more impressive.” Think of that image as you ‘take on your own helmet of salvation’ each day, while growing in your walk with the Lord.

In this passage from Ephesians, you can see that the sword of the Spirit is an offensive weapon. It's the only one actually mentioned in this passage about the whole armor of God. The note in the TNSB states, “This weapon (sword of the Spirit) is not necessarily the Bible as a whole, but the specific word that needs to be spoken in a specific situation. To have the precise word ready, a person must know the Bible intimately.” This supports what W.E. Vine and Dr. Jeremiah wrote.

That resonated with me. It made me ask the question of myself. Do I know the Bible intimately – enough so that the right Scripture will be at my disposal as necessary each day? I have memorized a lot of Bible verses. I’m trying to memorize more. I know that the Holy Spirit has reminded me of those verses as needed for whatever specific circumstance I was going through.

Do you know the Bible intimately?

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