The Right Weapon

Author: Elaina Canfield — Host: Andrew StevensPosted on: January 23, 2021

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The Right Weapon

The ring of clashing swords echoed throughout the hall, only to be cut short by the ominous sound of shattering steel. I could see my enemy’s mocking sneer from beneath his helmet. I turned away to retrieve a new sword, my cheeks flushed with shame. It wasn’t the first time this had happened. Over and over, we had fought. And now, just like every other time, just when I thought I might prevail, my sword had splintered into a million tiny shards. Discouraged, I threw down my helmet and headed for the armory. “This time, I will pick an even stronger weapon. One that will not be destroyed!” At least twenty swords were arranged on the rack, and I scanned through them. Some were ornate, and some looked impressively sturdy. But then my eyes fell upon another sword, not half so splendid looking as the rest, displayed directly below. I glanced at the inscription on the hilt: “Sword of the Spirit.” Picking it up, I discovered the weapon was quite light and easy to handle, with a razor-sharp blade. My eyes went back and forth between the two swords. Finally, I chose the Sword of the Spirit. My opponent chuckled grimly as I approached and took a defensive stance. He advanced and the fight began. Strangely, I found myself more comfortable with this new sword than any I had used before. Before long, it had become clear I was gaining the upper hand. After a series of cuts and slices, I feinted left, executing an upward slash that caught my challenger off guard. Before he could recover, I had knocked the sword from his grasp; it fell to the ground with a clatter. My enemy stared at me with fear in his eyes. He ran from the room, not stopping to retrieve his sword. I fell to my knees and gazed unbelievingly at the sword I held in both hands. All this time, and I had been using the wrong weapon. • Elaina Canfield • In Ephesians 6, the Sword of the Spirit is a name describing the Bible. As Christians, we use this critical weapon to battle against lies. God’s Word shows us the truth about who we are, who God is, and how we can have a right relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. If we root our lives in the truths of the Bible, we can stand against any lie. • Who are trusted Christians who can help you learn to study the Bible well—such as pastors, parents, or youth leaders? Take the sword of the Spirit—which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (CSB)

Read Verses:

John 11:25; 1 Peter 1:3