How an Individual Is Equipped God’s Word

Reading Holy Bible

God's word is the “gun” of the spirit. It is called the sword of the Spirit in the Holy Bible (Ephesians 6:17). It is called the sword of the Spirit because the sword was used for security, war, and attack in the past. Sword is no longer in vogue but guns now serve the purpose in modern times.

The purpose of guns is for security used by military men because they expect the enemy to attack at any moment. Every believer is expected to be armed with God's word for spiritual security, just as the military men are armed for physical security.

Getting armed with God's word takes deliberate effort. Spending quality time with the Bible is involved. This refers to the consistency in handling the word of God.

Job made a covenant with his eyes not to look at anyone with lust (Job 31:1). Covenant is agreement. The believer should make a covenant with his Bible also to be consistent with it. A specific duration of time is fixed to study the word of God daily. It is followed with strict discipline, no matter the inconvenience it may cause. The believer will adapt with time.

Getting armed with God's word involves not only consistent reading but consistent usage. Speak the word! (2 Timothy 4:2). Tools are used consistently to keep them in shape or may get rust and unusable if abandoned.

The Holy Spirit helps in the usage of the word of God. Jesus said he will not only teach us but will help us remember to use the words he spoke (John 14:26).

Prayer and God's word serve two different purposes. Prayer is for an attack, and God's word is for both attack and defense.

Prayer is like a missile that travels a far distance to cause havoc in the enemy's camp. God's word is a short-distance attack and defense weapon.

God’s word is a defense weapon because the enemy will always come searching for the people throwing the “prayer missile” into their camp. They won't dare do any harm when they see the individual equipped with the word of God. They wait patiently for the individual to relapse in his walk with God before they attack. It is advised that our walk with God is persistent and consistent (1 Corinthians 15:58; 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

It is dangerous to be a prayer warrior without being a student of the bible also. The “prayer missile” is shot to different locations, but what if those affected come looking for the one doing it and they find him or her without a defense? Defeat becomes inevitable!

Balance is crucial in our walk with God and not only in prayer and in God's word, but in other spiritual exercises also. It’s advised to give attention to them all.

I pray God gives us the grace to do so. Amen.

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