Everywhere we turn battles are being fought. Various wars are taking place around the world. Political parties clash with each other. Street gangs fight for their territories. Battles rage within families.
Another battle is being fought which we do not always see, but we know it’s happening. That battle is the spiritual one engaged with Satan. The ultimate war has already been won by God through Jesus Christ, but Satan doesn’t appear to realize it. He continues launching attacks on us, trying to get us to turn from God.
In Ephesians 6:10-17 Paul tells of the protection God has made available to us to fight these battles. We have the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. We are covered from head to toe with this mighty armor.
Then in verse 17 Paul lists the only weapon we need, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Satan has no defense against this weapon. This was demonstrated when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness. (Luke 4:1-13) Three times the devil tried to get Jesus to worship him and three times Jesus quoted Scripture. Satan had no response and he left.
Everyone can avail themselves of these pieces of armor and the strong weapon God provides to combat against Satan. Writers use words everyday to reach people. Christian writers have The Word and therefore can take a major role in the spiritual warfare. We can take the word of God and get it out to the masses. Our writing can bring the strength, peace, and healing of God to millions of people.
As writers we are God’s instrument to do His work. The sword of the Spirit is in our hands. We know how to make an impact with words. Let’s use the weapon at our disposal in a mighty fashion, defeating the devil with every word we write.