You're in the Army Now

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Ephesians 6:10-20

When the Apostle Paul calls the Word of God “the sword of the Spirit,” he is using military language. Not many of us when we joined the church thought in terms of joining the Army, Navy, Marines, or Air Force. When we worship on Sunday not many of us think of ourselves as troops being prepared for the dangers of battle. But Jesus warns us in Luke 9:62 that “no person who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Paul is assuring us soldiers that the weapon placed in our hands by the Spirit is the Word of God. That Word is “alive and powerful,” piercing to the innermost recesses of the enemy. Our weapon is not rhetoric, elocution, clever reasoning, threats, or philosophy. Nor is it withdrawing, retreating, minding our own business or “living and let living.” It is learning, using, wielding and applying the Word of God to the needs of people. The goal is not to kill but to win over, to welcome, to share the good news that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. The Holy Spirit blesses us when we wield the Word.


Lord, forgive me for wanting a nice soft resting place in Jesus. Help me to get into the battle, using the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.