A sword can be either a physical object, such as the one David used to slay Goliath, or an abstract concept, such as the sword of the Spirit. Any way you slice it, there is intensity when a sword is mentioned in Scripture. Notice in the following verses how the sword of the Spirit—God’s Word—is fit for every circumstance.
“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword” (Genesis 3:24). “They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Micah 4:3). “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35). “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians. 6:17). “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit” (Hebrews. 4:12). “And out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword” (Revelation 1:16).
Golden thought: Take the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (November 25 reading).