The Sword of the Spirit (4): Its Use


Danny, his sister Becky, and their mom sat on the couch with the book of Roman armor and soldiers spread out before them. Their mom pointed at the picture of the Roman shield. “Do you remember when we were talking about the shield how the Roman soldier shoved it into his enemy to get him off balance?”

Danny nodded. “Yes, you said we’d talk more about it later.”

His mom nodded. “Once a Roman soldier had his enemy off-balance, that’s when he would stab with his sword. The Roman soldier used his sword and shield as weapons together, not alone. It didn’t do him any good to flail about with his sword without his shield to protect him, nor would it do him any good to shove forward with his shield without following that up with his sword.”

“What does that mean for the armor of God that we’ve been talking about?” Becky asked.

“Faith and the word of God go together. Whenever we witness to others, the actions we do out of faith should match the word of God. We shouldn’t just flail about with quoting scripture if our life doesn’t show our faith. And doing good actions doesn’t have any real meaning if it isn’t backed up with scriptures.”

Danny wrinkled his nose. “I don’t get it. What does that mean for me? I’m too young to witness and all that.”

“You still have to live your faith, even when you’re young.” His mom hugged him. “Right now, you learn the Bible and grow your faith so you’re ready when you’re older.”


Question to think about:

  1. Read Ephesians 6:17 and 1 Peter 3:15 by yourself or with your parents. How do we use the sword we have been given?
  2. What is the connection between the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit?