Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wickedâ€¦and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:16-17)
The Word of God is a sword; itâ€™s an offensive weapon for spiritual warfare. Notice that Paul didnâ€™t ask that you thrust or strike the enemy with a physical copy of the Bible as you would a physical sword, no! The Greek rendering for â€œwordâ€ in this verse is â€œRhema,â€ and it means the spoken Word.
â€œRhemaâ€ is a specific Word at a specific time for a specific purpose. Thus, the â€˜Rhemaâ€™ of God is the Word of God from your heart to your mouthâ€”the inspired Word that comes out of your mouth. In the Masterâ€™s encounter with the devil, the Bible tells us, â€œJesus answered him, saying, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every WORD of Godâ€ (Luke 4:4 NKJV).
Again, the underlined word is translated â€œRhemaâ€ (Greek). The Lord Jesus, in speaking â€œRhema,â€ wielded the sword of the Spirit (the weapon of the spoken word) and discomfited the devil.
Godâ€™s â€œRhemaâ€ word isnâ€™t just a word thatâ€™s kept in your heart; rather, itâ€™s inspired by God and comes out of your mouth. Itâ€™s always a word said, or a word in saying. Hallelujah! Always put the Word on your lips; if itâ€™s not coming out of your mouth, itâ€™s not a sword; itâ€™s not a weapon.
Just as the â€œRhemaâ€ word is a weapon with which you get on the offensive against the adversary, your faith is a weapon, a shield against the adversary and his onslaught: â€œAbove all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked
You donâ€™t have to look around for a shield called faith; faith is in your spirit.
You were born again with the measure of faith you require (Romans 12:3) to live victoriously and reign gloriously in life. All you need do is grow it by more of Godâ€™s Word and strengthen it by using it.
That faith neutralizes, quenches, defuses and puts out all the fiery darts the enemy throws at you. Your faith is the victory over all circumstances and adversities of life: â€œFor whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4).