sword fight

oh how i love a good sword fight.  some like romantic comedy's,but me, i'm an action/adventure fan.  movies like Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Zorro, Gladiator, the Bourne Movies (ok, there aren't actually swords in the Bourne films...but still...), Princess Bride, Robin Hood, Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon...you get the idea.   i think one of the reasons i love these kinds of films is the fact that the truth in them rings true in my heart.  the struggle of good vs. evil.  the seemingly impossible challenges the good guys face, and the fight to the finish.  sound familiar?  Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us a vividly clear picture of what we, yes we...as in you and i, not a character in a movie, but YOU and ME... are up against.
"...put on your armor!!  we are fighting a battle here!  not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms..." (paraphrased)
now, not to diminish the putting on of the armor...because it is in fact imperative that we do so.  I mean where would Maximus be without his breastplate or helmet?  the armor definitely provides protection from the enemy!!  and the enemy is out for blood, for destruction, for death.  we need to be protected...so put on your armor.  but what i'm really wanting to remind you of is the sword.  the ONE piece of offensive equipment we are given to fight back with.  to ATTACK with!  yes, we are not sitting ducks living in fear, hiding under our armor!  NO!  we are warriors!  we have the resources to launch our own attack on the enemy.  and what is that piece of equipment? the Sword of the Spirit...the Word of God.  hide the Word in your heart, it will serve you well!  remember, the main characters of the movies i mentioned above... Aragorn, Maximus, Robin of Locksley, William Wallace... they are protected by their armor, but they are only able to defeat their enemies by wielding their swords!
"Greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world" 1 John 4:4