The Sword of the Spirit
The devil knew how powerful Jesus was going to be after his fasting in the wilderness. Therefore, he tried to stir up pride within Jesus's heart by tempting him. "The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:3-4
Jesus who turned water into wine had the power to turn stones into bread to satisfy his desire. But Jesus discerned that the voice was not of God and resisted. We must always be sensitive to thoughts and desires that stir up in our hearts. Are they from God to glorify himself or the devil is putting a stumbling block before us?
The Bible states: “submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” James 4:7). The Word of God must not depart from our mouth. David said, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" (Psalm 119:11).
Do not get carried away with sensitivity and emotions. Sometimes the devil plays on our emotions to trick us into accepting negative things. People make negative jokes and say negative things contrary to the Word of God concerning us. What should we do? Accept them and laugh or reject them by confessing the Word of God for our lives? The Bible states: "The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit" (Proverbs 18:21).
Use the word of God to defend yourself and use it to attack the territory of the devil to save other people's lives. Confess good things to yourself and others. Use the Word of God to resist the devil and take your stand as a Christian.
"In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6: 16-17).