Excerpt from God’s Armor
By M. Nadine


“Take … the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God” (Eph 6:17)

There is a lot of mystery to be found in the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. We will never exhaust the depth of the mystery. When we think of the Word of God, we are thinking primarily of the Second Person of the Trinity, Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word; the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God. He was present to God in the beginning” (Jn 1: 1-2).

We need the strength of God and the power of the Spirit, but we need the sword of the Spirit to actually do the fighting, the combat itself. The Spirit uses the Word of God, enfleshed now in us, to fight this battle. If we are in union with Jesus, we have become the sword of the Spirit.

Silence is so important in developing this union, but it is difficult to find in our world today. But it is in this silence that God can speak to us. When God is going to move in power, in tremendous gift, in tremendous revelation, He moves in the atmosphere of silence. So we need to look at our days. What kind of time and space have we carved out to develop and nurture that silence so we can listen to the Father?

There are many Scriptures encouraging us to come into this silence. “Silence in the presence of the Lord God! For near is the day of the Lord” (Zeph 1:7). We need to come into this deeper silence because God is getting ready to move in a sovereign way. John the contemplative alludes to this sovereign movement of God as the seals are in the process of being opened. “When the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Rev 8:1). This is a tremendous mystery. I urge each of you to go into the silence and receive the revelation that the Lord wants to share with you. God loves the silence.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10 or 11). It is in that kind of stillness and silence that we have the experience of God. Our God so desires to speak to us and to have us know Him.

“So I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hos 2:16)