Refer back to my entry “Warriors for His Kingdom“, written several months ago, and Ephesians 6:11-17.
Paul mentions in this scripture the armor of God, in which the sword is the Word of God. The sword is the only piece of armor used for killing where as the others are used for protection.
I like to think of the Sword of God kind of like a softball bat. Playing the game of softball without a bat is like living your spiritual life without reading the Bible. It is absolutely, one-hundred percent essential. No exceptions.
My friend took this photo of me Monday at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, hugging the statue. Any other sword or defense mechanism you try to use to fight off the Enemy is like the size of a T-ball bat. The power of the Word of God is like the size of the huge bat that sits outside the museum. I choose the latter.