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I love that Jesus fought Satan with scripture while He was being tempted in the desert. There He was…weakened and hungry, and the only thing He spoke, besides “No” and “Get out of here!” were “It is written…” followed by a scripture. See Matthew 4
So really, if I want to fight like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy, pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 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 6:13-17 NLT
Now here’s where those pesky distractions come y’all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too. There are three ways to handle the Word of God: you can read it, study it, and memorize it.
Reading scripture is not all that hard. Instead of checking Facebook during the many times I am required to wait in the course of my day, I like to use the app from Gateway.com to read the Word on my phone. One idea is to read the same section of scripture each day for a week, listening to the Spirit target specific areas of your life. I guarantee the Spirit will help you use this same passage on behalf of a friend, while you use your voice to speak a counter attack against the enemy.This idea is great to use with your children too. The strategy of repetition infuses the Word into your mind and heart so it can be pulled up and spoken at a moment’s notice.
Studying the Word is more than just reading it, but might include doing research, thinking about context, embracing the figurative language, word study, cross reference, and relating your experiences. Study is digging deeper. Study is lingering in the Word. I love to participate in Bible study groups, but I also wanted to learn to study on my own, so I developed a Bible study guide for myself that I would love to share with you.
To a brain on overload, sometimes it just can’t seem to hold anything else. That’s what the enemy wants you to think. Shove the trivial to the side and make room for POWER. Because that’s what God’s Word is. A sharp sword. So sharp it can slice the head off of your enemy with one swipe. So sharp it can surgically remove that dark stronghold that clings. So sharp it can expose that which is hiding, maybe even from the one who wields it. A sword is no good if it can’t be drawn quickly. By the time you have accessed your Bible app, or Googled a verse, the perfect moment may have passed.
One of the first scriptures I memorized was Philippians 4:4-7. On a bumpy flight this fall, I sat next to a woman who was outwardly expressing everything I was feeling on the inside…terror. I comforted her by reciting my memory verse, “Do not be anxious about anything…” Not only did it calm her, but it did me also.
In conclusion, I want to offer one last reason why you should be in the Word.
For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 NLT
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