Tuesday, January 31, 2006
First Things First
“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” —Deuteronomy 11:18–19
I have often said of the Bible, “Sin will keep you from this book, and this book will keep you from sin.” If you obey God’s Word, it will keep you from sin. But sin will keep you from God’s Word.
The devil will do everything in his power to keep you from reading and memorizing Scripture. As he did with Eve by first questioning God’s Word, then distorting it, and finally adding to it, he will keep you from it as well.
In Ephesians 6, we are told as believers to take up the whole armor of God. But have you ever noticed there is only one weapon listed that is both defensive and offensive? God has given us the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. That is what Jesus used. And that is what we need to use. As the psalmist said, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
What shape is your sword in today? Is it polished from daily use and sharpened on the anvil of experience? Or is it rusty from lack of preparation or dulled by disobedience?
Take time for the Word of God. Make it a top priority to not only read the Bible, but to memorize it. It will prepare your heart for what you will face throughout the day.
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