September 9, 2008
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
--2 Timothy 3:16
In Ephesians 6:10-12, the apostle Paul reminds us that you and I are in a daily battle against evil.
He says, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."
Putting on the "armor of God" includes taking up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Becoming a fully committed follower of the Lord Jesus Christ begins by picking up your sword each day!
As we see in today's verse, the Bible is not a human book. It's a God-given book! And it is sufficient for your every need.
That's why I want to encourage you to have a daily time of devotion and discipline where you open God's Word and ask God to speak to you through the Scriptures.
I want to also encourage you to take your Bible with you when you gather with other believers in worship. And take a pen with you so you can underline or highlight some Scriptures, take a few notes, and really engage.
Taking up the sword of the Spirit each day is the only way you'll be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, able to withstand the attacks of our enemy, the devil.
It's the only way you'll be able to stand strong in the spiritual battle you face every day!
HAVE YOU SPENT TIME IN GOD'S WORD TODAY? IF NOT, TAKE SOME TIME, ASKING HIM TO SPEAK TO YOU THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES.