As a soldier, I can put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11). I can get dressed all nice and feel safe. The devil
might will attack me and I might stumble a bit but won't be completely brought down because of my protection, my armor. In this way I will live a mostly safe life. But will I live a victorious life (Psalm 60:12)? Can I live a victorious life without using my weapon?
Sure, I can stand there and take the punches because I'm wearing my helmet, my breastplate, and my belt. I even have my shield up. But if I don't use my sword, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17b), what's to stop the devil from coming back again and again?
No soldier ever won a battle by just standing there and being firmly planted. Soldiers, especially in God's army, have to fight back. Not with screaming or crying or fit throwing, but with the Word of God, the only weapon I've been given, the only weapon I need, which is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). That was all Jesus needed, all he used, when He was tempted in the wilderness. Three times He said, "It is written..." (Luke 4:4, 8, 12). If that's all Jesus needed then it's all I need. But I have to learn how to use it.
No soldier ever went into battle with a sword or gun that he had never seen or touched before. (Ok, maybe a few have but you know what I mean.) Soldiers are trained. They learn their weapon and how to use it effectively. We as Christians need to learn our Weapon, the Word. We need to spend time with it, to learn what it says about fighting the devil, and plant those verses deep within our hearts so that when the time comes the Holy Spirit can bring them to our memory (John 14:26) and we can use them against satan's attacks. Oh and attack he will.
Are you ready? Do you know, really know, your weapon? Do you have any verses memorized so that when the time comes you can fight back, stab the devil with God's Sword?
I feel convicted to start memorizing Scripture. I don't want to be caught off guard, just standing there with my armor on but with no weapon in my hand, in my heart.
Won't you join me? What are some of your favorite verses that you have committed to memory? What are some ways that you use to memorize scripture? I'd love fresh ideas to help me out on this journey. Please share!!