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Armor of God

 

 

Ephesians 6:17 tells us that the sword of the spirit is the word of God.

Psalms 1:2-3

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it’s fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, where He was attacked by Satan. Jesus’ weapon against him was God’s Word – which is the “sword of the Spirit.” We will NEVER be able to win a spiritual battle without our greatest weapon- the Word of God. 

In order to be victorious in any spiritual battle, we have to know God’s Word. We have to delight in our Bible study time. We have to meditate on the Word day and night. We have to be prepared with the “sword of the spirit,” so we may be victorious in our battle against Satan.

Below, I have listed 5 ways to meditate on God’s Word:

1. Hear God’s Word- We can hear God’s Word at church, on T.V., on the radio, on the internet, and at conferences. We need to keep our ears and hearts open to the voice of God and the whispers of the Holy Spirit.

2. Study The Bible- The main avenue for meditating on God’s Word is putting aside some time each day to study the Bible. You can read through the Bible in a year, pick one book each month to focus on, study a specific topic or a particular person in the Bible. Make your daily study time in bite size increments. The goal is not how fast you can read through the Bible, but how much you learn from the Bible. If you try to take in to much, you will soon be overwhelmed. Even a chapter a day is great, if you are really understanding and can apply what you learn.

3. Pray Scripture- Praying scripture is a wonderful way to allow the Word of God to penetrate the deep recesses of your heart. There are scriptures on every trial or issue we can face and every one of those scriptures can be turned into a prayer. Make it personal and pray God’s Word back to Him. If it comes from your heart, you can not go wrong.

4. Memorize Scripture- This is the hardest one for my 43 year old brain to get a grasp of. One idea that I found on the internet was buying small photo albums ($1.00 at Wal-Mart) and 4×6 index cards…write one scripture that encourages you or has some personal meaning to you on each card, decorate the cards if you want, make them colorful, place the cards in the albums and place in your car, purse, or in several different places. When you are waiting in the school line to pick up the kids, when you are waiting in the doctor’s office or anywhere else, you can take out your albums and memorize God’s Word. Brain-storm to find ways that work best for you. Let me know what you come up with!

5. Begin A Bible Study Journal- Get a composition book, spiral notebook, etc. to take notes in as you study the Bible each day. Write down anything that really speaks to you as you read. Ask the questions who, what, why, where, when, and how to give a better idea of what’s going on in the story. Write down verses that are commands from God that He wants us to obey. Write down ways to apply what you read in your daily lives. Open your heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

God gives us His Word as a weapon against the attacks of Satan. In order to fight Satan and have any chance of winning, we must arm ourselves with the “sword of the Spirit.” We must meditate on God’s Word and hide the Word in our hearts (Psalms 119:11).

I know how hard it is to get into the habit of studying the Bible. I realize that parts of the Bible can be boring. I am not an expert. I struggle with this, as much as the next person. If you need encouragement in this journey, if you want to share what you have read, if you have questions, contact me. I am here to help you in any way I can. I am always willing to research and find an answer for anyone who is seeking to understand the Word. God is waiting for you, my friend!

 

 

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