A Change of Mind. Day twenty-eight...
One of our sons‐in‐law is a police officer. When he gets a new weapon he puts it through considerable testing to prove its worthiness. He is simply not going to trust his life to something that has not been tested.
But he hasn't just tested the reliability of his equipment. He has also spent hours and hours in training, preparing himself to respond appropriately in a wide variety of scenarios.
In our own home, my self‐defense equipment has been tested and I know that I can count on it to function properly in the event of an emergency. But I also regularly put myself through the mental paces of a variety of home invasion scenarios, so that in the event of a real emergency, I'm not fumbling around in the dark, wringing my hands and trying to figure out what to do.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Corinthians 10:3‐6 NKJV)
The Word of God is our most important defensive weapon.
But it won't do us any good if we first of all can't find it. “Doesn't it say somewhere in the Bible that Jesus did something or other about healing?” just doesn't cut it when we're under attack. We can't be fumbling through our “spiritual” drawers trying to find some Word after the fact. It's too late. That would be like calling your neighbor in a panic, and asking him if he's got a gun you can borrow for a few minutes because some bad guy is trying to break into your house.
Fortunately, Sherrel and I have spent the past few years planting the Word of God in our hearts regarding healing. Although we're far from perfect, we know enough Word that we haven't gone into a panic whenever something tries to challenge our health.
It makes all the difference in the world if you're already used to pulling out the Word and using it against Satan's devices on even the small stuff. When I was flat on my back for a couple of days last year, I had complete confidence that Sherrel could use the Word to protect us even if I was unable to do much myself.
This isn't nearly as odd as it all sounds.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. (John 10:10a NKJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)
While I don't advocate that you try to live your life by looking for the devil under every rock, Satan is out to get you. And don't think that just because you're not the next Billy Graham that Satan will leave you alone. The devil doesn't care whom he devours. He'll devour anybody who is not paying attention.
Let's find some balance here, though, between foolishness and paranoia. Yes, to live in ignorance of the enemy's devices is just to ask for some kind of destruction to come against you. But to live in fear of the enemy's devices will lock you up in a virtual prison, which is just about equally destructive. So let's learn how to do what we can to defend ourselves, but at the same time have confidence that God is paying attention even when we're not.
For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11–12 NKJV)
If you're used to living your life with little or no thought as to how the devil is affecting you, then it's time you started packing some heat—some Word—and it's time you learned how to use it confidently.
If you're used to living your life by constantly worrying about all the ways the devil may be affecting you, then it's time you started packing some heat—some Word—and it's time you learned how to use it confidently.
We are to live neither foolishly nor fearfully, but to live with a confidence that comes from having tested and proven God's Word.
Have a good day,