I keep circling around to one thought – Life is a battle.
The battles may be spiritual, physical, emotional, relational, or a combination. But none the less, they are real and difficult and we just want to come through them.
The more I kept thinking about battles, the more one verse kept weaving its way into my mind:
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:2-3, NASB)
It is through knowledge that we have been given everything we need pertaining to life and godliness but we need to have that knowledge.
So where do we obtain this knowledge to navigate the battles of life?
Paul tells us very succinctly, “through the true knowledge of Him.”
Jesus, the logos, the true word is our source of knowledge. If we are going to know Him, and obtain true knowledge, we are going to need to read His Word.
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, He countered each temptation with Scripture. How much more are we going to need to do so?
We are fortunate and blessed today to have our Bibles available to us in hard copy, online, and recorded to be read aloud to us.
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17, NASB)
Included in the armor provided for us to us in spiritual battles, we have been given God’s Word, the sword of the Spirit.
So now that it has been given to us, what are we to do with it?
- Take it.
- Know it.
- Study it.
- Want it.
- Use it daily!
It sounds so simple, and it is, except the enemy will fight fiercely to keep us from opening God’s Word. Busyness and distractions will abound unless we fight back and intentionally set aside a time each day.
“This life is a battle, but our gracious God has given us everything that we need to have victory over our enemy.”
(from Chosen, by The Daily Grace Co.)
We will always have spiritual battles, but may we remember God has not left us without a battle plan.
Open God’s Word each day and win the battle.
Last week I shared about training ourselves to look for the good. In her post, Keeping Your Eyes Wide Open For God, Karen Friday encourages us to keep our eyes wide open for God, God’s works, and signs of His presence.
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.