Rule #7: Employ a superior weapon.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us “the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword”. We have in our possession, brothers and sisters, the most powerful weapon ever known to man and the greatest defensive and offensive tool in existence–the Word of God. He did not give us just a shield to fend off blows from our enemies. He also didn’t just give us a bow and arrow to keep our foes at bay. Our Lord gave us a sword because He knew the enemy wasn’t afraid of getting up close and personal. He was equipping us for the realities of spiritual warfare.
You see, Ephesians 6:17 reads that part of our armor as Christians is the sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God. There is undeniable, incomprehensible power in the written word of God. He didn’t inspire men to write His words simply for the sake of it, or just so that we might claim legitimacy as a religion. No! The Lord gave us the Bible because He wanted to send us into battle with a weapon at hand.
But how often do we neglect the power of the Word? How frequently do we miss God’s orders because we ignore the time we should be spending with Him? How many times have we went into battle empty-handed because we couldn’t be bothered to seek God’s wise counsel earlier?
The enemy is always prepared. Period. He knows the value of your soul, and he wants noting more than to drag you and all those around you into an eternity of hell with him. You see, he knows where he is headed, and he will do all he can possibly think to keep you from pointing people to the God who can transfer them from a kingdom of darkness to a kingdom of Light.
So when we make the decision to refrain from soaking up the Word and learning God’s voice and direction, we step into no-man’s-land with a big neon sign reading, “Hit me.” As Christians, we live on the battlefield. There may be days of peace, rest, and encouragement, but we must remember there is so much more to this life than pleasure and comfort. You can expect to be sent into no-man’s-land at some point, but when you are walking with God and you have His Word tucked inside your heart, you are walking in favor and faith. You will be ready for battle.
In 2 Samuel 22:18-19, David declares “He delivered me from my strong enemy, from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.”
David realized his own weakness and that on his own, he was powerless against his enemies. When, however, he realized his own inadequacies, he remembered the Mighty Warrior he served. God is our deliverer, strength, and support. He extends the superior weapon of His Word to us, but He will not force the sword into our hands.