In the books of Joshua and Leviticus, the Bible speaks of times when â€œthe land rested from warâ€ (Joshua 11:23). But we live in a time where there is no rest from war.
The war we wage is spiritual and our weapons are not carnal (2 Corinthians 10:4). Ever since Jesusâ€™ triumph over sin and death, and his restoration of the Kingdom of God on earth, war has been declared on the saints of God by the devil.
Jesus himself said â€œthe Kingdom suffereth violence and the violent take it by forceâ€ (Matthew 11:12). He also taught that the goods of a household can only be spoiled (stolen or destroyed) if the strongman has been bound (Matthew 12:29, Mark 3:27). But just like the earthly strongman cannot be bound if he is well-trained and physically fit, the Kingdom strongman cannot be bound if he is well-trained and spiritually fit.
The Apostle Paul said, â€œI fight not as one that beateth the airâ€¦â€ (1 Corinthians 9:26). We must understand that the fight is on! The time for shadowboxing is over. He also taught that we must â€œplace under our bodies and bring them into subjectionâ€ (1 Corinthians 9:27). Both of these passages allude to the need for physical discipline.
But we must also remember the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-17). Each of the defensive weapons â€“ helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, loins girt with truth, feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, armed with shield of faith â€“ are all spiritual. So why, then, do we turn to a physical Bible to arm ourselves with the sword of the Spirit, that is, The Word of God.
David said, â€œthy Word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against theeâ€ (Psalm 119:11). It is that hidden Word that is your true offensive weapon, not your physical Bible! For example, a doctor, when faced with an emergency appendectomy does not refer to his training material â€“ no, he goes right to work based on the knowledge hidden in his head. If you are faced with an emergency and you need aÂ now word from God, by the time you sift through your concordance to find it, it may be too late. A soldier in battle does not refer to his field manual in time of combat; he acts upon his weeks, months, or years of training.
You have to get into the Wordâ€¦
Â©2010 â€“ Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)