Once a year, we remember the soldiers that died while serving our country. On Memorial Day, we recognize these self-sacrificing men and women. We live in freedom because of their bravery, but we’re still in a war.
Peace can bring a sense of false security. We can become complacent and forget that we live in a fallible world. We live in a war with an unseen enemy.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV).
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8 KJV).
Christians have authority with spiritual artillery more powerful than any military weapon. Jesus came to serve, die, and bring liberty. He made a way for us to live victoriously. He authored a book that contains the history, promises, and intimate details about the depth of His love. The Bible is His book–written for us. Unfortunately, 81% of Christians read the Bible less than four times a week.
I have to be honest; I fell into the unread majority. Without the Word of God, I became spiritually weak. I couldn’t find peace, and fear followed. I felt dry and brittle. Then, I remembered the temptation of Jesus, and His use of scriptures to disarm the enemy.
“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:3-4 KJV).
I began to read my Bible without desire or interest. Although my passion was lost, God’s faithfulness brought me back to rely on His Word. The transformation was slow, but I soon found spiritual strength, love for His Word, and passion for His Kingdom purposes.
Bible study isn’t static or legalistic. There’s a daily ebb and flow as we balance our Bible reading with our daily schedules. The practice is not rigid, but it’s consistent. There’s too much at stake to let the Bible gather dust. We have a strategic place, and purpose, to use the truth to disarm the unseen enemy.
This Memorial Day weekend, let’s remember another person who died for our freedom, Jesus Christ. Let’s embrace God’s truth. Allow God to liberate us from busyness, and rekindle a passion for His Word. (Click to Tweet)
Have a blessed weekend.
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“The State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014.” – Barna Group. April 8, 2014. Accessed May 24, 2014. https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/664-the-state-of-the-bible-6-trends-for-2014#.U4Dg-_ldXHQ.