Read Luke 4 in your Bible. Or you can also read it here.
When reading about the way the devil tried to tempt Jesus in the desert, I love how Jesus always came back with an answer. And not just any answer, but He used Scripture every time. This reminds me that studying the Bible helps us when we face battles in life.
“The truth is that we live in a fallen world, and as Christians we are going to see adversity. Much of it, I believe, comes from Satan. He is our enemy whose desire is to bring us down, which means we have to be prepared. When a young person joins the army, he goes through training. In the beginning he has to go through boot camp, which gets him into shape quickly. Even when boot camp is over, he doesn’t cease to keep his body fit. He doesn’t stop his target practice. He has to stay sharp and ready in case of battle. The same is true for Christians. We have to be ready every single day. Our enemy doesn’t stop. He doesn’t take a nap, and he doesn’t declare peace. So we too need to be on guard at all times, and the Bible is our weapon. Hebrews 4:12 says, ‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’ This verse shows us how powerful the Bible is. When we are faced with any adversity, we can use Bible verses as our armor. This is precisely what Jesus did when the devil tried to tempt Him, in Luke 4:1-13.”1
In this passage of Scripture, we see how Jesus stood on the truth found in the Word of God. And we can do the same. When we are facing a difficulty, we can use the truth found in the Bible as our defense. But I encourage you to start reading the Bible on a daily basis now. Don’t wait until you are in trouble. When you make reading the Bible a consistent and solid habit in your life, you are allowing the Word of God to flow through your heart and soul. Then you will be strong and ready for battle when you need to be.
The Bible is a precious gift that the Lord has given us. It is our guidebook and our love letter. We have so much to gain from reading it. And when we are consistent, it is amazing how we draw closer to God and find a new sense of peace in our lives.
If you are also participating in the Gratitude Challenge, today is day 75 of 100. You are three quarters of the way there. I hope you have seen how gratitude is helping improve your outlook!
© Bridget A. Thomas. 1 Excerpt from Giving God Your Whole Heart by Bridget A. Thomas.