Preparing for battle means gathering the right weapons of defense.

Fighting for our souls is to fight for our lives. 

Dearest Readers,

I pray you are being fed well with Mornings In the Word. As my Soul Sister would say, we are in negative numbers. I will miss sharing a daily Word with you. Time in His Word is my life, my survival guide in The Wilderness.

Tempted by Satan, Jesus himself pointed the way for us in the wilderness. We learn the best weapons of defense by the Son of God.

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. Then the tempter approached him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God tell these stones to become bread.’

He answered, ‘It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Then the devil took him to the holy city, had him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will give his angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’

Jesus told him, ‘It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.’

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. And he said to him, ‘I will give you all these things if you will fall down and worship me.’

Then Jesus told him, ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’

Then the devil left him, and angels came and began to serve him.”

Matthew 4:1-11 (CSB)

Jesus had been in the wilderness forty days and forty nights, fasting and praying. I suspect Jesus was strengthened through this time of prayer with his Father while at the same time weakened by forty days and nights without food.

The first thing I notice is Satan knew where to find Jesus, just as he knows where to find us. I don’t see the enemy sneakily slithering into the wilderness. Instead, he boldly steps through the door of Jesus’ weakness. In the same manner, he sashays boldly into our weakest places.

Jesus had his weapons in place, ready to defend himself. Jesus used words as his weapon, not just any words, but the Word of God. His defense, quoting the Word of God.

Are we in a position to defend ourselves? Do we hold in our hand the weapons we need to fight an unseen enemy? 

How can we fight if we are not familiar with the weapons? How can we fight if we do not know His Word? Is the weapon we need collecting dust on a shelf? We find ourselves empty-handed and soul-weary, famished and starving.

“Look, the days are coming-this is the declaration of the Lord God-when I will send a famine through the land: not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.” Amos 8:11 (CSB) 

In our hunger, we are weak. Weakened to the point of missing our adversary as he sets up housekeeping in our hearts. He sets up housekeeping in our homes, marriages, finances, children, our desires, and every corner of our lives.

When we are in His Word, we have the weapons needed to fight, just as Jesus had what he needed.

“The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.” Psalm 19:7 (CSB)

“So my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do. Isaiah 55:11 (CSB)

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit-which is the WORD OF GOD.” Ephesians 7:17 (CSB-Emphasis Mine)

Your sword, your weapon is the Word of God. Take it up, learn it, pray it, speak it. It is your defense.

Preparing for battle means gathering the right weapons of defense.

Fighting for our souls is to fight for our lives. 

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