If a battle was coming, what would you do to prepare?
If you were an archer, you would spend hours firing arrows at a target until you had deadly accuracy. If you were a swordsman, you would spar and train until your skills were honed. Any other weapon you had would be put to use through practice and mastery.
A warrior needs to know his weapon well in order to fight the enemy effectively. This also applies to the spiritual battles we all must face. Jesus knew the importance of knowing His weapon.
When Christ was tempted in the desert, Satan brought Him up to the top of the temple and urged Him to show off His power as God. The enemy quoted the Word, reminding Jesus that no harm could befall him because “he will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone” (NIV) This passage comes from Psalm 91:11-12 and the verses are true. However, Satan was twisting them.
If you to read the next verse, you may be surprised by what it says. Verse 13 reads, “You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.” The only person in the Bible referred to as a serpent and a lion is the devil himself (Genesis 3; 1 Peter 5:8).
Anyone who knew this psalm would have been able to recall the next verse. Being reminded that one day He would ultimately crush the devil, Jesus may have found strength in this passage.
What about you? When it comes to the daily, lifelong struggles with the enemy, it is vital to study the Bible. It is the ultimate weapon against lies and darkness. Know your weapon well so that you may stand and fight!
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