I absolutely love a good basketball game. It is one of the few sports I actually understand and will play if the opportunity arises. There is something so energizing about seeing a team on defense and then, before you know it they have stolen the ball from their opponent and are already on offense. You see, you can’t win a basketball game by staying on defense. Your goal while on defense is to immediately figure out how to get to offense so you can score.
Just like a team striving to move from defense to offense, the same thing can be true for our spiritual walk. Paul tells us there is a battle occurring. He states in Ephesians 6 “ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”(Ephesian 6:10-12) There will be times where we are on defense as the enemy attacks, but our goal isn’t to stay on the defending end. God has given us weapons to move from defense to offense. One of the most important tools he has given us is his word, also known as the sword of the spirit (Eph 6:17).
How do you view God’s word?
It is just something you read on Sundays and Wednesdays?
Is reading it a part of your to do list each day so you can find satisfaction marking it off?
Is scripture hard for you to dig into?
The author of Hebrews says in chapter 4, “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” (Hebrew 4:12). God’s word is alive. It is for you and for now. It has the power to pierce our hearts and speak to us. Scripture is powerful and never returns void because it is the very word of God written for us.
A psalmist describes scripture as this, “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7). God’s word has the power to bring life to our dead bones. It his truth that brings healing to a heart that is deeply wounded. It is good and satisfying for our souls!
Isaiah tell us, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). In a world that is constantly changing, scripture is the one thing that remains true. The word of God will last forever.
Do you see scripture as authoritative and able to transform lives? God has graciously given us his word to combat the enemy in his tracks. God’s word is our source of truth that tells us whose we are.
May we dive into God’s word with confidence and eagerness. It gives us hope in the midst of the battle. His truth takes us from being on defense to proclaiming victory over the enemy. The word of the Lord propels us forward as Satan prowls around. Are you going to stay on defense the whole time, or are you going to press ahead with power of God’s word that brings light to the darkness?
By: Lauren Bush
Girls Minister at Clearview Baptist Church | Franklin, TN