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9 Ways To Win The Battle – Part 6
9/18/2013

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled, 9 Ways To Win The Battle.   We are looking at ways to win the battles against the enemy’s temptations, this world’s distractions, and strongholds of sin within our lives.   It’s those times when the enemy can get us to take our eyes off of God, and put them on something else—things distracting us, taking our time, resources, and causing strongholds in our Christian walk.

Today we will be looking at the eighth way to win the battles with temptations, distractions, and strongholds—and it is...

8.            We need to read our Bibles Daily (Josh. 1:8; 2 Tim 2:15).

In Part 7, we looked at how we need to “love the things of God.” His Word is one of those things.  God’s Word is the life-blood of every Christian’s hope, as it contains the Gospel message (1 Cor. 15: 2-4), and we are given many details of our future as well.  There is great power contained for every Christian believer within God’s Word.

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

The enemy knows the power of God’s Word, and he will do whatever he can to keep us from spending time to read, understand, and apply it.   Satan loves to attack the authenticity, sufficiency, and relevancy of God’s Word, but we must understand, God has given us His Word to be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)

Q:         So how can we practically utilize God’s Word to effect transformation in our lives?

·      We must pray before we read our Bibles, and ask for God to guide us and to teach us everything He wants us to know. 

·      We must make a commitment to God’s Word by abiding in and obeying what He has told us to do. 

·      We must put our trust and faith in God’s Word.

·      We must meditate on what we have read, and ask ourselves, “How can I effectively apply this to my life?”

·      We must not act on our feelings alone, or by suggestions, especially when they conflict with God's Word.  

Jesus has given us great truths, and promises with regard to His written Word—The Bible.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

Some choose not to fully trust, or to obey God’s Word because they don’t understand it completely.  But we are not to wait till we fully understand everything before we obey or trust in it.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today—be fully confident in God’s Word to direct your path through any problem you may encounter, or any spiritual attack you may face, including every temptation, distraction, or stronghold you will encounter.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Timothy 2:15, what are we commanded to do?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being diligent to spend time to rightly divide God’s Word?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to make time each day to read and study our Bible.  Let’s prayerfully read it and apply what we have learned to our own life.  Now, let’s ask God to give us opportunities and wisdom to share it with others.

LET’S PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for Your guidance and understanding of it.  Help us to know Your truth and give us the wisdom to apply them to our lives.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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